Good Morning Warren and friends,
Today I am in Warren, Mich., at the Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA) LLC Chelsea Proving Grounds. FCA is showing off What’s new in their stables.
A question for you – which do you like better – a turbo direct injection or a diesel pickup? I have a friend at Chrysler that wanted me to ask all of you.
If you like racing and Dodge you’ll want to check back here at 11:30 a.m. – new news! on the monologue chat. FCA has us under strict embargo till 11:30 ET on some news they are breaking.
There’s a lot of talk about Sergio Marchionne wanting a car company (notably General Motors) to merge with them. Do I think it will happen? I wouldn’t put money on it. I’m not sure GM will either.
If there is a Chrysler group product that you want to know about I’m in the midst of them. If there is a question about a vehicle ask me now. All the engineers and product people are here. I’ll try to get you an answer.
Quotes from Mike Manley, CEO Jeep:
“The Wrangler is American” meaning it will be built in US – China 2nd largest market
Compass and Patriot – one going away the one left will be global vehicle.
Jeep sales in 2015 to date up 20% globally “always a chance for a 4-cylinder diesel in a Jeep”
Portfolio of FCA Jeep brand incredibly important brand no matter what happens w/ a merger Jeep will survive
Pickup truck would be an excellent addition to the Jeep in the future have blue skied a business case
Grand Cherokee pushed back (redesign -back to 2018-19) – will celebrate 75th #anniversary
Another increase in June for Jeep #jeep “expecting to keep increase alive in company-wide
Let’s chat about cars
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