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Maserati Could Be The Next Automaker To Enter Formula E 10
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in FCA, Formula E, Maserati, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 10th, 2017


Automakers left and right have been flocking to Formula E, and the next one to join in on the action could be Maserati.

According to Autosport, Maserati is the most likely candidate among the numerous brands under the FCA umbrella, ahead of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, or Dodge. But first the group’s chief executive Sergio Marchionne needs to determine whether the electric racing series represents a worthwhile investment.

The FCA chief has expressed interest in the series, most recently stating that, excluding Ferrari, it would be one of the other automakers over which he presides that would be represented should such a program be give it the green light.

“I haven’t spoken to Mr Marchionne,” series chief Alejandro Agag told Autosport, “but would naturally welcome his group into Formula E whenever the time becomes right for them.”

The Modena-based brand was just recently linked to a potential Formula One entry with the Haas team in the same way Alfa Romeo has with Sauber. But the leading motorsport publication believes a Formula E effort is far more likely to happen.

Maserati would be in good company on the electric grid, as rivals like Porsche, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar have all gotten involved. Aston Martin has been tied to a potential entry as well, but with the size of the field already limited, any manufacturer interested in joining would have to partner with one of the existing teams. While most of the current teams have partnered with one automaker or another, neither Techeetah nor Dragon Racing have any such partnership in place at present.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior Revealed Ahead Of LA Debut [w/Video] 8
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in FCA, featured, Jeep, Jeep Videos, Jeep Wrangler, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 8th, 2017


Jeep’s all-new 2018 Wrangler is one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year, and with the LA Auto Show just weeks away, we’re inching closer to learning everything we need to know about it.

These images show an interior design that combines traditional styling with new technologies, as the 2018 Wrangler will surely pack more safety features and connectivity options than ever before.

FCA tells us to also expect improved versatility, more high-quality materials and better overall comfort for drivers and passengers. For example, leather with contrast stitching on top of the dashboard wasn’t something Wrangler owners previously expected from their cars.

The overall design of the cabin has also been changed, even though it remains instantly recognizable as Wrangler-ish. The steering wheel is an evolution of the one found on the previous model, whereas the center console now features a larger screen flanked by two air vents. On the old car, the vents were positioned below the sat-nav display and the climate control switches looked like they belonged on something from the early 2000s. Now, everything looks more modern.

There’s also a display between the two main gauges, plus a lot more buttons and switches for taking your Wrangler off-road – something purists will certainly appreciate.

The rest of the car, we’ve already seen. It still features the keystone-shaped grille, round headlights, square taillights, better aerodynamics, a fold-down windshield and lots of customization options.

Jeep will release more images as well as complete vehicle info on November 29th, at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Why U.S. Car Makers Can’t Get A Break In Japan 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Donald Trump, FCA, Ford, GM, japan, Reports on 11 7th, 2017


The Japanese car market has proven to be a really tough place for U.S. manufacturers, who have claimed that protectionist policies keep them out of the third largest car market in the world but the reality is more complicated than that.

Japanese brands account for 90 percent of the domestic car market in Japan and a big role in this is due to the special relationship between the customer and the dealer. Japanese buyers are used to having a much closer relationship with the dealer compared to the Western standards.

According to a report from the Atlantic, a dealer from a Japanese brand will build a relationship with their customers by bringing demo cars to the customer’s house, offer free car washes for life, handle their insurance policies and remain generally in contact with them, offering a service that’s considered kind of a custom in the country.

This hospitality is what helps the Japanese automakers remain dominant in their home market and is also what baffles American dealers that aren’t used to provide this kind of service.

In the U.S. market the domestic brands remain dominant but with a much smaller share of the pie, with the Big Three -GM, Ford, FCA- making up 45 percent of the market and the Japanese brands accounting for 39 percent. This dynamic contributes in part to the trade imbalance between the U.S. and Japan: last year it was $68.9 billion and a large share of it came from vehicles and from automotive parts ($52.6 billion).

This has long been an issue for politicians, including Trump who said earlier this year that the Japanese “make it impossible to sell cars in Japan”. American carmakers also use the same line of argument, accusing Japan of protectionist policies saying that practices like requiring lengthy car inspections of foreign-made vehicles and prohibiting existing dealers from selling foreign cars have prevented non-domestic car companies from gaining a larger share of the market.

However, protectionism is not the full explanation of why Japanese customers don’t buy foreign cars. For example, there are no import tariffs on cars, whereas the U.S. and EU impose 2.5 percent and 10 percent tariffs.

Instead, the problem lies in large part in the hesitance of American car dealers to invest in the kind of network that Japanese consumers have come to expect. “The way Japanese consumers buy cars is very different,” Deborah Elms, the executive director of the Asian Trade Center said. “Yet the Americans have not invested in a dealer network to break into the market.” Indeed, Ford has pulled out of Japan, where it had sold just 5,000 units annually while GM has only 28 dealerships in the country, managing to sell just 1,000 cars in 2016.

Japanese customers expect to receive services like free maintenance from their dealers and picking up their car for a check-up, performing it and then return it. This sort of dealer network is expensive to develop but also to maintain.

Not all foreign companies though struggle with Japan; imports from EU grew five percent between 2013 and 2016, with 251,115 cars while imports from the U.S. shrank by 15 percent for the same period, to 19,933 cars. Brands like Mercedes and BMW saw their sales growing by 60 percent and 23 percent respectively between 2012 and 2016.

BMW for example decided three years ago to redouble its efforts in the Japanese market, spending $675 million to refurbish its dealer network. “In Japan, everything is about hospitality,” Peter Kronschnabl, the CEO of BMW Group Japan and the chairperson of the European Business Council’s Automotive Committee and the Japan Automobile Importers Association, said. “If you are not into this, it will be very difficult to succeed in the Japanese market.”

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Maserati Wants To Launch A Second SUV By 2020 26
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Maserati, Reports, SUV on 10 26th, 2017


FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne has announced Maserati’s intention to launch a second SUV by 2020.
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Maserati Wants To Launch A Second SUV By 2020 26
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Maserati, Reports, SUV on 10 26th, 2017


FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne has announced Maserati’s intention to launch a second SUV by 2020.
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Goes Into Production Later This Year, Facelifted Cherokee Coming In Early 2018 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in FCA, Jeep, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, RAM on 10 24th, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released its third quarter results presentation and it includes some interesting new details about the Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler.
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Yes, The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Is Faster Than The Demon 23
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Hellcat, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Videos, Trackhawk, video on 10 23rd, 2017


The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is one remarkable performance car but if you’re looking for comparable straight-line performance and much more practicality, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the way to go.
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FCA Ends Production Of RHD Chrysler And Dodge Models 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chrysler, Dodge, FCA, Reports, south-africa on 10 20th, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has stopped production of all its right-hand drive Chrysler and Dodge models.
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Jeep Compass Spawns Next-Generation Fiat Freemont 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Fiat, Fiat Freemont, Jeep, Jeep Compass, Renderings, SUV on 10 17th, 2017


If you were to interview 100 people and ask if they think the Fiat Freemont looks good, chances are 99 would say it is as ugly as sin.
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FCA Recalls Half A Million Jeeps, Dodge And Chryslers 15
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Dodge, Dodge Avenger, FCA, Jeep, Jeep Cherokee - Liberty, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 15th, 2017


A problem with the active head restraints in certain vehicles manufactured earlier this decade has prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall nearly half a million vehicles.
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FCA Chief Not Convinced Current EVs Are The Solution 12
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, FCA, Reports on 10 12th, 2017


Shortly after stating that he fails to see an economically viable way to produce electric vehicles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne says current EVs aren’t as clean as many people think.
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Marchionne Says There’s No Viable Economic Model For Electric Cars 11
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, FCA, Reports, Tech on 10 11th, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne says that there is currently no viable economic model to produce electric cars and make a profit.
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Ram’s 2017 EcoDiesel Models Start Landing In Dealerships 10
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in diesel, FCA, RAM, Reports on 10 10th, 2017


Dealer deliveries of EcoDiesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500 models have just commenced, not long after FCA was accused of not disclosing emissions-cheating software.
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Ram’s 2017 EcoDiesel Models Start Landing In Dealerships 10
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in diesel, FCA, RAM, Reports on 10 10th, 2017


Dealer deliveries of EcoDiesel-powered 2017 Ram 1500 models have just commenced, not long after FCA was accused of not disclosing emissions-cheating software.
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Marchionne Says FCA Loses $20,000 On Every Fiat 500e 5
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, FCA, Fiat, Fiat 500, Reports on 10 5th, 2017


Creating electric vehicles isn’t cheap and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is learning that the hard way.
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