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New Fiat Chrysler Australia boss ready to turn local operation around: 'Work to do on customer perception'

"I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into," says new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia boss, Steve Zanlunghi, about the challenge he faces in righting the ship...

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Mopar concepts star at SEMA along with new Hemi crate engine packages
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Mopar concepts star at SEMA along with new Hemi crate engine packages

CarAdvice was at a special preview of Chrysler and Mopar’s unique SEMA concept vehicles in Las Vegas this week, ahead of their public unveiling at the SEMA show. It follows a Chrysler tradition of building heavily-modified show vehicles to celebrate automotive expos and events across the USA...


Jeep learning from quality control issues
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Jeep learning from quality control issues

It's no secret that the Jeep brand in Australia has had issues with quality control that have affected the ownership experience, especially for Grand Cherokee owners. It's a fact that hasn't been lost on head office, especially considering many Grand Cherokee buyers see the big SUV as a premium product. Recalls are no bad thing, when proactive...


Dodge Australia goes into hibernation
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Dodge Australia goes into hibernation

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia will put the Dodge brand on hold while it seeks future product from the iconic American brand. The new boss of Fiat Chrysler Australia, Steve Zanlunghi, says that once current stock for the Dodge Journey SUV runs out, the brand will go into hibernation before new product cases are made for our market...


Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Steve Zanlunghi. New York-born Zanlunghi, an American/Australian dual-citizen with a life-long history here, replaces native Detroiter Pat Dougherty, who came to the role in late 2014 and now moves to lead the company's parts and service operations for the wider Asia-Pacific region...


Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 gearshift recall underway
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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 gearshift recall underway

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is recalling the ‘WK’ Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 from various model years, over concerns the electronic shift lever may not correctly engage ‘park’. Last month the company’s local arm confirmed it would recall 47,451 examples of the two models for the electronic ‘monostable’ gear shifter as part of a wider global recall...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram added to Takata recall: 22,000 vehicles affected
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Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram added to Takata recall: 22,000 vehicles affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for more than 22,000 vehicles from a trio of model lines as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Less than a week after Subaru recalled nearly 76,000 vehicles as part of the Takata scandal, FCA has added a further 22,345 units to the worldwide campaign...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 9: ANCAP audits Picanto, Subaru Levorg reviewed, Jeeps recalled, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 9: ANCAP audits Picanto, Subaru Levorg reviewed, Jeeps recalled, and much more

Welcome to episode 9 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner are joined by Mike Costello to discuss the latest news in the automotive world and CarAdvice's latest reviews. As usual, you can expect some foolin' around, too...


Alfa Romeo full-size sedan due in 2018 - report
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Alfa Romeo full-size sedan due in 2018 - report

Alfa Romeo is working on a large sedan to rival the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, according to a new report out of the UK. Sitting above the Giulia sedan in the company’s line-up, the new 5 Series rival will likely share its rear-wheel-drive platform with its smaller sibling...


Fiat Chrysler accused of emissions cheating, skipping meeting with German authorities
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Fiat Chrysler accused of emissions cheating, skipping meeting with German authorities

Fiat Chrysler is suspected of installing an emissions testing defeat device on diesel versions of the Fiat 500X crossover. According to the Bild am Sonntag, the German Motor Transport Authority (KBA) believes that the device allows the car's emissions control system to work optimally for around 22 minutes before shutting off...


Fiat Chrysler 2.0-litre turbo engine coming in 2017
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Fiat Chrysler 2.0-litre turbo engine coming in 2017

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will reportedly introduce a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine next year, which in its top-spec trim will produce around 225kW (300hp). According to sources that have spoken to Automotive News, the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will feature direct injection, variable valve timing, an aluminium block and a twin-scroll turbo...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Fiat Chrysler and Google close to deal on autonomous car technology - reports
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Fiat Chrysler and Google close to deal on autonomous car technology - reports

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Google are reportedly very close to signing a deal related to self-driving car technology. Sources have told both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal that FCA and Google are in the late stage of negotiations, with the technology giant responsible for the supply of autonomous vehicle technology, while the Italian-American car maker will provide the automotive platform and manufacturing capability...


Fiat Chrysler announces 1.1-million car recall over gear selector: Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models affected
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Fiat Chrysler announces 1.1-million car recall over gear selector: Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall for more than 1.1 million vehicles over a potential problem with the gear selector fitted to certain Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler models. According to a statement from the brand, 811,586 vehicles in the US are affected by the recall, as well as 52,144 cars and SUVs in Canada; 16,805 models in Mexico; and 248,667 outside the NAFTA region - likely including Australia, though we're yet to hear back from the company's local arm...


Fiat Chrysler still keen on a merger with the 'big guys'
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Fiat Chrysler still keen on a merger with the 'big guys'

John Elkann, chairman of Fiat Chrysler, has reiterated the company's desire to find a merger partner with one of the larger automakers. In addition to his role at the Italian-American automaker, Elkann is also the nominated head of the powerful Agnelli clan and is the CEO of the family's Exor investment vehicle...


Fiat Chrysler boss believes Alfa Romeo should return to Formula One
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Fiat Chrysler boss believes Alfa Romeo should return to Formula One

Sergio Marchionne, the outspoken boss of both Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, has restated his desire for Alfa Romeo to re-enter the Formula One fray. In an interview of Gazzetta dello Sport, Marchionne said that "in order to restore [Alfa Romeo's] name they must consider returning to Formula One". As many are well aware, participation in the Formula One world championship doesn't come cheaply...


Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart to be axed
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Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart to be axed

The Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart are set to be killed off by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the brand refocuses its intentions in the US market. The two sedans - which were designed to appeal to budget-conscious buyers - haven't seen the success the company reportedly expected, with chief Sergio Marchionne stating that decreasing fuel prices are seeing sales of larger utility models strengthen...


Audi boss confirms trademark swap with Fiat Chrysler for Q2, Q4 badges
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Audi boss confirms trademark swap with Fiat Chrysler for Q2, Q4 badges

Speaking to the media at the 2016 Detroit auto show, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed what we reported on two weeks ago: Audi has acquired the rights to the Q2 and Q4 badges from Fiat Chrysler. At the Detroit show, Stadler told Autoblog, "We promised each other we wouldn't disclose what it cost, but it was not something they were willing to sell...


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect

The list of carmakers offering connectivity with the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms has grown again, with Ford and Fiat Chrysler both making major announcements at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For Ford, the move marks an anticipated upgrade to its new Sync 3 system, which was revealed last year and is locked in for an Australian launch sometime next year...