Monday, January 31, 2011

Chrysler posts net loss for 2010, but will give employee bonuses

Although it didn't make a net profit last year, Chrysler Group LLC will give bonuses to its employees in the United States and Canada to recognize their efforts over the past year...more

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chrysler minivan plant in Windsor to be idled for parts shortage

Chrysler Group's Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario will close next week because of a parts shortage, a company spokeswoman confirmed.more

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fiat 500 speeding to market

The rush to reintroduce Fiat to North America means cars will be ready for delivery before new dealerships are open for business, forcing some creative steps to ensure the brand has a positive return to the market...More

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chrysler to take over supplier-run Toledo Jeep paint shop

Chrysler Group LLC early next year will take control of the Toledo Assembly complex's Wrangler paint shop operation from Magna International Inc., which has run the paint shop since June, 2006....More

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chrysler Rumor-The 2012 Dodge Dakota pickup truck?

Found this on the popular Chrysler site AllPar. A rendering of what a Uni-Body Dakota replacement based on the Durango would look like....Not Bad.

But myself and most other truck buyers prefer a framed based trucks.

Canadian Chrysler plant 'guaranteed'

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne visited Windsor Tuesday for a homecoming befitting a rock star and de-livered the magical words employees most wanted to hear: the van plant is safe.
"This is a great plant," Marchionne told about 1,200 workers who gathered to hear the boss speak in the middle of the Windsor Assembly Plant. "I came here with one objective only and that is to tell you the future of this plant is without a doubt guaranteed."..More

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chrysler Seeks To Boost Jeep’s Marketing Mileage

Chrysler has pushed for better fuel economy from its line of Jeep SUVs and crossover vehicles, but it has also been trying to get more mileage out of the Jeep brand’s rugged, go-anywhere image and even its military heritage dating to World War II....More

Chrysler teams with EPA on hybrid hydraulic technology

For those soccer-mom-driven families who just can’t or won’t give up minivans — no matter how eco-minded they are — here’s some interesting news. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chrysler are working together to design a minivan that will use hybrid technology that is supposed to increase fuel efficiency for this vehicle model class by 30 percent to 35 percent (or more, if the car is being used in the city)...More

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sharp Chrysler 200 Super-S Tricked out by MOPAR

Chrysler displayed a sportier Mopar-tuned version of its new 200 mid-sized sedan at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed the Chrysler 200 Super S, the concept provides a look at what a future sport-oriented version of the 200 may look like....More

Against The Odds, Chrysler Goes “From Third World To World Class”

The new 300 was still distinctively styled, with a long hood, muscular shoulders and large wheels, but it no longer had that cartoonish “gangsta” look. From the looks of it, Chrysler was deadly serious about reclaiming the 300’s past glory....More

Monday, January 17, 2011

All Up In Yer Grille: Which Mug Best Fits the Chrysler 300?

At the 2011 Detroit auto show, Chrysler put some Motown flash on display for its all-new Chrysler 300 flagship sedan..Read more:

Lancia to unveil rebadged Chrysler 200, 200 Convertible in Geneva

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, Fiat SpA’s Lancia brand will unveil bunch of new cars including the much anticipated Ypsilon subcompact. According to Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, Lancia will also unveil a rebadged version of the Chrysler 200 in Europe, possibly called the Flavia...More

Chrysler Plans Return to Hybrids in 2013

Chrysler is working on a hybrid version of the Chrysler 300 sedan, according to a report in Automotive News. "We will offer a hybrid variant of the 300 equipped with an eight-speed automatic in 2013," CEO Sergio Marchionne said last week at the Detroit auto show...More

Fiat Workers Approve New Contract

Workers gather outside carmaker Fiat's factory in Italy after voting for a contract that limits strikes in exchange for keeping jobs and making new investments at home.
The company bought their support by pledging a 1 billion euro investment to build luxury Alfa Romeo and Chrysler models at Fiat's Mirafiori plant. ..More

Marchionne wins deal clearing Italian-made Jeeps for U.S.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne won narrow backing from workers for a labor deal that clears the way for Jeep models for the U.S. market to be built alongside Alfa Romeos in Italy...more

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Chrysler 300 Video with Head of Design

Chrysler 200 Convertible Pictures

The new Chrysler 200 Convertible!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Chrysler Considers New Pickups, `Mini-Minivan' to Win Buyers

Chrysler Group LLC is considering two new pickups, a seven-passenger Jeep and a smaller minivan, showing the automaker is willing to spend money to widen its product lines and draw in new customers....More

Sergio Marchionne has raised industrial and political tension

Sergio Marchionne is demanding labor in Italy must adopt the UAW style contracts in return for a 20billion dollar investment.

Quote:"---If they refuse, Mr Marchionne has said he will pull all or part of Italy’s biggest private employer out of the country and move industrial jobs to lower-cost sites in Poland, Serbia or North America....More

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Jeep Compass

For Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley, unveiling the freshened Compass today was the final installment on a 2009 pledge to rework the brand's entire lineup.more

Chrysler will likely kill one of its two traditional minivans

Chrysler will likely kill one of its two traditional minivans for the next generation, due to arrive in 2014. Whichever brand does not get a minivan would get some kind of “people mover,” Marchionne said, perhaps without sliding doors. .. more

Jeep to dust off Grand Wagoneer name for 7-seat SUV

It's time we gave the market an upper-scale Grand Wagoneer,” Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. “You'll see it in January 2013.”

The Grand Wagoneer would be a seven-seat SUV built on the same platform as the Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango. Those two vehicles were part of Chrysler's 16-vehicle 2011 product offensive spearheaded by the hard-driving Marchionne....More

Monday, January 10, 2011

Detroit Auto Show: Ford and Chrysler Unveilings

Fiat News|Fiat raises Chrysler stake, readies for IPO

Fiat lifted its stake in Chrysler to 25 percent today as CEO Sergio Marchionne prepares for an upcoming round of meetings with bankers to refinance Chrysler's debt and to ...Read more: 

Chrysler News|Chrysler to boost new 300's mileage with eight- speed automatic transmission

DETROIT - Chrysler plans to put an eight-speed automatic transmission in its all-new 300 luxury sedan in a move to boost fuel economy.
Chrysler brand CEO Olivier Francois says the transmission will give the luxury car class-leading fuel economy equivalent to 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres..More

Jeep News|Chrysler Considers Jeep Wrangler-Based Pickup, Brand Chief Says

Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker operated by Fiat SpA, is “very seriously” considering creating a pickup based on the Jeep Wrangler sport-utility vehicle, an executive said today...More

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Chrysler to invest in Brampton plant

Brampton, Ontario — Chrysler Group LLC will invest in a new paint shop and likely add a third shift to its assembly plant here as early as next year, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Friday.more

Friday, January 7, 2011

Price tag for Chrysler 300: $27,995

Chrysler announced today that its all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 full-size sedan will start at $27,995, including $825 in destination charges...More

How Chrysler 300 was given new life

The redesigned 300 faced the additional difficulty of being developed during some of Chrysler's darkest hours...more

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fiat may increase Chrysler stake to 51% before IPO

Fiat SpA, the Italian carmaker that owns 20 percent of Chrysler Group LLC, may boost the holding to more than 50 percent before a planned initial public offering by the U.S. carmaker this year....More