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Fiat Chrysler starts production of ventilator components in Italy

Italy asked ventilator manufacturer Siare to triple its normal monthly production

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has begun producing ventilator parts to help Italy's Siare Engineering boost its output of the medical equipment needed to treat patients during the coronavirus crisis, the carmaker said on Friday. Italy, the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Europe, had asked Siare to triple its normal monthly production as a part of government efforts to increase the number of intensive care beds. FCA said that with the support of luxury group Ferrari and ho

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Fiat Chrysler, GM are trying 7-year 0% loans, online buying to lift plunging sales

Buying a car start to finish and never stepping into a showroom

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's new "Drive Forward" marketing program includes online shopping tools that will for the first time allow U.S. customers to complete the purchase of a vehicle through an FCA dealer without setting foot in a dealership, a company spokesman said. GM and Fiat Chrysler's promotions of extended, no-interest loans - made less costly by the Federal Reserve's recent interest rate cuts - echo the "Keep America Rolling" sales push GM launched to jump start

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Ford delays North American production restart from coronavirus lockdown

FCA still targeting April 13, but GM will remain offline indefinitely

To generate cash, the No. 2 U.S. automaker had said last week it was poised to restart production at some plants in North America as early as April 6, bringing back such profitable vehicles as its top-selling F-150 full-sized pickup, the Transit commercial van and SUVs. "The health and safety of our workforce, dealers, customers, partners and communities remains our highest priority," Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford's North American operations, said in a statement. Rival Fiat Chrysler Automo

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Fiat Chrysler execs, salaried employees taking pay cuts during coronavirus pandemic

They join GM and Ford in 'shared sacrifice'

Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley said in the memo he will take a 50 percent pay cut for three months starting April 1, while Chairman John Elkann and FCA's board of directors will forego the remainder of their 2020 compensation. FCA said most global salaried employees will be asked to take a temporary 20 pct pay cut.

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Fiat Chrysler agrees to new $3.8 billion credit facility with banks

FCA plants all around the world are shut in response to the virus emergency

Fiat Chrysler said on Thursday it has agreed a new credit facility with two banks, at a time when major carmakers are having to shut down plants, losing revenue as demand slumps in the wake of the coronavirus. Most of FCA's plants around the world are currently shut in response to the virus emergency. Italian investment firm Exor , which controls FCA, said on Wednesday that the temporary closures might continue and increase depending on how the coronavirus outbreak develops.

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GM, Ford and FCA expected to extend coronavirus shutdown into April

Analysts expect auto sales to be down by as much as 40 percent in March

Detroit's Big Three automakers plan to extend a current shutdown of vehicle production in North America into April as the coronavirus pandemic continues, people briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The automakers had said on March 18 they would halt production until at least March 30. Ford Motor Co said in a statement Tuesday it was "not planning to restart our plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on Monday, March 30 as originally hoped."

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FCA to make 1 million face masks a month for North America coronavirus fight

How much to help other countries vs. Italy is tough topic for Fiat Chrysler

Italian-U.S. car giant Fiat Chrysler has confirmed plans to produce a million face masks a month and said it will distribute them to emergency services in North America to help the fight against coronavirus. FCA, which is also trying to help produce badly needed respirators for patients in intensive care in Italy, is one of a number of large manufacturers adapting production lines to make products in desperately short supply. "Production capacity is being installed this week and the company wi

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Ferrari, Fiat, McLaren, Nissan join coronavirus ventilator efforts

McLaren, Nissan and Airbus are also stepping up

Italian carmakers Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler are in talks with the nation's biggest ventilator manufacturer to help to boost production of the life-saving machines that are urgently needed in the coronavirus crisis, company officials said on Thursday. Italy is at the epicenter of the pandemic and its government has embarked on a big expansion of the number of intensive care beds, many of which will require ventilators to keep patients alive by taking over breathing functions. Siare Engineering

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Fiat 500X Pop gets Sport Appearance Package

Mimics exterior changes on the more expensive Sport trim

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Fiat Chrysler halts European production as coronavirus hits demand

Italy was the first country to institute a nationwide lockdown

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is halting production for two weeks at most of its European plants to help protect staff against the coronavirus pandemic and adjust to a slump in demand, the Italian-American carmaker said on Monday. Italy has been the European country worst hit by the crisis and the first to enforce a nationwide lockdown, which has now been replicated by Spain and, to a lesser extent, by France as the virus sweeps through the continent. FCA - which according to analyst estima

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GM, Ford, FCA and the UAW form joint coronavirus task force

Working together on 'wide-ranging preventive measures'

The task force, which would be focusing on areas including vehicle production plans, is being headed by UAW President Rory Gamble, GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, Ford CEO Jim Hackett, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and FCA CEO Michael Manley, the parties said in a joint statement on Sunday.

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FCA's puzzling trademark spree includes Apache and Orange Peelz

Could the names preview Easter Jeep Safari concepts?

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FCA worker in Indiana tests for coronavirus, but the plant will stay open

Some Fiat Chrysler plants in hard-hit Italy will close, though

Fiat Chrysler is temporarily halting operations at some plants in Italy and will reduce production rates in response to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the largest in Europe, a spokesman for the automaker said on Wednesday. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said in a statement it had stepped up measures across its facilities, including intensive sanitisation of all work and rest areas, to support the government's directives to curb the spread of the infectious disease. "As a result of tak

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Fiat Chrysler U.S. sales chief Reid Bigland steps down after suing company

He claims retaliation for cooperating in federal fraud investigation

Bigland, who has been with Fiat Chrysler for 22 years, sued the company last year, claiming it withheld 90% of his 2018 compensation because he cooperated with a regulatory probe into its sales practices. Over a five-year period from 2012 to 2016, Fiat Chrysler's U.S. unit used a series of fraudulent moves to falsely report new vehicle sales and tout a "streak" of uninterrupted monthly year-over-year sales growth, when it had actually ended in September 2013. In July 2016, the company revised

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1960s Fiat 500F becomes 960-piece Lego Creator Expert kit

It's a surprisingly accurate replica of Fiat's best-known model

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