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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews...

COMMENT: The diminution of Fiat

The core brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - with a 116-year history of innovation and sales success - is reducing in importance as other p...

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

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of automotive glazing

Matthew Beecham | 11 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some value-added glazing products, including acoustic windscreens, infrared reflective windscreens, laminated side glass, polycarbonate and ever thinner glazings. But are these features really just solutions looking for problems?

COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK

Glenn Brooks | 7 May 2015

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.

Latest Interviews

Nexteer president and COO Laurent Bresson

Calum MacRae | 19 Jan 2015

Nexteer, the former GM Saginaw steering division, has flourished under the ownership of China-based Pacific Century Motors its owner since 2011. Calum MacRae caught up with Nexteer’s president and COO Laurent Bresson at the recent NAIAS.

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.

Latest News

Updated: FCA to start Jeep production in India

Chris Wright | 3 Jul 2015

Fiat Chrysler will spend $280m to build Jeeps in India from 2017 - through an expanded joint venture with Tata Motors - becuase it wants to almost to double the SUV brand’s 1m sales in 2014 by 2018.

FCA’s Uconnect updated for 2016 vehicles

Graeme Roberts | 29 Jun 2015

Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system is getting new features that include a drag and drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free, Do Not Disturb, SiriusXM Tune Start and a vehicle user guide viewed on the 8.4 inch touchscreen.

FCA long way off making GM offer

Graeme Roberts | 25 Jun 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is a long way from making any offer to GM shareholders, FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne has said.

Nexteer forecasts EPS growth for small cars

Dave Leggett | 24 Jun 2015

Steering systems supplier Nexteer has said that its Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems are in higher demand as its customers seek efficiency gains and the technology becomes suitable for smaller cars.

FCA using TRW replacements for Takata inflators

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jun 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has dumped Takata for TRW to replace driver side airbag inflators, a US media report said.

UAW wants FCA labour cost advantage nixed

Graeme Roberts | 19 Jun 2015

Labour costs for union workers are much lower for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles than Detroit rivals Ford and General Motors, a disparity United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams has said he wants to fix.

UAW calls for worker pool to lower health costs

Graeme Roberts | 19 Jun 2015

United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams has said he wants to enter talks with the three major US automakers to pool active union and nonunion workers and UAW retirees to bargain for lower healthcare costs.

Europe's car market was positive - just - in May

Dave Leggett | 18 Jun 2015

Data released by JATO Dynamics shows that Europe's car market slowed to growth of just 0.8% in May. However, the underlying picture remains one of national markets in recovery.

GM and FCA seek bank advice over merger bid

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have turned to investment banks for help to deal with a stand-off as FCA seeks to force a merger with its Detroit-based rival, according to a news agency report.

Tata Motors, Fiat, to build SUV assembly line

Graeme Roberts | 15 Jun 2015

Tata Motors and Fiat plan to spend INR30bn (US$468m) on an Indian assembly line for SUVs.

Two auto labour chiefs retire before UAW talks

Graeme Roberts | 10 Jun 2015

Labour relations chiefs at General Motors and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) have both retired ahead of this year's negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

FCA chief pursuing investors for GM merger support

Dave Leggett | 9 Jun 2015

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne has reportedly approached investors to assist his efforts to open up a dialogue with General Motors over a potential merger.

Fiat Chrysler to add 1,100 Italian jobs

Graeme Roberts | 9 Jun 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to create 1,100 jobs at its Italian plants in 2015, the company's European operations head Alfredo Altavilla said.

FCA Ferrari IPO delayed to October

Graeme Roberts | 8 Jun 2015

Tax issues have delayed an planned initial public offering of Ferrari till at least 12 October.

US May light vehicle sales set all time record

Bill Cawthon | 3 Jun 2015

It seems American new vehicle buyers went out of their way to confound the analysts in May.

FCA UK announces management changes

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jun 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) UK has announced a major restructuring of its senior management team.

Fiat Chrysler may introduce electric AWD

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jun 2015

Fiat Chrysler "might" introduce an electric all-wheel-drive system on the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country, CEO Sergio Marchione has said.

Oyak-Renault workers restart "heads held high"-CGT

Simon Warburton | 29 May 2015

Renault's powerful CGT (Confederation Generale du Travail) union says it members have resumed work at the French manufacturer's Turkish operation with their "heads held high."

Oyak-Renault restarts after walkout

Simon Warburton | 28 May 2015

Work has resumed at Renault's joint venture plant in Turkey following a walkout by around half the staff that appears to have centred around pay and union adherence.

FCA Australia unearths "at best" incomplete docs

Simon Warburton | 28 May 2015

Factory-owned Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) says it has unearthed "at best" incomplete documentation in relation to its former CEO, Clyde Campbell, who is currently the subject of a court case. Campbell was also, until earlier this month, a part owner of independent Fiat Chrysler New Zealand.

KBB predicts US May 17.3m SAAR

Graeme Roberts | 28 May 2015

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) expects May 2015 US new vehicle sales to decline 1% year on year to 1.59m units for an estimated 17.3m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR).

Big Four steadily losing Brazilian market share

Fernando Calmon | 26 May 2015

Though Brazil sales are estimated to fall 13% to 19% in 2015, depending on the forecaster's optimism or pessimism, not all brands will be hit. The market seems more prone to shrinkage in the lower price ranges where the dominant 'older' four - automakers established here for decades - are suffering most.

Latest blogs

What would a new Fiat 600 look like?

Glenn Brooks | 11 Nov 2014

This man has imagined a new look for the famous little Fiat as a way of celebrating its 60th birthday.

Paris Show: I want that one

Dave Leggett | 2 Oct 2014

Busy day today in Paris. Interviews, people to see, cars to get a look at.

Company research

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Global Light Trucks

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