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  1. Mopar / FCA News
    Auto News reports this morning that FCA told its suppliers that “its next generation of small cars will use a platform from PSA Group.” “In a letter sent in late July and obtained by Automotive News Europe, FCA asked its suppliers to immediately stop any research, development and tooling...
  2. Mopar / FCA News
    Another communications chief leaves FCA after a short stint. Simon Sproule, FCA's global chief communications officer since February, is leaving “to do something different with his life and pursue other interests.” Shawn Morgan, a 22 year veteran, will replace him. Sproule began his stint on...
  3. Auto News & Rumors
    Tesla stock surges past $1,000 on Elon Musk’s push for Tesla Semi (at https://www.marketwatch.com/story/tesla-stock-surges-past-1000-amid-elon-musks-push-for-tesla-semi-2020-06-10 )
  4. Mopar / FCA News
    The Associated Press reports that a software glitch causes the rearview image to stay on the screen more than 10 seconds after the vehicle has been shifted out of reverse. This causes potential driver distraction and an increased risk of crash. The recall covers 2019-20 Ram 1500 and 3500...
  5. Mopar / FCA News
    FCA has announced the second step in their Covid-19 relief efforts, working with non-profit organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to feed children while schools are closed, with the intent of this program spreading across the nation and into both Canada and Mexico. FCA got...
  6. Mopar / FCA News
    After years of wearing two hats — head of U.S./Canada sales and head of Ram (North America) — Reid Bigland is leaving the company. He has been at FCA for 22 years, and at one point was in charge of Canadian operations. The company’s stated reason for his leaving was “to pursue interests...
  7. Mopar / FCA News
    PSA’s 2019 revenue rose by 1%, to €75 billion; their margin (loosely, how much profit was made from the revenue) rose to 8.5%. These were quite good numbers, since PSA absorbed the formerly money-losing Opel/Vauxhall not long ago; now, Opel had a 6.5% adjusted operating margin. This bodes...
  8. Rumors and General Chrysler Discussion
    + So with the merger underway there are obviously many questions. Some people are truly worried for their favorite car brands. Others are truly optimistic about the future and still others have now completely forgotten Chrysler and Dodge and are done with all the drama. But what about you...
  9. Auto News & Rumors
    Auto News reports that the all-new Explorer launch has been botched by personnel issues, hindering to get the new crossover vehicle out the door and impacting Ford’s bottom line. Thousands of vehicles had to be shipped 270 miles away to another Ford factory for rework. In fact, Ford has been...
  10. Mopar / FCA News
    On September 29 th , FCA held the final Cars and Coffee event in the parking lot of what was formerly the Chrysler Corporation Museum on the company headquarters campus in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Temperatures were in the 50s, it rained early in the morning and it poured shortly after the...
  11. Mopar / FCA News
    Pied Piper just published its 2019 Prospect Satisfaction Study, which basically ranks each auto brand dealers’ responsiveness to online leads. Pied Piper is a well-respected, independent mystery shopping organization with a long track for solid work. For clarification, unlike JD Power...
  12. Mopar / FCA News
    Extract: Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the automaker Wednesday, claiming he has been a scapegoat for the company's sales practices being probed by federal officials. More here: Sales chief Bigland files whistleblower suit...
  13. Mopar / FCA News
    The board of directors of Renault are meeting today to discuss merging into a new company with FCA and possibly Nissan, according to a recent article by Reuters . Some at Nissan strongly oppose the deal, desiring to ally with Mitsubishi but end their partnership with Renault (which involves a...
  14. Mopar / FCA News
    FCA US posted a surprise sales hike in May 2019, as Ram had its 12th consecutively monthly sales record, and Grand Cherokee set a new May record—just in time for a new factory. While FCA US only beat last May by 2%, it was enough to claim the “highest sales since 2008” prize. Fleet sales were a...
  15. Mopar / FCA News
    News that FCA has proposed a 50/50 merger with Renault has a great many people in the Mopar world worried that this partnership spells the end the Hemi-powered cars, trucks and SUVs that we all love. However, should this deal happen, I don’t expect it to have any real impact on the current...
  16. Mopar / FCA News
    Forget Fiat Chrysler; a new alliance of Renault, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, and Mitsubishi may be coming, creating the world’s third largest automaker with 8.7 million vehicles sold each year, ranging from mainstream to luxury. Former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn had tied Nissan, Renault, and...
  17. Mopar / FCA News
    There are thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokees on dealer and company lots, awaiting sales, all built in the current Jefferson North plant. Yet, the company is spending $1.6 billion on a new plant, which will include two current engine factories along Mack Avenue, and investing $901 million at the...
  18. Mopar / FCA News
    Over at Automotive News, Larry Vellequette has written about bloated, swollen car inventories, at levels unseen since 2009. According to his publication, FCA had 91 days worth of cars and trucks sitting around at dealerships, factory lots, and such—far above the 40-to-60 days worth that many...
  19. Mopar / FCA News
    A large new Jeep assembly plant is going to be built on the current site of the Mack Avenue engine complex. Some time ago, Allpar pioneered the story , based on inside sources. Today, it’s official. FCA North America chief operating officer Mark Stewart issued a brief statement, thanking the...
  20. Mopar / FCA News
    According to a recent piece by Michael Wayland and Chad Livengood in Automotive News, before starting a complex land deal near Jefferson North—at the far Eastern boundaries of Detroit proper—FCA tried to buy the GM Hamtramck plant. The Dodge Main plant was demolished to make room for GM’s...
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