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Fiat Chrysler 'very open' to mergers, partnerships, joint ventures

Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley has confirmed the carmaker is "very open" to working with other manufacturers in essentially any form, as he looks for "any deal that would make Fiat stronger"...

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 880,000 trucks in North America
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 880,000 trucks in North America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled 573,876 Ram 2500/3500 trucks and 193,813 Ram 1500 pickups in North America, with major safety issues driving both campaigns. The former (and larger) recall pertains to a potential issue with the steering linkage, with FCA saying an "investigation discovered a specific steering-linkage configuration on certain vehicles may separate over time", creating a risk of steering loss...


2019 Ram 1500 gains barn-door tailgate
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2019 Ram 1500 gains barn-door tailgate

Ram has unveiled a new multi-function tailgate for the 2019 1500, as the North American pickup market heats up in new, fascinating ways. The new multifunction tailgate is a direct response to the GMC Sierra's crazy new six-way tailgate and the Ford F150's integrated step and handle. It's made of aluminium, damped, and can be remotely opened...


2019 Ram 2500, 3500 Heavy Duty revealed
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2019 Ram 2500, 3500 Heavy Duty revealed

Ram has revealed the bigger, badder 2500 Heavy Duty and 3500 Heavy Duty versions of its pickup at the Detroit motor show, creating the first production truck to top 1000lb.ft (1356Nm) of torque in the process. Although three engines will be offered in total, the headline unit is a 6.7-litre inline-six turbo-diesel pumping out 400hp (298kW) and 1356Nm...


Fiat Chrysler to settle US diesel emissions cases for $1.1 billion
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Fiat Chrysler to settle US diesel emissions cases for $1.1 billion

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will pay out roughly US$800 million ($1.1 billion) in fines, fixes and compensation to settle claims some of its diesel engines cheated their way past emissions regulations. The company had been accused of using an emissions-testing defeat device, like the one used employed by the Volkswagen Group in its Dieselgate engines, which could detect when a car was undergoing bench-testing and alter its operation to emit a legal quantity of pollutants...


2018 Ram 1500 recalled
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2018 Ram 1500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall for the Ram 1500 over concerns a loose cable could cause the parking brake to become "difficult to operate". The conversion firm reports the outer cable sheath for the park brake may have slipped through the end fitting. If the condition occurs, the park brake could also fail, meaning the vehicle is unable to be secured...


2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review: Tow test
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2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review: Tow test

'Eats utes for breakfast', they say. But does it have the appetite to tow one?


2016-18 Ram 2500, 3500 recalled
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2016-18 Ram 2500, 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has recalled Ram 2500 and 3500 models sold between January 1, 2016 and October 1, 2018 over concerns about the heater hose pipe. The company reports a heater hose pipe mightn't be properly attached securely, creating a friction point with the brake pipe assembly...


2015-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled again - UPDATE
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2015-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled again - UPDATE

UPDATE, 5 November, 2018: American Special Vehicles has issued a correction, now also accepted by the ACCC and live on the recalls.gov.au website. Where previously the concern was announced as a software issue, it has now been confirmed as mechanical. The updated notice reads: "Some RAM 2500 and 3500 Trucks may have a defective tie rod bracket and mounting hardware...


2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 recalled
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2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall for the 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500, over concerns about a defective tailgate latch. According to the company, the latch might disconnect while the vehicle is driving. If there's anything unrestrained in the tray, there's a risk it'll slide onto the road and create a hazard for other road users...


2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review
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2018 Ram 1500 Laramie review

The RAM 1500 is the latest addition to the ASV stable in Australia, and priced to start from under 80k drive-away, it promises to appeal to cashed-up ute buyers.


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"...


2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs
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2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs

As the North American market begins rollout of the new-generation 2019 Ram 1500, Australian details for the older 2018 Ram 1500 have been announced this week. UPDATE, 23/8/18: The original version of this article listed a rear-view camera as standard equipment across the range, however this isn't the case. A rear-view camera is included with the Laramie specification only...


Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line
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Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line

The Ateco Group has produced its first Ram 1500 at its facility in Melbourne, Victoria, ahead of the truck's market launch this month. Pricing and specifications for our market are still to be announced, though all versions will feature a 5.7-litre 'Hemi' V8 – which makes 395hp (294kW) in US trim – and offer a towing capacity of up to 4...


2018 Ram 2500, 3500 pricing and specs
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2018 Ram 2500, 3500 pricing and specs

Ateco Australia has announced a host of 2018 model year changes to the Ram 2500 and 3500 in Australia, promising better comfort and refinement from a new, locally-developed suspension tune. Behind the wheel, the changes start with a new 8.4-inch uConnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


Ram competitor for Toyota Hilux, Fiat Doblo replacement due by 2022
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Ram competitor for Toyota Hilux, Fiat Doblo replacement due by 2022

Laying its five-year product plan out at an investors' meeting in Balocco, Italy, Fiat Chrysler has confirmed with will launch a smaller D-segment ute by 2022. According to Automotive News, the "mid-size" Ram ute will also be sold with Fiat badges, meaning it will be a true global competitor to the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Chevrolet/Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-Max, and others...


2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled
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2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has recalled the 2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 over concerns the power steering could fail. The company reports vehicles fitted with a certain type of power steering hose may experience the fault. If the condition occurs, owners may notice a loss of hydraulic assistance to both the brakes and steering, subsequently increasing the risk an accident...