Fiat Chrysler faces potentially millions in penalties, after being accused by the EPA of installing emissions cheating devices in more than 100,000 Dodge and Jeep vehicles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informed FCA today that certain models of its Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks violated the Clean Air Act, by virtue of the automaker having installed - and failing to disclose - engine management software that may have presented unrealistic emissions results under test conditions. Meanwhile, the agency is still investigating whether FCA also used illegal hardware in the vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler and Google are showing us the next step for Android in automobiles today. What began with a infotainment-centered version of Android has evolved into full-blown Android Nougat integration with one of FCA's cars. FCA and Google will be demonstrating this new integration this week at CES 2017.
Reports of the death of Google's self-driving ambitions are quite exaggerated. Well, technically speaking, there is no more Google self-driving car project. Instead, there is Waymo and it's now a company of its own under Alphabet's umbrella brand. And as if to prove that this "separate from Google" company means business, partner Fiat Chrysler has revealed the formation of a 100-strong fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans that have been modified for testing on proving grounds in Michigan, Arizona, and California.
The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth had an advantage as soon as it gurgled onto my driveway. I'm a sucker for a small Fiat, though as with so many of my flaws I blame my parents for my weakness. Growing up, my mom had a series of tiny city cars from the Italian automaker: a bright red original 500, a rattling 126 with a fiddly manual choke, a boxy Uno and a couple of comparatively sleek Puntos, among others. None would win any awards for refinement, but all had its own particular charm.
Fiat Chrysler and Amazon have joined forces to make online car sales through the latter's massive storefront a reality. The program will start small - only offering three different models initially - but the implications for the future of car sales are easy to see. Unfortunately, only folks living in Italy are getting the chance to take advantage of this new program.
Somebody screwed up. That, at least, was my first thought upon slipping into the compact cabin of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and finding, not a sweet little six-speed shifter, but an automatic. Somebody, when filling in the order form, foolishly and unforgivably ticked the $1,350 six-speed auto transmission option.
Car hacks may very well be the next big battleground in cybersecurity, and Fiat Chrysler is the first automaker to put a bounty on bugs that could potentially cripple its vehicles - or worse. FCA US (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US) will offer security researchers up to $1,500 apiece for spotting potential security vulnerabilities, such as those discovered in its infotainment system which made headlines last year.
In recent years modern automotive enthusiasts have become a spoiled lot. It’s hard to blame them though – we live in an era of unprecedented access to hair-raising performance, one in which 600 horsepower hardly raises an eyebrow and the prospect of a sub-four second dash to sixty miles per hour almost seems quaint. But amongst this output arms race, a contingent of sports car fans still yearn for a wholly different approach to driving bliss.
Fiat Chrysler has announced a voluntary recall for about 200,000 Dodge Journey crossover vehicles, with most of them being located in Canada and the rest in the United States. The recall concerns vehicles that are fitted with optional block heaters. During an investigation, the auto maker found that the lines carrying power steering fluid could leak when the vehicle is started if it has been in “extreme cold” weather.
Fiat Chrysler doesn't have much in the way of an autonomous car strategy itself, but riding Google's coat-tails into the self-driving future may be the answer. The automaker has already inked a deal to provide 100 of its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for Google to turn into autonomous cars, but that could be only the beginning for a deal that would bring FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) back into competition with rivals General Motors and Ford.
Google and Fiat Chrysler have announced a new deal that will have the Internet giant buying 100 or so plug-in hybrid minivans from the auto maker for its self-driving vehicle program. Google will work with Fiat Chrysler to integrate its self-driving technology directly into the minivans, which were launched in February. Engineers from both FCA and Google will be teamed up at a southeastern Michigan facility to work on the minivans.