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Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat survive with a narrowed focus

In the lead up to Fiat Chrysler's presentation to investors at Balocco, Italy, rumours and reports have swirled about the future of the Fiat, Dodge, and Chrysler brands. Some going so far as to suggest to death of one, but, it turns out, they'll all live on for now, each with a much narrower focus than before...

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Chrysler brand to be phased out, announcement coming soon - report
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Chrysler brand to be phased out, announcement coming soon - report

Fiat Chrysler's ever-growing focus on crossovers, pickup trucks and luxury cars, as well as a dearth of new product means Chrysler could be phased out in the near future. A source has told Automotive News Chrysler's fate could be announced this (European) Friday, when Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, is due to make a presentation outlining the company's next five-year plan...


Time Machine Tuesday: 29 May 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: 29 May 2018

People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here’s a look at what happened on the week of May 29 in years past...


ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall
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ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has added around 1.1 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recall, publishing a new list of vehicles previously not known to have been affected. While these models aren't under active recall just yet, the ACCC has identified them as subject to future recalls by their respective manufacturers as part of the compulsory campaign that requires affected makes to replace all defective airbags before the end of 2020...


Chrysler 300 SRT Core joins NSW Police fleet
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Chrysler 300 SRT Core joins NSW Police fleet

The Chrylser 300 SRT Core has been announced as the newest member of the New South Wales Police Highway Patrol fleet, joining the BMW 530d. It's likely the V8-powered Chrysler 300 patrol vehicles will replace the outgoing V8 Holden Commodores, while the BMW serves the role previously occupied by six-cylinder Commodore police cars...


Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler join Takata recall
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Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler join Takata recall

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for the 2014-15 Chrysler 300 and 2014-16 Jeep Wrangler as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Vehicles affected by this notice are fitted with faulty passenger-side airbags, though are labelled with the less-dangerous 'beta' rating...


Takata airbag recall in Australia: Everything you need to know
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Takata airbag recall in Australia: Everything you need to know

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are some four million vehicles in Australia. Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries...


Ford Takata airbag recall announced
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Ford Takata airbag recall announced

Ford Australia has today announced details of its recall for vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators. As required under the compulsory recall program announced earlier this week, Ford will first contact owners of the oldest affected vehicles before working its way up to newer vehicles with a lesser risk...


Fiat Chrysler to kill diesel by 2022 - Report
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Fiat Chrysler to kill diesel by 2022 - Report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will end production of its diesel vehicles by 2022, telling the Financial Times a lack of demand and high costs are behind the decision. According to the report, people "familiar with the [diesel] strategy" say the company will announce decision as part of a four-year plan, set to be fully revealed on June 1...


2013 Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler 300, 300C join Takata recall
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2013 Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler 300, 300C join Takata recall

Fiat Chrysler has recalled 7464 cars for replacement passenger airbags, as part of the ongoing Takata Airbag scandal. The latest campaign includes Jeep Wranglers and Chrysler 300/300C models sold in 2013, fitted with 'beta' inflators on the passenger side. All the inflators in this recall are classed as ‘beta’ – less dangerous than ‘alpha’ inflators, but still in need of replacement...


Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution
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Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered talks with diesel owners and the US Department of Justice, as the parties near settlement over cars fitted with emissions defeat devices. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a lawsuit against FCA in May this year, arguing the company used a 'defeat device' in 104,000 Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs fitted with the 3...


FCA in partnership talks with Hyundai
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FCA in partnership talks with Hyundai

Fiat Chrysler is discussing with Hyundai regarding hydrogen fuel-cell technologies and vehicle transmissions. Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, spilt the beans to Bloomberg while speaking to media at the launch of Alfa Romeo's return to Formula One. Marchionne highlighted the "potential of a technical partnership with Hyundai" to develop transmissions and hydrogen technology...


Talking crate engines with Jeep Performance at SEMA
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Talking crate engines with Jeep Performance at SEMA

I recently attended SEMA 2017 on behalf of CarAdvice and StreetFX, to check out some of the aftermarket goodies on show. In this video, we have a chat to Todd Beddick, product manager in the Jeep Performance Division, to discuss the range of Mopar crate engines you can buy off-the-shelf for your project car...


Chrysler, Dodge end right-hand drive production - report
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Chrysler, Dodge end right-hand drive production - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reportedly ceased right-hand drive production at its Windsor and Brampton facilities in Canada. According to a report by of South Africa's Allpar, the move means the Chrysler and Dodge brands will be leaving South Africa early next year, spelling the end for nameplates like the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Journey...


Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled for alternator fix
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Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled for alternator fix

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for 9558 vehicles across its previous-model Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee lines over concerns a faulty alternator could cause the engine to stall, or pose a fire risk. The manufacturer reports that affected units may experience diode thermal fatigue due to cyclical loads induced by the power steering...


Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program
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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the autonomous vehicle development program led by the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye. The Italian-American car company says it will contribute engineering and other technical resources to the development of the new self-driving car platform, as well as large sales volumes and a significant presence in the North American market...


Fiat Chrysler rejected Chinese bid, others interested - report
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Fiat Chrysler rejected Chinese bid, others interested - report

Fiat Chrysler could be acquired by a Chinese car maker, with reports indicating it has already rejected one offer for no reason other than the size of the offer. According to Automotive News, a large Chinese automaker recently had a bid for the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) turned down...


Fiat Chrysler sued over diesel emissions cheating, Mercedes-Benz offices raided
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Fiat Chrysler sued over diesel emissions cheating, Mercedes-Benz offices raided

In the wake of Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz have been cast into the spotlight, as authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have launched new actions into possible cases of emission testing defeat devices being used to illegally pass vehicles for sale...


NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet
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NSW Police add Chrysler 300 SRT to promo fleet

The New South Wales (NSW) Police have taken delivery of a new Chrysler 300 SRT, with the large sports sedan tipped to take over duties from the locally-produced Holden Commodore when Australian manufacturing concludes in October. While it's been decked out with 'Highway Patrol' branding, the sole 300 SRT police car (at least, for now) is only being used as a show vehicle, making appearances at shows, sporting events and public displays...


Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles
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Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, has started an early rider program for its autonomous vehicle fleet, and has significantly increased its order for autonomous Chrysler Pacific plug-in hybrid people movers. The early rider program is currently only open to residents living in and around Phoenix, Arizona...