Owner’s manuals go digital for 2010 Chrysler vehicles

Chrysler Group is going to free up some glovebox space for owners of new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. The company will the first to replace the current, printed owner’s manual, which can run as long as 500 pages and weigh four pounds, with a digital version, consisting of a DVD and a printed user guide with only a fraction of the pages.

Not only will the move save space and the equivalent of 20,000 trees,

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New Jeep Grand Cherokee – or Dodge Durango? – spy shots

One may wonder why we have new spy shots and a video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle was already introduced to the public. The reason is because Chrysler is still driving around heavily disguised Grand Cherokees, and that doesn’t happen by accident. There must be something going on … or someone didn’t get the memo that the Grand Cherokee’s been sent to two auto shows and a Jeep owner meet.

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Chrysler returns to leasing

Chrysler Group LLC today announced it will offer leasing for U.S. customers on all 2010 model year Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles through GMAC Financial Services.

“We are pleased to re-enter the leasing market so we can offer customers the opportunity to lease vehicles at rates competitive with the marketplace,” said Peter Fong, President and Chief Executive Officer–Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for the Sales Organization, Chrysler Group LLC.

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Chryslers will be built at former Bertone plant

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne announced the some Chrysler vehicles will be built at the plant Fiat recently acquired from the former Carrozzeria Bertone.

Marchionne would not specify the exact models to be built at the plant in Grugliasco, near Turin, but sources say production could begin as early as 2011. A leading candidate would be the replacement for the European version of the Chrysler 300C which is due that year.

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Chrysler is now the sole owner of GEMA

Chrysler has bought the interests of Hyundai and Mitsubishi Motors and is now the sole owner of the GEMA four-cylinder engine plant in Dundee Michigan, allowing Chrysler to replace the much-criticized 1.8, 2.0, and 2.4 liter “World Engines” with advanced designs from Fiat.

Fiat has been praised by pundits and analysts alike for the engineering of its four-cylinder engines, and for its expertise in building them efficiently. Fiat’s advances in four cylinder engines will be matched in the Fiat-Chrysler consortium by Chrysler’s upcoming Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8.

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NADA, dealers reach reinstatement compromise

The National Automobile Dealers Association and a group of dealers, called the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights, whose franchises were terminated by Chrysler and General Motors have reached an agreement on recommended reinstatement procedures.

The compromise agreement calls for the automakers to disclose the actual criteria used to determine which dealers were to be terminated. If Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Company, the new entities created to continue production,

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