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    Podcast: Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #363 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #363 tonight, where prodigal host Zach Bowman will return to join Dan Roth and Steven Ewing. Check out the topics below, drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module, and don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't ...

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    Report: Marchionne completed Fiat-Chrysler deal from a Florida beach
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    Sergio Marchionne is the CEO of Fiat, which as you may have heard, has finally worked up a deal to finish acquiring the Chrysler Group after months of bargaining with the United Auto Workers and its VEBA healthcare trust, which owned just over 40 percent of the American brand. Where was ...

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    Report: Fiat stock rockets up after word of Chrysler deal
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    Now that Fiat has finalized a deal to purchase the outstanding shares of Chrysler owned by the United Auto Workers' VEBA retiree heathcare fund without having to file for an IPO, you can count the Italian automaker's stockholders among the happy. The Detroit News reports that Fiat stock closed ...

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    Official: Fiat buying rest of Chrysler in $4.35 billion deal, IPO avoided
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    Chrysler will now become a wholly owned member of the Fiat family, as it's been announced that the 41.46-percent stake in the Auburn Hills, MI-based manufacturer owned by the United Auto Workers' VEBA trust fund will be sold to the Italian company. Concluding the agreement will mark the closure ...

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    Followup: Fiat-Chrysler alliance in jeopardy due to Pentastar's IPO filing?
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    The four-year relationship between Fiat and Chrysler has thus far been beneficial for both automakers, but it has also proven to be a complicated battle between Sergio Marchionne and the United Auto Workers – the latter controlling the remaining 41.5 percent of Chrysler. With the recent ...

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    Report: Fiat seeking $10B in financing to buy Chrysler
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    As Fiat looks to become the full owner of Chrysler, all it has standing in its way is the retiree trust of the United Auto Workers, which currently holds the remaining 41.5 percent of the company as the result of the Pentastar's bankruptcy deal. The Detroit News is reporting that that Fiat is ...

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    Report: Fiat talking with banks about buying rest of Chrysler
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    All that stands in the way of Fiat's total ownership of Chrysler is a 41.5-percent stake currently held by the United Auto Workers healthcare trust, but according to SFGate.com, Sergio Marchionne is currently trying to raise the capital to complete the acquisition. The article says that a deal ...

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    Report: Fiat may control Chrysler, but it can't reach in its pockets
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    Despite the fact that Fiat has a controlling stake in Chrysler, the Italian automaker cannot take advantage of the Pentastar's recent success to ease its pain in Europe. Chrysler is on a roll right now, with an improving product portfolio, most recently highlighted by the Dodge Dart small car. ...

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    Official: Fiat increases Chrysler stake to 58.5%
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    How important is the forthcoming 2013 Dodge Dart to the future of Chrysler? Well, it allowed Fiat to boost its stake in Chrysler for the fifth time in the past year today, adding five percent to bring Fiat's total ownership to 58.5 percent. That's because the new Dodge sedan scored a combined 40 ...

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    Fiat buys another 16 percent stake in Chrysler, ups total to 46 percent
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    Automotive News is reporting that Fiat has paid $1.27 billion for an additional slice of Chrysler. The news follows a move by the Italian automaker last week that saw its total ownership jump to 30 percent. The newest acquisition increases that total to 46 percent, and analysts are predicting that ...

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    Report: Dodge to get 40-mpg small car
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    2006 Dodge Hornet concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Chrysler has announced that it is working on a small car for the Dodge lineup capable of achieving fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon. This new model will be based on Fiat architecture and is expected to debut near the end ...

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    Detroit News: Chrysler sues multiple states over dealer laws
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    So you're Chrysler, and you hop into the Chapter 11 pool to save your own skin. While you can wash away some of your past sins with a bankruptcy-protection filing, the deal with Chapter 11 is that you've got to come up with a way to get out of your financial pickle and return to profitability. Part ...

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    Chrysler to launch four Special Editions in first quarter of 2010
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    Much has been made of Chrysler's apparent lack of new products for the 2010 model year. Suffice it to say, while there are big things in store for Chrysler, they will take at least another year to get into production. For instance, while removing the unsightly strakes from the hood of the unloved ...

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    Chrysler to outfit Fiat 500-approved dealers with specific showroom "salons"
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    Fiat 500 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Listening to Chrysler's long and rambling 2010-2014 Business Plan, it was clear that the company and its dealerships are very much looking forward to finally getting the Fiat 500 in North America. Much like what happened when BMW launched the Mini ...

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    Ciao! Fiat to build Chryslers in Italy?
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    Fiat is hard at work trying to come up with the best available use of its newly acquired Chrysler arm. Part of that plan may be to sell more Chrysler products in Europe, and Fiat just so happens to have an available factory to build them in. Automotive News is reporting that Fiat CEO Sergio ...

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    Will Chrysler get Fiat Ducato or Iveco Daily to replace departing Sprinter?
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    Fiat Ducato - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Easy come, easy go – that's apparently Chrysler's luck with repurposed European-market work trucks. For the last few years, Chrysler has offered the German-designed Sprinter van under the Dodge nameplate. Mercedes-Benz wants its rig back, ...

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    REPORT: Chrysler could pull out of Global Engine alliance, put Fiat diesel in Ram
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    As Chrysler moves forward with its post bankruptcy product plans, it's looking increasingly like consolidation with new partner Fiat is the order of the day. Following the cancellation of the platform sharing deal with Nissan, it appears as if the company's interest in the Global Engine ...

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    REPORT: Chrysler to display at Fiat booth in Frankfurt
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    Chrysler Deputy CEO Jim Press arrives on stage at the 2009 New York Auto Show in a Fiat 500
    Ever since the deal for Fiat to effectively take control of the troubled Chrysler group took effect, we've harbored a lot of questions over how the two companies would interact. With Fiat CEO Sergio ...

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    REPORT: Alfa Romeo to lead American charge, Fiat 500 to go it alone
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    Alfa Romeo has been toying with the idea of returning to America for years, but now that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is working from Auburn Hills, the time seems more ripe than ever as details emerge on Fiat/Chrysler's strategy vis-a-vis the North American market. While Marchionne implements ...

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    Chrysler pondering whether Sebring/Avenger replacements should go rear-wheel drive?
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    Chrysler 200C concept car - click above for high-res image gallery
    Setting the Challenger and 300 aside, what Chrysler needs now most of all is a C/D segment car that moves more metal than the pitiful performance of its current offerings. According to Automotive News, Chrysler shifted just 133,626 ...

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