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Weekly Recap: Despite merger, Fiat and Chrysler will maintain local roots as stock offering looms

Posted 2014-09-06T11:00:00Z

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Chrysler will still be largely run out of its headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, and Fiat will be based in Turin, Italy.

Americans and Italians worried that two of their nation's industrial icons – Chrysler and Fiat – are merging into a British/Dutch corporation with a blurred identity can rest a bit easier, even as an initial public stock offering looms as early as October. Chrysler will still be run mostly out of its headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, and Fiat will be based in Turin, Italy.

"Operationally, day-to-day operations will sit where they sit today," Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said during an earnings announcement earlier this summer.

The company will be incorporated in the Netherlands for tax purposes, and the board will meet in London, where unspecified parts of the firm's "decision-making process" will take place.

"Operationally, London will hold nothing, other than the decision-making process of FCA, meetings of the group executive council and some of the senior leaders will be residing there," Marchionne said. Specifically, Richard Palmer, FCA's chief financial officer and a native of Bath, England, will move to London.

Still, Marchionne stressed the company's move to London is more than symbolic, even if some functions are still unclear.

"It's a pretty permanent rooting of the organization in London in order to make sure that the machine runs," he said.

What you missed on 9.5.14

Posted 2014-09-05T19:20:00Z

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Lexus RCFirst Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F

The third model from Lexus' F performance division is here in the form of the two-door RC coupe. While staying true to lessons learned from the IS F before it, the RC F proves that Lexus indeed has what it takes to compete with the rest of the luxury performance set. Seyth Miersma tests the new coupe on both road and track in our first drive, here.




Volvo XC90Volvo XC90 First Edition sells out

And just like that, they're all gone. Volvo opened the order books on its 2015 XC90 First Edition earlier this week, and in a scant 47 hours, all 1,927 examples of the slick new crossover have been gobbled up. That's impressive, considering the XC90 isn't a highly lauded sports car or anything, and it bodes well for the CUV's launch in the US early next year.




Jaguar XEJaguar XE to be revealed Monday

Get ready, ladies and gents – come Monday, we'll have the full scoop on the brand-new Jaguar XE midsize sport-luxury sedan. We've been waiting for this one for a while now, and while the car isn't tipped to go on sale in the US until 2016, we're excited to pore over all of the images and details. In the meantime, Jaguar has released this teaser video to whet our appetites.



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What you missed on 9.4.14

Posted 2014-09-04T19:31:00Z

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Mazda MX-5 Miata2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Up close and personal

We sent resident Miata-owner Chris Paukert to the unveiling of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 in Monterey, CA. In addition to drooling over the new hotness, Paukert took several notes about the car's design and execution, and we've compiled them here for your perusal. What does our Miata Man have to say about the ND model? Have a look, here.




Dinan BMW M5Driving the 2014 Dinan S1 BMW M5

So often, tuner cars don't feel quite as wholly complete and well-executed as the vehicles built by the automakers themselves. But that isn't the case with Dinan, and recently, senior editor Steven Ewing had the chance to sample a 675-horsepower version of the BMW M5 sedan in California. Has Dinan built a better Bimmer? Read our quick spin to find out.





Mazda MX-5 MiataOfficial 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata details

In case you couldn't tell, yesterday will pretty much go down in as Miata Day 2014. And while Paukert's dissection of the new car is a plenty good read, we enthusiasts are, of course, poring over Mazda's official images and information, even if there isn't much to go on right now. Have a look at more Miata goodness, here.




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What you missed on 9.3.14

Posted 2014-09-03T19:33:00Z

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Jaguar F-Type2015 Jaguar F-Type V6 S Coupe reviewed

We've enjoyed the Jaguar F-Type in several forms now, but which one would we actually buy? Brandon Turkus makes the case for the middle child F-Type, the V6 S Coupe, with its supercharged V6 engine and absolutely excellent driving dynamics. Read his full report in our review, here.





By The NumbersBy The Numbers: August 2014

Once again, we've compiled the automotive industry's monthly sales data into one handy-dandy chart for your perusal. And of course, we've offered some insight as to the big news from August's sales numbers. How did each automaker fare over the last month? See our By The Numbers report to find out.




BMW M2BMW M2 attacks the 'Ring

Much as we like the BMW M235i, it's not quite the 1 Series M Coupe successor we were hoping for. Thankfully, BMW has heard our cries, and is bringing a full-on M2 to market. Our spy photographers give us our best look yet at the forthcoming hot coupe in this latest set of images.




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What you missed on 9.2.14

Posted 2014-09-02T19:32:00Z

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Infiniti Q70L2015 Infiniti Q70L tested

Is bigger really better? That's the question we're asking in our review of the long-wheelbase Infiniti Q70L. The luxury brand's 5 Series-fighter gains some rear spaciousness among other tweaks for the 2015 model year, and we see if this added capaciousness adds to the sedan's appeal. Read all about it in our quick spin.




Land Rover Discovery SportLand Rover Discovery Sport revealed

The Land Rover LR2 is dead! Long live the Land Rover LR2! With its new Discovery Sport, Land Rover finally has a truly competitive offering in the midsize luxury crossover set, ready to battle stalwarts like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. We've got the full smattering of details about the new compact LR. Check it all out, here.




Subaru WRXSubaru WRX hatchback spied

Despite the on-again, off-again rumors, it looks like Subaru might be building a five-door version of its new WRX after all. Our trusty spy photographers caught this 'Rex-ified mule testing, leading us to believe there will be even more to love about our favorite little Subie in the not-too-distant future.



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Weekly Recap: Volvo's $11-billion gamble

Posted 2014-08-30T11:02:00Z

2015 Volvo XC60

It's ambitious, but Volvo is spending money on core products built on qualities that have made the brand successful in the past.

Just how much does it take to revive an iconic premium brand? How does $11 billion sound? That's what Volvo's Chinese owners are spending to give the Swedish company one more shot to make it as a global carmaker.

It's a make-or-break proposition. Volvo must get it right, as even deep-pocketed parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Corp. has limits. The money will fund a product blitz with fresh yet authentic Swedish design, improved technology, new engines and, as always, a focus on safety. It's ambitious, but Volvo is spending money on core products built on qualities that have made the brand successful in the past.

The 2015 XC90 will be the first vehicle to roll off the assembly line as a result of these efforts. As our Noah Joseph reported from the reveal in Sweden this week, the crossover embodies all of Volvo's aspirations. It's based on the company's Scalable Product Architecture that will be used for all of the company's models in North America. It draws power from the Drive-E engine series, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 316 horsepower thanks to turbocharging and supercharging, and a plug-in hybrid variant that also uses both forced-induction systems to pump out 400 hp.

What you missed on 8.29.14

Posted 2014-08-29T19:32:00Z

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Review: 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Faced with having to rub elbows with strange human beings on a non-luxurious aircraft, our own intrepid Michael Harley chooses instead to drive from LA to Monterey in the swanky new Cadillac Escalade. Can a 600-mile solo drive in the lap of American lavishness counter the efficiencies of modern air travel? (If you really don't know the answer to that one, we're guessing you haven't flown in a while). Read now.




First Aston Martin Lagonda delivered

After taking a decades-long nap, the Aston Martin Lagonda nameplate has finally been revived. The very first group of Aston's newest utlra-luxury sedan has shipped, arriving to Dubai (where else?) by way of Oman Air and some very careful packing. The new Lagonda may only be offered in the Middle Eastern market, but that doesn't mean we can't admire these first looks at it, from afar.




Lutz's WM Destino may close to a reality

When crotchety, cigar chomping, erstwhile major automotive executive Bob Lutz showed up at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with a Corvette-engined Fisker Karma, we collectively applauded the effort and immediately dismissed it from ever being a reality. As it turns out, with a new investment partner and trademark tenaciousness, Lutz may be ready to actually meet his Destino.



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What you missed on 8.28.14

Posted 2014-08-28T19:32:00Z

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Volkswagen e-UpElectric VW e-Up! tested

The Volkswagen Up! is one of our favorite pieces of pint-sized forbidden fruit. The cute little city car is already one of the best-selling microcars in Europe, and VW aims to broaden its appeal with a new electrified version, the e-Up! Jonathon Ramsey recently took the electric Up! for a quick spin in Germany. Read his full report, here.





Mazda MX-5 Miata muleMazda MX-5 Coupe in the works?

We're just days away from the reveal of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, and already, the rumormill is swirling about what's in store for the lovely two-seat sports car. New reports suggest that a long-awaited coupe model is indeed in the cards – of course, take that with a huge grain of salt. More details about future plans for the Mazda3 and Mazda6 are detailed here, as well.




VolvoVolvo model range details revealed

Tired of all the Volvo news this week? Good. Neither are we. Looking beyond the introduction of the 2015 XC90, or man Noah Joseph managed to get some more details about the future of the company's model range, which happily includes sedans, wagons, and the well-liked Cross Country trims. See what else is in store in his deep dive, here.



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What you missed on 8.27.14

Posted 2014-08-27T19:32:00Z

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Kia Forte Koup2014 Kia Forte Koup reviewed

It's not a sports car, but the Kia Forte Koup offers 200 turbocharged horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, and retuned suspension geometry to make it a more engaging offering than its sedan counterpart. But does all that add up to a car that's actually engaging for enthusiasts? Brandon Turkus puts one to the test in our latest review.




Ford F-150Tailgate up vs. down: which is more efficient?

We don't normally think of pickup trucks as being the most aerodynamic vehicles on the road, but drag does play a key role in how the vehicles are designed. Some folks think it's actually more efficient to drive with the tailgate down, but is that actually the case? Greg Migliore finds out with the help of the 2015 Ford F-150.




Volvo XC902015 Volvo XC90 deep dive

Yesterday, we brought you the full specs of the 2015 Volvo XC90. But our man Noah Joseph was on hand at the crossover's live reveal in Sweden, and reports that there's way more to this XC90 than you might think. This isn't just a new crossover, this is a new direction for the brand, and there's a whole lot to learn in our Deep Dive, here.



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What you missed on 8.26.14

Posted 2014-08-26T19:31:00Z

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Volvo XC90Meet the 2015 Volvo XC90

It's been a long time coming, but the 2015 Volvo XC90 is finally here. It has a simple, clean design (which most people seem to like), a really nice-looking interior, and a range of efficient yet powerful engines. It'll be priced from $48,900 in the US (for a T6 AWD model), and you can read all about it in our reveal post, here.





BMW R NineTRiding the BMW R NineT

BMW's motorcycle history is indeed storied, but the German maker is diving into new territory with its R NineT. It's a fully customizable, cafe racer-style bike, and has been in development since 2011. Contributor Susan Carpenter spent two weeks with BMW's newest bike, and gives a full report in our First Ride review.





BMW DriftmobBehind the scenes of BMW Driftmob

BMW's Driftmob ad featuring the new M235i coupe was a huge production. So big, in fact, that the company wanted to tell the story from a behind-the-scenes perspective, and invited Autoblog to be the only US media outlet on hand during the ad's filming in Cape Town, South Africa. Read about everything that went into filming the Driftmob spectacular, here.



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