Monday, August 30, 2010

Chrysler To Begin Selling Fiat Subcompact In January

DETROIT (Dow Jones)--Chrysler Group LLC plans to introduce the Fiat 500 subcompact in the U.S. market in January and hopes to sell 50,000 of them in 2011, three people briefed on the auto maker's plans said.

The U.S. version of the Fiat 500 will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November and will be positioned as a direct competitor to BMW's (BMW.XE) Mini, according to these people, who did not want to be identified since the briefing is not public. Chrysler also plans to introduce an electric version of the Fiat 500 in 2012, they said...More

Chrysler Seeks Fiat Dealerships in 165 U.S. Locations

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker run by Fiat SpA, said it wants Fiat dealerships in about 165 U.S. locations as the Italian automaker expands in North America.

Chrysler invited about 400 Chrysler dealers to hear the franchise plans at a meeting today in Detroit. The locations will be in metropolitan areas selected for high concentrations of small-car registrations, Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler said today in a statement....More

Friday, August 20, 2010

Chrysler previews new Jeep Wrangler

Chrysler Group LLC on Thursday released the first teaser photos of the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, which go on sale later this year. Production of the popular off-roaders began this week in Toledo....More

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Biden to visit Chrysler supplier park on Monday

Washington -- Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Toledo on Monday to visit the Chrysler Group LLC's Toledo Supplier Park, The Detroit News has learned.---...More

Friday, August 13, 2010

Chrysler invites dealers to open Fiat dealerships

Chrysler Group LLC is inviting around 600 of its dealers to Detroit on Aug. 30 to learn more about the Fiat brand and decide whether they want to sell Fiats in the U.S.

Italian automaker Fiat, which owns 20 percent of Chrysler and has managed the automaker since it exited bankruptcy protection last year, is planning to bring the Fiat 500 small car to the U.S. later this year. It expects to have around 200 U.S. dealers....More

Chrysler Close to Naming Replacement for A123 Systems

Chrysler Group LLC, the automaker controlled by Fiat SpA, said it will soon name a new battery supplier for its electric vehicles after A123 Systems Inc. said it withdrew from the “diminished” program.

“Our plans for the EV are the same and this does not impact the program timeline,” Katie Hepler, a spokeswoman for Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler, said today in an e-mail. More details on the supplier may be announced in the “not-too- distant future,” Hepler said.

Chrysler and Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said in November that he plans to produce about 56,000 electric vehicles annually by 2014. The company in March announced plans to sell a battery-powered version of the Fiat 500 subcompact in the U.S. in 2012. A123’s deal was reached with Chrysler’s prior managers, who had suggested a full lineup of electric vehicles....More

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chrysler to discuss Fiat strategy with dealers

Chrysler Group LLC has invited 600 dealers, including all those in Metro Detroit, to a meeting in Auburn Hills Aug. 30 to learn what they need to do to sell the Fiat brand.---...More