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The Big Three and UAW are negotiating on a way to reduce ballooning healthcare costs by possibly creating a pool among the active workers at Ford, GM, and FCA US. UAW President Dennis Williams came up with the idea.

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.

Cherokee Production Moving To Michigan Or Illinois

Production of the Jeep Wrangler is remaining in Toledo, OH, and it's due to get a pickup version in 2017 or 2018. Cherokee assembly, however, is moving elsewhere.

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.

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.

A lawsuit in US District Court alleges that vehicles with keyless ignitions are dangerous because people inadvertently leave their vehicles running. The owners are then at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.

FCA is appealing the already reduced $40 million judgment against the company in Georgia where a four-year-old boy died in a Jeep Grand Cherokee fire.

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

Alfa Romeo's crossover is on track for its 2016 debut, with sales starting late that year in the US. The CUV reportedly shares its platform with the Giulia sedan.

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

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.

4x4 Dyno Allows For Year-Round Extreme Weather Testing

The FCA Tech Center's new 4x4 dyno allows engineers to perform year-round extreme weather testing.

NHTSA is closing an investigation into 4.7 million power modules in FCA vehicles and found no need for a recall in them.

Uconnect Update For 1.4 Million Vehicles Fixes Software Vulnerabilities

Carjacking has gone wireless, as automakers and Congress scramble for a solution.

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.

FCA US is recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the US to send the owners a software upgrade to prevent potential hacks. The issue stems from the weakness recently discovered in the Uconnect system in a Jeep Cherokee.

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.

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.

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

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.

FCA US is adding 88,000 examples of the 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger to the Takata inflator recall. The company recently conducted an audit of its affected vehicles and discovered that these coupes also needed the repair for the driver's side.

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