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A popular off-roading magazine calls the Daimler-era call to add two extra doors to the venerable Wrangler "the best automotive industry decision of the last decade."
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It's easy to criticize the way Daimler AG ran and ultimately left Chrysler during the disastrous "marriage of equals" era. I know because I've done it on a regular basis.
But even the worst marriages can produce spectacular kids -- or in this case, products. And today, the 1 millionth copy of one of the best results of Chrysl ... Continue reading "2 million extra doors was the best call Daimler made during 'marriage of equals'" » May 17, 2013 12:35 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
I love puns, so when photos arrived of the big blue Pacific crashing against a floundering Ram heavy-duty pickup during a beach-photo-shoot-gone-wrong, my mind just raced."Guts. Gnarly. Ram.""Ram 2500 --fathoms?""Finally, the perf ...
Continue reading "Ram photo shoot goes horribly, horribly wrong" » May 7, 2013 12:00 pm U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
I present to you Fiat's latest video in North America, "Sexy People
It could easily have been ghost written by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. ...
Continue reading "Fiat ad or (Arianna, Pitbull) music video?" » May 4, 2013 7:42 am U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
I'd like to offer a bit of counterintuitive thinking, at least in terms of technology.
Here it is: The auto industry needs to slow down.
We have arrived at a point where the pace of technological advancement -- how fast automakers and suppliers can make their products better -- has vastly o ... Continue reading "Why the auto industry needs to slow down" » Apr 29, 2013 2:55 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
On paper, Fred Diaz got a promotion Friday when it was announced that he had agreed to become Nissan Motor Co.'s vice president of Nissan Division sales and marketing.
But in the real world, the 47-year-old now-former head of Chrysler Group's Ram brand and of Chrysler de Mexico likely got his life back with his new job -- wit ... Continue reading "Why Diaz' departure from Chrysler wasn't a surprise" » Apr 14, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
DETROIT -- The five automakers that build full-sized light-duty pickups must hate tree-grown fruit because they sure go out of their way to avoid apples-to-apples comparisons.
The fuel economy ratings for General Motors' redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups highlight the confusing claims that ... Continue reading "Confused by pickup claims? That's the idea" » Apr 8, 2013 3:01 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Economists have long known that certain retail-level transactions -- such as the number of packages handled by UPS or FedEx -- are good indicators of the economy's overall strength or weakness.
But does the same hold true for branded automotive tchotchkes?
Last year, Chrysler Group's Mopar ... Continue reading "Economic indicators: Sales of cars, trucks and ... tchotchkes?" » Apr 3, 2013 1:47 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
After way more than a year of debate back and forth, Chrysler Group has settled on a design for its next generation minivan.
But in an interview with the Detroit Free Press
at the New York auto show this week, Chrysler design head Ralph Gilles wouldn't disclose whether the single minivan would remain a Chrysler Town ... Continue reading "Why the stakes are high for Chrysler's new minivan" » Mar 29, 2013 2:48 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
Since its relaunch as a 2011 model, the Dodge Durango has been the large and largely ignored stepsister of its much-celebrated platform mate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
While the Grand Cherokee scooped up awards and headlined Chrysler Group's marketing campaigns, the Durango soldiered on in relative obscurity, despite its role ... Continue reading "Re-engineered Durango punches its ticket to the ball" » Mar 28, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
I've been wondering lately just how long it takes sustained execution to erase previous experience.
Or put another way: What's the statute of limitations on reputation?
The catalyst for this exercise is Chrysler Group's reintroduction this year of diesel engines in its lineup, first in the ... Continue reading "Can today's diesels erase Olds memories?" » Mar 23, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
Chrysler Group's string of 35 months of year-over-year sales increases may be about to end.
The streak goes back to April 2010 and equals the company's longest run of consecutive U.S. gains, which stretched from February 1992 to December 1994. The reconstituted company's electronic records only go back to the early 1980s.
Of course, in 2010 Chrysler ... Continue reading "Chrysler's hot sales streak faces tough test in March" » Mar 18, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
stumbled into a fantastic idea for automakers to pursue on future vehicles.
The Luddite trim level.
The comedy show's presenters argued -- quite reasonably -- that automobiles stuffed with modern electronic cabin gadgets had gr ...