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2018 Abarth 595, Fiat 500 infotainment upgraded - UPDATE

The Abarth 595 line-up has been upgraded for the 2018 model year, bringing an upgraded infotainment display and smartphone mirroring technology. UPDATE, 21/9/18: The Fiat 500 has added the 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across the range...

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2019 Fiat 124 Spider revealed
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2019 Fiat 124 Spider revealed

Fiat has taken the wraps off its updated 124 Spider, with new styling options and an updated technology suite for the Mazda MX-5 twin. The (mildly) refreshed roadster will be offered in three trim levels overseas: Classica, Lusso and Abarth. The entry-level model gets a twin exhaust, black roll bars and 16-inch alloy wheels, along with halogen headlights...


2019 Abarth 595 revealed for the UK
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2019 Abarth 595 revealed for the UK

The refreshed Abarth 595 range has been revealed in the UK, headlined by new exterior colour options and an upgraded exhaust system on select variants. As before, the 595 is offered in four trim levels in Great Britain: 595, 595 Trofeo, 595 Turismo, and 595 Competizione, and two body styles – hatchback and convertible...


2019 Jeep Cherokee recalled
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2019 Jeep Cherokee recalled

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has been recalled over a potential issue with the rear brakes. According to FCA, the rear brake calipers could have an incorrect chrome coating on their pistons, which could make gas pockets form in the brake system. In some cases, the pedal may go long or feel soft after the car is started...


2018 Jeep Compass recalled
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2018 Jeep Compass recalled

Jeep Australia has issued yet another recall this week, this time for the 2018 Compass over concerns an issue with the Power Control Module (PCM) could cause the cruise control to lock speed or accelerate unexpectedly. The manufacturer reports that affected vehicles have have faulty PCM software, which could potentially lead to the aforementioned fault...


Jeep recalls several models for stalling fix
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Jeep recalls several models for stalling fix

Jeep Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 Cherokee, Compass and Grand Cherokee, along with the 2017-18 Wrangler, over concerns vehicles could suddenly stall while driving. The manufacturer reports the powertrain module could fail, leading to a condition that could see the vehicle not start, start and immediate stall, or stall while driving...


2018 Jeep Cherokee recalled
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2018 Jeep Cherokee recalled

Jeep Australia has issued a recall for two examples of the 2018 'KL' Cherokee over concerns their all-wheel drive systems could be faulty and cause a sudden loss of power. The company reports that a fault within the half-shaft assembly can result in a "loss of power or inability to park the vehicle"...


2015-18 Fiat 500X recalled
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2015-18 Fiat 500X recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled the 2015-2018 Fiat 500X, over concerns about a faulty rear seat latch. According to the company, the problem could make the rear seat back fold forward in an accident if the seatbelts aren't engaged. If a child seat is fitted using isofix anchor points, it could be compromised by the issue in a crash...


Alfa Romeo Mito production ending in early 2019 - report
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Alfa Romeo Mito production ending in early 2019 - report

  The long-serving (should that be suffering?) Alfa Romeo Mito will be out of production early in 2019, according to reports from Europe. There was no mention of the two-door hatch in Fiat Chrysler's five-year plan earlier this year, but Autocar has now confirmed its downfall...


2019 Fiat 500X teased
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2019 Fiat 500X teased

The updated Fiat 500X has been teased in a shadowy image posted by Autoblog.it, giving us an early glimpse of what to expect from the model's mid-life facelift. It appears the new 500X will draw heavily from the latest Fiat 500 in terms of design, getting similar headlight, fog-light and LED daytime-running light treatments as its smaller stablemate...


Maserati Levante GTS coming Down Under for MY2020
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Maserati Levante GTS coming Down Under for MY2020

Maserati has confirmed the Levante GTS will be coming to Australia, but it's still a long way off touching down. The 404kW super-SUV won't be here until late in 2019, with Maserati confirming it'll be available for the 2020 model year...


Ram recalls 1.45 million trucks globally over tailgate fault
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Ram recalls 1.45 million trucks globally over tailgate fault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been forced to issue a global recall for more than 1.1 million Ram trucks in the US, along with a further 260,000 in Canada, nearly 20,000 in Mexico, and a further 25,000 in markets outside North America. According to the manufacturer, affected models are fitted with faulty power-locking mechanisms that could break over time...


Sergio Marchionne: A brief history of his time as CEO of Fiat and Chrysler
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Sergio Marchionne: A brief history of his time as CEO of Fiat and Chrysler

Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat since 2004 and Chrysler from 2009, has passed away aged 66 after complications arising from surgery. Known for his straight-talking style, workaholic lifestyle, and love of black wooly sweaters, Marchionne was not a noted "car guy", but his legacy includes turning around not one, but two automakers...


Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne passes away
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Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne passes away

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler (FCA) until last weekend, has passed away after complications arising from surgery. “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone," John Elkann, head of Exor, the holding company for the Agnelli and Elkann families, and largest shareholder in FCA, said in a statement released in the last hour...


Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne replaced suddenly due to ill health
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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne replaced suddenly due to ill health

After an emergency board meeting Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has appointed Mike Manley, previously head of Jeep and RAM, as its acting CEO effectively immediately. In a statement overnight, the company announced with "profound sorrow that during the course of this week unexpected complications arose while Mr Marchionne was recovering from surgery and that these have worsened significantly in recent hours", and as a result the outspoken CEO "will be unable to return to work"...


Fiat workers to strike over Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus
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Fiat workers to strike over Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus

The union representing manufacturing workers at Fiat in Italy has announced strike action to protest the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus, a football club owned by Fiat Chrysler's (FCA) parent company. In order to gain Ronaldo's services, Juventus is paying Real Madrid a €105 million ($166 million) transfer fee over two instalments...


2014-16 Dodge Journey, Fiat Freemont recalled
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2014-16 Dodge Journey, Fiat Freemont recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for the Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont twins over concerns a faulty control module could cause the cruise control to malfunction. The manufacturer reports the software in the Power Control Module (PCM) may be faulty, which could cause the vehicle speed to lock or accelerate unexpectedly when cruise control is engaged...


2014-18 Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled
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2014-18 Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee over concerns faulty software could cause the cruise control function to lock or unexpectedly accelerate. The manufacturer reports affected vehicles could feature a fault in the Power Control Module (PCM) software, which may affect the cruise control system...


Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe future looking shaky
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Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe future looking shaky

Alfa Romeo could axe the 4C coupe after its 2018 model year runs out, leaving the 4C Spider to carry the brand's two-seat torch. After reports from the USA said the 4C Coupe will be killed in North America next year, Autocar has quoted Sergio Marchionne calling the model's future into question...


2014-18 Jeep Cherokee recalled
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2014-18 Jeep Cherokee recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for the 2014-2018 model-year Jeep Cherokee, over concerns a faulty Power Control Module (PCM) could make cruise control to lock or accelerate unexpectedly. The manufacturer reports the PCM's computer software is faulty, and could cause the "possible locking of speed or cause acceleration of the vehicle" when cruise control is activated...