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Dodge sees payoff on its Demon hype

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FCA cancels Illinois plant event with CEO, union exec

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Chinese automaker reportedly bids for Fiat Chrysler

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‘Nines-with-light’: Behind the making of Dodge’s Demon

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Fiat Chrysler, Google Begin Offering Rides in Self-driving Cars

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180-mph Jeep Trackhawk is a ‘Hellcat SUV’

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Sporty driving could disable Chrysler minivan seat belt
Detroit — If you drive your Chrysler minivan too fast and too furious, one of the second-row seat belts might unbuckle. So Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 50,000 Pacifica vans in the U.S. and Canada from the 2017 and 2018 model years, all with an eight-passenger seating option. The automaker says that during sporting driving, the center buckle could hit the release button on the left buckle and cause it to unlatch   Read More ...
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Dodge sees payoff on its Demon hype
Last Slide Next Slide Dodge began revving up the hype machine for the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon back in January, smack in the middle of steadily rising demand for all things SUV. Calling the factory dragster the “most-powerful, street-legal production car ever,” it released 13 slickly produced video teasers. Dodge then unveiled the Demon in a Vegas-style spectacle ahead of April’s New York auto show   Read More ...
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Windsor Assembly Plant to be idled next month over Grand Caravan air bag issue
The Windsor Assembly Plant is slated for a temporary shutdown starting next month. The effort appears to be related to changes in U.S. air bag regulations and the plant needing to retool. Automotive News reported that "the current version of the Dodge Grand Caravan doesn’t meet new side airbag regulations that went into effect Sept. 1." Fiat Chrysler Automobiles did not specifically address the air bag issue but said in a statement that the actions relate to U   Read More ...
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2018 Jeep Trackhawk
Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne took the 2018 Jeep Trackhawk out on Club Motorsports race track in New Hampshire for some serious hot laps. The 5,363-pound rhino passed with flying colors, exhibiting no brake fade or twitchy behavior. The only hickup was when it ran out of gas — easy to do when drinking 10 mpg.   Read More ...
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Ex-UAW official pleads guilty in training center case
Ann Arbor — A former associate director of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty to misusing funds that were intended to train and retrain blue-collar workers. Virdell King, 65, is the latest official to face charges in a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation into improprieties at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit. This morning, King pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act   Read More ...
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Detroit’s Big 3, Japan diverge on small cars
Los Angeles — Amid a market shift away from sedans to SUVs, major Detroit and Japanese automakers appear to be charting different courses for the future of their entry-level compact-car lines. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has stopped production of both its small cars, the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart. And The Detroit News has reported that General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co   Read More ...
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Ex-UAW official freed on bond in auto industry scandal
Detroit – Former UAW labor executive Virdell King was released on $10,000 unsecured bond Tuesday, four days after being charged with conspiring to raid a training fund for blue-collar workers. King, 65, of Detroit made a brief appearance Tuesday in federal court and is expected to return soon to plead guilty for her role in a widening $4.5 million conspiracy involving two pillars of the auto industry, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the United Auto Workers   Read More ...
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FCA cancels Illinois plant event with CEO, union exec
Buy Photo. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles canceled on Friday an Aug. 24 media event at its Belvidere, Illinois, plant at which CEO Sergio Marchionne was to have appeared with government and United Auto Workers officials, including Norwood Jewell, vice president of the UAW’s Fiat Chrysler unit. The event was intended to mark the beginning of production of the Jeep Cherokee, relocated from its previous home in Toledo, Ohio, following a $350 million retooling of the Belvidere plant northwest of Chicago   Read More ...
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Feds charge key witness in UAW-FCA corruption scandal
Detroit – Federal prosecutors snagged a second key witness Friday in a $4.5 million corruption scandal involving the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Former labor executive Virdell King was charged Friday with accepting illegal payments from Fiat Chrysler and could plead guilty in coming days for her role in a corruption scandal that prosecutors say involved funneling millions of dollars worth of payoffs to labor leaders and auto executives   Read More ...
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Feds probe UAW spending on purses, shotgun
Detroit — Federal agents probing a $4.5 million corruption scandal are investigating questionable spending by more leaders of the United Auto Workers, including pricey designer purses and a $2,180 shotgun bought with union training center funds, The Detroit News has learned. The investigation has entangled current and former top UAW officials, including union Vice President Norwood Jewell, who received the shotgun as a birthday present in 2015 after the firearm was purchased with funds earmarked for blue-collar workers, according to sources familiar with the investigation   Read More ...
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Why a sale of Fiat Chrysler to a Chinese buyer could happen
In today's political environment, a sale of Fiat Chrysler, the Italian-American automaker, to a Chinese company seems far-fetched. But analysts say it could happen. Here's why: Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, facing the need to catch up to its rivals on both electric vehicles and self-driving car technology, could turn to a Chinese buyer to solve its problems because it has few other alternatives   Read More ...
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Chinese automaker reportedly bids for Fiat Chrysler
A Chinese automaker reportedly made a quiet bid to acquire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, raising the distinct possibility that the traditional member of the Detroit Three that was bailed out by U.S. taxpayers could wind up with Chinese ownership. After years of pursuing a deal to gain greater global scale, the Italian-American recently rejected an acquisition bid by an unidentified Chinese automaker, according to Automotive News   Read More ...
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Former FCA analyst pleads guilty in UAW probe
Buy Photo. Ann Arbor — A former financial analyst with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV who is charged with helping to improperly channel more than $1 million in blue-collar training funds to union officials pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. Jerome Durden, 61, of Rochester Hills, faced charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and failure to file a tax return — all linked to an investigation into improper financial activities at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center   Read More ...
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Trial set for two defendants in FCA-UAW case
A Sept. 25 trial date has been set for a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executive and the wife of a former UAW vice president charged as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar enrichment scheme that allegedly involved pocketing worker training funds to pay for a new Ferrari, airline tickets and paying off a $262,000 mortgage. Alphons Iacobelli, 57, of Rochester Hills and Monica Morgan-Holieifield, 54, of Harrison Township are scheduled to appear for a jury trial Sept   Read More ...
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Former FCA exec Iacobelli granted bond in FCA-UAW case
Buy Photo. A former top Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV labor negotiator accused of pocketing worker training funds to buy a $350,000 Ferrari, two solid-gold Mont Blanc pens and to install a pool and outdoor kitchen at his upscale Rochester Hills home was granted bond Tuesday in a quick federal court arraignment. Alphons Iacobelli, 57, who last summer helped General Motors Co   Read More ...
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FCA-UAW scandal nears new potential target
Detroit – A former United Auto Workers official is under investigation and a potential target of the FBI probe into a multimillion-dollar conspiracy within the top ranks of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the union, The Detroit News has learned. Retired UAW Associate Director Virdell King has hired a criminal defense lawyer amid questions about personal purchases made through a UAW-Chrysler National Training Center credit-card account, according to two sources familiar with the investigation   Read More ...
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Marchionne: Conspiracy didn’t affect UAW bargaining
The multilayer conspiracy allegedly involving a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV top labor negotiator had “nothing whatsoever to do with the collective bargaining process” during UAW contract negotiations, CEO Sergio Marchionne wrote Thursday. In a letter to FCA employees obtained by The Detroit News, Marchionne expressed his “disgust” over alleged actions that led to the Wednesday indictment of Alphons Iacobelli, 57, and Monica Morgan, 54, the wife of the former United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield   Read More ...
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Former FCA exec, wife of former UAW VP indicted
A former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executive and top labor negotiator has been indicted by a federal grand jury as part of a multiyear conspiracy to pay and give things of value worth more than $1.2 million to officers and employees of the United Auto Workers. Alphons Iacobelli, 57, of Rochester Hills, who was a top labor negotiator until he abruptly retired from FCA ahead of contract negotiations in 2015 and most recently worked for General Motors Co   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler to lease facility in Michigan to serve production of new Jeep Wrangler
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is leasing property in Bedford Township to serve production of the new version of the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo. Syncreon, an Auburn Hills logistics company, will operate the facility and is expected to hire more than 250 employees, including warehouse, forklift and commercial drivers. Details about the hiring process have not been released. “The plan is for us to recruit probably a little over 250 people when we get up to full speed (in November), and we will be trucking parts from that site into the Toledo North Assembly Plant, sending about a dozen trucks every hour back and forth," said Dave Phinn, Syncreon's vice president of engineering and projects   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler issues 2 recalls affecting more than 1.3 million vehicles globally
The Dodge Viper will end its production run this summer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit. Wochit. Buy Photo. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a pair of voluntary recalls affecting more than 1.3 million vehicles worldwide. One case involves older-model crossovers and can lead to "inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag." The company says it is aware of five potentially related minor accidents, but no injuries   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler issues 2 recalls for more than 1.3M vehicles worldwide
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler has issued two new recalls covering more than 1.3 million vehicles worldwide. The first recall is due to wiring that accommodates air-bag function: An FCA US investigation has discovered the wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit. This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of generating inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag   Read More ...
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FCA to shutter Dodge Viper plant in August
Buy Photo. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will permanently shutter its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, home to the Dodge Viper sports car, effective Aug. 31, the automaker said in a notice to the state. The company said it expects to offer the 87 employees affected by the plant closure jobs at other FCA locations, the automaker said in a letter to the state   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler announces closing of Conner Assembly Plant
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler (FCA US LLC) has announced that is will close its Conner Assembly Plant effective August 31st. According to FCA, the plant located at 20000 Conner St on Detroit's East Side was built in 1966 was purchased by Chrysler in 1995. The Dodge Viper SRT & GTS along with V-10 engines have been produced at the facility since 2012   Read More ...
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(Not) Hot Wheels: Feds say thief left cars, took bins
Detroit — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has two of the most-stolen cars in the country, but one alleged thief scored a multimillion-dollar payday by bypassing the automaker’s fleet. Instead, a Farmington Hills truck driver swiped the plastic — more than $2 million worth of plastic crates and bins owned by FCA — and turned the buckets into cash, federal prosecutors said Thursday   Read More ...
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Dream Cruise won’t have Fiat Chrysler’s regular display
Detroit — You won’t find Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in its usual spot at 13 Mile and Woodward during this year’s 2017 Dream Cruise. Construction at the old Northwood Shopping Center site means the automaker will not host a display at the location as it has over the past 15 years. Property owner Beaumont Hospital is currently redeveloping the lot at the intersection’s southwest corner and has discussed the possibility of building a hotel there   Read More ...
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Cars of tomorrow: Fiat Chrysler honors student designs
For a peek at what Chryslers and Dodges might look like 30 years from now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles designers went to the high school students who might one day be drawing them. Paige Webb, a student from Rochester Hills’ Stoney Creek High School, is among the three winners of FCA’s 2017 Drive for Design Contest announced Thursday. Webb finished third behind Richard Chen of Delmar, Delaware, and first-place winner Davis Kunselman from Macon, Georgia   Read More ...
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Dodge minivans recalled for air bag problem
Detroit — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 297,000 minivans in the U.S. and Canada because the driver’s front air bag can inflate unexpectedly. The recall covers Dodge Grand Caravans from 2011 and 2012. The company says eight people have suffered minor injuries from the problem, but no crashes have been reported. Fiat Chrysler says the air bag wiring can chafe against steering wheel trim, causing a short circuit   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 200,000 older model minivans for wiring issue
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 200,000 older model minivans in the United State to "provide additional protection for certain wiring," the automaker announced Thursday. Overall, 209,135 vehicles in the U.S. are affected by the recall. Another 87,703 vehicles in Canada are affected. From Fiat Chrysler: An FCA US investigation led to the discovery of a condition that may lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag   Read More ...
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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: A minivan with plenty of juice
I drove a minivan every day for a week, and the gas gauge barely budged off full. You might wonder how this is possible unless my commute is just down the block. It’s not. I drive about 13 miles each way to get to and from the Free Press office in downtown Detroit taking the most direct route. And during the week in May when I had the minivan, I made several other trips, including one to Mt   Read More ...
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FCA diesel case in hands of Calif. judge
Washington — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will defend itself against allegations over diesel-emission violations in federal court in San Francisco rather than Detroit, after U.S. officials successfully requested to move the venue of the lawsuit. California courts historically have been more receptive to punishing polluters. The U.S. Department of Justice’s civil complaint against FCA alleges the automaker failed to disclose software on about 104,000 diesel-powered pickups and SUVs that regulators said could be similar to the “defeat devices” Volkswagen AG used to cheat emissions-testing on millions of its diesel cars   Read More ...
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US probes air bag computer failures in ’12 Jeep Liberty
Detroit — The U.S. government is investigating complaints that air bag control computers in some Jeep Liberty SUVs can fail, preventing the air bags from inflating in a crash. The probe covers about 105,000 of the vehicles from the 2012 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Monday that it has received 44 complaints about the problem involving a computer that detects crashes and controls air bag deployment   Read More ...
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‘Nines-with-light’: Behind the making of Dodge’s Demon
FCA demonstrates the crazy 2.35 second 0-to-60 time of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon June 1 at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Henry Payne, The Detroit News. Buy Photo. Cloaked in secrecy for two years before it pulled a wheelie and exploded down Pier 94 and stole the New York Auto Show, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was known to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles insiders as the “American Drag Racer   Read More ...
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US says Fiat Chrysler used software to beat emissions tests
DETROIT - The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that some diesel pickup trucks and Jeeps cheat on emissions tests. The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that nearly 104,000 Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees have software that makes them perform differently during normal driving than during lab tests by Environmental Protection Agency.   Read More ...
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U.S. sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions
Detroit — The U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over the automaker’s alleged violations of U.S. clean-air rules with its diesel vehicles. Federal investigators previously alleged FCA did not disclose at least eight auxiliary emission control devices on Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 pickups from the 2014-16 model years with 3-liter diesel engines   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler in talks with government over diesels
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler says it's in discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over claims the company cheated on diesel emissions tests. The EPA said in January that FCA was using software that allowed diesel vehicles to emit more pollution on the road than they do in emissions tests. The EPA said around 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram pickups from the 2014-2016 model years are affected   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler, Google Begin Offering Rides in Self-driving Cars
DETROIT, MICHIGAN — Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids minivans. Those vehicles have been tested in Arizona, California and Michigan. Waymo, Google's self-driving care project, said Tuesday that it will allow hundreds of people in Phoenix to take rides in the vehicles so that it can get feedback on the experience   Read More ...
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Maserati moving North American headquarters to Auburn Hills
Maserati's decision gives metro Detroit another hometown luxury automotive brand two years after General Motors' Cadillac brand moved from Detroit to New York City NEW YORK -- Maserati is planning to move its North American Headquarters from New Jersey to the former Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills later this year so that it can be closer to its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles   Read More ...
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180-mph Jeep Trackhawk is a ‘Hellcat SUV’
New York — What would happen if Fiat-Chrysler Automobile’s iconic Detroit brands — Jeep and Hellcat — had a love child? Say hello to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUV. In a dramatic New York Auto Show unveiling before a packed house Wednesday, Jeep introduced the most powerful sport-ute ever with 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. Perched on a four-wheel dynamometer on the Javits Convention Center stage, the blood-red, V-8 powered monster roared to life and proceeded to accelerate — in place — through the SUV’s record-setting numbers: zero-60 in 3   Read More ...
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See the new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST
Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks talks about the new special edition 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST after it was revealed at Eastern Market in Detroit on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.   Read More ...
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Fiat Chrysler's hourly UAW employees to get $5,000 in 2016 profit sharing
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler's hourly employees will get an additional $5,000, on average, this year as part of the company's 2016 profit sharing program. The automaker said this is an increase from 2015's $4,000 payment, and that this "is the first year that profit sharing will be paid based on the new formula negotiated in 2015 as noted in the last paragraph." From Fiat Chrysler: • Payment acknowledges hourly employees’   Read More ...
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