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.
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.
FCA has been spied performing cold-weather tests on a midsize pickup. Despite a lot of camouflage, the model is believed to be a future competitor to global trucks like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.
The UAW is preparing its negotiation position with carmakers later this year. Its primary objective will be the elimination of the two-tier wage system created in 2007 to help the automakers through bankruptcy, but that position "is a non-starter" for the car companies.