FCA is allegedly pushing back the launch of around a dozen vehicles in the US, including the next-gen Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler. Alfa Romeo might see more products come to market even more quickly, though.
FCA US is citing industry practices as the reason for cutting its powertrain warranty to five years or 60,000 miles. The change affects gasoline-fueled, 2016 model year vehicles from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Trucks.
A miscalibrated speed limiter has caused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall a small number of Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs with dualie axles and Hemi V8s, along with a second recall for Dodge Challengers to have their airbags rebolted.
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.
Australia and New Zealand will get to experience some of America's big pickups starting in October when exports of the Ram 2500 and 3500 from the US will begin there. The local importer will convert them to right-hand drive before they go on sale.
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 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport and Black Sport are the two latest brash, limited-edition trim packages for the pickup. One gets an attention-getting coat of orange paint, and the other takes the dark and brooding look.
Ram and Sports Illustrated celebrate freedom by recreating Emanuel Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware" in the only way they know how: With swimsuit models and a pickup truck. (The resulting video may not be strictly safe for work, though.)