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Business

Merged FCA-PSA Would Maintain Current Brands

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group plan to maintain all current brands under their proposed merger, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares tells French television station BMF Business.

Marketing

VW Hires Chehab as U.S. Marketing Chief

Volkswagen AG’s namesake brand has chosen industry veteran Saad Chehab to become the company’s chief marketing officer in the U.S., effective Aug. 19.

Mobility

Talking with Michael Robinson About Design

With all the radical mobility innovation emerging today, Michael has the enthusiasm and excitement of a designer just starting his career.

Marketing

Kia’s U.S. Marketing Chief Resigns

Saad Chehab, who has been vice president of marketing communications for Kia Motors Corp.’s U.S. operations for two years, has left the company.

Sales

Alfa, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Lancia, VW Brands to Skip Paris Auto Show

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep brands are the latest to opt out of the Paris auto show in September, according to multiple media reports.

Italian Niche Builder to Revive Lancia Stratos Supercar

Italy’s Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) plans to produce a production version of the Pininfarina-designed 2010 New Lancia Stratos concept car.

Infrastructure

Car Sales Advance 3% in Italy

New-car sales in Italy rose 3% to 177,800 units last month, according to the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

Diesel

FCA Investigated for Impeding Diesel Probe

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV faces a judicial inquiry into suspicions that it obstructed a French inquiry into possible diesel emission cheating, according to media reports.

Marketing

Kia's U.S. Unit Hires Ex-Chrysler Ad Exec Chehab

Kia Motors Corp. has named Saad Chehab to take over as its U.S. marketing communications chief on May 8.

Regulations

FCA to Recall 1.9 Million Vehicles for Fatal Airbag Flaw

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to will call back 1.9 million cars and SUVs with a defect that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.

Business

Report: FCA May Partner with BAIC in China

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is in early talks to launch a second carmaking joint venture in China, this one with BAIC Group, according to Sina.com.

Marketing

Maserati’s Marketing Chief Quits

Saad Chehab, who has headed global marketing for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Maserati unit for nearly two years, resigned his post on Sunday Automotive News reports.

Design

Developer Readies Titanium Supercar

Icona Design & Engineering Co. will take the wraps of the second iteration of its Vulcano supercar concept next week at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance show in California.

Marketing

FCA to Drop Chrysler Brand in U.K.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV tells Auto Express it will stop marketing Chrysler-brand vehicles in the U.K. by 2017.

TRW Unveils New Family of Vision, Radar Sensors

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is launching a series of advanced vision and radar sensors for a new generation of automated braking systems demanded by upcoming European standards for pedestrian and other obstacle detection systems.

Design

Bertone Heads for April Bankruptcy

Bertone, the famed Italian design house, is headed for liquidation at the end of April unless it can find a buyer by then, according to Autocar, which cites an unnamed company official.

Marketing

Maserati Names New Marketing Chief

Fiat SpA has appointed Saad Chehab, head the company's Chrysler and Lancia brands since 2011, as chief marketing officer at Maserati SpA, effective immediately.

Sales

Truck, Jeep Sales Hike Profits 22% at Chrysler

Strong demand for its high-margin pickup trucks and SUVs boosted Chrysler Group LLC's third-quarter revenue 14% to $17.6 billion and hiked net profits to $464 million from $381 million in July-September 2012, according to preliminary data.

Electronics

Chrysler Adds Microsoft Version of Uconnect

Chrysler Group LLC has begun installing a Microsoft Windows-based version of its Uconnect infotainment system in lower trim levels of its 2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

Plastics

DuPont’s Approach to Bio-based Plastics

Addressing the demands of OEMs for more sustainable materials and recognizing the changes in the cost and availability of petroleum, DuPont is working to develop bio-based plastics that are, in some cases, even better than their traditional alternatives.

Assembly

Fiat to Lay Off 1,500 Employees in Poland

Fiat SpA says it will shed about one-quarter of the 5,800 jobs at its assembly plant in Tychy, Poland.

Economics

Fiat Expects Global Sales to Drop 6% in 2013

Fiat SpA predicts its worldwide sales will shrink to 1.7 million vehicles next year from 1.8 million units in 2012 because of continuing weakness in the European car market, Automotive News reports.

Fiat Plans New Models, Exports to Use Excess Capacity

Fiat SpA has outlined a retooled version of its restructuring program, which now focuses on introducing 17 new or revamped models most of them made in Italy by 2016.

Fiat Aims to Turn Around with New Models, Exports

Fiat SpA has outlined a retooled version of its restructuring program, which now focuses on introducing 17 new or revamped models most them made in Italy by 2016.