Sergio Marchionne says that the next Jeep Wrangler is not fully aluminum, which might keep production in Toledo, OH. Also, the company is working with NHTSA to fully comply with the agency's requests for the upcoming public hearing.
NHTSA and the US Department of Transportation are holding a public hearing on July 2 into FCA US' response to 20 recalls from between 2013 and 2015. The Feds are also requiring the automaker to submit detailed documents about each of these campaigns by June 1.
Four FCA US assembly plants, all of the engine factories, and many transmission-building sites are staying open all summer to keep up with demand. Usually there would be a two-week summer shutdown during the year.
FCA US is offering a completely free college education to all of its dealership employees through a partnership with Strayer University called Degrees@Work. The workers can earn associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in a variety of subjects.
Fiat is tipped to reveal the 124 Spider later this year at either the Frankfurt or Los Angeles auto shows. The roadster is based on similar underpinnings as the new Mazda MX-5 Miata and is expected to reach dealers in 2016.
Fiat has played around the edges of the US market since its return four years ago, but it has more ambitious plans for the 2016 500X. With this curvy crossover, Fiat hopes to capture to mainstream customers and grow the brand in America.
Toledo, OH is doing all that it can to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler in its boundaries, but the biggest issue facing the plant may be insurmountable, no matter how desperately the city wants to keep the Wrangler local.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has nameed Ralph Gilles as head of design for the entire group and put him on its executive council, with former Fiat and Pininfarina design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti set to retire.
Lord March takes a ride around Goodwood in the Beast of Turin, the 1911 Fiat S76 land-speed-record machine with a 28-liter four-cylinder engine that's set to be shown off at the Festival of Speed this summer.