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Record $105m fine for Fiat Chrysler over recalls

Record $105m fine for Fiat Chrysler over recalls

Fiat-Chrysler will buy back as many as 500,000 trucks in a hugely costly settlement with the NHTSA that also includes a penalty that could reach $105m. News of the buy-back comes after the beleaguered manufacturer agreed to recall a whopping 1.5m cars, SUVs, and trucks late last week, with today's record fine coming after the firm failed to convince the US safety regulator that it handled a total of 23 recalls affecting in excess of 11m vehicles effectively over the past few years.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles after hacked Jeep incident

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles after hacked Jeep incident

Following this week's news about a Jeep vehicle that was hacked from a remote location while driving down the road, parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have announced a recall affecting 1.4 million cars in the US. The recall is obviously over potential hole in the security of the software running on the vehicles. In the Jeep incident, which was covered in a report from Wired, the hackers managed to send signals to car's dashboard over the internet while it was traveling at 70 mph.

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Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

Apple nabs former Fiat Chrysler exec for secret electric car project

While things have been quiet on the topic of Apple's secretive electric car project — codenamed Titan — for several months now, the company is still moving ahead on whatever is behind those closed doors. This includes the discovery that Apple recently hired auto industry veteran Doug Betts, the former manufacturing and quality control executive for Fiat Chrysler. As The Wall Street Journal notes, Betts joined Apple's "Operations" team earlier this month, following seven years at Fiat Chrysler, and leaving in 2014.

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Dodge gives gamers the extreme supercar the Viper wishes it was

Dodge gives gamers the extreme supercar the Viper wishes it was

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken the wraps off a few images teasing the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo, a mean-looking single seater concept car with a hybrid powertrain and exclusive designation for Gran Turismo 6. It's a big tease, in that three of the images show close-up shots of different aspects of the car but only one shows a full shot...which is far away and obscured with fancy electric trails. No matter: from what you can see it is obvious the SRT Tomahawk concept is a beastly car, and we've a gallery of it after the jump.

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Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

Fiat CEO says Apple to continue its ‘intervention in the car’

A new report from Reuters on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne's recent trip to California has provided evidence that Apple has serious plans for technologies related to automobiles. It seems the purpose of Marchionne's visit was to experience the intersection of Silicon Valley technology and the car industry. The FCA CEO was treated to a ride in Google's self-driving car and met with Tesla founder Elon Musk, as well as sitting down and talking to Apple's Tim Cook.

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2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

If the Fiat 500 is an icon reborn, then why wouldn’t people want even more of an icon on their driveway? That’s the question the 2016 Fiat 500X arrives to address, slotting with Italian panache into the fashionable urban crossover segment. As the little-loved 500L demonstrated, however, there’s more to taking a popular city car and breaking it free of its urban runabout roots than simply enlarging it, but Fiat believes it has some secret weapons there, too.

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Alfa Romeo passes MX-5 twin to Fiat-Abarth

Alfa Romeo passes MX-5 twin to Fiat-Abarth

Alfa Romeo has ditched plans to build a new Spider sports car on the underpinnings of the 2015 Mazda MX-5, shifting instead to a homegrown platform for its upcoming drop-top. The co-developed roadster is now being based upon Alfa's own Project Giorgio, according to Alfa Romeo and Maserati brand chief Harald Wester, the same rear-wheel drive underpinnings on which the upcoming Guilia sports sedan is believed to be reliant. That doesn't mean the MX-5 derivative will be going to waste, however, with another in the company's stable expected to benefit, Wester teased.

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Fiat’s 500X is a snappy little crossover coming for the 2016 model year

Fiat’s 500X is a snappy little crossover coming for the 2016 model year

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat is introducing a new crossover that keeps their small form-factor at heart. The 2016 Fiat 500X also side-hugs Fiat’s design cues, and sits at the top-end of their 500 lineup. Though small, the Fiat 500X packs a big punch, and works in several features that you might expect from a larger car. Squaring up to the Nissan Juke, Kia Soul, and Mini Countryman, Fiat’s sassy little crossover may be a sleeper hit.

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Ferrari is going it alone

Ferrari is going it alone

Ferrari will be spun off and operated as a separate company, owner Fiat Chrysler has announced. Part of a restructuring plan that has already seen Fiat Chrysler list its own shares on the New York Stock Exchange, and acquiring the minority interest in Chrysler itself, according to company execs it's the "proper" way forward for the famous Italian marque. "The separation of Ferrari will preserve the cherished Italian heritage and unique position of the Ferrari business," FCA chairman John Elkann insisted.

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Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat's 500e electric car was never going to be a volume seller, but Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is apparently doing his best to make it even less popular, telling would-be buyers he'd actually prefer them to skip the battery-powered vehicle. The blunt boss criticized the US regulations that force car companies to develop EVs, arguing that the value drivers and the government place on such cars simply don't line up with what it costs Fiat Chrysler to make them.

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