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May 10, 2013

Fiat’s U.S. dealers anxious for broader product lineup

DETROIT (Reuters) – A meeting of U.S. Fiat dealers to discuss future products, including the arrival of Alfa Romeo models, has twice been postponed and no new date has been set, several Fiat dealers said this week.

Some of the 204 U.S. Fiat dealers are struggling to turn a profit selling several versions of the Fiat 500 subcompact and some dealers said they anxiously await more details from Chrysler and its Italian parent, Fiat SpA (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), on plans to expand products beyond what has been already announced.

May 2, 2013

Family sedans losing ground to crossovers on convenience, price

DETROIT, May 1 (Reuters) – Family sedans like the Toyota
Camry and Honda Accord are losing ground this year as American
families and empty-nest baby boomers find they would rather
handle life’s daily chores in a crossover.

Midsize sedans remain the single largest segment of the U.S.
auto industry. But their share of the industry has shrunk this
year, alongside a gain for vehicles like the Ford Escape,
executives and analysts said on Wednesday.

May 1, 2013

Chrysler April auto sales up 11 percent

By Bernie Woodall and Deepa Seetharaman

(Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC’s auto sales rose 11 percent in April, led by strong demand for its Ram pickup trucks, the company said on Wednesday.

Chrysler sales of 156,698 vehicles slightly beat analysts’ expectations and were in line with projections for an 11 percent sales increase industrywide.

Apr 29, 2013

Chrysler revenue slumps on new model launches

DETROIT/MILAN, April 29 (Reuters) – Carmaker Fiat’s
first-quarter profit slumped more than expected as its U.S. unit
Chrysler’s sales suffered from the phase-out of the Jeep Liberty
pending a new model launch.

“We knew we would be limping in the quarter. I just didn’t
think I was going to limp that much,” said Sergio Marchionne,
chief executive of both Chrysler and its parent Fiat, on a
conference call with analysts and reporters.

Apr 29, 2013

Chrysler sales slump ahead on new model launches

DETROIT/MILAN, April 29 (Reuters) – Carmaker Fiat’s
first quarter profit slumped more than expected as its U.S. unit
Chrysler’s sales suffered from the phase out of the Jeep Liberty
pending a new model launch.

“We knew we would be limping in the quarter. I just didn’t
think I was going to limp that much,” said Sergio Marchionne,
chief executive of both Chrysler and its parent Fiat, on a
conference call with analysts and reporters.

Apr 29, 2013

XxUPDATE 3-Chrysler sales slump ahead on new model launches

DETROIT/MILAN, April 29 (Reuters) – Carmaker Fiat’s
first quarter profit slumped more than expected as its U.S. unit
Chrysler’s sales suffered from the phase out of the Jeep Liberty
pending a new model launch.

“We knew we would be limping in the quarter. I just didn’t
think I was going to limp that much,” said Sergio Marchionne,
chief executive of both Chrysler and its parent Fiat, on a
conference call with analysts and reporters.

Apr 29, 2013

Chrysler earnings down 65 percent on product launches

By Bernie Woodall

(Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC’s quarterly profit fell 65 percent as it absorbed the costs of new-vehicle launches, the company said on Monday.

The No. 3 U.S. automaker also reaffirmed its financial forecasts for 2013, including net income of about $2.2 billion.

Apr 20, 2013

Jeep looks to make an SUV in China by end 2014: executive

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – - In order to compete in the fast-growing SUV market in China, Jeep wants to produce a vehicle in the No. 1 global auto market by the end of 2014, Jeep’s top executive said on Saturday at the Shanghai auto show.

The “obvious choice” for a Jeep product to be made in China is the Cherokee, which was recently introduced in Jeep’s primary U.S. market and will be on sale in the fourth quarter in China, said Mike Manley, CEO of the Jeep brand of the Chrysler Group.

Apr 20, 2013

Jeep looks to make an SUV in China by end 2014 – exec

SHANGHAI, April 20 (Reuters) – - In order to compete in the
fast-growing SUV market in China, Jeep wants to produce a
vehicle in the No. 1 global auto market by the end of 2014,
Jeep’s top executive said on Saturday at the Shanghai auto show.

The “obvious choice” for a Jeep product to be made in China
is the Cherokee, which was recently introduced in Jeep’s primary
U.S. market and will be on sale in the fourth quarter in China,
said Mike Manley, CEO of the Jeep brand of the Chrysler Group.

Apr 15, 2013

Ford sees profit in China after expansion push

SHANGHAI, April 16 (Reuters) – In 2006, as China’s
automobile market was fast becoming the juggernaut that by 2009
would overtake the United States in vehicle sales, Ford Motor Co
executives were spending only 10 percent of their time
working on Asia.

Now, China and the rest of Asia take up 35 to 40 percent of
weekly meetings of Ford’s top executives, many hooked in by
video conference from around the world.