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Daimler-Benz chairman Juergen Schrempp and Chrysler’s chairman Bob Eaton shook hands in London on May 6, 1998, after agreeing to merge their companies in what became referred to as the “Merger of Equals.” Except there was nothing equal about it; Mercedes took Chrysler to the cleaners.
Hey did you hear? Alfa Romeo is back in America! And not just with a low-volume sports car, but with stuff normal people might actually buy, like the Giulia sedan and the upcoming Stelvio crossover. These seem to be awesome cars to drive, but I’m not so sure you should actually buy one.
Holy crap, the first month of 2017 is almost over and I haven’t even provided you with a new Would You Rather! You must be desperate for one at this point. I’m so sorry. You deserve relief, right this instant, so let’s get right to it.
After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today accused Fiat Chrysler of having “defeat devices” for emissions in diesel Jeep and Ram vehicles, company boss was adamant that Fiat Chrysler did not cheat like Volkswagen, calling such a claim “hogwash.” That may be a bit far, but after carefully examining…
Speaking with reporters following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s allegation that diesel engines in Ram and Jeep models were cheating emissions, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the idea that his company intended to cheat was “unadulterated hogwash” and there’s “nothing in common between the VW…
Citing increased demand, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles just announced that it will add 2,000 jobs and invest $1 billion into factories in Michigan and Ohio in order to produce new Jeep vehicles. FCA also confirmed production of the ultra-luxury Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
In May, Fiat Chrysler partnered with Google’s self-driving team (now called Waymo) to codevelop self-driving vehicle technology. Almost immediately, the two started tearing into a Pacifica Hybrid minivan, making modifications to allow the car to accommodate Google’s long list of sensors and computers. Now, after seven…