July 26, 2013 |
It is a car ministerial in demeanor — attractive and off-putting in its formality, at once urbane and urban. It is decidedly male, reminding me of all of the strong men in my life — my late father, Daniel Sr., and my now-departed eldest brother, Daniel Jr., proud people whose adult lives were shaped largely by service in the U.S. Army. They wanted everything just right — elegance without ostentation, circumstance minus pomp. They would have loved the 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition sedan, a full-size car with...
June 14, 2013 |
Chrysler plans to freeze pensions for 8,000 salaried employees at the end of the year, the automaker announced Friday, joining a growing group of companies seeking to limit the amount of money they have to set aside now for future retirees. The move means that salaried workers in the company's pension plan, which pays retirees a fixed benefit for life, will stop accruing new benefits at the end of 2013. They remain entitled to the pension benefits they have earned so far, but...
June 4, 2013 |
DETROIT — A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps that the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007. Chrysler Group, which is majority-owned by Italy's Fiat, said in a statement Tuesday that the Jeeps are safe and that it "does not intend to...
May 23, 2013 |
DETROIT — Chrysler Group and Tesla Motors, both led by media-savvy executives, are trading public jabs over the definition of payback. Tesla wired $452 million Wednesday to repay the remaining portion of its U.S. Department of Energy loan, with interest. The company described itself as "the only American car company to have fully repaid the government. " Chrysler's snappy rejoinder came four hours later: "Not exactly, Tesla. " In 2009, Tesla won a federal loan as part of a DOE program to...
May 11, 2013
TRANSPORTATION Chrysler recalls 469,000 Jeep SUVs Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning when started. The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Grand Cherokees and 2006 to 2010 Commanders. U.S. safety regulators said cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal when the SUVs are started. If the vehicles shift into neutral, they can roll away. Chrysler said the problem has caused 26 crashes and two injuries.
January 24, 2013 |
When the all-new Dodge Dart debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show , the media was excited. It marked the revival of a once-loved nameplate and the first major collaboration between Chrysler and its new Italian owners (since the Dart is based on a Fiat platform). And for a reasonably priced compact sedan, the 2013 Dart offered a range of options to please driving enthusiasts. The reception from the general public, however, has been more muted -- so much so that, according to AutoNews , Chrysler executives have taken pains to...