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By Jeff Hester December 14, 2011
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Chrysler Turns a Profit, Raises Forecast

By Michelle Krebs October 27, 2011

The Chrysler Group LLC turned a profit in the third quarter, prompting the Detroit-based automaker, now majority owned by Italy’s Fiat S.p.A., to hike its profit forecast for the full year. Chrysler said Thursday it had third-quarter net income of $212 million, which compares with a net loss of $84 million in the same period a year ago. The company’s third-quarter profit was in line with analysts’ estimates and Chrysler raised its profit forecast for 2011 to $600 million from the $200 million to $500 million anticipated earlier. This year will mark the automaker’s first full-year profit since emerging more

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Chrysler Testing Electric Version Of Fiat 500

By John O'Dell October 20, 2011

Chrysler has begun testing of the upcoming Fiat 500 EV, as these spy photos attest. The battery-electric car, slated to hit the market in 2012 as a 2013 model, is being built by the Chrysler Group LLC for parent company Fiat S.p.A. The spy shots clearly show a U.S.-specification, 240-volt charger plug receptacle behind the electric Fiat’s fuel-filler door (below). The covers on the front and rear fascia suggest that the battery-electric version of the Fiat 500 will feature some changes Fiat doesn’t want to show off just yet to visually differentiate it from the gasoline model. Chrysler hasn’t more

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Chrysler And UAW Reach Tentative 4-Year Contract

By Bill Visnic October 12, 2011

Chrysler Group LLC announced today that the company reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union on a new 4-year labor agreement. Chrysler is the last of the Detroit Three automakers to reach a tentative pact with the UAW; General Motors Co.’s contract has been ratified, while Ford’s tentative agreement is currently with its rank-and-file workers for ratification, with the final results of the nationwide voting expected today. Chrysler did not disclose terms of the tentative new 4-year contract, which requires ratification by its 26,000 hourly employees. more

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Did Fiat Hit A Groove With J-Lo Ad?

By AutoObserver Staff September 28, 2011

Chrysler Group LLC made a splash with the automotive marketing community when it signed pop singing sensation Jennifer Lopez to push the 2012 Fiat 500 to always tiny-car-wary U.S. buyers. For the past two weeks, it’s been hard to turn on the television without catching Fiat’s controversial and widely panned new 30-second spot featuring Lopez swerving and dodging through a city of pursuing, adoring fans. But just how much has the ad caught the attention of viewers and – more importantly – car buyers? more

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Chrysler To Take On Ford And Nissan In LCV Market

By Bill Visnic September 12, 2011

The Chrysler Group LLC said today it will import for North America a light-commercial van built by a Fiat joint-venture operation in Turkey. The new van will be branded by Chrysler’s Ram division and is based on the Doblo (above) sold by Fiat in Europe. There is as yet no indication of what the vehicle will be called once it hits Ram showrooms in 2013, but it will find established competition in the form of Ford Motor Co.’s Transit Connect and Nissan North America Inc.’s NV, both of which will have a two years or more head start in more

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Chrysler Turns To Fiat To Meet Mileage Standards

By Danny King September 7, 2011

As automakers search for answers to meet more stringent U.S. fuel-economy standards, Chrysler Group LLC is playing catch-up and turning to Italy-based parent Fiat for help. Chrysler’s last five years of ownership and financial uncertainty short-circuited the type of vehicle-electrification investments made by U.S.-based competitors Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Via Fiat, Chrysler is adopting technologies that may result in a product portfolio that represents a significant departure from the lineup of big, powerful cars and trucks for which the automaker has long been known. more

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New Chrysler 300 Waging Yesterday's Battle?

By Dale Buss August 29, 2011

The hastily remade 2011 Chrysler 300 has garnered decent reviews from the professionals. The brand promises more excitement for its 2012 model (above) due out in a few weeks, including a stylish, first-time S version that already has appeared in TV commercials. And touting the overhauled 300 has allowed the brand to mount a next act -- beyond the stunning impact of the Super Bowl advertising spot on the debut of the Chrysler 200 last winter -- with marketers spinning the 300 as an exemplar of Chrysler’s new “earned luxury” positioning. But none of that may do Chrysler much good, because more

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Chrysler Plants Seek World Class Status

By Bill Visnic August 2, 2011

The first Chrysler Group LLC assembly plants to start on a track to achieve “world-class” process ratings developed by managing owner Fiat S.p.A. will come on line later this year, said Massimo Risi, Chrysler’s Head of World-Class Manufacturing, who spoke at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., on Monday. It is generally assumed that vehicles built in plants achieving these standards will be markedly more efficient and will have higher levels of quality – as has happened with Fiat assembly plants that all have been implementing the process since CEO Sergio Marchionne approved more

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With Chrysler 'Fixed', Francois Moves On To Fiat

By Dale Buss August 1, 2011

If Olivier Francois needs some inspiration as he takes on new responsibilities as global chief of the Fiat brand, he need only look at what he already has been able to check off his to-do list for the last couple of years: 1) As chief marketing officer of a dynamic global automotive enterprise, keep up with a charismatic, peripatetic, whirlwind of a CEO who’s likely to surprise you every day; 2) Lift a troubled but proud niche Italian automotive brand to new stability as CEO while simultaneously playing a crucial role in reviving an iconic American carmaker; 3) Make more

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