Dodges Might Be Sold As Alfas In Europe
Dodges Might Be Sold As Alfas In Europe

A Dodge rebadged as an Alfa? Alfisti are no doubt astir over this one. has already told you about the near-certain plans for some Fiat models—like the stylish 500 minicar—to be sold in the U.S. via Chrysler's dealer network, and we've also heard talk about how Alfa might be...Read More»

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Sales Slump Slowing: Annual Rate Could Hit 10 Million Mark

Potentially good news for automakers this morning: industry analysts predict that when June's sales stats are tabulated, the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) for light vehicle sales may hit 10 million. That would mark the first time sales have crossed that symbolic line during this calendar...Read More»

2008 Fiat 500
Coming To America: Four Versions Of The Fiat 500

It's official: the Fiat 500--Europe's Car of the Year for 2008--is heading to the U.S., and it's bringing three of its cousins along for the ride. At the launch of the Fiat 500C last week, designer Roberto Giolito confirmed that Italy's de facto national automobile will make its American debut in...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Ford, Nissan, Tesla Receive Energy Department Funds. Chrysler, GM? Not So Much

Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, and Tesla Motors appear to be the big winners in a recent round of funding sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The money comes via a new, $25 billion loan program designed to boost the production of fuel-efficient vehicles; approximately $10 billion...Read More»

2010 Alfa Romeo Milano spy shot (cropped)
Spy Shots: 2010 Alfa Romeo Milano

With Fiat now allied with Chrysler, fans of affordable Italian sheetmetal are pining for the first examples to be offered on American soil in over a decade. One of the first of the cars to make the Fiat-Chrysler transition will be the 2010 Alfa Romeo Milano, which could be re-made into a Chrysler...Read More»

Obama at Chrysler Plant
More Than Half Think Chrysler And GM Should Have Been Allowed To Fail

Think that the government shouldn't be in the auto business? You're not alone. We already knew that, but thanks to a survey from Tustin, California research and analysis firm AutoPacific, we can put a number to it: 81 percent agreed that the faster the government gets out of the auto business, the...Read More»

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Fiat Swoops In As Chrysler Clears Bankruptcy, 'New Chrysler' Already Operating

Fiat is back in the U.S.A. now that it has completed its strategic alliance with Chrysler. The deal went forward almost immediately upon the Supreme Court's release of Chrysler from bankruptcy proceedings yesterday. The 'new' Chrysler says it is positioned to take on the market, focusing on the...Read More»

2009 Dodge Viper
Every Enthusiast's Dream: Own Viper Motors

As we reported last month (Down The Snake Hole), Chrysler hasn't had an easy time finding a buyer for their Viper brand. That stuck me as kind of odd, because everybody in the auto nation knows that every true enthusiasts and rich guy, sooner or later, dreams about having their own car company. Now...Read More»

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Okays Chrysler/Fiat Sale

The sale of Chrysler to Fiat has hit a speed bump, with a group of bondholders petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the transaction and restore what they say are their lawful rights under the American automaker's bankruptcy petition. Bloomberg reports that a group of Indiana-based pension...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang
Smoking The Competition: Ford Planning To Increase Production

With GM following Chrysler into bankruptcy, Ford is again bucking the trend by quietly announcing that it plans to increase production in the third quarter of this year (beginning this month for those of you who aren't accountants). This move continues a trend of optimism that Ford Motor Company...Read More»

2008 Fiat 500
2011 Fiat 500 Headed to Chrysler Showrooms

The likes of the Dodge Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee will be getting a new subcompact companion on showrooms floors. Fiat, the new guiding force at Chrysler, says it will start selling its 500 hatchback in Chrysler showrooms in about 18 months. Automotive News reports that the 500 will be the...Read More»

2009 Fiat 500
Strange Bedfellows, Part Deux: Will Fiat Turn to Peugeot Instead of Opel?

On a day when General Motors filed bankruptcy and Chrysler found its way almost entirely out of a quick Chapter 11 filing, news of yet another possible automaker tie-up began to float. This time, Fiat's turned its attention--possibly, according to Britain's Autocar--to PSA Peugeot Citroen, as it...Read More»

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The Other Bankruptcy: Chrysler Could Wrap Today

Yesterday, while much of America enjoyed beautiful weekend weather, lawyers for Chrysler, its dealers, the United Auto Workers union, and three Indiana pension funds huddled in federal court, racing toward an as-yet uncertain finish line. Although the dust is far from settled, chances are good that...Read More»

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Report: Fiat Already In Buyer's Remorse Over Chrysler?

Fiat has shown the first signs that its alliance deal with Chrysler may not be all that it had hoped for, revealing late Friday that it has some concerns and that any further delays may jeopardize the whole deal. In a filing submitted by Fiat to the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to reject a...Read More»

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Chrysler's Outpatient Bankruptcy Likely To End On Schedule This Week

Hold on to your hats, folks: it looks like the federal government's one-two punch of bailout and bankruptcy may be working. At least in Chrysler's case. When the company was shunted into court almost a month ago, the feds set a fairly ambitious turnaround schedule: they wanted to see Chrysler...Read More»

C. Robert Kidder, Chrysler Chairman 2009
Chrysler Has a New Chairman

Chrysler LLC has a new chairman waiting in the wings--he's C. Robert Kidder, who will take over for Bob Nardelli when Chrysler exits bankruptcy court. Kidder is a lifer in boards of management. A former chairman of Borden Chemical and Duracell, Kidder will be in charge of the assets left to a newly...Read More»

2010 Opel Ampera
And Then There Were Three: GM's Opel Gets Bidders

General Motors has three bidders interested in its European businesses Opel and Vauxhall. Among the bidders? Fiat Group, which is busy recrafting itself from also-ran in the European car sweepstakes to a global player that's starting to look a lot like the old General Motors. For its part, GM is...Read More»

Barack Obama
Chrysler, Fiat and Obama: Gutting The Rule of Law

The "rule of law" is a favorite notion of us conservatives: the belief that our country revolves around the legislation written and enacted, not on gut and instinct and sleights of hand. The concept might not be immediately important to you car fans and shoppers out there, but it's very much a...Read More»

From Chrysler's new branding campaign, the 'Ombibus' spot
Chrysler Launches 'Thank You, America, Part 2: This Time It's Personal' Campaign

We're not all marketing professionals, but we understand that it's good to be proactive in advertising. Which is why, as much as it pains us, we're going to give Chrysler a pass on its new branding campaign. Set to launch this Monday, the campaign centers on this tag: "We’re building a new car...Read More»

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