The Truth About Cars » Fiat. Chrysler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 20:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Report: New UAW Contract Could Boost Tier 2 Pay Up to $29 Per Hour http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/new-uaw-contract-boost-tier-2-pay-29-per-hour/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/new-uaw-contract-boost-tier-2-pay-29-per-hour/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:30:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1191882 Bloomberg reported (via Automotive News) Thursday that a proposed contract brokered Wednesday night between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would raise Tier 2 workers’ pay to $29 per hour, up from $25 per hour, after an eight-year, “grow-in” period. The separation between the two classifications of union employees — veteran Tier 1 and more […]

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Bloomberg reported (via Automotive News) Thursday that a proposed contract brokered Wednesday night between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would raise Tier 2 workers’ pay to $29 per hour, up from $25 per hour, after an eight-year, “grow-in” period. The separation between the two classifications of union employees — veteran Tier 1 and more […]

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UAW-FCA Negotiations: Salaried Say Yea, Hourly Say Nay (So Far) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/uaw-fca-negotiations-salaried-say-yea-hourly-say-nay-so-far/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/uaw-fca-negotiations-salaried-say-yea-hourly-say-nay-so-far/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:30:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1180994 Hourly employees at FCA’s stamping facility in Sterling Heights and parts operation in Warren, Michigan aren’t exactly thrilled with the deal they’ve been presented. According to The Detroit News, more than half of hourly workers at the two locations have voted “no” to the new contract. At Sterling Stamping, 61 percent of skilled trades and […]

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Hourly employees at FCA’s stamping facility in Sterling Heights and parts operation in Warren, Michigan aren’t exactly thrilled with the deal they’ve been presented. According to The Detroit News, more than half of hourly workers at the two locations have voted “no” to the new contract. At Sterling Stamping, 61 percent of skilled trades and […]

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/2016-alfa-romeo-4c-spider-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/2016-alfa-romeo-4c-spider-review-video/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1169810 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 1.75-liter DOHC I-4, direct injection, turbocharged, CVVT (237 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm; 258 lbs-ft @ 2,200-4,250 rpm) 6-speed “Alfa TCT” dual-clutch automatic 24 city/34 highway/28 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 28.1 (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: Rosso Alfa Red paint, Fascia Stone Protector, HID Headlamps, Carbon Fibre Trim Kit, Convenience Package, Racing Exhaust, Red Calipers, 18/19 Inch […]

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 1.75-liter DOHC I-4, direct injection, turbocharged, CVVT (237 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm; 258 lbs-ft @ 2,200-4,250 rpm) 6-speed “Alfa TCT” dual-clutch automatic 24 city/34 highway/28 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 28.1 (Observed, MPG) Tested Options: Rosso Alfa Red paint, Fascia Stone Protector, HID Headlamps, Carbon Fibre Trim Kit, Convenience Package, Racing Exhaust, Red Calipers, 18/19 Inch […]

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Just How Bad Are the Automakers Taking a Beating in the Stock Market? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/just-bad-automakers-taking-beating-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/just-bad-automakers-taking-beating-market/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151441 Markets around the world are down, down, down, down and down. At the time of this writing, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down roughly 650 points on Monday, which is more than 1,500 points off of where we were at the beginning of August. A lot of the run is fueled by fears that China […]

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Markets around the world are down, down, down, down and down. At the time of this writing, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down roughly 650 points on Monday, which is more than 1,500 points off of where we were at the beginning of August. A lot of the run is fueled by fears that China […]

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Fiat Chrysler’s Product Pipeline Drier than California for 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/fiat-chryslers-new-us-cars-far-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/fiat-chryslers-new-us-cars-far-2016/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129321 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may have only one new model built in North America over the next 18 months after executives pushed back development of others due to brisk sales of current models, Reuters is reporting. The redesigned Chrysler Town and Country minivan may be the only new car built stateside that FCA plans to launch in […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may have only one new model built in North America over the next 18 months after executives pushed back development of others due to brisk sales of current models, Reuters is reporting. The redesigned Chrysler Town and Country minivan may be the only new car built stateside that FCA plans to launch in […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/capsule-review-2014-jeep-wrangler-sport-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/capsule-review-2014-jeep-wrangler-sport-s/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:30:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=868346   A common complaint among the Best & Brightest is that certain consumer oriented publications don’t get the Jeep Wrangler. America’s sports car, as Enzo Ferrari once labeled it, is unfairly docked for performing poorly on-road, without taking into account that its mission is to excel off-road. Even though I’ve driven off-road precisely twice in my life, […]

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  A common complaint among the Best & Brightest is that certain consumer oriented publications don’t get the Jeep Wrangler. America’s sports car, as Enzo Ferrari once labeled it, is unfairly docked for performing poorly on-road, without taking into account that its mission is to excel off-road. Even though I’ve driven off-road precisely twice in my life, […]

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FCA Is Hungry For Diesels http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/fca-is-hungry-for-diesels/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/fca-is-hungry-for-diesels/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:22:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=860921   Fiat Chrysler is hungry for more 3.0L VM Motori V6 diesel engines, but capacity constraints are limiting how many engines can be allocated for North America. VM Motori, a subsidiary of FCA, can build about 100,000 V6 diesel engines, with about half of those destined for North America. The V6 is offered in both […]

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  Fiat Chrysler is hungry for more 3.0L VM Motori V6 diesel engines, but capacity constraints are limiting how many engines can be allocated for North America. VM Motori, a subsidiary of FCA, can build about 100,000 V6 diesel engines, with about half of those destined for North America. The V6 is offered in both […]

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Dispatches Do Brasil: FCA’s Plans For Latin America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/dispatches-do-brasil-fcas-plans-for-latin-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/dispatches-do-brasil-fcas-plans-for-latin-america/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 16:40:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818626 After all was said and done and the dust settled on FCA’s presentation of future plans to investors a couple of days ago, many of us were still left wondering – what does FCA really have in store for Brazil? We all know what the “F” in FCA stands for and there’s a reason why […]

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After all was said and done and the dust settled on FCA’s presentation of future plans to investors a couple of days ago, many of us were still left wondering – what does FCA really have in store for Brazil? We all know what the “F” in FCA stands for and there’s a reason why […]

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Marchionne: Mid-Size Trucks A Non-Starter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/marchionne-mid-size-trucks-a-non-starter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/marchionne-mid-size-trucks-a-non-starter/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 15:19:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818594 At this week’s FCA investors conference, the floor was opened up to a Q&A session for journalists and equity research analysts. One scribe asked FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne about the prospect of a mid-size pickup, and Marchionne’s answer confirmed what many of us already knew. According to Automotive News, Marchionne stated that “We’ve gone through this […]

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At this week’s FCA investors conference, the floor was opened up to a Q&A session for journalists and equity research analysts. One scribe asked FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne about the prospect of a mid-size pickup, and Marchionne’s answer confirmed what many of us already knew. According to Automotive News, Marchionne stated that “We’ve gone through this […]

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Analysis: The Definitive Guide To The Fiat Chrysler 5-Year Plan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/analysis-the-definitive-guide-to-the-fiat-chrysler-5-year-plan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/analysis-the-definitive-guide-to-the-fiat-chrysler-5-year-plan/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 22:34:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=816249 Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of the Daimler-Chrysler merger. One day prior to this milestone, Fiat Chrysler has unveiled their business plan for the next 5 years. While the industry norm is to keep future product plans, brand strategies and sales targets as a closely guarded secret, FCA took the unusual step of making it […]

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Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of the Daimler-Chrysler merger. One day prior to this milestone, Fiat Chrysler has unveiled their business plan for the next 5 years. While the industry norm is to keep future product plans, brand strategies and sales targets as a closely guarded secret, FCA took the unusual step of making it […]

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FCA Unveils 5-Year Plan On Tuesday http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/fca-unveils-5-year-plan-on-tuesday/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/fca-unveils-5-year-plan-on-tuesday/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 15:22:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=815570   Today is Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday used as an excuse by Americans to drink margaritas and eat bad Tex-Mex. But tomorrow, Fiat Chrysler will unveil their next five-year plan, which should clarify the many contradictory product plans being touted by both FCA execs and the media. Among the areas expected to be […]

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  Today is Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday used as an excuse by Americans to drink margaritas and eat bad Tex-Mex. But tomorrow, Fiat Chrysler will unveil their next five-year plan, which should clarify the many contradictory product plans being touted by both FCA execs and the media. Among the areas expected to be […]

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Sergio Marchionne Gives Keynote Speech At Canadian International Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/sergio-marchionne-gives-keynote-speech-at-canadian-international-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/sergio-marchionne-gives-keynote-speech-at-canadian-international-auto-show/#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=742777 While the Canadian International Auto Show is little more than a blip on the radar of the global auto community, this year’s keynote speaker was none other than FCA head Sergio Marchionne gave the keynote address. Marchionne, who immigrated from Italy to Toronto at the age of 14, joked about returning to his “hometown”. Autos.ca […]

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While the Canadian International Auto Show is little more than a blip on the radar of the global auto community, this year’s keynote speaker was none other than FCA head Sergio Marchionne gave the keynote address. Marchionne, who immigrated from Italy to Toronto at the age of 14, joked about returning to his “hometown”. Autos.ca […]

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2014 Maserati Ghibli – Sergio’s Super Bowl Surprise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2014-maserati-ghibli-sergios-super-bowl-surprise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2014-maserati-ghibli-sergios-super-bowl-surprise/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731306 Sergio Marchionne and crew surprised everybody by using the Super Bowl to premiere a long form ad (below) for the new Maserati Ghibli. One might question the wisdom of using the “big game” to promote a niche brand, but Sergio says he wants to sell 50,000 Maseratis a year and the Ghibli, which starts at […]

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Sergio Marchionne and crew surprised everybody by using the Super Bowl to premiere a long form ad (below) for the new Maserati Ghibli. One might question the wisdom of using the “big game” to promote a niche brand, but Sergio says he wants to sell 50,000 Maseratis a year and the Ghibli, which starts at […]

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Fiat Says No Chrysler IPO Before 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/fiat-says-no-chrysler-ipo-before-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/fiat-says-no-chrysler-ipo-before-2014/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:30:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=663890 Though Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne had previously said that an initial public offering of Chrysler stock could take place by the end of 2013, the Italian automaker announced that stock sale will not take place before the new year. “The Board of Directors of Chrysler Group … has determined that it will not be practicable for Chrysler […]

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Though Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne had previously said that an initial public offering of Chrysler stock could take place by the end of 2013, the Italian automaker announced that stock sale will not take place before the new year. “The Board of Directors of Chrysler Group … has determined that it will not be practicable for Chrysler […]

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Crude Oil And Lazy Workers: Details About Chavez’s Threat To Oust Toyota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/crude-oil-and-lazy-workers-details-about-chavez%e2%80%99s-threat-to-oust-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/crude-oil-and-lazy-workers-details-about-chavez%e2%80%99s-threat-to-oust-toyota/#comments Fri, 25 Dec 2009 11:52:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340223 The Christmas season would be a reason to be merry, would it not be for Hugo Chavez. More details about his expropriation threats emerge. Turns out, Chavez did not just threaten to kick out Toyota for being lackadaisical in the production of “rustic” vehicles. “President Hugo Chavez told foreign automakers Wednesday to share their technology […]

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The Christmas season would be a reason to be merry, would it not be for Hugo Chavez. More details about his expropriation threats emerge. Turns out, Chavez did not just threaten to kick out Toyota for being lackadaisical in the production of “rustic” vehicles. “President Hugo Chavez told foreign automakers Wednesday to share their technology […]

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