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DETROIT -- The UAW decided Sunday that it would target Fiat Chrysler US as the lead automaker to bargain economic issues and set the pattern for tens of thousands of workers at Ford Motor Co. and General Motors.
Though the union hasn’t revealed its thinking behind its choice of FCA as the target, its reasoning likely flows from just one fact: only FCA’s leader ... Continue reading "Why did the UAW pick Fiat Chrysler? " » Sep 13, 2015 4:10 pm U.S. ET Permalink
If you’re a Fiat Chrysler dealer, chances are you were sitting -- or soon will be sitting, depending on when you’re reading this -- in a Las Vegas ballroom today checking out some models.
Except these models gliding across the stage of the Mandalay Bay hotel -- and, FCA executives hope, attracting eyeballs -- have first names like Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge.
To ... Continue reading "Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?" » Aug 25, 2015 11:30 am U.S. ET Permalink
In a column released this week on LinkedIn.com, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today.
Nardelli’s column, “What I learned leading a Company like Chrysler through Bankruptcy -- and Revitalization,” is the type of revisionist history that would do the former Soviet Union’s Prav ... Continue reading "No, Bob Nardelli. Just no." » Jul 7, 2015 12:23 pm U.S. ET Permalink
Nearly a decade ago, I had a memorable, life-altering conversation about loyalty with a guy whose entire career was spent in human resources -- mostly in the auto industry -- negotiating labor contracts on behalf of companies.
The man, now deceased, seemed to live his life on a combination of cigarettes and coffee, yet he possessed an uncommon wisdom about his craft that ... Continue reading "Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties" » Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET Permalink
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and related companies, has a number of honorifics and titles on his resume.
But there is one important task that doesn't get talked about that much: Sherpa.
I refer to Marchionne's desperate quest to find a merger partner for FCA. He is shouldering the load for the billionaire Agnelli family that employs him.
Actually, ... Continue reading "Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?" » Jun 16, 2015 5:34 am U.S. ET Permalink
This is a story about what you see and what you can’t see; what you’d like to see and what they don’t want you to see. And mostly, it’s a story about the lengths people go to make sure you can’t see what they don’t want you to see.
The Detroit 3 all operate test tracks in southeast Michigan. All have high-speed ovals, paveme ... Continue reading "The secrets behind all that camouflage" » May 12, 2015 11:45 am U.S. ET Permalink
The Dodge Dart set an all-time sales record in April, and so far this year, the compact sedan is moving off dealer lots 52 percent faster than it was the year before.
So, if you’re Dodge, do you need to fix a car that’s doing those things three years after its launch?
Why, yes. Yes, you do.
According to Dodge’s five-year product plan that it presented ... Continue reading "Why Dodge should make the next Dart look like a baby Charger" » May 8, 2015 4:12 pm U.S. ET Permalink
In every city of any size in North America are auto dealers who compete with each other like crazy for new-car sales.
Yet these same women and men are quick to set aside any differences and work together for the good of their communities -- when the need arises.
This weekend, I experienced a program, born out of tragedy, that is tailor-made for local dealer cooperation.
... Continue reading "How auto dealers can get behind safer driving, 1 teen at a time" » May 4, 2015 1:46 pm U.S. ET Permalink
Editors note: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect model years of recalled Jeep Libertys.
So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls, including one involving hundreds of thousands of old Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys.
May I suggest leg traps? You know, tho ... Continue reading "Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps" » Apr 24, 2015 2:25 pm U.S. ET Permalink
Sergio Marchionne wants a dance partner for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The financial media keep trying to fix him up with Volkswagen Group, despite his refusal to be courted by this particular German fraulein and his repeated attempts to douse the rumors. As a casual observer, with my back to the dance hall wall, I think Marchionne has his eye on a potential mate in Asia. ... Continue reading "Fiat Chrysler may find perfect partner is from Asia" » Mar 23, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET Permalink
Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, probably will be the most advantageous days of the foreseeable future for U.S. consumers to buy a new Fiat Chrysler vehicle.
You see, those two days are likely to determine whether FCA US’s self-described “Iron Man” streak of year-over-year sales gains will reach five consecutive years -- or will stop at an impressive but ... Continue reading "Why March 30-31 might be the greatest two days of deals at FCA dealerships" » Mar 20, 2015 3:52 pm U.S. ET Permalink
Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London (it’s hard to tell these days) -- the automaker’s brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio.
On its face, the decision will be of intense interest in and around the plant, for obvious economic reasons. There are hundreds, ... Continue reading "There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision" » Mar 18, 2015 1:58 pm U.S. ET Permalink
Late last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, setting off a flurry of stories about the compensation of its sweater-clad CEO, Sergio Marchionne.
The numbers, from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg and others, varied widely: from as little as $8 million to $72 million and more. Yeah, really.
Admitt ... Continue reading "Why it's hard to tally Sergio's pay" » Mar 10, 2015 10:27 am U.S. ET Permalink
It’s been nearly two months since I got my first up-close looks at the Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited — the two trims Fiat Chrysler’s truck brand rolled out at this year’s auto shows in Detroit and Chicago.
Like a lot of armchair critics online, I’m not a fan of the styling of the two pickups’ front fascias and tailgates, but I&rsquo ...