The Fiat Chrysler marriage produces one of its first offspring, the Jeep Renegade compact CUV built in Melfi, Italy, and sharing its underpinnings with the Fiat 500X. The design team took a clean-sheet approach that integrates several design cues paying tribute to Jeep interiors over the years. Our 4x4 Limited test vehicle carries a base price of $26,795 and a $33,205 sticker.
With sales and profits rising, tensions between the UAW and domestic automakers also are rising as the union pushes to regain some of the power it lost during the industry’s financial crisis that began even before the Great Recession of 2008-2009....More
No question, Ram's Promaster City Wagon, hailing from Europe as part of the Fiat linkup, is a compact cargo van in a growing segment. But this vehicle offers second-row seating for three occupants, making it a viable alternative for small-business owners who occasionally need to cart around the kids. Base price of $24,130 makes it compelling.
Sales jumped 30.4% from 2012 to 2014 under Luca Napolitano as the Fiat subsidiary’s Fiat, Fiat Professional, Lancia, Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands registered more than 36,000 units and outperformed the market an average 12%....More
Dennis Williams, the UAW’s new president, says he will enter the negotiations looking for wage increases, profit-sharing formula revisions and minimizing the pay gap between long-term and new employees created by the 2-tier wage system....More
“We have sought to strike a balance between interactive fleet education, test driving and a contemporary fleet exhibition which features some of the latest developments, products and services in the fleet arena,” organizer Jerry Ramsdale says....More
More than 170,000 analysts, techies, executives, purchasing agents and company reps attended this year’s CES from around the world to learn what’s new and on the horizon. Some 3,500 companies exhibited, including TRW....More
“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”...More
Many established U.S. suppliers downsized during the market downturn of 2008 and 2009. That left room for new suppliers to get a foothold in the now-booming market, and Chinese firms are taking advantage of that opportunity....More
Group Vice President Doug Murtha says buyer demographics for the iA sedan and iM hatchback basically are the same as those for any car in the Scion lineup: people who want a high-mileage, affordable new small car that isn’t bare-bones....More
The in-vehicle experience continues to evolve rapidly, with both automakers and suppliers ramping up the rate of innovation. Here are a few thoughts on how we can bring a human touch to these connected features....More