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Fiat Chrysler interested in Piaggio; Mahindra considering Peugeot Motorcycles?

Filed under: Chrysler, Motorcycle, Rumormill, MISC, Fiat We’re not yet ready to call it a trend, but rumors have been flying that a couple more major automakers have set their sights on motorcycle manufacturers to add to their portfolios. If they do, they’ll be following in the footsteps of the Volkswagen Group, which gobbled up [...]

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Fiat Chrysler global HQ lands in London’s ultra-posh West End

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Chrysler, Earnings/Financials, UK, Fiat It seems Fiat is bent on bolstering its image as a global automaker, as word has leaked out that the Italian/American conglomerate has chosen to locate its global headquarters in a rather swanky neighborhood in London. According to Bloomberg, the rental location on St. James Street in London’s [...]

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Are you the 2015 Chrysler 300?

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Sedan, Chrysler, Luxury When Chrysler showed us its hand and revealed its five-year product plan to the world, we learned that the updated 300 sedan will bow at the LA Auto Show in November. Now, thanks to Allpar, we might have our first (super grainy) look at the new sedan [...]

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Chrysler minivans under investigation for stalling after fuel refill

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Safety, Chrysler, Dodge According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least one man has reported that his 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan stalled unexpectedly on the highway shortly after being refueled. The unidentified man who contacted NHTSA regarding the issue cited as many as eight similar instances reported by other drivers. [...]

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Weekly Recap: Despite merger, Fiat and Chrysler will maintain local roots as stock offering looms

Filed under: Chrysler, Infiniti, Mazda, Toyota, Earnings/Financials, Fiat Chrysler will still be largely run out of its headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, and Fiat will be based in Turin, Italy. Americans and Italians worried that two of their nation’s industrial icons – Chrysler and Fiat – are merging into a British/Dutch corporation with a blurred [...]

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Remembering Car Design’s Golden Age Through The Eyes of Its Designers

American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these aging designers and their beautiful concept work back into the spotlight. Read more… Continue Reading [...]

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Consumer Reports says Ram 1500 tops fuel economy fight [w/video]

Filed under: MPG, Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota Consumer Reports takes its independent vehicle testing procedures seriously. In an era when we have to question the EPA’s official ratings thanks to recent re-evaluations from Ford and Hyundai, an independent voice is important. So, when CR says something is the best, it’s worth paying attention to. The Ram [...]

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Chrysler investigating complaints of vehicles with faulty power modules

Filed under: Safety, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Chrysler owners are hopping mad after experiencing a series of electrical gremlins in some of the company’s vehicles. Issues range from mere annoyances – windows rolling down and radios turning off of their own accord – to serious safety issues, with headlights that randomly shut off at night and [...]

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Japanese spark plug giant NGK pleads guilty to price fixing, to pay $52M fine

Filed under: Maintenance, Government/Legal, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota The ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice into price fixing in the automotive industry has nabbed one more company breaking the law. Japanese parts giant NGK Spark Plug Company agreed to plead guilty to a felony count of pricing fixing and bid rigging in the in the [...]

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat revealed [UPDATE]

Filed under: Performance, Chrysler, Dodge Almost immediately after we drove the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, we began wondering: what’s next? Pumping 707 horsepower into the Challenger seemed so crazy – and so intoxicating – we just assumed that Dodge would try that trick again. Rumors swirled about a Charger Hellcat. Frankly it makes even [...]

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Chrysler, Nissan looking into claim that their cars are industry’s most hackable

Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Safety, Technology, Crossover, Chrysler, Infiniti, Jeep, Nissan, Luxury, Off-Road A pair of cyber security experts have awarded the ignominious title of most hackable vehicles on American roads to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2014 Infiniti Q50 and 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are set to release a report at [...]

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What’s in a trademark? Sometimes, the next iconic car name

Filed under: Government/Legal, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GM, Lexus, Toyota The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts, especially those who double as conspiracy theorists. Why has Toyota applied to trademark “Supra,” the name of one of its legendary sports cars, even though it hasn’t sold one in [...]

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Fiat shareholders green-light Chrysler merger, end of an Italian era

Filed under: Chrysler, Fiat Fiat has just taken a major step away from its Italian heritage, as shareholders officially approved the company’s merger with Chrysler. That move will lead to the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, a Dutch company based in Great Britain and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, according to Automotive [...]

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40+ cars that barely avoid the gas guzzler tax

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Wagon, Government/Legal, Audi, Bentley, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Luxury The Gas Guzzler schedule, with mpg ratings and charges that haven’t changed since 1991, lays out which fuel-swillers owe what to Uncle Sam. I started thinking about the “Gas Guzzler Tax” – considerably [...]

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The cars that won’t live to see 2015 [w/video] [UPDATE]

Filed under: Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo Every year in the fast-paced automotive industry brings new models, but it also spells the end for some that have been less successful. This year will be no exception. Japan’s automakers make up the bulk of the list [...]

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Chrysler recalling hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander SUVs

Filed under: SUV, Recalls, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram The public might associated ignition switch recalls with General Motors – and with good cause – but that’s not the only automaker calling its vehicles back in to fix that sort of issue. Last month we reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was investigating an array [...]

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