Fiat continues to integrate fuel efficiency into Chrysler products

The Detroit News writes that Chrysler’s new powertrains will focus on fuel efficiency with Fiat technology.

Chrysler Group LLC is bolstering its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains, thanks to initiatives under Fiat SpA management.

Many of the advances involve Fiat technology; the Italian automaker is known as a small-car and small-engine specialist.

Paolo Ferrero, the former Fiat executive who now heads Chrysler powertrain, said work is under way on a variety of propulsion systems, ranging from improved gasoline engines to diesels, hybrids and electric vehicles.

And new transmissions will further improve fuel efficiency, he said Thursday after a presentation at the 2011 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress.

Chrysler’s new Pentastar V-6 is proliferating across the lineup and is being considered for the Ram 1500 pickup as well, Ferrero said. That would allow the Ram to compete more directly with the new Ford F-150. The Ram currently has an older version V-6 as well as a V-8.

The Auburn Hills automaker also is improving its four-cylinder engines with Fiat’s MultiAir technology, which improves combustion. The engine in the Fiat 500 has MultiAir, and it will be expanded to more engines in Chrysler vehicles. Turbocharging also is expected in the future.

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Fiat looks for 51% stake in Chrysler

I don’t think anyone is too surprised by this development as Marchionne’s Fiat will reap more rewards for the risk the company took back in 2009.

From Auto

Fiat SpA, the Italian carmaker that owns 20 percent of Chrysler Group LLC, may boost the holding to more than 50 percent before an initial public offering by the U.S. automaker, the companies’ chief executive officer said.

β€œI think it is possible. I don’t know whether it is likely, but it is possible that we’ll go over the 50 percent mark if Chrysler decides to go to the markets in 2011,” Sergio Marchionne, 58, told reporters at the Milan stock exchange today. β€œIt will be advantageous if that happens.”

Fiat received the stake as part of Chrysler’s 2009 bankruptcy reorganization under government supervision. It expects to receive an additional 15 percent this year when Chrysler makes a small engine in the U.S. and meets sales objectives outside of North America. Fiat has an option to increase the holding to 51 percent, by buying an additional 16 percent, after Chrysler repays U.S. and Canadian government loans.

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Fiat Commercial

With the upcoming launch of the Fiat 500 we now have the first Fiat television commercial in the U.S. since the early 1980’s. Things have been moving quickly at Fiat/Chrysler for the past 18 months which makes it hard to believe the Fiat 500 is actually ready to hit the ground. DashBoardNews and had a chance to view the car at the L.A. Auto Show and eagerly await an opportunity to drive the Fiat 500!


Fiat moving toward 51% ownership of Chrysler

Fiat could very likely own 51% of Chrysler in the next few years. If that happens Sergio Marchionne might have made the biggest and smartest one sided bet of the great recession!

From Detroit Free Press:

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, told analysts Thursday that Fiat plans to raise its ownership of Chrysler from 20% to 35% by the end of 2011 “barring unforeseen circumstances.”

Marchionne’s comments came in a conference call after the Italian automaker reported third-quarter earnings of 170 million euros, or $236 million.

Fiat can increase its Chrysler stake in 5% increments by meeting three objectives. The first objective, to be achieved early next year, is the launch of a 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir engine built at its Dundee, Mich., factory, in the Mexican-assembled Fiat 500 minicar.

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Current Sebring to be the Chrysler 200

A Chrysler logo is displayed at Premier Chrysler dealership on May 14, 2009 in Chicago. Premier is one of 789 dealerships across the nation that the troubled automaker wants to eliminate as part of its restructuring plan. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Chrysler Dealers were shown the future in Orlando, Florida this week and part of the plan is changing the name of the current Sebring to the Chrysler 200. Good move Sergio! The last redesign of the Sebring fell flat partly because of styling woes and a crappy interior to boot so this car gets kicked to the curb. The new 200 under the new Fiat led group will sport a stiffer body, new suspension geometry, a new rear sway bar and improved noise, vibration and harshness treatment according to the company.

Fiat/Chrysler keep marching towards the future and we like what we see!


DETROIT — Chrysler Group today said it would name its redesigned mid-sized sedan the Chrysler 200 — the vehicle that will replace the Sebring in its lineup.

The 200 is a re-engineered, restyled version of the current Sebring.

The company showed the renamed car and several other vehicles to its dealers today at a national meeting in Orlando and said the 200 will arrive in showrooms in the fourth quarter.

The 200 will be available with Chrysler’s new Pentastar V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic or with Chrysler’s 2.4-liter I-4 engine mated to a four- or six-speed automatic transaxle.

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