Category: Chrysler
Automotive executives talk about Russia and Ukraine

The 84th Geneva International Motor Show was full of exotic cars, a 24 hour of Lemans hall and eco-friendly cars. In the background, in dimly lit rooms, in roundtables with executives the questions were starting to filter in. All of the car manufacturers, European, American and Asian are concerned about the economic threat to a [...]

Mircea Gradu was appointed Vice President and Head of Transmission Powertrain and Driveline Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC on July 1, 2011. Gradu was responsible for the design, development and release of all Transmission and Driveline systems for Chrysler Group LLC. In addition to that role, Mircea Gradu continued as Head of Virtual Tools Analysis and [...]

Bosch automated systems in cars already

Scott Winchip, Regional President Chassis Systems Control, Robert Bosch LLC, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) about automated cars. What are some of the systems in a production car that are already automated that have to be in a car to make it automated? What are some [...]

Chrysler’s Ralph Gilles on SRT

Ralph Gilles is the President and Chief Executive Officer – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC and the Senior Vice President – Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC. Giles talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the SRT. What does SRT mean? What is the difference between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Jeep [...]

Ford uses Microsoft, General Motors uses Apple, others use Google, who’s the Genius?

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show about infotainment systems. Most people don’t think about the operating system they use in a car. When people open their laptop they know they are working on a MAC or Microsoft operating system. When they click on a browser [...]

August 2012 sales show confidence

It looks great that the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) is sticking around 14.5 million 8 months into 2012. Sales are up 20 percent year-over-year. But you need to look at the footnotes to see if there is confidence in the numbers, or if there is reason for worry. I looked at the sales numbers [...]

Sergio Marchionne: “The landscape in Europe is abysmally poor”

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne (pronounced Mar-key-OWN-ee) is also the CEO of Chrysler Group, which includes Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Mopar and Jeep. Currently ownership of the Chrysler Group is: Fiat S.p.A. 58.5 percent, VEBA 41.5 percent. On July 3, 2012, Fiat announced that it intends to exercise a call option to acquire an additional 3.3 percent of [...]

Ewanick is out and Clooney is selling his Tesla on the John Batchelor radio show

John Avlon, CNN, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talk to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show. Ewanick is out It was quick and decisive, Joel Ewanick, 52, global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), General Motors was out. The only statement General Motors was making was, “Ewanick failed to meet the expectations the [...]

Conspiracy theories on the John Batchelor radio show

GE watt station versus the Nissan Leaf The New York Times auto blog called General Electric about a story in the blog-o-sphere stating that a Nissan dealer in the Bay Area sent an email out to its customer telling them not to purchase a GE WattStation. GE called Nissan Corporate to tell them to have [...]

Saad Chehab, President & CEO, Chrysler brand, on Chrysler

Saad Chehab is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Chrysler Brand for Chrysler Group LLC. He is also a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) as Head of Lancia and Chrysler Brands for Fiat S.p.A. Chehab talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about how much success the Chrysler brand has had since [...]