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Fiat Chrysler denies report it has decided to pull Chrysler brand from Japan

June 19, 2017 TOKYO (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles denied it had decided to pull the plug on the Chrysler brand in Japan, after local media reported it was planning to stop selling the U.S. cars in the country as early as next year following years of poor sales. “Although FCA Japan has already announced its intention to concentrate its resources on the Jeep brand ahead, no decisions have been made regarding (the) Chrysler brand,” the automaker said in a statement on Monday. The Nikkei business daily reported that the…

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Fiat Chrysler to modify 104,000 U.S. diesel vehicles: company

May 19, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to update software that it expects will resolve the concerns of U.S. regulators about excess emissions in 104,000 older diesels, the Italian-American automaker said on Friday. The company also said on Friday that it had formally sought approval to sell two 2017 diesel models after months of talks and testing. The software update would begin rolling out once the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board approved, Fiat Chrysler said. The company said it does…

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.25 million trucks for software error

May 12, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Friday it would recall more than 1.25 million pickup trucks worldwide to address a software error linked to reports of one crash death and two injuries. The error code could temporarily disable the side air bag and seat belt pretensioner deployment during a vehicle rollover spurred by a significant underbody impact, such as striking onroad debris or driving off-road, the Italian-American automaker said. The company will reprogram computer modules in the affected vehicles to address this error. The recall…

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Fiat Chrysler may add more self-driving supplier partners: CEO

April 26, 2017 By Agnieszka Flak and Paul Lienert MILAN/DETROIT (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may seek more supplier partners to help it develop and build self-driving vehicles, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said on Wednesday. The Jeep and Ram brands are strong enough to exist as standalone entities outside FCA, Marchionne also said on a conference call with analysts after the company reported record first-quarter results. But he did not elaborate on whether there were any plans for a spin-off of either, like with Ferrari. The automaker reported an…

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Hyundai app exposed vehicles to high-tech thieves: researchers

April 25, 2017 By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – Software vulnerabilities in a Hyundai Motor Co app that lets a car be started remotely made the company’s vehicles susceptible to theft from high-tech thieves for three months before the company fixed the bug in March, a cyber security firm said on Tuesday. Hyundai introduced a flaw in a Dec. 8, 2016 update to the mobile app for its Blue Link connected car software that made it possible for car thieves to locate vulnerable vehicles, unlock and start the vehicles, said…

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Toyota, Fiat Chrysler lead European car sales gain

April 19, 2017 PARIS (Reuters) – European car sales rose 10.9 percent in March, led by buoyant demand in the region’s top five markets and strong gains for Toyota , Fiat Chrysler and Nissan , according to industry data published on Wednesday. Registrations rose to 1.937 million cars last month in the European Union and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, Brussels-based industry body ACEA said, from 1.746 million a year earlier. That took first-quarter sales to 4.26 million cars, an 8.2 percent gain. Toyota recorded the biggest monthly advance…

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Toyota, Fiat Chrysler lead European car sales gain

April 19, 2017 PARIS (Reuters) – European car sales rose 10.9 percent in March, led by buoyant demand in the region’s top five markets and strong gains for Toyota , Fiat Chrysler and Nissan , according to industry data published on Wednesday. Registrations rose to 1.937 million cars last month in the European Union and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, Brussels-based industry body ACEA said, from 1.746 million a year earlier. That took first-quarter sales to 4.26 million cars, an 8.2 percent gain. Toyota recorded the biggest monthly advance…

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Toyota, Fiat Chrysler lead European car sales gain

April 19, 2017 PARIS (Reuters) – European car sales rose 10.9 percent in March, led by buoyant demand in the region’s top five markets and strong gains for Toyota , Fiat Chrysler and Nissan , according to industry data published on Wednesday. Registrations rose to 1.937 million cars last month in the European Union and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, Brussels-based industry body ACEA said, from 1.746 million a year earlier. That took first-quarter sales to 4.26 million cars, an 8.2 percent gain. Toyota recorded the biggest monthly advance…

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Volkswagen CEO says not open to merger talks with Fiat Chrysler

March 8, 2017 GENEVA, Switzerland (Reuters) – German carmaker Volkswagen is not open to merger talks with Italian rival Fiat Chrysler , Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said on Wednesday, rebuffing an overture from FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne. “We are not ready for talks about anything,” he told Reuters on the fringes of the Geneva auto show. “I haven’t seen Marchionne for months.” “We have other problems,” Mueller added. Marchionne said on Tuesday at the show Volkswagen could be an attractive prospective partner and may be interested in talks. He has…

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