Coming To America: Four Versions Of The 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»

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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»

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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»

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»

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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»

The talented cast of Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice
Bob & Sergio & Rick & Ron: Mind-Blowing Mergings

It's Friday, and we hope you're already drinking, because this will make more sense if you're hammered. Okay, you already know about the Fiat/Chrysler partnership. And hopefully you recall our piece from earlier this week in which Fiat's Sergio Marchionne said he'd just loooove to acquire GM...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
Porsche, VW To Merge and Become The New GM (And Don't Forget Fiat!)

It's enough to make a historian weep. While General Motors chainsaws brands off its core like old-growth redwood, Europe's automakers think they have a better idea: turn themselves into carbon copies of GM. The latest: Porsche and VW. Instead of pursuing a shareholder takeover of Volkswagen, as...Read More»

2009 Jeep Wrangler
In Jeopardy: Dodge Viper, Charger; Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee

There's a lot more Chrysler news today, and for fans of the company and its brands, most of it isn't good. The worst so far: the Dodge Viper and the Jeep Wrangler may be axed entirely. This comes from a document filed by Robert Manzo, the executive director of Capstone Group, LLC, who's been...Read More»

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Link Love From The Car Connection: Fiat's American Lineup, X-Prize Autos, And Cash-For-Clunkers Rocks (In Germany)

Way outside the box -- We've all heard of the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition, which is giving $10 million to the first team to build a vehicle that can (a) get 100mpg in real-world conditions, (b) meet federal safety requirements, and (c) be mass produced. We're not sure that all of the...Read More»