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Fiat Chrysler expands Takata airbag recall to 3.3M vehicles

Filed under: Recalls, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Safety Chrysler is expanding its Takata airbag recall beyond high-humidity areas, adding a whopping 3.3-million vehicles to the queue in the US, Canada, Mexico and beyond. Continue reading Fiat Chrysler expands Takata airbag recall to 3.3M vehicles Fiat Chrysler expands Takata airbag recall to 3.3M vehicles originally appeared on [...]

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Report: Here’s what the UAW will be angling for in next year’s contract negotiations

Filed under: Earnings/Financials, UAW/Unions The United Auto Workers union is about to enter a new round of negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers, and this time, the focus is on the end of the two-tier wage system. Introduced in 2007, the two-tier wage system was enacted to allow General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to categorize [...]

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Report: 10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that’s unsurprising, since it’s the automakers, not Takata, that will take a beating on the dealership floor if consumers decide its [...]

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Official: Takata airbag recall claims 209k Chrysler, Dodge vehicles

Filed under: Sedan, Truck, Wagon, Recalls, Safety, Chrysler, Dodge Chrysler is expanding the scope of its front passenger side Takata airbag inflator recall yet again to include 139,115 additional vehicles for a total of 208,783 units now needing these parts replaced. The latest campaign affects the passenger side inflators of the 2003-2005 Dodge Ram 1500, [...]

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Report: Chrysler set to make $266M-investment into 8-speed transmission production

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Chrysler will shortly make a significant $266-million investment into its Kokomo, IN transmission factory in a bid to expand production of its eight-speed automatic transmissions. The gearboxes, which are built under license from Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, have been well received by customers and critics, and according to an [...]

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Official: Ward’s announces 10 Best Engines 2015

Filed under: Performance, Electric, Diesel Ward’s Auto has named its 10 Best Engines for 2015, covering a range of powerplants from fuel-sippers to fire-breathers. As with past years, forced-induction reigns supreme, with seven of the ten engines featuring a turbo or supercharger. This year is slightly different, though, as two of the seven blown engines [...]

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Official: Pete Grady retiring from Chrysler, Maserati

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Chrysler, Maserati Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is about to lose one of its top executives as the president of Maserati North America, Pete Grady, has announced his retirement. A lifelong automotive industry exec, Grady joined the American Motors Corporation back in 1984 after graduating from John Carroll University in his native Ohio. After [...]

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Recalls: Ford, Chrysler and Mazda expand scope of Takata airbag recalls

Filed under: Coupe, Truck, Recalls, Safety, Supercars, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Ram The scope of the Takata airbag inflator recall is ballooning once again across the United States. Where Honda has elected to take its driver-side airbag campaign nationwide, Chrysler Group and Ford have now announced expanded regional actions to cover some passenger-side airbag inflators. Mazda [...]

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Read This: Canada bailed out GM, Chrysler without really knowing what they were getting into

Filed under: Government/Legal, Chrysler, GM, Canada, Earnings/Financials The Auditor General of Canada recently issued a report that makes at least one thing clear: it doesn’t know how effective Canadian government loans given to General Motors and Chrysler in 2009 were in ensuring the viability of both companies. That year, the Canadian and Ontario governments dished [...]

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Official: Chrysler, Nissan minivans earn ‘dire’ crash test results, says IIHS [w/video]

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Safety, Videos, Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, Toyota First introduced in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small-overlap frontal crash test has become the bane of many auto engineers’ existence. It’s a particularly steep design challenge because it forces just 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end to take the brunt of a [...]

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Report: Why the Charger Hellcat can’t be ordered with a manual transmission

Filed under: Car Buying, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Government/Legal, Chrysler, Dodge, Autoblog Black Fans of truly irreverent amounts of horsepower will find lots to love in the form of the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models. Both of them send 707 ridiculous horsepower to the rear wheels; the only question is whether you want your [...]

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U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Kia forges fresh identity with LeBron James, racing and a luxury car

Filed under: Motorsports, SEMA Show, Marketing/Advertising, Chrysler, Jaguar, Kia, Design/Style, Luxury, Fiat “The truth of the matter is we have some pretty damn good quality.” – Michael Sprague Kia is on pace to post it best-ever sales year in the United States, yet executives admit the company is still hampered by the lingering memories of [...]

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