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Denny Hecker: A changed man?

The onetime Minneapolis car-dealing kingpin, whose over-the-top lifestyle and spectacular fall in the wake of the Great Recession shattered lives and left him with a mountain of debt, is free — and he's talking.

Inventories up slightly, below ’17

The industry started July with an estimated 3,961,800 unsold vehicles on-hand in the U.S., a 69-day supply.

Justin Harmon

To survive the Great Recession, cut money-losing ancillary businesses to focus on profitability

FCA extends sign-up for employee discount plan

Fewer than a quarter of eligible employees or retirees completed the process by a June 14 deadline.

FCA: 8% gain paced by June records at Jeep, Ram

UPDATED: 7/5/18 5:52 pm ET - corrected

Record June sales for Jeep and Ram boosted FCA US sales by 8 percent to 202,264. Sales at all brands except Fiat and Chrysler rose during the month.

VW/AUDI: Crossovers power VW to 5.7% improvement; Audi's streak stays alive

Volkswagen's U.S. sales rose 5.7 percent in June to 28,941 on growth from its crossover lineup.

German Audis learn to speak American

Audi has learned that consumer expectations in America differ widely from those in the rest of the world. Here's what the brand does before launching a new vehicle.

Dodge plans 797-hp version of Challenger SRT Hellcat

Dodge will boost the output of its high-powered Hellcat engines for the 2019 model year, topping out with a 797-hp Hellcat Redeye version of the Challenger SRT.

Audi stops sales, recalls A6, A7 for seat sensor glitch in U.S.

Audi issued a stop sale and recall for 2012-18 A6 and A7 sedans equipped with certain seats after determining that a sensor designed to detect whether the passenger seat is occupied can malfunction.

Has the Jeep Grand Wagoneer missed its moment?

FCA dealers worry that rising interest rates and fuel prices mean the overdue Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV may have missed the industry's SUV love affair.

Analyst: Industry's 'Goldilocks' period is ending; here come the bears

Enjoy them now. The good times in the auto industry are ending, a top industry analyst said Thursday.

Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words: Share the skateboard.

Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words: Share the skateboard.

2019 Ram launch slows to a trickle

Delayed EPA approval for key versions of Ram's redesigned 1500 may spoil a plan to flood the market with old and new pickups and possibly overtake the Chevrolet Silverado in sales this year.

Strong May sales flatten inventory

Strong sales in May flattened out industrywide inventory levels by June 1.

Audi Q8 debuts with plans for autonomous parking system

UPDATED: 6/6/18 9:25 am ET - corrected

Audi introduced the production version of its new crossover, the Audi Q8, during a brand summit in Shenzen, China, featuring a suite of new technology features, with plans for an autonomous parking system.

Sergio's survival guide

As fragile as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appeared to be in recent years, on Friday the company laid out a determined and doable strategy for the post-Sergio Marchionne era.

FCA's plan: Fresh products in hot segments

If FCA's five-year forecast comes to pass, dealers will get products including a new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, a midsize Ram pickup, several new or updated Alfa Romeos, a Tesla-fighting Maserati coupe and a midsize...

Jeep's revamped Wrangler gets its own accessory line

The redesigned 2018 JL Wrangler comes with a full line of more than 200 factory-built accessories, in hopes dealerships can capture more of that market.

Chrysler, Fiat, Dodge missing from schedule for FCA's 5-year briefing

UPDATED: 5/31/18 5:41 pm ET-- adds FCA spokesperson comment

Fiat Chrysler will not present a future plan for its eponymous Fiat and Chrysler brands, as well as Dodge and Lancia -- placing those storied but troubled mass-market brands' futures in question -- according to a schedule of...

Waymo buys up to 62,000 Chrysler minivans to expand self-driving fleet

UPDATED: 5/31/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

Google affiliate Waymo will purchase up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans from FCA US starting later this year to begin a national expansion of the company's public driverless ride-hailing fleet.

Waymo buys up to 62,000 Chrysler minivans to expand self-driving fleet

Google affiliate Waymo will purchase up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans from FCA US starting later this year to begin a national expansion of the company's public driverless ride-hailing fleet.

Is Sergio plotting to have a starved Chrysler whacked? Looks like it to me

The Chrysler brand isn't weak because consumers abandoned it. It's weak because FCA did.

FCA crackdown targets misuse of worker discounts

FCA US is altering its employee/retiree discount plan to curb the practice of selling or giving away vehicle discounts to people who are not immediate family members.

$1 billion in payouts for supplier price-fixing

As the largest price-fixing case in U.S. history winds down, one thing is clear: Auto suppliers that conspired with competitors to rig their bids are paying a hefty price.


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