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In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen...
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The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past both Ford and BMW to take fourth position behind Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and third-placed Audi.
Time for Alfa or Sergio to go? That was the title of a Comment piece by our US sales analyst Bill Cawthon which attracted plenty of looks on just-auto this week. Cawthon has decades of association with and analysis of the Chrysler part of Fiat Chrysler and a read is recommended.
Alfa Romeo played a prominent role in the five-year plan announced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in May 2014. Bill Cawthon considers the weak position of the Alfa brand, FCA's business strategy and Sergio Marchionne's apparent longing for a merger with GM
Ford is secure as market leader in Britain but there was a major upset in the April passenger car market with Vauxhall losing its traditional second place to Volkswagen.
TomTom is well known for its navigation systems both for OE and aftermarket applications. What is not so well known is how it is developing its range of products and services to meet the demands of today’s connected car. Vanessa Scholfield, editor QUBE Connected Car service spoke to Jan-Marten de Vries , VP Product Management of Automotive at TomTom to gain an insight into its product development and innovation in relation to car connectivity.
Chrysler's mantra 'Different is what we do' is something the automaker's UK division is striving to put into practice as it launches its new 300C model. Jeep/Chrysler UK brand director, Nigel Land, talked to Simon Warburton at the Imperial War Museum as the automaker showcased its latest addition with a slice of Americana using a backdrop of B52, B17 and SR71 aircraft.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named Mike Manley head of the Ram trucks brand on top of his current roles as APAC (Asia-Pacific) chief operating officer and head of Jeep. It's one of a number of changes "in the composition of and assignment of responsibilities within [FCA's] group executive council, designed to ensure proper representation of all of the group's major brands", the automaker said in a statement.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is a long way from making any offer to GM shareholders, FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne has said.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) UK has announced a major restructuring of its senior management team.
As CEO Sergio Marchionne reportedly searches for a partner for the automaker, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the last 12 months has delayed the redesign or release of at least 12 current or new vehicles in North America alone, a news agency reported.
FCA's Termoli plant has been allocated two new engines, the automaker said.
Speaking at the UK market Jeep Renegade media launch, top Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives on Thursday (19 March) confirmed - as already widely reported - the automaker is pulling the Chrysler brand out of the UK market after a number of ultimately unsuccessful attempts to kick start the marque under various ownerships dating back to the early 1990s.
Fiat Chrysler has confirmed that its new roadster developed with Mazda will be named the 124 Spider.
The European car market is recovering and moving into what Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne believes will be permanent, although not phenomenal, growth.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) aims to almost double its sales in Australia in the next four years. The company sold 43,100 vehicles there in 2014.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects to turn profits in all regions this year but needs to make more in North America to fund Alfa Romeo and Maserati brand overhauls.
Alfa Romeo plans to manufacture its first compact sport-utility vehicle and a sedan, referred to as Giulia, at its Cassino plant near Rome, Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler CEO, said.
New product - primarily from Jeep - is paying off for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which posted European November sales up 3.6% year on year compared with 1.2% for the industry.
With the rapid decline in prices at the pump, currently equivalent to about GBP0.47/litre [vs around GBP1.20 in UK after recent falls - ed], US November light vehicle sales kicked into high gear, coming in 4.6% ahead of last year and 1.7% ahead of October 2014.
A sales surge by the Japanese brand, combined with a lack of interest in Jaguar by buyers outside the UK has seen Lexus overtake the British car maker in Europe.
Fiat sales in the US will take a step up in 2015 with the introduction of the 500X compact crossover, according to the head of US sales at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) speaking exclusively to just-auto.
Fiat has shown trade union representatives the Mirafiori factory where the luxury Maserati Levante SUV will be built, according to Italian media reports.
Maserati expects to sell over 35,000 cars this year and reach its 50,000 sales target in 2015, subject to the availability of a new sport utility vehicle (SUV) to be launched late next year, the head of the brand said in Paris.
The 2014 Indonesia international motor show got under way this week with a renewed sense of self-confidence and purpose, as the domestic market continued to reach new record highs.
An initial group of 86 dealers - drawn from existing Fiat and Maserati brand dealers have been awarded Alfa Romeo franchises in the US and Canada as the brand prepares to re-enter North America.
Chrysler said Joe Veltri will be responsible for investor relations from 1 July. He'll continue, on an interim basis, as head of NAFTA product planning until a replacement is named later.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is to launch seven new Alfa Romeo models in a bid to increase sales of the sports car brand five-fold, according to Germany's Auto Bild magazine.
The new Mazda 2, based on the Hazumi concept unveiled at the show, will go into production late this year as Mazda completes its cycle of model renewal.
Busy day today in Paris. Interviews, people to see, cars to get a look at.
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