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What’s GM’s problem with Marchionne’s grand plan?

Sergio Marchionne has made no secret of his desire to see a merger of FCA with General Motors. Overtures to GM have, however, been rebuffed....

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The car he said he'd never do?

Starter for 10 - what new car headed for launch at Frankfurt next September is a vehicle the chief designer swore he'd never do?...

COMMENT: The diminution of Fiat

Ray Hutton | 30 Jun 2015

The core brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - with a 116-year history of innovation and sales success - is reducing in importance as other parts of FCA go for global growth...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Chop Alfa or Sergio?

Graeme Roberts | 19 Jun 2015

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.

COMMENT: Time for Alfa - or Sergio - to go?

Bill Cawthon | 18 Jun 2015

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

THE WEEK THAT WAS: It's good news week....

Graeme Roberts | 10 Apr 2015

There was quite a bit of good news on this week, mostly concerning March and first quarter sales plus various announcements of new plants or production starts.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Fiat brand head, Olivier Francois

Chris Wright | 17 Nov 2014

Fiat's 500 family could be the template for future C or D segment models, Fiat global brand chief Olivier Francois has hinted in an interview with just-auto.

Q&A with Aha: Analytical data from the Cloud

Matthew Beecham | 28 Jul 2014

The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.

Latest News

Ferrari arranges loan facility

Graeme Roberts | 30 Nov 2015

Ferrari has announced it has entered into a EUR2.5bn syndicated loan facility with a group of 10 bookrunner banks as it moves to become independent from FCA.

Ford vote completes UAW bargaining round

Graeme Roberts | 23 Nov 2015

A narrow 'approve' vote at Ford over the weekend means the latest round of UAW labour talks is complete and new four-year agreements are in place at all three Detroit-based automakers.

Chrysler recalls over 75,000 Jeep Cherokees

Graeme Roberts | 2 Nov 2015

Chrysler has recalled 75,574 model year 2015 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured from 1 October 2014 to 18 June 2015.

FCA swings to Q3 loss on recall costs

Dave Leggett | 28 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reported a third quarter loss of EUR299m compared to a net profit of EUR188m last year. The swing to loss mainly reflected one-off charges associated with US recalls.

FCA UAW members ratify new pay deal

Graeme Roberts | 22 Oct 2015

The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday (22 October) 77% of voting members have ratified a four-year labour deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

European Commission rules FCA to refund tax breaks

Graeme Roberts | 21 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automotive's subsidiary in Luxembourg, Fiat Chrysler Finance Europe, (FCF) is facing refunding tems of millions of euros after the European Commission ruled that selective tax advantages for the automaker in Luxembourg (and coffee house chain Starbucks in the Netherlands) were "illegal under EU state aid rules".

FCA and UAW agree new tentative deal

Graeme Roberts | 8 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have reached a new tentative four-year labour agreement that avoided a threatened strike at the automaker's US operations. The agreement must be ratified by a vote of FCA's 40,000 union workers in the US.

Fiat Chrysler to temporarily stop Maserati output

Graeme Roberts | 8 Oct 2015

Fiat Chrysler reportedly plans to temporarily stop manufacturing the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli at its Grugliasco plant in Turin, in order to adjust output to market demand.

UAW sets FCA strike deadline

Graeme Roberts | 7 Oct 2015

United Auto Workers members are planning to strike at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US plants as soon as this evening (7 October) in what Reuters said would be  the first work stoppage since 2007.

FCA announces top executive changes

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

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.

FCA's UAW members shoot down tentative labour deal

Graeme Roberts | 1 Oct 2015

United Auto Workers union members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in the US have widely rejected a tentative contract offered by the automaker, dealing a blow to the union's president after he championed the deal as a fair bargain that addressed the inequities workers complained about.

FCA and UAW reach tentative agreement

Graeme Roberts | 16 Sep 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it had "reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with the UAW, covering approximately 40,000 represented members". The agreement is subject to UAW member ratification, the automaker said in a statement and the company could not discuss the specifics of the agreement pending a ratification vote - an internal UAW process.

UAW targets FCA in bargaining round

Graeme Roberts | 14 Sep 2015

The United Auto Workers has targeted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as lead negotiator on a new wages and benefits contract for over 140,000 unionised factory workers at the Detroit Three automakers, the automaker and union announced at the weekend. The UAW did not elaborate on its decision to choose FCA to set the pattern for new master contracts it will negotiate later with General Motors and Ford.

Dongfeng Nissan fined for price-fixing

Tony Pugliese | 14 Sep 2015

Dongfeng Nissan Auto Sales Company, a joint venture between Nissan Motor and Chian’s Dongfeng Motor, has been fined a total of CNY123m (US$19.3) by Chinese regulators for braking the country’s anti-monopoly laws.

FCA's Marchionne sees GM merger as "high priority"

Graeme Roberts | 7 Sep 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne reportedly said at the weekend seeking a merger with General Motors was a "high priority" and such a deal would also be the best strategic option for the Detroit rival. GM's board rejected a merger proposal from FCA earlier this year but that has not stopped Marchionne from wooing his bigger competitor.

FCA builds millionth nine-speed auto

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2015

Just two months after producing the one millionth TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, FCA US facilities in Indiana celebrated another milestone - production of the one millionth 948TE nine-speed 'box.

FCA appoints NAFTA product head

Graeme Roberts | 2 Sep 2015

FCA US has appointed Todd Breneiser as NAFTA head of product planning, effective immediately, responsible for research and planning of all future vehicles in the North American market. He was also named to the FCA US management team. Benjamin Winter, who previously held the role, is now vehicle line executive for the C/D segment.

Feds eye FCA and Harman over radio security flaw

Graeme Roberts | 6 Aug 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and supplier Harman are under regulatory scrutiny in the US after the automaker reportedly delayed 18 months before telling NHTSA about a security flaw in radios fitted in over 1m vehicles.

Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

Bill Cawthon | 4 Aug 2015

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.

Former FCA CEO denies charges in federal court

Graeme Roberts | 3 Aug 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has traded charges in Australian federal court with its former Australian CEO.

Profitable quarter sees FCA hike forecasts

Graeme Roberts | 30 Jul 2015

After second quarter 2015 profit rises of around 60%, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revised upwards some of its full year forecasts.

FCA to recall 1,060,531 Ram trucks

Graeme Roberts | 27 Jul 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, hit at the weekend with a record recall-related fine, is recalling Ram trucks because an airbag could inflate unexpectedly.

Latest blogs

Post-merger shake-out

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2014

With the Fiat-Chrysler merger now appearing to be on the final straight, this Non Sequitur cartoon about post-merger scenarios gave me a coffee break giggle.

FCA, what's the thinking?

Dave Leggett | 6 May 2014

Okay, we're digesting today's announcements, analysis of the five-year strategy for Fiat-Chrysler is in the works.

Company research

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FCA US LLC - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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FCA US LLC (FCA) formerly known as Chrysler Group LLC, is an automobiles manufacturer....

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