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A Reported Takeover Of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is Now Coming from South Korea

A Reported Takeover Of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is Now Coming from South Korea

Is Hyundai planning on turning the auto world on its head?

Hyundai has been identified as the latest company to engage Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over a possible takeover bid that would bring the American automaker to the Korean auto giant’s side. According to the report, the bid is expected to take shape sometime this summer as FCA starts planning for the eventual exit of current FCA chief executive officer, Sergio Marchionne.

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Chrysler isn't on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand

Chrysler isn’t on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand

It’s probably only a matter of time, though

FCA’s investor meeting has taken place, and the official word is that Chrysler will carry on as a North-American.-only brand and Fiat will become a Euro-only EV brand. To take things even further, a company spokesperson has also said that Dodge won’t be killed off either. That’s a pretty bold move from FCA considering how unpopular Chrysler and Fiat have become here. What happens with these brands next, however, will determine whether or not they’ll continue to stick around long term.

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Sergio Marchionne May Kill Off Chrysler, Remove Fiat from the U.S. Market

Sergio Marchionne May Kill Off Chrysler, Remove Fiat from the U.S. Market

Yeah, we didn’t see this coming….oh wait

The Chrysler brand has had a good run with roots that trace all the way back to its formation in 1925. A rich and iconic history, however, isn’t enough to keep a brand going and it looks like the Chrysler nameplate may get killed off just a few years before it’s 100-year anniversary. That’s the word from an Automotive News report that Sergio Marchionne could kill off the brand at the June 1st investor’s meeting in Balocco, Italy.

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FCA Could Be Bought by a Chinese Automaker

FCA Could Be Bought by a Chinese Automaker

Four Chinese brands reportedly looking to score a deal

Formed in 2014, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) alliance has been doing very good these past three years, which is why Sergio Marchionne is on the lookout to either sell the company or make another merger with a big brand. FCA was refused by General Motors back in 2015 and Marchionne’s attempts to find a new collaboration have been unsuccessful so far. However, it seems that FCA is actually on the brink of finding a new owner. According to new reports, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has received at least one offer in August from a "well-known Chinese automaker."

That’s the word from Automotive News, which claims that the over was slightly higher than FCA’s current market value, but the Italian-American alliance rejected it for not being enough. There’s no detailed information as to what Chinese automaker made the offer, but speculation has it that FCA is negotiating with more than one company. Also, a source close to FCA said that company executives have traveled to China to meet with Great Wall Motor Co., while different sources claim talks with Dongfeng Motor Corp., Zhejiang Geely, and Guangzhou Automobile Group.

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Has FCA been Reporting Fraudulent Sales Performance Reports to Investors?

Has FCA been Reporting Fraudulent Sales Performance Reports to Investors?

FCA could be in some serious trouble.

Back in January of 2016, a civil lawsuit was filed against FCA by dealers in Illinois and Florida that claimed FCA was using dirty reporting tactics to pad its sales numbers. The suit came after FCA posted record sales numbers for December of 2015, and has finally garnered a lot of attention. According to Bloomberg, FCA is now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission over the alleged sales padding scheme.

The suit filed back in January claims that FCA was paying dealers to create false delivery reports, which in turn, made it look like the brand was selling way more vehicles than it really was. There was also a similar lawsuit filed previously by a Maserati dealership, which also claimed FCA was paying its dealers to pad their sales numbers. According to Bloomberg, Fiat Chrysler announced that “an internal investigation concluded the padding allegations were baseless and the lawsuit was nothing more than the product of two disgruntled dealers” as early as January 14, 2015, but that wasn’t enough to keep investigators off their back.

In fact, multiple media outlets are reporting that the FBI and SEC hasn’t only raided FCA offices, but the homes of staff as well. According to Automotive News, Federal staff attorneys paid a visit to FCA headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan on July 11 and that employees were advised not to speak with investigators without counsel present. These allegations of performance padding, should they turn out to be true, could be a massive blow for FCA and could turn out to be the next big automotive scandal.

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FCA Looking For Partner To Build Dart And 200 Sedan

FCA Looking For Partner To Build Dart And 200 Sedan

Fresh hope for FCA’s sedans

In January 2016, FCA’s Sergio Marchionne announced that both the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 will be axed, as the company is looking to focus its resources to building more trucks and SUVs. You know, the kind of vehicles that bring bigger profits. The decision was far from surprising in the case of the Dart, a slow-selling car that has lost its appeal years ago, but unexpected for the 200. Sure, sales have declined shortly after the sedan went into production, but unlike the Dart, the 200 has received an extensive makeover for the 2015 model year. One that Chrysler was very proud of, being described as the car that "lays the groundwork for the future of the brand" and a model to become the "new benchmark for midsize sedans."

Two months have passed and it appears that Marchionne changed his mind about both vehicles and the brand is looking for a partner "who is better at it than we are and who has got capacity available" to continue building the Dart and 200. In other words, FCA wants to have the sedans built in another company’s facility, just like Mercedes-Benz has the G-Class manufactured by Magna Steyr in Austria and Toyota has the Scion iA made by Mazda in Mexico.

"There are discussions going on now," Marchionne said at the Geneva Motor Show. "I think we will find a solution. We continue to talk. It’s both a technical solution and an economic one. We need to find a solution that works economically."

If this happens, the Dart and 200 won’t be the first FCA vehicles to be built by partners. The Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider is assembled by Mazda, while the ProMaster City van is manufactured in a join-venture plant in Turkey shared with its Fiat-badged Doblo twin.

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FCA Prepares To Kill Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200

FCA Prepares To Kill Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200

Decline in sales and shifting consumer demand triggered FCA’s decision to cut ties with both models

Fiat-Chrysler is embarking on a new adventure as part of an updated five-year business plan that CEO Sergio Marchionne outlined in a recent presentation with investors. As with most updates of this type, changes have been made in the direction of the company and two models, the Dodge Dart and the Chrysler 200, have become unwitting casualties.

According to Marchionne, FCA will begin focusing its energy and resources into building more trucks and utility vehicles in response to what he describes as a “permanent shift in demand” in the market. Unfortunately for both the Dart and the 200, the pedestrian sales numbers of both cars made them expendable and with no signs in the horizon of both models improving their appeal to the public. FCA is now preparing its shovels for the two vehicles arguably untimely deaths.

With the Dart and the 200 out of the picture, FCA can realign its facilities to accommodate the production of more Jeep and Ram models. The company’s plants in Illinois where the Dart and the 200 were being built will now be used to increase the production of the Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500.

It’s an ignominious exit for both models, especially for the Dart, which only returned to the automotive scene in 2012 after not being around since 1976. Dodge even had huge plans for the model at the time of its supposed comeback, even going so far as building numerous race and concept variants. But with the model turning out to be a sales dud, parent company FCA has deemed it – and the 200 – as baggage that it doesn’t want to carry moving forward.

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Mopar Launches "Complete 360" Vehicle Protection Plan

Mopar Launches "Complete 360" Vehicle Protection Plan

Mopar Vehicle Protection is the official service contract division of Chrysler and recently, MVP has launched a number of new vehicle protection plans designed to provide customers with unmatched benefits and protection. The plans, collectively called the Mopar "Complete 360", were created to provide vehicle owners with full-scale mechanical coverage ranging from 5 years/60,000 miles or years/75,000 miles.

In addition to the wide-ranging mechanical coverage being offered by the "Complete 360" protection plans, it’s also offering scheduled and recommended maintenance for the cars, including access to parts and services. Coverage for mechanical wear and tear is also included. These could range from a variety of potential fixes, including wheel alignments and replacement of parts like brake pads and rotors, shocks and struts, belts, hoses, clutch assembly, headlamps, and even wiper blades, to name a few.

Vehicle owners are given a choice between vehicle protection packages that have been created based on their preferences. There’s what’s called a Lifetime Maximum Care Plan that provides complete mechanical protection for more than 5,000 components. This particular coverage also covers a blanket of perks, including a $100 Sign & Go Towing and Roadside Assistance, first day and extended car rental allowance, and a $1,000 trip interruption protection and key fob replacement for the initial 7 years/100,000 miles of ownership. There’s also an “All-In” option that according to Mopar, covers the total cost of two worn tire replacements for the term of the plan, in addition to full Road Hazard Tire & Wheel protection. This option also includes repairs for any minor physical impairment to a car. Things like dings, dents, cracks, and tears to the body and the interior of a car are covered by this option.

The features of the “Complete 360” plans that Mopar is offering is a way for Chrysler to back up its commitment of going above and beyond its responsibilities to provide customers and vehicle owners with protection plans that can quell any fears or concerns about the rising maintenance costs in the business today. Customers who’d like to know more about the plans are encouraged to contact their local Chrysler dealerships for more information.

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Its Official: North America Won't Get The Refreshed Chrysler 300 SRT

Its Official: North America Won’t Get The Refreshed Chrysler 300 SRT

If you were hoping to plant your rear end in a refreshed version of the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT, you might as well settle for the current model. The updated version of the 300 SRT isn’t going to be released in the United States. Between declining popularity here, and Fiat Chrysler’s intentions to make SRT a Dodge-only performance brand, it doesn’t make sense to release it here. It will, however, be released in Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and New Zealand, among other markets throughout the world.

For those of you who haven’t paid attention for the past couple years, SRT is all about performance. When you compare the 300 SRT to vehicles like the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, the 300 SRT just doesn’t appear to stack up to where Chrysler wants to go with the SRT brand name. Naturally the inability to have it will naturally make you want it more, so I might as well tell you what you are missing out on. In other markets, the 300 SRT will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that puts out 470 horsepower, and updated styling all the way around. Interested in my thoughts? Read on, then let me know what you think.

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Marchionne Won't Let Go Of a Merger With GM

Marchionne Won’t Let Go Of a Merger With GM

This just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne really wants to see his company merge with General Motors, and he’s made precisely zero effort to keep the discussion discreet. His aggressive tactics have ranged from emailing GM CEO Mary Barra directly to contacting “rouge investors” at GM to explaining his reasons to industry analysts.

“I think it is absolutely clear that the amount of capital waste that’s going on in this industry is something that certainly requires remedy,” Marchionne said in and analyst conference call according to The New York Times. “A remedy in our view is through consolidation.”

More recently, Marchionne spoke further about his intentions with Automotive News, which is when things got even weirder. “It would be unconscionable not to force a partner,” he said. AN countered by asking if he was suggesting a hostile takeover. "Not hostile," explained Marchionne. "There are varying degrees of hugs. I can hug you nicely, I can hug you tightly, I can hug you like a bear, I can really hug you. Everything starts with physical contact. Then it can degrade, but it starts with physical contact."

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FCA Offering Incentives to Customers Who Complete Recalls

FCA Offering Incentives to Customers Who Complete Recalls

In order to help boost the number of vehicles being brought in for recall services, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering various incentives to customers who participate in mandated safety recalls.

The incentives range from a $100 prepaid Visa gift card to vehicle-repurchase plans. The focus of this program is older SUVs and trucks ranging from the 2009 through 2012 model years.

“Remedies are available, we are servicing vehicles and we encourage affected customers to contact their dealers,” says Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. “It is imperative that all vehicles implicated by recalls are inspected and serviced, as required.”

The SUV-related recalls include Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 1998 and Jeep Liberties from 2002 through 2007, wherein FCA will install a frame-mounted trailer hitch to protect the rear-mounted fuel tank during a rear-end collision. Owners of both Jeep model are eligible for the $100 gift card, while Grand Cherokee owners are also offered $1,000 incentive toward purchasing a new vehicle or for parts and accessories at their FCA dealer.

FCA is also offering a similar incentive program for a wide variety of older vehicles. The list includes the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango, the Dodge Ram and Ram pickups, the Dodge Dakota, and Ram heavy-duty pickups in various configurations. (The full list is below)

Owners in both groups of vehicles must have had their recall services completed on or after July 24, 2015 to be eligible for the incentive programs. The buy-back incentive opportunity expires January 4, 2016, but FCA does not list an expiration date for receiving the prepaid gift card. You can find out if your vehicle is included in these recalls by entering your VIN at safercar.gov, MyJeepAuto.com, or recalls.mopar.com.

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FCA Prepares New 4x4 Dyno For Rain And Snow Testing

FCA Prepares New 4x4 Dyno For Rain And Snow Testing

The Chrysler Technology Center has 5.4 million square feet of floor space, which – outside of the Pentagon – makes it the largest headquarters in North America. This monster of a facility allows developers to work from the beginning of the design phase all the way to concept production and testing. The facility has 129 different dynamometers that are in constant operation, and a climate testing cell that can generate temperatures between -40 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. That particular cell is also able to simulate a snow storm or intense rainstorm with wind speeds up to 100 mph — allowing developers to test vehicles in any condition without traveling to different parts of the world or keeping up with weather conditions.

That climate cell just got a major update to the tune of $2.5 million. The most important part of the update is a brand new, four-wheel-drive dynamometer that can handle vehicles with up to 350 horsepower at the front wheels and 650 in the rear. In addition to the new testing equipment, Chrysler also updated the ventilation system so that it can test vehicles with high-output and diesel engines. Consumers are snatching up four- and all-wheel-drive vehicles faster than ever, and Chrysler feels the most recent upgrade will help it better deliver the durability its customers expect. The CTC located in Auburn Hills, Michigan and has run 24 hours a day for the last 24 years.

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Fiat Chrysler Profit Jumps 69 Percent In Q2

Fiat Chrysler Profit Jumps 69 Percent In Q2

Anyone following the news around Fiat Chrysler recently would probably give the auto-giant a dim outlook for the future (I certainly did). But FCA has made a strong showing, with a 69 percent profit increase for the second quarter of 2015, posting a figure of $367.9 million (333 million euros) compared to last year’s $217.6 million. 

Part of the increase is due to fluctuating exchange rates, with dollars from U.S. sales worth more now than they were in 2014. The solid results are also partly attributed to the strength of North American operations, where FCA’s operating margin improved to 7.7 percent.

Revenue for the quarter came in at $32.26 billion, a $6.5 billion increase over last year. For the first six months of 2015, revenues grew to $60.7 billion compared to $49.7 billion last year. FCA’s net profit for the first half of 2015 rose substantially, coming in at $464 million compared to last year’s $26 million. Adjusted earnings before income taxes were $1.685 billion, an increase of $615.2 million, or 58 percent.

FCA moved 1.193 million units in the last quarter, up 12,000 units over the same time period last year. A total of 2.288 million units shipped for the first half of 2015, down slightly from 2.294 million seen in the first half of last year. 

Coinciding with the good news, FCA raised its full-year revenue forecast from 108 billion euros to 110 billion euros ($121.11 billion), with worldwide shipments expected to close out 2015 at 4.8 million units. 

FCA’s European sales rose 12 percent. North American sales rose 8 percent thanks to models like the 2015 Jeep Renegade and the new 2015 Chrysler 200. With North America expected to continue its strong performance, net profits are forecast between 1 and 1.2 billion euros ($1.1 and $1.32 billion), 

Investors responded in kind, with FCA’s shares rising 5.2 percent on Thursday.

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Fiat Chrysler Must Buy Back 500K Ram Trucks From Customers

Fiat Chrysler Must Buy Back 500K Ram Trucks From Customers

Security holes in its Uconnect software isn’t Fiat Chrysler’s only issue these days; the automaker has agreed to orders from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to repurchase nearly 500,000 Ram pickup trucks due to major safety concerns. The buyback could cost the automaker billions on top of the $90 million fine from the NHTSA for failing to address these and other safety concerns in a timely fashion.

The safety issues with the Ram pickup line reportedly stem from defective steering and suspension components that could fail, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The effected trucks include certain Ram 1500 models from 2009 to 2012, the 2008 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4WD, and the Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 Heavy Duty with 4WD from 2008 through 2012. On a smaller scale, FCA is also including the 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango, along with the 2009 through 2011 Dodge Dakota in the buyback.

Vehicles will be repurchased at fair market value from customers who choose to participate in the buyback and the necessary repairs completed. FCA can then resell the vehicles. The NHTSA will be monitoring FCA’s progress with the buyback and has the option of issuing another $15 million fine if more violations happen. The oversight will continue for three years by an independent monitor.

Included in the NHTSA’s investigation is FCA’s installation of trailer hitches onto more than 1 million Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee SUVs that have their fuel tanks placed between the rear bumper and solid rear axle. At least 75 deaths have been reported due to fire-related rear-end crashes with the two vehicles. The hitches are said to protect the fuel tank from rupturing in such collisions. In total, the fine against FCA covers 23 separate recalls that the NHTSA says were not dealt with on schedule.

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FCA Will List Ferrari On The New York Stock Exchange

FCA Will List Ferrari On The New York Stock Exchange

Last year, FCA announced its intentions to separate itself from the Ferrari brand by selling off shares of the supercar company to the open market, and now it looks as though those plans are finally coming to fruition. FCA confirmed this week that Ferrari has filed a request with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

As it originally stated in 2014, FCA plans on offloading 10 percent of the automaker to investors. However, Piero Ferrari, son of founder Enzo Ferrari, will continue to hold another 10 percent (called Ferrari NV). The remaining 80 percent will go to existing FCA shareholders.

While some market analysts predict a valuation of 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion), Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne said earlier this month that he expects Ferrari to be valued at over 10 billion euros ($11 billion). That kind of number would account for roughly 60 percent of FCA’s combined total value, which currently stands at 16 billion euros. 

Given Marchionne’s optimistic estimate, shareholders would receive $8.8 billion in value, while the sale would raise over a billion dollars in cash for the auto behemoth. The infusion of capital would likely go to support Alfa Romeo, which promises a total of eight new models over the course of the next three years.

The float is expected late October with a complete separation early next year.

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Marchionne Drops Plans For The GM Merger

Marchionne Drops Plans For The GM Merger

Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, says he doesn’t have any plans to push for a merger with General Motors. The FCA boss proposed the idea to G.M.’s CEO Mary Barra in an email several months ago, but was roundly rejected.

Speaking to the New York Times at a ceremony preceding labor contract talks with the United Automobile Workers union, Marchionne was quoted as saying, "I was rebuffed once, and I won’t go back to get my nose bloodied a second time.” 

The statement contradicts previous comments made by FCA chairman John Elkann, who told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that he was still interested in creating a partnership with G.M.

Marchionne has been particularly vocal in urging automakers to consolidate as a means towards greater efficiency and higher profits. And while joining up with G.M. appears to be off the table, FCA’s CEO is undeterred in pushing for future mergers, saying that there is a better way to do business. "I’ll wait, and we’ll get it done,” he added.

Marchionne was a driving force behind the Fiat-Chrysler merger that created the modern auto behemoth. FCA is currently the seventh-largest automaker in the world, and owns a number of big-name brands, including Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Ram Trucks, Abarth, Mopar and SRT.

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Sergio Marchionne Wants To Merge With General Motors

Sergio Marchionne Wants To Merge With General Motors

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne hasn’t been shy about his desire to see his company merge with General Motors, and has resorted to some unusually aggressive tactics to get what he wants.

First, came an email in March addressed directly to G.M. CEO Mary Barra, first reported by The New York Times, in which Marchionne outlined why it’s so essential for automakers to consolidate in the interest of cutting costs. Manufacturers spend billions independently developing duplicate technologies, and Marchionne reasons that loads of cash could be saved if companies merged or at least collaborated more — not an unreasonable line of thinking.

But G.M. wasn’t interested. Barra initially joked that she never got the email, saying that it may have gone to her spam folder, but later addressed Marchionne’s proposal. "There was an email that was very much vetted with management and our board," she told reporters before G.M.’s annual shareholder’s meeting. "And after we reviewed that, we are committed to our plan. We think that’s in the best interest of General Motors shareholders, and we have strong support."

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Delayed The Redesign Of A Dozen Vehicles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Delayed The Redesign Of A Dozen Vehicles

Over the course of the last year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has purportedly delayed the redesign or release of at least 12 current or new vehicles in North America.

Citing suppliers familiar with the company’s plans, Reuters is reporting that the large number of delays could possibly stem from the automaker’s desire to defer billions of dollars in investments while it searches for a new partner. FCA chief exec Sergio Marchionne has said in the past that he favors consolidation, which would save on capital put toward the creation of overlapping engines and vehicles. Last-minute design and engineering changes are also among suspected explanations for the delays.

The list of program postponements mentioned by the sources is long. It includes the redesigned Ram 1500 delayed from mid-2017 to November 2017, the redesigned Jeep Wrangler delayed from early 2017 to July 2017, the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee delayed from 2017 to 2018, the Jeep Patriot/Compass replacement delayed six months from an original launch date in the spring of 2016, the redesigned Dodge Dart delayed from mid-2016 to 2019/20, the redesigned Charger delayed from mid/late 2018 to 2019, the redesigned Challenger delayed from mid/late 2018 to 2019, and the redesigned Chrysler 300 delayed from mid/late 2018 to 2019. 

The supposed delays contradict a five-year, $50 billion plan outlined in May of last year, which also included boosting annual global sales to 7 million by 2018, up from 4.75 million sold last year. 

FCA declined to comment on specific model delays, instead telling Reuters that the 2014 plan was “a five-year snapshot” of the company’s strategy going forward. 

“Those plans need to be flexible and fluid, with the potential to add some vehicles, pull some forward and extend the life cycle of others. We look at these programs on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis,” the company said.

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Chrysler Pentastar V-6 Family Surpasses 5 Million Units Produced

Chrysler Pentastar V-6 Family Surpasses 5 Million Units Produced

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has just surpassed making its five millionth Pentastar V-6 engine. That’s easy to believe considering its wide spread use and availability in nearly every FCA product. In fact, 47 percent of all FCA’s U.S.-spec vehicles have come equipped with the V-6 since the start of 2015.

Introduced in 2010 with the then-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Pentastar V-6 began life displacing 3.6 liters. Now the engine design has grown to include a 3.2-liter version for the Jeep Cherokee and a 3.0-liter version for the Chinese-spec Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler 300.

It’s thanks to the engine’s compact design that allows so many vehicles to utilize it. A 60-degree V keeps its width to a minimum while its exhaust manifolds are integrated into the cylinder heads, eliminating the jumble of individual exhaust tubing. This allows the Pentastar to be easily fitted into either a transverse or longitudinal powertrain orientation with almost no modifications between applications. What’s more, its A/C compressor and alternator are mounted directly to the block, eliminating the need for numerous accessory drive variations.

In the truck world, the Pentastar makes headlines in both the Ram and Jeep brand. The 3.6-liter V-6 comes standard in the Ram 1500 and offers 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, giving the truck a respectable V-6 max tow rating of 7,600. As for the Jeep brand, the 3.6-liter is still going strong in the Grand Cherokee. The Wrangler also uses the 3.6-liter, except in China, where FCA powers the Jeep with the 230-horse, 210-pound-feet 3.0-liter version.

The Pentastar might not be as iconic as say, the GM small-block V-8, but with FCA’s widespread and continued use of the engine, that could chance over time. Just don’t count on hot-rodders swapping Pentastars in their weekend toys.

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