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Audi's 2019 e-tron crossover to start at $75,795

When it arrives in U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of next year, the 2019 Audi e-tron will boast a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of interconnected goodies.

A daring expansion in a dangerous economy

Blaise Alexander over-ordered units going into the recession, allowing his Pennsylvania dealership group to grow rapidly afterward.

Chrysler 300 is out, the Portal is in, but questions remain

UPDATED: 09/18/18 10:02 am ET -- Adds Unifor comment

The aging full-size sedan will be eliminated in 2020, ending a 15-year production run. There is no word yet on what the end of the vehicle's production will mean at FCA's assembly plant in Brampton, Ont.

Ram gets midsize pickup back on track

Uncertainty about international trade agreements and tariffs threatens to jumble FCA's pickup production plans.

Ram midsize pickup to emerge from Jeep plant

Ram's new midsize pickup will be a body-on-frame truck built in the same plant as Jeep's upcoming Wrangler-based pickup.

Audi tests $1,395-a-month subscription plan

Subscribers can change vehicles up to twice a month and hold any vehicle for up to six months.

Inventory up from Aug., down from 2017

Across the industry, automakers and dealers had an estimated 3,809,000 unsold vehicles on hand on Sept. 1, a 69-day supply -- slightly up from a month earlier

Alfa will bolster lineup as 4C drops out

The Giulia and Stelvio will be joined by small and large crossovers, a sports coupe and a midengine supercar.

Jeep's lineup goes big — and small

FCA's most valuable mass-market brand will bring an A-segment vehicle to the U.S. to slot below the Renegade.

Neglected Fiat to get some fresh product

The struggling Fiat brand will get fresh product in the next several years, though it is likely to lose two of its slowest-selling models.

Dodge's future rests on fate of Journey, Durango

Key decisions are pending on the fate of the two three-row crossovers.

Chrysler 300's exit opens door for Portal EV

The aging full-size sedan will be eliminated in 2020, ending a 15-year production run.

Is FCA about to get out of Dodge?

FCA has staked its future on Jeep, Ram and Alfa Romeo.

VW's dealer talks in U.S. will target profitability

When Volkswagen's formal discussions with U.S. dealers begin in early 2019, they'll be much different from negotiations it is holding with retailers in the rest of the world.

Manley set to reveal FCA executive team

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley is set to reveal a new executive team and management structure later this month.

Pickup, EVs highlight VW's product plan

Volkswagen is also responding to customer demand for more crossovers, with a two-row version of the Atlas.

Concesionario de Audi construye confianza con ventas basadas en tabletas

A pesar de que apenas se inauguró en noviembre, Audi Wesley Chapel en los suburbios de Tampa, Florida., ya está teniendo un rendimiento superior utilizando un proceso de ventas basado en tabletas iPad y sin confrontación.

Audi's Ward returning to alma mater in new marketing/PR role

Audi of America's first female vice president will leave the German luxury brand this month to assume a new executive role with her alma mater, Northwestern University.

VW: Volkswagen inches up; Audi climbs 5.5% on crossovers

Volkswagen brand sales rose 0.7 percent in August to 32,255 units while Audi surged another 5.5 percent.

FCA: Ram 1500, Wrangler help deliveries rise 10%

FCA US sales rose 10 percent in August to193,718 vehicles, powered by record sales for the Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.

Ford pact could affect VW pickup plans

The open question is whether to give VW dealers a rebadged Ford Ranger, or a unibody pickup based on the Atlas crossover.

A new philosophy: Turning cars in 30 days

Toledo, Ohio, dealer Denny Amrhein was tied to the hip with a failing, flailing Chryser 10 years ago. And he says the only reason his businesses survived was a clever, borrowed strategy to sell lots and lots of barely profitable used cars.

Ex-FCA official Iacobelli sentenced to 66 months in UAW training center scandal

UPDATED: 8/27/18 12:23 pm ET -- adds details

Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles labor relations chief Alphons Iacobelli was sentenced to 66 months in prison for his role in a scheme to siphon millions from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit. He is the highest-ranking person to have worked at the automaker convicted in the scandal to date.

Jeep Wrangler fans support broad community of vendors

Jeep's Wrangler is among the most accessorized vehicles in production today, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association, with an estimated $6 billion in annual accessory sales.

Streets of Jeeps

More than 1,600 Jeeps of every size, stripe and flavor filled the streets of Toledo, Ohio, Aug. 10 to Aug. 12 for the city's second Jeep Fest -- a celebration of the town's long love affair with its most famous local product.

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