Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said some new Jeep Renegade subcompact crossovers are being withheld from dealers because of software problems.
Marchionne said the Renegade’s quality issues are similar to those that plagued the 2013 debut of the Jeep Cherokee. He spoke late Tuesday after receiving an industry leader of the year award from the SAE Foundation.
The Cherokee’s 2013 launch was delayed several months because of the software controlling its nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system. The Renegade has an identical nine-speed automatic but a different all-wheel-drive system than the Cherokee.
A source at FCA clarified Thursday that the software causing the problem did not involve the Renegade’s transmission. The source would not identify the nature of the software issue.
“I’m having a very bad engineering day,” Marchionne said. “It’s a combination of attributes of that vehicle that is making my life horrible.”
Renault-Nissan is staking its strategy outside of Europe on entry-level cars with the Dacia and Datsun brands, and the brand's lineup in India will soon be joined by a tiny crossover called the KWID that's designed to be priced around $5,000.
The recently revealed Renault KWID may look look like Chevrolet Trax or a Fiat 500X-sized vehicle in photos, but in reality it is much smaller. With an overall length of 144 inches and a width of just 62 inches, it is over 1 foot shorter than a Ford Fiesta hatchback (a statistic that's admittedly difficult to process given just how small the Fiesta is to begin with). The KWID will also offer seven inches of ground clearance, which is a must for Indian roads. Renault won't be recycling old parts-bin items and technology with this crossover. Instead, it will use an all-new CMF-A platform that the company plans to use on other vehicles as well.
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How ‘bout the SUV with the “broadest range of capability” on Earth? That’s how Land Rover describes its new Range Rover Sport SVR, and it’s not getting a lot of argument from us. The SVR is pretty swanky, to boot.
The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is an evolution of the Range Rover Sport introduced for 2014, and a noteworthy evolution at that. It’s the first Range Rover badged “R,” and the first vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations group. It’s also the fastest, most powerful Range Rover ever.
Special Operations was created in June, 2014 with its own tech center in the UK Midlands, under the direction of Paul Newsome—recruited from Williams Advanced Engineering (as in Formula One). It’s a captive tuner for JLR in the mold of Mercedes AMG or BMW M, yes, but Special Operations is more. It will also build custom-order bespoke vehicles, manage heritage and restoration through a new vintage workshop in Browns Lane, Coventry, and develop ultra-swanky, ultra-luxurious vehicles for serial production, including the Range Rover SVAutobiography introduced at the New York auto show. The Range Rover Sport SVR is Special Operations’ first vehicle to market.
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You might think of the 2016 Jaguar F-Type as a plan to stay ahead of the curve. You might also think of it as a positive sign for Jaguar’s long-term health. We prefer to think of the ’16 F-Type as a purist’s dream, thanks to the clutch pedal now available in the driver’s foot box.
We all know the F-Type --the classically inspired, two-place beauty that has been called a spiritual successor to the renowned E-Type. The F has been a success by nearly any measure, most particularly at building image and momentum for its brand, and Jaguar wants to keep it that way. So it’s spending pounds to beat the odds.