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Launches in Jeep Grand Cherokee

FCA is giving the Pentastar V6 a raft of upgrades for 2016 to boost fuel economy by six percent, lower weight by four pounds and increase low-end torque by 15 percent.

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Sergio Marchionne might push back his retirement a few years to stay at the top of FCA until 2020, but he's already considering possible replacements.

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Sergio Marchionne is hinting that a hostile takeover attempt could be in the cards to get GM at least to consider a merger with FCA. He believes the combined companies could have earnings of $30 billion annually.

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Future Of FCA On Display At Dealer Conference

FCA is showing off all sorts of future products right now at a dealer conference in Vegas, including a new Barracuda, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Dodge Dart GLH.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index finds that automobile brands fell, on average, 3.7 percent to 79 on a 100-point scale when compared to 2014.

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Skoda Talks EV Component Sourcing; Nissan Assists EU's eVADER Project

RFA applauds Fiat Chrysler's E15 approval. Dieter Seemann talks about sourcing EV parts for Skoda. Nissan helps with EU pedestrian safety project. China gets Nissan Murano Hybrid first.

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Fiat is closely considering an Abarth version of the 500X crossover, and it could pack a solid 200 horsepower to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke Nismo and Mini Countryman JCW.

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Harman believes that there aren't similar software vulnerabilities as the one in the Uconnect system that the company supplies to FCA.

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NHTSA is investigating Harman Kardon, which supplies Uconnect to FCA, to see if Harman Kardon's other infotainment systems are also vulnerable to hacking.

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Plus: Notes On More Hellcats For 2016, Amazon's New Show For Clarkson And Co., And The Ferrari 488 Spider

We curate the week's events with a focus on FCA's record NHTSA fine. Plus, other news and notes from the industry.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles makes big gains on the bottom line in Q2, improving net profit by 69 percent to 333 million euros. NAFTA numbers more than doubled.

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Fuel-Cell Praised, EV Bashed

Fiat Chrysler's Wester says he sees no future in electric-vehicle drivetrain technology.

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Sergio Marchionne sees cooperation with the UAW as a key to a future merger with General Motors. In the deal, Marchionne could potentially take advantage of the 8.7 percent of GM stock that's owned by the union's health care trust.

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Program Mandated By FCA's Consent Order With Feds

Certain car owners whose Chrysler vehicles contain dangerous defects will soon have a way to get rid of their lemons without losing money.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will reportedly levy a $105 million fine against Fiat Chrysler Automotive over lapses in the reporting and handling of recalls and safety defects.

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Ferrari has filed the necessary paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch the company's IPO later in the year. The documents don't set a specific timeframe for the offering or price for the shares.

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The 2011-2015 Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont are covered under a recall to secure their engine covers from getting loose. The campaign covers 349,731 of the crossovers worldwide. The loose parts under the hood can be a fire hazard if they get too hot.

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JD Power's latest APEAL Study hasn't changed much on the premium side, although Mini is the new champ for non-premium brands, besting Hyundai.

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Apple is bolstering its automotive expertise, bringing in former FCA quality executive Doug Betts as part of its operations team.

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FCA is rumored to be considering selling off parts supplier Magneti Marelli, possibly for around $3.3 billion. Such a deal likely wouldn't come until after the Ferrari IPO, though.

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Strategic Vision announces the winners of the 2015 Total Quality Awards, and Fiat-Chrysler takes the overall. It's the first overall win for Chrysler, ever.

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