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Sergio Marchionne voted 'World Car Person of the Year'

Sergio Marchionne has been voted '2018 World Car Person of the Year' by the World Car Awards jury, after his sudden passing in July last year. The award was voted on this week by more than 80 jurors from 24 countries, and was presented to Marchionne's replacement as Fiat Chrysler chairman and chief executive, Mike Manley...

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CarAdvice podcast 113: Paul Maric talks Ranger Raptor!

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Kez Casey and James Wong. In car news, former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has passed away, the Bugatti Chiron has been recalled for an airbag fix, and Vikram Pawah has been announced as the new BMW Group Australia CEO. Also, the 2019 Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan have been revealed...


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"...


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...


Dodge Viper to stay in retirement
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Dodge Viper to stay in retirement

The rumoured revival of the Dodge Viper has been shut down by the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Sergio Marchionne. Speaking with media during the group's mid-term presentation for its investors, Marchionne ruled out a third-generation of the Dodge supercar, saying "it's not in the plan". "[It] didn't make money, and wouldn't work with a "cute" Euro-style engine," he added...


Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo not attending Paris motor show - report
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Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo not attending Paris motor show - report

If you're keeping track of the brands headed for the 2018 Paris motor show, you'll know Volkswagen, Ford, Opel and Nissan are all unlikely to make an appearance. Now, according to reports from France, we can add Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep to that list. According to a report in Auto Plus, the group won't be attending motor shows in future, unless there's a large, relevant launch accompanying it...


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...


Electric Ferrari won't arrive before 2022
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Electric Ferrari won't arrive before 2022

Ferrari has ruled out building an all-electric vehicle before the end of its current 2018-2022 business plan. According to Automotive News, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Ferrari, told the company's recent annual general meeting a fully electric model was not currently relevant to the company...


Alfa Romeo returns to Formula One, enthusiasts celebrate
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Alfa Romeo returns to Formula One, enthusiasts celebrate

Alfa Romeo has announced the latest step in its renaissance: returning to Formula One after more than 30 years’ absence, with an eye to all the tactical benefits that will likely follow. Want an explanation? One look at how Mercedes-AMG has used its F1 success to grow its road division is all the real-world example you need...


Maserati to launch second SUV by 2020
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Maserati to launch second SUV by 2020

Maserati is planning to launch its second SUV by the turn of the decade, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne, has confirmed this week. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, the Italian carmaker's boss said the new crossover will sit below the Levante in Maserati's line-up, based on Alfa Romeo's 'Giorgio' architecture – which currently underpins the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV...


Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability
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Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability

Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is still sceptical about the economic viability of Tesla, and the short-term profitability of production electric vehicles. Speaking at an event in New York, Marchionne said he was “unconvinced” as to whether Elon Musk would be able to bring Tesla to profit with his current model...


Ferrari SUV confirmed: Marchionne talks "FUV" in press call
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Ferrari SUV confirmed: Marchionne talks "FUV" in press call

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and boss of Italian supercar marque Ferrari, has confirmed the Prancing Horse will indeed produce a 'utility vehicle', though it will be produced in limited numbers. In a press conference at the New York Stock Exchange this week, Marchionne said the company is "dead serious" about what it calls an "FUV" model - short for 'Ferrari Utility Vehicle'...


Jeep sale rumours denied, but Great Wall keen
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Jeep sale rumours denied, but Great Wall keen

Reports that a Chinese automaker had made an offer on the Fiat Chrysler business quickly evolved this week into a more specific discussion over the Jeep brand - but the Italian-American company says no such talks have occurred. According to industry journal Automotive News and business paper Reuters, the Chinese company behind the offer is one familiar to Australian buyers: Great Wall Motors...


Maserati Levante was almost a Jeep Grand Cherokee with bling
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Maserati Levante was almost a Jeep Grand Cherokee with bling

If it wasn't for a ballsy intervention by FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, Maserati's first SUV would have been based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Levante development had commenced on the Grand Cherokee platform, with over a year of progress before work was halted...


Ferrari wait times too long: Marchionne
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Ferrari wait times too long: Marchionne

Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari has a problem (the same problem its always had), demand simply exceeds supply. Ordinarily, it’s a nice problem to have, but the demand for the prancing horse has never been greater, and now, even loyal Ferrari owners are missing out...


Fiat Chrysler denies using diesel emission defeat devices
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Fiat Chrysler denies using diesel emission defeat devices

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has lashed out at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for alleging that his company violated the Clean Air Act. The allegations are that it fit, and failed to disclose, engine management software designed to alter NOx emissions from its 3...


FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities
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FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US has confirmed several upcoming Jeep models along with a US$1 billion ($1.37 billion) investment into its Michigan and Ohio production facilities. The Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and 'Pickup Truck' – likely to be the dual-cab ute based on the next-generation Wrangler off-roader and likely on the radar for Australia – have been confirmed to commence production by 2020, which should see the addition of 2000 American jobs...


Maserati Alfieri EV could be on sale in 2019
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Maserati Alfieri EV could be on sale in 2019

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler (FCA), has said that an electric version of the Maserati Alfieri could be launched in 2019. He told Bloomberg that the electric Alfieri coupe won't be launched before the company's current five-year plan expires in 2018 and won't occur until after he retires as FCA's CEO in 2019...