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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is indeed placing more of its focus into in-car technology as evidenced by its decision not to unveil any new production vehicle or show car at the Detroit Auto Show as well as by its intention to demonstrate a concept version of its planned Google Android-based infotainment system at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Essentially, the UConnect connect vehicle system to be shown at the CES 2017 isn’t the final version yet. The demonstration aims to show the seamless integration of Google’s Android operating software and FCA’s UConnect infotainment system. This means that via the demo, FCA and Google want to show that the new UConnect still has the easy-to-use interface and functionality of the current system but now comes loaded with several elements that are only found in Android-powered devices.
As part of the hands-on concept demo at the CES 2017 (scheduled from January 5 to 8, 2017), FCA and Google will showcase a Chrysler 300 unit. Its current 8.4-inch UConnect software has been replaced with a prototype UConnect system that is based on Google’s Android 7.0 (Android Nougat) operating system.Read the entire article FCA to demo a concept of its new Android-powered UConnect infotainment system at CES 2017
Some might be disappointed to not be able to hear or see anything new from FCA at the upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show. However, this doesn’t mean that FCA doesn’t have anything fresh to present to the public. In fact, FCA will be taking the veils off its all-electric Chrysler Portal autonomous concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chrysler Portal is basically an all-electric SUV that shares some physical similarities with the brand’s other electric crossover – the new Chevrolet Bolt EV. However, the exterior of the Chrysler Portal is laden with a number of eccentric design elements. For instance, the Portal concept features an uncanny nose with a front bumper that has a central hole, which possibly contains the front sensor or camera used for its autonomous driving system. Unlike other SUVs, the Chrysler Portal concept is provided with doors that open sideways. The doors for the front passengers slide forwards while those for the rear occupants slide backwards. Overall, the exterior of the Chevrolet Portal features compact packaging.
The most amazing part of the new Chrysler Portal concept is its 180-cubic-foot interior. As its name suggest, the concept serves as a portal that serves as a perfect transition from home to work – and vice versa -- as a third space. In addition, the concept serves as portal that connects the driver to the passengers and vice versa; and the occupants to the vehicle and its surroundings.Read the entire article All-electric self-driving Chrysler Portal Concept will appear at 2017 CES
In the minivan segment, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already impressive in terms of fuel economy figures – as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica returns EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 28 mpg highway, 18 mpg city and 22 mpg combined. But it turns out that its hybrid version would infallibly dominate the minivan mpg wars after EPA finally released its fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
Prior to the release of the official EPA ratings for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the carmaker is already preaching impressive fuel economy figures for its new minivan. Chrysler expected the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid to return 80 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) – that is when the minivan is running in pure electric mode. The carmaker also expected the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid to be able to travel up to 30 miles in all-electric (EV) mode. In addition, the hybrid minivan from Chrysler is estimated to deliver – when running on conventional engine – 32 mpg combined city and highway. Overall, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offers a range of around 530 miles.
When the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid underwent scrutiny with the EPA, the results were highly encouraging for the hybrid minivan, as they totally exceeded Chrysler’s expected fuel economy numbers. According to the EPA, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid returns 84 MPGe (vs. 80 MPGe estimated) with a conventional rating of 33 mpg combined city and highway (vs. 32 mpg combined city and highway estimated). In the all-electric mode, the EPA has certified the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to be able to travel up to 33 miles (vs. 30 miles estimated). In addition, EPA has rated the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as being capable of reaching a total of 566 miles (vs. 530 miles estimated). With these numbers, Chrysler will be able to gloss the credentials of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the most fuel-efficient minivan in the market so far, until Chrysler or other carmakers manage to surpass it.Read the entire article 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is now king of minivan fuel efficiency as rated by EPA
Chrysler is updating its Chrysler 300S model by endowing it with sportier and more aggressive styling through its new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages. Unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the 2017 Chrysler 300S with new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages could be ordered at Chrysler dealerships across the United States this August.
For the 2017 model, the Chrysler 300S will be available with Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages as well as with updated color and materials. Aside from the new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Package, Chrysler is now offering a new set of colors and materials for the exterior and interior. These new selections are inspired from areas outside the auto industry, like fashion, architecture and technology.
As expected of the Chrysler brand’s product design office (PDO) team, the interior of the 300S has become a canvass that conveys both sportiness and luxury. For instance, the instrument panel, door panel and instrument cluster bezels now feature new Piano Black interior trim appointments while the door and center console armrests, steering wheel, and the instrument panel brow are highlighted with new Light Gray Diesel colored accent stitching.Read the entire article 2 new sporty appearance packages now offered for 2017 Chrysler 300S
Buyers looking for excellent fuel efficiency need not look further than the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. With a highway-cycle fuel-economy rating of 28 miles per gallon given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is 12 percent more efficient than the model it replaces and it now holds the record for fuel efficiency in the minivan category.
In addition, the new Chrysler minivan was found to be nine percent greener than the previous model. FCA Product Development COO and Head of Product Portfolio Management for FCA’s Group Executive Council Mark Chernoby explains that the new Pacifica isn’t just engineered for today’s enjoyment but is designed and crafted with the welfare of its customers many years down the road.
This is why, the company created one of the cleanest vehicles in its category. The new minivan’s nine percent improvement compared to the previous model is based on its Global Warming Potential (GWP), an industry-adopted means to gauge the all-inclusive environmental impact of a vehicle from its production, to its delivery, and eventually to its fuel consumption figures while being used.Read the entire article 2017 Chrysler Pacifica offers fuel economy rating of 28 mpg highway, 22 mpg combined
The bold 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition, built with cutting-edge technology and materials, offers a unique and world-class execution. The new 300S model had a classic Dark Bronze grille on the front. Meanwhile, the Gloss Black dimensional-textured grille comes with a Titanium-finished Chrysler wing emblem.
The Gloss Black headlamps and body color mirror caps add up to the sporty appearance of the vehicle. A drawn Dark Bronze Mobius strip, which can be found below the commanding grille, outlines the lower grille opening and extends outward, surrounds the LED fog lamps.
The signature proportions of the Chrysler 300 are emphasized more as the Gloss Black DLO moldings are paired with Dark Bronze 20-inch aluminum wheels (19-inch for the AWD). Furthermore, its rear stance involves a Titanium-plated Chrysler wing emblem and a Dark Bronze-finished "300S" emblem.Read the entire article 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition: Delivering Better Performance and Style
The sporty, coupe-like, mid-size 2016 Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition sedan boasts blacked-out details and distinct lines and curves that offer it a timeless look. The new 200S Alloy Edition is complemented with industrial inspired colors and materials, taking the brand styling to a whole new level and class.
The 200's "face of Chrysler" sports a unified look that perfectly integrates the grille and headlamps with a Mobius strip-inspired design improved by a 3D effect with a dynamic grille texture. It is amplified with Dark Bronze paint on the upper and lower grille surrounds of the Mobius strip.
Alloy Edition matches its Gloss Black accents and daylight opening (DLO) moldings with bigger 19-inch Dark Bronze aluminum wheels while emphasizing its sport-tuned suspension for a sportier industrial look. Another unique feature of the model is the Dark Bronze "200S" emblem on the rear decklid.Read the entire article 2016 Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition: A Blend of Style and Timelessness
FCA US LLC, also known as Chrysler, reported a surge in its January 2016 sales after having sold a total of 155,037 units last month. Considered as the group’s best January monthly sales figure in nine years, it also represents a 7 percent increase in monthly sales when compared to the January 2015 sales of 145,007 vehicles.
Chrysler Group continued its 70-month year-over-year sales gains boosted by the sales figures of the company’s three brands, composed of Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck, all reporting increased January sales compared to year ago levels. Dodge posted the most notable increase of 19% and now holds the record as the largest sales gain for any FCA US brand for the month of January.
According the FCA US LLC, nine models made January records this year. For the Jeep brand, the three models that did quite well are Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass. The three performers from the Dodge brand include the Dodge Journey crossover, Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger.Read the entire article FCA announces best January sales in 9 years with 155,037 units sold
This mid-engine Chrysler ME Four-Twelve supercar caused a sensation in 2004 with its V12, quad-turbo engine, promising to be the most exciting and most technologically advanced Chrysler ever. This rear wheel drive, mid engine supercar went from drawing board to completion in little under a year.
A 6.0-litre, all aluminium quad-turbo engine is the heart of this impressive beast. With a 9:01 compression ratio and electronic sequential multipoint fuel injection, the ME Four-Twelve can produce eye popping STATs. The engine developed by AMG Powertrain delivers 850 bhp at 5750 rpm, and 850 lb-ft. (1150 Nm) of torque with a range of 2500 to 4500 rpm using premium unleaded fuel.
This translates to a power output of 142 bhp a litre. With a mere curb weight of 2880 lbs (1310 kg), the ME Four-Twelve has an impressive weight to power ratio of 3.4 lbs/bhp, breaking sets of performance records and creating new benchmarks in the supercar class.Read the entire article Meet Chrysler’s first supercar: the ME Four-Twelve Concept
The four winners of FCA US LLC’s 2016 Drive for Design competition have been revealed. The contest invited high school students from across the U.S., particularly those in the 10th to 12th grade, to design the 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat. FCA US LLC Head of Dodge and SRT Design Mark Trostle said that the Drive for Design contest remains to be a good way for its design team to be able to connect with students interested in art and design.
He added that the company is always eager to see the creative perspective of the students and he hopes that this will encourage them to have a career in automotive design. The first place went to Ben Treinen of Archbishop Moeller High School from Cincinnati, Ohio.
The second placer is Harrison Kunselman, hailing from Mount de Sales Academy at Macon, Georgia. Taking third place is Hwanseong Jang of Bloomfield Hills High School at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Finally at fourth place is Andrew Gombac of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois.Read the entire article FCA announces winners of best ‘2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat’ design
FCA US is facing a civil racketeering suit filed by two Fiat Chrysler dealerships that are part of the Napleton Automotive Group. The plaintiffs – Napleton's Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram stores in Arlington Heights, Ill., and its Northlake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store in Lake Park, Fla. – allege that the carmaker was in conspiracy with some dealers to bloat its monthly US sales reports.
Since emerging from its bankruptcy, FCA managed to report 69 straight monthly year-over-year sales increases. In fact, FCA officials, including chief executive Sergio Marchionne, flaunted the carmaker's streak at the 2016 Detroit auto show. It should be noted that it was the longest current streak of any carmaker.
According to the plaintiffs, FCA paid dealers to report the false sales on the last day of the sales month. The next business day, the dealer will then “back out” or unwind the sales before the factory warranty on the vehicles could be processed and start to run.Read the entire article 2 dealers accuse Fiat Chrysler of faking sales reports, ‘civil racketeering’ suit has been filed
The electrification technology was actually ideally suited for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan on account of its large footprint and multiple daily trip patterns, according to Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, FCA – North America.
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes with a promising technology that drives its electric form. The Pacifica Hybrid, which will be presented in the second half of 2016, is the first electrified minivan in the industry.
The vehicle is expected to deliver an estimated range of 30 miles with around 248 horsepower solely on zero-emissions electric power with a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-on) battery.Read the entire article 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is company's first electrified minivan and promises 80 MPGe
The original minivan creator, FCA US LLC, has been delivering world class vehicles for the past 30 years. It continues that streak as customers can now enjoy new levels of functionality, technology, versatility and bold styling in the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
Redefining the minivan segment, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has received a transformation with many firsts along with 78 innovative additions throughout its previous five generations. The FCA US now has a total of 115 innovations in the minivan segment after it added 37 minivan firsts with the introduction of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
The company used major re-engineering alterations from the ground up so as to produce a vehicle that offers a class-leading ride with handling and reduction of vibration, noise, and harshness (NVH). The minivan’s body is extremely light but it’s the stiffest amongst all in its class.Read the entire article 2017 Chrysler Pacifica redefines minivan style
FCA US LLC posted a 14-percent year-on-year surge in sales in the United States in September 2015 with 193,019 units sold. Sales in the year-ago period had been recorded to be 169,890 units. This marks the 66th month in a row that FCA US recorded a sales gain.
FCA’s brands in the US -- Dodge, Jeep, Ram Truck, Fiat except for Chrysler– all logged year-over-year sales increases. Leading the pack is the Jeep brand, which saw its sales rising by about 40 percent in September.
Seven FCA US vehicles managed to set their best September ever, including Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler and Ram ProMaster. Likewise, both the Dodge Journey and Jeep Cherokee achieved their best month ever in September with sales surges of 45 percent and 38 percent respectively.Read the entire article FCA logs 14-percent jump in US sales in September 2015
For failing to manage the recalls properly and in a timely manner, a record $105 million fine will be imposed on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to two sources. They also said that this matter will be handled by an independent safety monitor under extensive penalties that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration imposed.
In some of the cases, FCA will have to buy back some of the vehicles as part of the government’s investigation into how it handled almost 24 recalls that cover 11 million light vehicles. The recall covers 1.5 million older Jeep models with rear fuel tanks that were related to multiple fatal fires.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the fines and the terms of the settlement between the NHTSA and FCA. As part of the deal, FCA intends to give cash to convince those who own older Jeeps with rear fuel tanks to get repairs done. The sources said that the FCA may even offer an extra trade-in allowance on top of the value of recalled Jeep models if customers choose to trade it in.Read the entire article NHTSA issues $105 million fine to Fiat Chrysler for mishandling recalls
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has submitted a filing for Ferrari’s initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, putting the unit a step closer to being spun off. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FCA said that it aims for this separation to be completed early next year.
It is estimated that Ferrari is valued at over $11 billion. CEO Sergio Marchionne is hoping that this share sale will help reduce debt by raising approximately $5 billion. It is also meant to help fund an investment program worth 48 billion-euro ($53 billion) that will lead to the global expansion of the Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands.
Erik Gordon, a law professor at the University of Michigan's business school, said that the question now is if the supercar brand’s stock will perform like a Ferrari. He explained that while there’s “glamor” in owning anything from Ferrari, it isn’t as easy to brag about having Ferrari stock.Read the entire article Fiat Chrysler has filed for Ferrari’s IPO
Because of a recent software update, Fiat Chrysler vehicles could be wirelessly taken control of as demonstrated by two professional hackers, according to a Wired Magazine report earlier this week. When the update was announced, the company said that it offered better electronic security and provided improvements in the communications system. What these hackers proved is how vulnerable FCA systems were.
The hackers (one was formerly connected with the National Security Agency) demonstrated that they can hack into and control hundreds of thousands of FCA vehicles. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have a video to show that they were able to control an unmodified 2014 Jeep Cherokee that Wired journalist Andy Greenberg was driving in a highway in St. Louis. They discovered a vulnerability in several versions of FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system, which is linked to the Internet through a Sprint cellular data connection.
The 2013-14 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, as well as the 2015 Chrysler 200, have the Uconnect system installed in them. The driver can operate this system via an 8.4-inch touch screen and a Wi-Fi hot spot. What the hackers did to Greenberg’s Cherokee was turn on its wipers and shoot washer fluid, raise the volume of the radio, and shut down its engine.Read the entire article FCA offers software fix to prevent hackers from controlling vehicles
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is looking into proposals from several parties who have expressed interest to buy auto parts maker Magneti Marelli, according to insiders. Magneti Marelli supplies all the major automakers in Europe, the Americas and Asia. When interviewed by Reuters, three sources said that at least two U.S. private equity funds are hoping to partner with industry players and submit joint proposals.
Last June, FCA had denied a bid by a group that included a U.S. buyout fund and that had valued the business at less than $2.7 billion bid (2.5 billion euros) because it didn’t want to sell for lower than 3 billion euros.
FCA spokesman Gualberto Ranieri said that the company hasn’t put Magneti Marelli up for sale. The insiders said further that FCA, which is currently in a lot of debt, may sell the unit in parts or as a whole.Read the entire article FCA may sell auto parts maker Magneti Marelli
Car manufacturers are forced to engage in an incentive war as midsize car sales continue to drop, according to Chrysler brand head Al Gardner. As a result, profits are declining in this 16-vehicle segment, which includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion. This affects even the redesigned models. During the first half of 2015, the midsize car segment posted 3.4% lower sales than the year-ago period.
Meanwhile, midsize crossover sales have grown by 3.6% and midsize SUV sales have gone up by 23%. Gardner said that because of competition woes, no car company will be able to meet profit targets. Sales of the Chrysler 200 in the first half of the year have more than doubled. However, it is being compared to last year’s first half when the previous model was in the sell-down period.
Gardner explained that if the segment is down, everybody strives to increase their share and this makes them throw big incentives at potential customers. He said that he doesn’t expect to lose money on the Chrysler 200 but the rest of the segment is pressured to raise incentives when a new car such as the Hyundai Sonata is immediately priced with low APR and cash on the hood.Read the entire article Chrysler thinks 200 sedan will sell well despite rivals’ big incentives
Fiat Chrysler sales grew 4% in May 2015 driven by the high demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200. In the U.S., it sold 202,227 units – marking the 62nd straight month of getting year-over-year sales gains. It also marks the first time since March 2007 that the automaker surpassed sales of 200,000 vehicles. Records were broken by seven models.
May was the all-time best month the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Challenger. Meanwhile, the Jeep Patriot, Dodge Dart and Ram ProMaster all had their highest-ever sales for the month of May. Jeep, which experienced a boost from the launch of the new Renegade subcompact crossover, reported its best monthly sales ever in May, with a 13% sales increase.
Patriot shipments increased by almost a third in May, while Compass sales fell by half. Furthermore, Ram posted a 12% rise in sales on a 7.6% growth in its pickup range, brisk sales of the ProMaster full-size cargo van and the arrival of the smaller ProMaster City van.Read the entire article Fiat Chrysler sales grew 4% in May 2015
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