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Fewer, pricier Cherokees?

2019 Cherokee

October is the final month to order 2018 Jeep Cherokees, before the revised 2019s are available — with production starting January 2, 2018.

Reliable source oh2o told Allpar that the 2018 Cherokees will be sold down, while the 2019s build up in inventory, from January to June 2018.  By June, Jeep predicted that there would be around 10,000 2018 Cherokees left in inventory, while the 2019 reaches around 60,000.

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FCA profits jump to $2.1 B

Better-than-expected third-quarter profits at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles rose 17 percent to $2.1 billion and debt was reduced despite lower sales and reduced revenues.

North American sales, deliveries and profits drove the bulk of the quarterly results, which were adjusted and before interest and tax. Net profit rose to $1.1 billion, and adjusted operating profit margin was also up, to eight percent from 7.6 percent a year ago, the company said Tuesday.

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Wrangler: weight, video

2018 Wrangler JL

Recent Chrysler disclosures showed that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will come in lighter than the Wrangler JK, by around fifty to a hundred pounds. The result is in the range expected three years ago by ex-AMC engineer Bob Sheaves, who thought it would gain some weight due to tougher safety standards, while dropping some current weight with lighter materials and the structural redesign.


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French charge FCA with diesel emissions deceit

French authorities have accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of “aggravated deceit” for allegedly obstructing that country’s investigation into potential diesel emissions cheating.

According to reports from Reuters, Automotive News and elsewhere, the emissions of three small diesel engines found in FCA vehicles sold in France are being investigated by consumer protection officials. The officials have accused FCA of obstructing their work between May, 2016 and January of this year,

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Right-hand-drive: not quite dead yet

A report out of Australia suggests FCA may not have axed production of right-hand-drive Chrysler and Dodge models after all, contrary to statements made by the company’s South African division two weeks ago.

In South Africa, the right-hand-drive Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are dead, as are the minivans presumably, never to be sold there again because production of those export models is ending in Brampton and Windsor,

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Chrysler makes major reliability gains: report

Led by quality improvements by Jeep and the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the two FCA brands made big gains in a widely-cited reliability rating for 2018 as measured by Consumer Reports.

Mainly because of gains made by Pacifica, “perennially lagging Chrysler is the biggest mover this year” among all the world’s brands, the magazine announced Thursday, jumping 10 places on the overall list of what it calls “predicted reliability.”

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Jeep Scrambler: specs, engines, towing

Jeep Scrambler front

The Jeep Scrambler — or Wrangler Pickup, depending on how Auburn Hills wants to play it — is supposed to be produced roughly a year after the Wrangler JL starts up. The delay will give FCA a chance to wind down Wrangler JK production, do some much needed plant maintenance and upgrades, and such.

Allpar source Sean Rich told us that the base engine would, as with the Wrangler,

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The curious history of Juliet

Juliet is the English translation of the Italian name “Giulietta,” which is also the name of Alfa Romeo’s second-smallest car.

Built at FCA’s Cassino plant, the Giulietta is a hatchback roughly the size of a Volkswagen Golf. The latest version was first introduced in 2010, built on a short-wheelbase, narrow version of the platform later used for the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Dart.

It’s Europe’s best-selling Alfa Romeo,

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