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    AAM supplies drivetrain components for 2019 Ram pickup trucks
    American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has announced in a press release issued on 5 December that it has increased its production of driveline systems. The company, based in Detroit, Michigan, has expanded its driveline production operations in order to supply front and rear axles to a line of...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 51,788 vehicles in US to replace shifter cable adjuster
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall of 51,788 vehicles in the United States to replace shifter cable adjuster, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2012-2013 Fiat 500 vehicles equi...
    05-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    FCA recalls 72,761 vehicles globally due to degraded shift cable bushings
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 72,761 units of model-year (MY) 2012-13 Fiat 500 vehicles globally due to degraded shift cable bushings, according to a report by Automotive News Canada on 27 November. The recall covers 51,788 vehicles in the United States, 10,627 units in Canada, 3,520 ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Fiat Chrysler recalls 528,594 vehicles in US over issue with fuel pump relay
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 528,594 vehicles in the United States over an issue with fuel pump relay, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects model year (MY) 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall nearly 697,800 SUVs globally over electrical fault risk
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall nearly 697,800 sport utility vehicles (SUV) worldwide over an electrical fault risk, according to a report by Reuters on 21 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The recall covers around 528,500 ...
    22-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 34,764 vehicles in Canada over issue with fuel pump relay
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 34,764 vehicles in Canada over an issue with the fuel pump relay, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2011–13 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Significance: In t...
    20-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 10,627 vehicles in Canada over issue with transmission shift cable adjuster
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 10,627 vehicles in Canada over an issue with transmission shift cable adjuster, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2012-13 Fiat 500 models. Significance: In certai...
    20-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 30,354 vehicles in US over issue with seat strikers
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 30,354 vehicles in the US over an issue with seat strikers, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles. The recall is...
    19-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 6,000 vehicles in Canada due to seat latch problem
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 6,000 vehicles in Canada owing to a seat latch problem, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2019 Dodge Grand Caravans. Significance: In certain vehicles, the s...
    14-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 50,259 vehicles in Canada over issue with exhaust gas recirculation cooler
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 50,259 vehicles in Canada over an issue with the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2014–19 Ram 1500 vehicles. Significance: ...
    14-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Chrysler recalls 107,979 vehicles in US over engine cooling issue
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 107,979 vehicles over an engine cooling issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2014-2019 Ram 1500 and 1500 Classic Pickup trucks equ...
    07-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA, PSA Groupe agree to combine business in 50:50 merger
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Groupe PSA have agreed to combine their businesses in a 50:50 merger, the two automakers said in joint press release today (31 October). The Board of Directors of FCA and the Supervisor Board of PSA have given mandates to their respective senior management teams t...
    Lighting Suppliers strategy: Outlook
    ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) are now some of the main reasons for the automotive industry to improve safety for drivers and road users. Technologies such as laser, digital projections, and LED matrix are gathering momentum in the industry for both exterior an...
    Yokohama supplies OE tires for 2020 Chrysler Voyager
    Yokohama is supplying its Avid S34RV all-season tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)’s 2020 Chrysler Voyager, according to a report by Tire Business on 24 October. The fitment covers the North American market, including the United States, Canada and Mexico, ...
    FCA to set up battery assembly complex in Italy
    FCA is planning to set up a new battery assembly complex in in Turin, Italy, the company announced in a press release on 22 October. The new "Battery Hub" will be located in the Mirafiori complex and preparations will begin in early 2020. FCA will invest around EUR50 million (USD55.7 million) in the...
    24-Oct-2019 News Investments
    FCA starts first tests on new Jeep Compass production line at Melfi Plant in Italy
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has begun testing a new production line for the Jeep Compass SUV at its Melfi plant in Basilicata, Italy, according to a press release by Jeep last week. The plant is set to commence commercial production of the new Compass in the first quarter of 2020. This is expect...
    22-Oct-2019 News Investments
    FCA recalls 220,317 vehicles in Canada because of tailgate locking mechanism issue
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 220,317 vehicles in Canada because of an issue with the tailgate locking mechanism, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2013-18 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 vehicles. ...
    04-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    All new Maserati models to adopt hybrid and battery electric propulsion systems, autonomous driving capabilities
    Italian luxury and sports car manufacturer Maserati has just announced plans in the electrification and production of its upcoming vehicles and autonomous driving technologies. This is in line with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA’s) new investment plan that involves the production...
    27-Sep-2019 News Investments
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 5,495 vehicles in US over issue with brake calipers and hoses
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 5,495 vehicles in the US over an issue with the brake, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 Ram 2500, 3500, and 3500 Cab Chassis trucks. The...
    25-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 5,294 vehicles in US to replace steering gear
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 5,294 vehicles in the US to replace the steering gear, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019–20 Jeep Cherokee vehicles. The recall is e...
    25-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    FCA partners with grid operator Terna for V2G technology trials in Italy
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has partnered with Italian grid operator Terna for trialing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, the automaker announced in a press release on 19 September. The two companies will set up an  E-mobility Lab at Terna's location in Turin, which will test performan...
    Chrysler recalls 3,427 MY2020 Jeep Gladiator vehicles in US due to replace driveshaft
    Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 3,427 units of model year 2020 Jeep Gladiator vehicles in the United States to replace driveshaft, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall is expected to begin ...
    18-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Chrysler recalls 693,128 vehicles in US repair the tailgate latch
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FAC) is recalling 693,128 vehicles in the United States to repair the tailgate latch, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall covers model year (MY) 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pick...
    16-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    FCA picks Transatel’s cellular connectivity solution to provide universal 4G connectivity in EU, EFTA
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Italy has selected Transatel to provide universal 4G connectivity and a comprehensive connectivity management platform for its vehicles all countries in the European Union (EU) and in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) regions, the company said on 9 Septe...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to add rear seat reminder technology in all models
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will add rear seat reminder technology across its global passenger-vehicle lineup, the automaker announced in a press release on 4 September. The systems operate to alert a driver to the presence of a child if a rear door was opened at the start of a trip. Signific...
    Fiat Chrysler recalls 1,683 vehicles in Australia to update body control module software
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall of 1,683 vehicles in Australia to update body control module software, according to a notice by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa ...
    27-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Balancing aerodynamic performance and cooling efficiency using AGS
    Active aerodynamics and the art of manipulating airflow Modern automotive aerodynamics is more complex than just creating a vehicle with the lowest coefficient of drag (Cd). Cd of a vehicle is a dimensionless number that determines how much air resistance a moving vehicle encounters. Therefore, ...
    GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobile to recall 9,052 vehicles in China over software issue
    GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobile, a joint-venture between GAC Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA), is recalling 9,052 vehicles in China to fix a problem with the software of the powertrain control module (PCM), the Chinese market regulator State Administration for Market Regulator (SAMR) said in a ...
    15-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Sunroof solutions in automotive
    The automobile roof has been generally treated as another closure component protecting the occupants from environmental and NVH conditions. There has also been an element of safety combined with the design of passenger cells and connection of the pillars. However, over time the roof has become an in...
    Fiat Chrysler starts building new assembly line at Turin plant in Italy to produce Fiat 500 EVs
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has started building a new assembly line at its Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, to manufacture the all-electric Fiat 500, Reuters reported on 11 July, citing Pietro Gorlier, FCA’s chief operating officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa. FCA is planning to invest...
    17-Jul-2019 News Investments
    Fiat offers three engine options with model year 2020 Toro pickup in Brazil
    Fiat is offering the new 2020 Toro pickup with three powertrain options in Brazil, the company announced in a press release on 10 July. The 2020 Toro will get three engine options, Flex 1.8 and 2.4 and Turbodiesel 2.0, which will be mated to three different transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6- and...
    16-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 41,169 vehicles in US over issue with airbag sensors
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 41,169 vehicles in the United States over issue with airbag sensors, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 Jeep Cherokee vehicles. The recall is e...
    16-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    AD Plastik secures orders worth EUR20.7 million from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to supply interior parts
    Croatia-based supplier of plastic components AD Plastik has secured orders worth EUR20.7 million (USD23.4 million) from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to supply interior parts, according to a company press release in April this year. The company will supply interior components and air ducts for ...
    Dakkota Integrated Systems plans to build new plant in US city Detroit to supply FCA
    Dakkota Integrated Systems announced today a plan to build a new manufacturing facility in Detroit in the United States to supply parts to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), according to a press release on the official website of the City of Detroit on 9 July. To this end, Dakkota plans to invest...
    10-Jul-2019 News Investments
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 83,000 Jeep Cherokee in US to fix transmission clutch defect
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled 83,000 Jeep Cherokee vehicles in the United States due to a faulty transmission clutch, Automotive News reported on 8 July citing FCA spokesman Eric Mayne. Another 10,485 vehicles in Canada, 287 in Mexico, and 6,758 outside North America have been recalle...
    09-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announces two recalls in Australia affecting 1,581 vehicles
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued two recalls in Australia affecting 1,581 vehicles over separate issues, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a statement earlier this month. The first recall covers 814 units of model year (MY) 2007 Dodge Nitro vehicles ...
    08-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    Fiat unveils all-electric van Ducato
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has unveiled its Fiat Ducato all-electric van, the company announced in a press release on 1 July. The Ducato will come with a number of battery options for a total range of 220 to 360 km, as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The van has a maximum power outpu...
    04-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Android Auto - Making car's smarter since 2015
    Introduction Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O in June 2014 with the aim to making driving safer by minimizing distractions. Nearly a year after it was announced, Android Auto was launched on its first production vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata. It takes the best of Android smartphones...
    Key automakers, suppliers jointly publish first framework for development, testing, and validation of autonomous vehicles
    A group of 11 automakers and suppliers have come forward to publish what they claim to be the automotive industry’s first framework for development, testing, and validation of autonomous vehicles. These 11 companies—Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA, HERE, Infineon, Intel, and V...
    ZF to supply new, 8-speed AT to FCA
    ZF has been selected to supply an 8-speed transmission to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), according to a press release by ZF today (3 July). The transmission is for RWD and AWD vehicles with front-longitudinal drive configuration. The order also includes a significant share of hybrid transmissions ...
    Nexteer opens new EPS plant in Morocco
    Nexteer Automotive held an opening ceremony yesterday (26 June) of its first African plant in Kenitra, Morocco, according to a company press release. The new facility will manufacture electric power steering (EPS) systems for Groupe PSA, as well as driveline systems for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FC...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to launch new ‘Uconnect Market’ in-vehicle commerce platform
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has launched ‘Uconnect Market’, an in-vehicle commerce platform that will allow customers to make on-demand reservations and to purchase products and services directly from the vehicle touchscreen, FCA said in a press release on 24 June. Using the new platform, dr...
    25-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 295,981 Ram 1500 pickup trucks in US over software glitch
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is voluntarily recalling around 295,981 units of Ram 1500 pickup trucks in the United States to fix a software glitch that may prevent deploying of airbags and seat belt pretensioners in the event of a collision, the automaker said in a press release earlier this mont...
    18-Jun-2019 News Recalls
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles partners with Enel X, ENGIE group for e-mobility solutions in Europe
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has partnered with Enel and ENGIE Group to provide electromobility solutions across Europe, the automaker announced in a press release on 14 June. The partnership with Enel X, the advanced energy services division of Enel, is for Italy, Spain and Portugal and will inc...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to offer all-new 3L V6 EcoDiesel engine in 2020 Ram 1500 in US
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will offer its all-new third generation of the turbocharged 3L V6 EcoDiesel engine in model year (MY) 2020 2020 Ram 1500 in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 10 June. The new engine generates 260 hp and a peak torque of 650 Nm at 1,600 rpm...
    13-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    Fiat Chrysler recalls 295,981 vehicles in US over airbags, seatbelt issues
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC) is recalling 295,981 units of model year 2019-2020 Ram 1500 vehicles in the United States, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website last month. The recall is expected to begin 20 July. Significance: I...
    11-Jun-2019 News Recalls
    Fiat Chrysler partners with Aurora on self-driving technology
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed a memorandum of understanding with self-driving systems provider Aurora Innovation laying the groundwork for a partnership to develop and deploy self-driving commercial vehicles, according to a press release by FCA on 10 June. The two companies have agreed to w...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles withdraws merger proposal to Renault Group
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has withdrawn its proposal to merge with the Renault Group, the company said in a press release today (6 June). The Italian-American automaker said that the political conditions in France are not ideal for such a merger to proceed successfully. “FCA remains firmly c...
    YASA supplies electric motor for Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale PHEV
    YASA has announced that it is supplying its electric motors to Ferrari for the recently unveiled SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). According to a company press release on 30 May, YASA is supplying a custom designed axial-flux electric motor. The motors will be manufactured in YAS...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles submits nonbinding ‘merger of equal’ offer to Renault Group
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has submitted a nonbinding ‘merger of equals’ offer to Renault Group, which would create the world’s third-largest automaker with annual sales of 8.7 million vehicles globally, the automaker said in a press release today (27 May). The proposed merger is also exp...
    Maserati to use BMW’s autonomous driving technology
    Maserati will be the first brand from Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) to use autonomous driving technology that a BMW-led consortium is developing, Bloomberg reported on 15 May citing the company’s John Elkann. The technology will offer assisted-driving features on highway, Elkann told an industry ...
    Role of lighting system in V2X structure
    Lighting serves as a communication medium between humans and cars and will continue to serve as long as human and vehicles coexist on the same roads. Even self-driving vehicles need light to make sure people see and understand cars for better road safety. In the automotive industry, the move...
    Calsonic Kansei completes acquisition of Magneti Marelli
    CK Holdings, the holding company of Calsonic Kansei, has completed the acquisition of Magneti Marelli from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the company announced in a press release on 2 May. The combined business will operate under the entity ‘Magneti Marelli CK Holdings Co., Ltd.’ The combined ...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles selects Google, Harman for new connected vehicle ecosystem
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has teamed up with Google and Harman, a Samsung subsidiary, to deliver a new ‘connected vehicle ecosystem’ in its new vehicles, from the second half of 2019, the automaker said in a press release on 30 April. The new ecosystem will offer both on- and off-board sys...
    FCA recalls 298,439 vehicles in US over transmission issue
    Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 298,439 vehicles in the United States over a transmission issue, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 11 April. The recall covers model year 2013-2016 Dodge Dart vehicles equipped with 6-speed automatic tran...
    23-Apr-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 7,929 vehicles in US to update instrument cluster software
    Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 7,929 vehicles in the United States to update instrument cluster software, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 14 March. The recall covers model year 2019 Dodge Challenger and Charger and Chrysler 300 vehic...
    23-Apr-2019 News Recalls
    2019 Geneva Motor Show: Lightweight, high-performance chassis component technology, platform sharing gain traction
    Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is the first big car show for the year for the European automotive market. Showcases pointed to a renewed product focus on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. This trend has been visible across other global shows this year, such as 2019 NAIAS...
    FCA agrees to pool with Tesla fleet in Europe to avoid EU emission fines
    Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) has come to an agreement with Tesla, whereby it can count Tesla’s vehicles as part of its fleet, reported Financial Times, citing a declaration on the European Commission website. According to the report, FCA will pay Tesla hundreds of millions of euros for the ...
    High Definition lighting systems
    Since the introduction of LED technology, the lighting industry is exploring ways in multiple directions, and three are particularly important. The first is design and styling, which influence the construction of a lighting system. Second, energy efficiency solutions, which are redefining lighting p...
    FCA recalls 19,114 vehicles in US over issue with adaptive cruise control system
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled 19,114 vehicles in the United States due to faulty adaptive cruise control system, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall is for Model Year (MY) 2018-2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and MY2017-2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vehicl...
    02-Apr-2019 News Recalls
    Euro 7: Legislative time frame and parameters
    Each stage of emission and fuel economy regulations and standardization of robust compliance testing procedures has consistently led to further advancement in powertrain technology. Particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have fallen by more than 95% between Euro 1 and Euro 6 stan...
    FCA to eliminate third shift at minivan plant in Canada
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced plans to eliminate one of three shifts at its Windsor plant, Ontario (Canada) later this year, Automotive News reported on 28 March. The company’s move could result in a loss of about 1,500 jobs. The Windsor plant builds Chrysler Pacifica minivans. FCA...
    FCA recalls 1,647 vehicles in Australia over issue with adaptive cruise control
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 1,647 vehicles in Australia to fix an issue with adaptive cruise control, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a press release on 22 March. The recall affects certain Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio models from 2017 through 20...
    26-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    FCA to recall 862,520 vehicles in US over emissions issue
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the United States over an emissions issue, according to a press release on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website on 13 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2011-2016 Dodge Journey, MY 2011-201...
    18-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 47,771 units of Chrysler Pacificas in US over steering glitch
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling nearly 47,771 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans in the United States over a steering glitch, FCA said in a press release on 14 March. The recall covers model year (MY) 2018 Pacificas produced between 1 November 2017 and 1 March 2018. The reca...
    15-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    Geneva Motor Show 2019: Alfa Romeo unveils Tonale Concept PHEV
    Alfa Romeo has unveiled its Tonale Concept plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Alfa Romeo, announced in a press release on 5 March. The compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) Toledo is the first PHEV from Alfa ...
    12-Mar-2019 News New Products
    Geneva Motor Show 2019: Jeep unveils plug-in hybrid Renegade and Compass
    Automotive brand Jeep has showcased plug-in hybrid versions of its Renegade and Compass sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Forbes reported on 5 March. According to the report, the plug-in hybrid powertrain will include a 1.3L turbocharged gasoline engine, which will power the...
    11-Mar-2019 News New Products
    FCA to recall 60,000 Alfa Romeo vehicles globally to fix software glitch in adaptive cruise control
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 60,000 Alfa Romeo vehicles worldwide to fix a software glitch in their adaptive cruise control (ACC) function, Associated Press reported on 8 March. The recall covers select Alf Romeo Giulia and Stelvio models from 2017 through 2019. Accordin...
    11-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    Geneva Motor Show 2019: Fiat showcases all-electric Fiat Concept Centoventi
    Fiat has showcased an all-electric concept car ‘Fiat Concept Centoventi’ at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The car comes with a modular battery system with expandable range of up to 500 kilometers. According to a company press release on 5 March, the car has been designed to be highl...
    08-Mar-2019 News New Products
    TomTom to supply connected navigation to Jeep Renegade and Compass PHEVs
    TomTom has won a contract to supply connected navigation solutions to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Jeep Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), the company announced at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland on 6 March. “We’re delighted that the Jeep brand has chosen to...
    Fiat plans to launch new all-electric version of Fiat 500 in 2020
    Fiat is planning to launch the new all-electric version of Fiat 500 hatchback in 2020 at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 in Switzerland, Autocar reported on 6 March citing Fiat head Olivier François. "The car will stay true to everything you know about the 500, but will be entirely new. Under the skin i...
    07-Mar-2019 News New Products
    FCA’s USD4.5-billion investment at US plants to support electrification of Jeep vehicles
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced plans to invest USD4.5 billion in its five existing plants and in setting up a new plant Michigan, United States, the automaker said in a press release. The new plant will be established in Detroit. The investment will allow FCA to increase production ca...
    27-Feb-2019 News Investments
    FCA recalls 11,000 Jeep Compass SUVs in India to update engine software
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 11,002 units of its Jeep Compass sport utility vehicle (SUV) in India to update powertrain control module (PCM) software to rectify variations that may cause noncompliance with emission norms, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on 25 February. The affect...
    26-Feb-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 927,429 vehicles in North America over steering, brakes issues
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued three recalls affecting a total of 927,429 vehicles in North America over steering and brakes issues, according to three different notices on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The first recall affects 159,740 units of mo...
    19-Feb-2019 News Recalls
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    The fourth generation Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is assembled at Toeldo North, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Jeep Wrangler from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2018 at more than 215,500 units. If you would li...
    FCA recalls 882,000 pickups globally over steering, pedal issues
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall 882,000 pickup trucks globally in two new recalls to fix steering and pedal issues, according to a Reuters report on 6 February. The first recall affects approximately 660,000 heavy duty Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks from model year (MY) 2013 to 2017,...
    06-Feb-2019 News Recalls
    The shift towards automatic transmissions drives the market for transmission ECUs
    More severe global emission regulations lead vehicle manufacturers to look at the entire vehicle to optimize fuel consumption. One area of interest to vehicle manufacturers is replacing manual transmissions with automatic transmissions, allowing for a higher number of gear ratios. This enables small...
    Are self-dimming and glare-free headlights finally coming to the U.S.?
    Megatrends in the automotive industry have revolutionized the approach of automakers and tier-1 suppliers towards lighting components. From bulky designs to sleek designs, exterior lighting systems have travelled a long way in terms of technology and design, with increased attention from automakers ...
    2019 NAIAS: A balance between performance, comfort, and vehicle dynamics
    This year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) showcased that the product focus for the North American automotive market is also on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. The show hosted automakers looking to renewing interest by showcasing high-performance cars and SUV...
    FCA to recalls 182,000 Ram pick-ups globally to fix electrical issues
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 182,000 pickup trucks globally to fix an electrical issue that can knock out the power steering, The Associated Press reported on 25 January. The recall covers model year 2019 Ram 1500 pickups, with 178,829 vehicles in North America, including 1...
    28-Jan-2019 News Recalls
    Continental supplies 48-volt Eco Drive to FCA
    Continental is supplying its 48-volt Eco Drive to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for its eTorque mild-hybrid system, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The new eTorque mild-hybrid system with Continental’s 48-volt Eco Drive has been equipped in Chrysler’ Jeep Wrangler SUV f...
    Sumitomo Rubber to supply Falken brand tires for MY 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
    Sumitomo Rubber will supply high-performance Falken Wildpeak Mud Terrain (M/T) tire as original equipment (OE) fitment for model year (MY) 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the tire-maker said in a press release on 8 January. The company will supply tires in LT285/70R17C size. “We are very proud of o...
    Kinetic Energy Recovery System
    Over the past two decades, the automotive industry has focused on minimizing powertrain energy losses with advancements in combustion process, transmission design and lightweight material usage. Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) is one of the innovations among energy harvesting and regeneration ...
    Miniaturization in LED technology - Opportunities and Challenges
    Since the introduction of LED technology, OEMs are standardizing LED lamps across major vehicle segments in order to improve efficiency and safety. Another area where LED technology is contributing is in brand perception by providing design flexibility. These days we can observe exterior lamps trans...
    China Automotive Systems develops new steering system for Chrysler’s autonomous vehicle project
    China Automotive Systems, a manufacturer of power steering components and systems, has begun a development program for a new recirculating-ball steering (RCB) steering system (i-RCB Program) in tandem with Chrysler's autonomous vehicle product development, the China-based supplier said in a press re...
    20-Dec-2018 News New Products
    Transmission Gear Ratio Spread
    Emission and fuel efficiency norms of today are demanding cleaner and more efficient vehicles. OEMs and suppliers have responded to this by introducing down-sizing with use of a turbocharger for both diesel and gasoline engines. Powertrain design is incomplete without considering transmission design...
    Lightweighting in BIW Component Systems
    The body-in-white, or BIW, forms one of the most critical vehicle component systems in defining both the final external contour of a car and determining its crash worthiness. Acting as the basic skeleton of the car to which the other component systems are bolted/mounted, the BIW needs to perform var...
    Disconnect All-Wheel Drive
    All-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) systems are widely offered in sport utility vehicles (SUV) and pick-up trucks, under Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 3.5 tons. This is largely due to increasing consumer demand for AWD from the traditional front-two or rear-two-wheel drive systems. With...
    FCA, Ford, Honda recall vehicles in North America
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Ford and Honda are separately recalling a total of 107,970 vehicles in North America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Honda is recalling 107,774 units of model year (MY) 2018 and 2019 Odyssey vehicles over a door latch issu...
    27-Nov-2018 News Recalls
    New tail lamp designs and technologies
    The automotive lighting industry is progressing rapidly, with the lighting systems’ role pertaining to safety, aesthetics, customization, and vehicle autonomy. In terms of design, automakers are leveraging newer light sources such as LED (light emitting diode), OLED (organic light emitting diode) ...
    FCA enters definitive agreement to sell Magneti Marelli to Calsonic Kansei
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered a definitive agreement to sell Magneti Marelli to Calsonic Kansei, FCA and Calsonic Kansei said in a joint press release today (22 October). Under the agreement FCA will sell Magneti Marelli to CK Holdings, a holding company of Calsonic Kansei, which is ow...
    Sheet Molding Compounds
    The use of Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) in the automotive industry has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. SMC is a variety of composite containing a polyester/polymer matrix with glass and carbon fibers. The composite gets its name from the specific compression molding process in wh...
    Lean-burn Gasoline Technology
    Modern lean-burn gasoline engines can accomplish higher fuel efficiency along with better torque output in comparison to conventional IC engines. The technology helps drivers save fuel costs in both city and highway conditions as well as emitting fewer CO2 emissions. These engines incorporate a high...
    Ferrari's first SUV 'Purosangue' to get hybrid powertrain
    Ferrari has announced that its first sport utility vehicle (SUV) 'Purosangue' will get a hybrid powertrain, reports Automotive News. Ferrari will launch the SUV in 2022. Along with the hybrid, the SUV will get a front mid-engine architecture. Ferrari has also announced that it is planning to launch ...
    FCA invests USD30 million in US for testing of ADAS, autonomous vehicle technologies
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has invested more than USD30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan (United States) for testing autonomous driving, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and advanced safety technologies, according to a company’s press release yesterday (5 September)...
    Sensor Fusion: Defining new scope in automotive lighting
    The autonomy race is bringing a new meaning to automotive lighting systems. Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights focused on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind spot warnings, forward col...
    FCA recalls 1,730 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in Australia over problem with bolts and washers
    FCA is recalling 1,730 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) in Australia to fix issue with bolts and washers, according to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). The recalled vehicles were sold in Australia between 31 May 2017 and 16 March 2018. Significance: Ac...
    29-Aug-2018 News Recalls
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