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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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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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Jeep Brand Exceeds 1 Million Vehicles Sold for 2014

Jeep Brand Exceeds 1 Million Vehicles Sold for 2014

The Jeep brand certainly has reason to celebrate as 2014 proved to be its best sales year ever, with a final tally of 1,017,019 vehicles sold globally. It marks the first time Jeep has broken into the million-unit club and the fifth consecutive year of sales increases, both globally and in the U.S.

Much of Jeep’s success can be attributed to the new-for-2014 Cherokee. Global sales topped 236,000 in its first year. The small crossover, though met with some criticism and initial hiccups, has proved very marketable.

“While we are especially pleased with the way the new Jeep Cherokee is resonating in the marketplace,” says Jeep Brand President and CEO Mike Manley in a company statement, “the fact is that every vehicle in the Jeep lineup recorded significant worldwide sales gains.”

Manley isn’t kidding. Every Jeep vehicle posted impressive gains. As a whole, sales in the Asia-Pacific region were major help in Jeep’s overall success. China alone saw a massive 49 percent increase over 2013. Sales were also up 40 percent in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Grand Cherokee actually led the entire brand in sales with a 279,567-unit year worldwide, with only 183,786 of those sold in the U.S. It appears Jeep is still in the business of conquering foreign lands.

This year is slated to be even better. 2015 is actually the year Jeep officials predicted the brand would crest the one million mark, so we can suspect the automaker will enjoy even greater success to come.

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Video: Chrysler SRT8 models burnout

Video: Chrysler SRT8 models burnout

The 2012 Chrysler SRT8 model line-up includes four impressive vehicles: the Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300 SRT8, and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. With all of these models sporting the same 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine producing 470 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque, it seemed only natural that Chrysler would want to show them all off in a video doing some killer burnouts.

If you’re a fan of screeching tires and white smoke, then this video is for you. If you are more of the data type then you’d be interested to know that Chrysler’s latest HEMI V8 can be mated to either a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission or a dual-disc high performance clutch, depending on the model. The range of models also deliver a decent fuel economy, with our favorite - the Challenger SRT8 - providing up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway, as well as great performance. The muscle car can do the 0-60 mph sprint in the high 4-second range and the quarter-mile in the high 12s. Top speed has been increased to more than 180 mph with the manual transmission (173 mph in the automatic).

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Future Maserati SUV will be powered by Chrysler, Not Ferrari

Future Maserati SUV will be powered by Chrysler, Not Ferrari

We’ve been drowning in rumors about a Maserati SUV for a little while now - ever since the Maserati Kubang Concept came out in 2003 - so the thought of some semi-concrete evidence was rather inviting. A few months ago, the new Maserati SUV was finally confirmed by the brand, who set a launch for sometime in 2012. That confirmation was followed with rumors of a Ferrari-sourced engine, but as it turns out, Top Gear is hearing that Chrysler will actually be the ones powering the bulkier Maserati.

CEO of Chrysler Group and Fiat, Sergio Marchionne had said that the new SUV would carry a "rock and roll engine," possibly in both V8 and V12 variants. Current rumors suggest that the engine will actually be a Chrysler Hemi V8 with 465 HP and more torque than the original option. This engine will also fit better in the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee platform they have already confirmed for the Maserati model. Now, the future SUV will only be Italian on the badge, as the engine and chassis will be American made at Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant. This should bode well for the SUV, since having a Ferrari engine would have undoubtedly hiked up the price.

Expect to see the official launch of the Maserati SUV at one of the major auto shows in 2012.

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Video: Crysler’s reinvention continues with new Jeep commercial

After a year of having its share of ups and downs - more on the latter, actually - Chrysler is in the middle of reinventing itself with the hopes of returning to its former place as a competitor in the auto industry. As part of their efforts, the US brand is aggressively marketing both its Jeep and Dodge brands with a series of carefully-planned commercials to ensure consumers that the rough patches have passed, and that the company has come back better and stronger than ever before.
As part of this campaign, Chrysler has released a number of commercials featuring the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the latest one being appropriately called, "Stronger".

In the ad, Chrysler details the painstaking lengths that go in building Jeep’s new flagship SUV while carefully pointing out the importance of the vehicle in the company’s attempt to restore the brand’s image and reputation. As the ad ever-so poignantly says, Chrysler isn’t "building just a car, it’s building a company."

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Video: The reinvention of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Video: The reinvention of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

To say that Chrysler has a lot invested in the success of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is like saying that Ferrari is just another automaker. As one of the first releases of the recently-forged Chrysler-Fiat partnership, the Grand Cherokee is being pegged as an SUV that’s catered not only to Jeep’s rugged off-road market, but also towards those looking into making a luxury SUV purchase.

Recently, Jeep’s Bob Hegbloom took some time to talk with Pentastar Video to discuss the painstaking process behind the creation of the Grand Cherokee. Among the finer points of the interview include Hegbloom laying the groundwork for how Jeep can maintain its brand image as a rugged SUV that puts a premium on customer satisfaction. As such, Jeep decided to give the new Grand Cherokee a noticeable upheaval on its own, which includes increasing the SUVs legroom and adding a reclining rear seat, performing an exhaustive durability test that consisted of test driving the SUV a total of a staggering 2.5 million miles, and most of all, positioning the Grand Cherokee as a car that’s true to its roots yet has goals of infiltrating the luxury SUV market.

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Chrysler's new building wrap is all about the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler’s new building wrap is all about the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

We don’t know what it is with Chrysler and their fascination for using building wraps on their headquarters whenever they feel the need to promote something, but it certainly is one good way to catch some attention.

A few months after doing the same thing to promote their "Motor Trend 2010 Truck of the Year" award, Chrysler is at it again with the whole ’covering the headquarters at Auburn Hills with a 103 feet long and 53 feet tall building wrap trick’.

This time, Chrysler’s new building wrap features the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which comes with the tagline the brand recently unveiled: "The things we make, make us".

According to Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep, the whole concept of building wraps is a way the company to show off the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee as a world-class vehicle to any and all who ends up passing by the Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, which includes up to 200,000 motorists passing along Interstate-75, a stones throw away from Chrysler’s HQ.

These guys aren’t exactly bastions of subtlety, are they?

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Video: Jeep Grand Cherokee falls on its head after failed stunt

Video: Jeep Grand Cherokee falls on its head after failed stunt

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Chrysler recently introduced the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee so we felt like it would be a good time to let everyone know the many, many things one can do with a Grand Cherokee. These things will be introduced provided, of course, that you’re not one to worry about the repercussions of what you’re about to do.

While Chrysler continues to proclaim the Grand Cherokee as an all-everything, premium SUV that can rival the Range Rovers of the world, some people have found a way to use the Grand Cherokee that would probably have Chrysler hesitating to make bold promises on. We invite you to watch this video of how a Grand Cherokee ends up on the wrong side of a stunt. To be fair to the idiots that tried this out, scaling a rock does sound like something the Grand Cherokee is capable of and the SUV isn’t entirely at fault with regards to how the supposed climb ended up. Maybe it was in the execution of the stunt - a case of not knowing when to let go of the throttle - that proved to be flawed, otherwise people interested in buying the new Grand Cherokee would be second, third, and fourth-guessing themselves by now.

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Chrysler releases new video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler releases new video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler is getting an early jump on the upcoming market launch of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee next month by releasing a new video of the luxury SUV.

Prospective buyers of the 2011 Grand Cherokee will be given an option of two engine variants for the SUV, one of which features Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces an output of 290 horsepower and a mileage of 23 mpg. The other - and significantly more powerful - engine will be a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 that comes with 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Check out the newly-released B-roll video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee being put through the paces in the desert.

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2009 Chrsyler Aspen HEMI Hybrid

2009 Chrsyler Aspen HEMI Hybrid

With the introduction of the new 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI® Hybrid, Chrysler LLC delivers a hybrid-electric vehicles that combines fuel-efficient advanced-hybrid technology with full-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) performance and capability.

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2007 Chrysler Aspen

2007 Chrysler Aspen

Compared to large SUVs, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is more fuel-efficient and maneuverable. Compared to full-size SUVs, Chrysler Aspen features more interior passenger space and cargo room, coupled with unmatched towing and hauling capability. With a choice of two V-8 engines, including the 5.7-liter HEMI® that features Chrysler Group’s fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS), Chrysler Aspen provides best-in-class power and torque. For added capability, two optional 4x4 systems enable Chrysler Aspen to tackle a variety of driving conditions.

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Chrysler Nassau and Jeep Trailhawk

Chrysler Nassau and Jeep Trailhawk

Always to be counted on for inovative concepts unveiled in an exciting manner Chrysler Group has provided a few hints-sketches to be realeased, two concept vehicles that will make their worldwide debut in Detroid.

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2007 Chrysler Aspen - first SUV with Trailer Sway Control

2007 Chrysler Aspen - first SUV with Trailer Sway Control

Arriving at dealerships later this month, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen will be the industry’s first full-size SUV to offer standard Trailer Sway Control technology. The technology improves trailer stability and increases towing safety.
“Boasting unsurpassed capability, Chrysler Aspen will give customers more peace of mind in towing conditions with segment exclusive Trailer Sway Control, ” said Mike Donoughe, Vice President – Body-on-frame Product Team, Chrysler Group. “Chrysler Aspen is (...)

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2007 Chrysler Sebring and Aspen prices annonced

2007 Chrysler Sebring and Aspen prices annonced

On the heels of award-winning new products and record sales, two additional all-new vehicles are about to arrive in Chrysler showrooms. Today, Chrysler announced pricing for the 2007 Chrysler Sebring and Chrysler Aspen.
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With a starting MSRP of $18,995 (including a $675 destination charge), the Chrysler Sebring sedan features a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter World Engine that produces 173 horsepower (129kW) and 166 lb.-ft. (225 N-m) of torque coupled with a four-speed (...)

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Prices announced for the new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica

Prices announced for the new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Group today announced U.S. pricing for the new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica. With a new 4.0-liter aluminum V-6 engine mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission, more standard equipment, including all-row side-curtain air bags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and an average U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of roughly $1,300 less than outgoing models, the new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica offers the best features of an SUV, minivan and passenger car all rolled into (...)

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2007 Chrysler Pacifica

2007 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Group rolls out a fresh Chrysler Pacifica model lineup that offers an enhanced driving experience to match the inspired style, safety and flexibility of the vehicle. With a new 4.0-liter single overhead cam (SOHC) aluminum V-6 engine mated to an all-new six-speed transmission that offers increased horsepower and torque, abundant standard safety features, YES Essentials® stain resistant, odor resistant, anti-static seat fabric and a design that reflects the “face” of Chrysler, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica offers more performance, added standard safety features, added versatility and a first-class interior experience.

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