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For Ram owners, the job is never done. Ram is America's longest-lasting pickup on the road and offers the relentlessness to keep driving forward.
 

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Ram Trucks | "Strength & Capability"


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For Ram owners, the job is never done. Ram is America's longest-lasting pickup on the road and offers the relentlessness to keep driving forward.
 

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Ram Trucks | "Power & Efficiency"


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For Ram owners, the job is never done. Ram is America's longest-lasting pickup on the road and offers the relentlessness to keep driving forward.
 

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2017 Ram Commercial Trucks


Published on Sep 16, 2016

Ram Truck builds America's longest-lasting pickups, and that includes a full line-up of workhorses to meet the needs and capability demanded by commercial customers. Dave Sowers, Head of Ram Commercial Marketing, takes a closer look at the features and capability commercial customers will find in the 2017 Ram ProMaster, ProMaster City, and Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis CabTrucks.
 

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Ram Commercial Launches New Marketing Campaign

Ram Commercial Launches New Marketing Campaign for Its Full Line of Work Trucks and Vans

‘Maximizing Efficiency’ theme showcases how Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans are the right tools for small businesses

Multidimensional campaign includes television, print, digital, video and social media

"Time" television spot debuts Sunday, Oct. 23, on CBS’s NFL football telecast

Innovative VIP test drive experiences, bringing work vans to businesses, captured in "Ram on Demand" video series posted on brand’s YouTube channel


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Ram Commercial, a division of the Ram Truck brand, launches a new marketing campaign today for its full line of work trucks and vans with particular focus on how the division’s Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans help small businesses and commercial customers maximize efficiency.

The multidimensional campaign, the most comprehensive since the Ram Commercial division was established four years ago, includes television, print, digital, video and social media components. A 30-second television spot, “Time,” debuts Sunday, Oct. 23, on the CBS television network’s early NFL game. The first in a series of "Ram on Demand" videos, capturing the “surprise and delight” of select small businesses putting Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans through the paces of their businesses for a full day, launched today on the Ram brand’s YouTube channel. Print ads for the full line of Ram Commercial work trucks also break this month in targeted publications, including Forbes, Professional Builder and Remodeling magazines.

“Ram Commercial vehicles are purpose-built to get the job done,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “While running the day-to-day business and making every minute count are the primary focuses of most small businesses, we wanted to demonstrate how the capability, versatility, ride and handling, fuel efficiency and cargo capacity of our Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans can help drive a company’s efficiency in a very smart way.”

“In this campaign, Ram Commercial has created visually compelling executions that stand out from the ‘status quo’ in what traditionally is a functional communication category,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global. “The strategy of showcasing the stories of real life customers using our vehicles and talking about how our Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans work for them is a message that is sure to resonate with small-business owners.”

"Time" TV spot
The 30-second “Time” commercial demonstrates how Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans are extremely versatile for small businesses like seafood delivery, mobile car wash detailer, heating and cooling and home restoration companies. Shot in a large soundstage with a turnstile-type set, the camera rotates from scenario to scenario eventually revealing that each quadrant is part of a large clock, showcasing that for any usage and any time of the day, Ram work vans are purpose-built to get the job done efficiently.

The final title card also highlights Ram ProMaster City’s latest designation, “America’s Most Efficient Work Van,” based on best-in-class fuel economy, cargo capacity and payload capability.

"Ram on Demand" Test Drives
“Ram On Demand” puts a new twist on the idea of a traditional test drive. Ram Commercial delivered Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans to small-business owners in Los Angeles and New York City, specifically to owners who are operating old work vehicles and who have never seriously considered the idea of a modern work van. The vans were customized with upfits based on the business’ usages and then provided for the day to put through the test of normal business operations and routines. The resulting video content captures the real “surprise and delight” reactions while engaging with the vans.

“Ram on Demand” kicks off with a 60-second overview video followed by two videos each of businesses experiencing the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City. Veestro, a Los Angeles-based food delivery company, and Andrew’s Honey, a New York City beekeeper and honey retailer, are featured in the first two “Ram on Demand” videos. Additional videos will join the first two on YouTube and the Ram Commercial website, as well as the brand’s Facebook and LinkedIn sites.

Customer Profile Videos
Different than the “Ram on Demand” full-day test drives, Ram Commercial’s documentary-style customer profile videos showcase the daily use of Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans by various businesses that currently own Ram vans and how the versatility, ride and handling, fuel efficiency and cargo capacity help drive each company’s efficiency. Environmental Painting Alternatives of Orlando, Florida, a commercial and residential painting company with Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans, is featured in one video currently on the Ram Commercial YouTube channel and the Toledo, Ohio, Ecoshine Mobile Auto Detailing company that exclusively uses a ProMaster van is featured in another. Additional customer profile videos will be added to the brand’s website and YouTube channel.

About Ram Truck Brand

Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with America’s longest-lasting line of pickups.

Creating a distinct identity for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day-in and day-out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles:

Longest-lasting line of pickups
Best-in-class fuel economy and longest range with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg and 754 miles with Ram 1500
Best-in-class towing capability – 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class payload – 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
Best-in-class torque – 900 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 Cummins Turbo Diesel


Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
 

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Ram moving away from crosshair grille

Ram moving away from crosshair grille

November 23, 2016


Los Angeles — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is gradually shifting its Ram Truck brand away from the signature crosshair grille that has adorned its pickups for 35 years.

Executives with the Italian-American automaker won’t commit that the grille, which Ram pickups and cargo vans have continued to use since the company separated the brand from Dodge in 2009, will completely disappear but the writing is on the wall, or grille, in this case.


“I love what the company has done by differentiating each brand — from the marketing to the materials — and it’s inspired us as designers to make sure we do that with cars themselves,” Fiat Chrysler head of global design Ralph Gilles told The Detroit News on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show. “It takes time. Establishing a brand takes five years, so we’re kind of at that point.”

Since the 2015 Detroit auto show, the company has introduced light-duty and heavy-duty pickups (Rebel, Limited, Power Wagon and Laramie Longhorn models) as well as two concepts (Ram Rebel TRX and Ram Promaster van) with non-crosshair grilles that prominently feature “RAM.” The company’s advertisements also have shifted toward the new grilles rather than those with the crosshair.


“I’m watching this space very carefully,” Gilles said. “It’s been an experiment, and it’s working. People have responded to it. We like it. But it’s something we’re consciously doing gradually.”

Pickup buyers are some of the most loyal customers in the automotive industry and traditionally don’t like drastic changes in a vehicle’s design.

Since the first generation of Dodge Ram trucks debuted in 1981, the crosshair grille has been on nearly all of its vehicles. For Dodge pickups, a crosshair grille first appeared in the 1940s, followed by a re-emergence around 1970.

Mike Manley, head of Ram globally, said it’s important to differentiate the brand away from Dodge, which the company has positioned as a mainstream performance brand since separating the pickups into Ram.

Manley said one option may be to keep them grille on select models, while moving the overall design language of the brand to focus on Ram.

“You’re already seeing progressive moves in terms of the grille,” Manley told The News during a separate interview. “I would never say that something would ever completely move away from things because there’s always opportunity, I think, when you’ve established two different styles of grilles to use them.”

Gilles hinted that designers may take advantage of the next-generation Ram pickup to really differentiate the brand from Dodge.

“It’s a natural thing to slowly do it. We don’t want to tear it off like a Band-Aid, you know, we want to have it happen organically,” he said. “When we have a chance to do all-new product, we’re going to take advantage of that.”

Ram’s largest problem since separating from Dodge has arguably not had anything to do with its products but the brand’s reputation. Customers as well as factory workers can be overheard saying “Dodge Ram pickup.”

“This has been a challenge for Fiat Chrysler to make that shift from ‘Dodge Ram’ to just ‘Ram,’ ” said Autotrader.com senior analyst Michelle Krebs. “Changing the grille is another step in that direction in separating the brand, but it’s going to continue to be a long journey.”

Ram, with help of a pickup-friendly marketplace, has thrived after leaving Dodge, with ambitions of now moving the brand into new markets under Manley, who started leading the truck brand in October 2015.

To help that global push, Manley said a midsize pickup for the brand remains an option. He called the small-pickup segment a “relatively robust” market globally.

“I think Ram needs a mid-size pickup, but whether it’s in this generation or the next-generation, that’s what we’re looking at now,” he said, adding the pickup would not be introduced for at least two years.

Manley, also global head of the Jeep brand, said Jeep continues with its plans to introduce a Jeep pickup based off the next-generation Wrangler by mid-2018.
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Chrysler Accidentally Put Hemi Badges On!

Fiat Chrysler Accidentally Put Hemi Badges on a Bunch of V-6 Ram Pickup Trucks

Dec 1, 2016


As many an owner can tell you, mis-badging vehicles is a fantastic way to get hate thrown your way from knowledgeable car snobs. But in this case, it wasn't owners improperly rebadging their cars—but rather Fiat Chrysler, which accidentally slapped the wrong badges some of its Ram 1500 pickups right on the assembly line.

FCA technical service bulletin (TSB) 23-053-16 was released last month as an order for dealer technicians to pry HEMI badges off certain 2017 Ram 1500 trucks that were built with a 3.6-liter V-6 instead of the larger 5.7-liter V-8—the engine the HEMI badge is meant for, Automotive News reports.


"If the vehicle has Hemi emblems installed and the vehicle does not have a Hemi engine, the emblem will need to be removed," said the TSB, AN says.

It's somewhat comical that FCA actually took to releasing an official TSB to try and make this problem go away. Generally, the system is used by automakers to give their dealership service departments a heads-up when they get word of a technical issue they believe exists on many of their cars, and to give them in-depth instructions on how to fix the issue.

If for whatever reason you're really into having a badge that doesn't belong on your truck, you can make your way over to eBay for all your fakery necessities. But you really shouldn't. It's really, really dumb.
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Ram Rodeo Series: Las Vegas Dec. 1-10

Ram Truck Brand Takes On Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), Dec. 1-10

Ram marks 35 years as the Official Truck of the WNFR and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)

Ram Truck brand presents Ram Top Gun award winner with new Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck Dec. 10, the final night of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Ram trucks featured at WNFR events, as well as live nightly music performances, daily country music artist autograph sessions, rodeo viewing and a new interactive Ram 360 virtual reality experience

Public activities take place at Las Vegas Convention Center, UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Arena and South Point Hotel and Casino

Complete Ram Heavy Duty lineup plus the new Ram Rebel TRX supercharged HEMI® off-road concept truck, special-edition Ram 1500 Night Edition and Ram 1500 Rebel on display at Thomas and Mack Arena


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Thousands of rodeo enthusiasts are converging on Las Vegas beginning this week for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) and, as the Official Truck of the WNFR and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) for 35 years, the Ram Truck brand will be there.

Ram Truck is bringing several interactive fan experiences to Las Vegas Dec. 1-10 for WNFR, in support of the Ram Rodeo Series. Rodeo and truck fans can take part in numerous activities around the Las Vegas strip, including performances by country music artist Natalie Stoval and the Drive every night, daily autograph signings by various country music artists, nightly WNFR viewing parties, truck displays and a new interactive Ram virtual reality 360 experience.

“Ram is proud to be a part of the Ram Rodeo Series and WNFR for 35 years, as trucks are a must-have vehicle for both those who compete and fans alike,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “As thousands of rodeo fans take over Las Vegas during WNFR, it is a great opportunity for Ram to showcase the capabilities and best-in-class features of our complete truck lineup of America’s longest lasting pickups.”

Ram trucks play an integral role in the rodeo circuit as cowboys and stock contractors haul their prized horses and livestock across the country every weekend throughout the year, leading up to celebrating their accomplishments at the annual WNFR, the final rodeo event of the PRCA season.

Ram WNFR events open to the public include:

Cowboy Christmas (Las Vegas Convention Center) – Daily autograph signing sessions with various music artists, truck displays and an interactive 360 virtual reality experience that takes participants off-roading in a Ram Rebel, up and down urban streets in a Ram Laramie Limited, or rounding up horses on a ranch in a Ram Laramie Longhorn.

PRCA Pro Rodeo Fan Zone (Thomas and Mack Arena) – Live music performances by Natalie Stoval and the Drive at 5:30 p.m. each night. Fans are invited to check out America’s longest lasting pickups, the latest Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks. Also featuring the new Ram Rebel TRX off-road concept with 575 supercharged horses; the special-edition Ram 1500 Night that gives truck enthusiasts straight-from-the-factory customized looks; and the Ram 1500 Rebel that brings its one-of-a-kind off-road design to the full-size truck segment.

Ram Tailgate Viewing (South Point Hotel and Casino) — Livestream of the action from the NFR arena.


World championship titles will be awarded at the WNFR to the individuals who earn the most money in his or her event throughout the year, including barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, bull riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding and team roping.

Saturday, Dec. 9, is Ram Truck Night at WNFR. On Sunday, Dec. 10, after the final round of competitions, the brand will present the Ram Top Gun award to the one contestant who wins the most money in a single category during the 10 days of WNFR. The Ram Top Gun winner receives a new Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck.

For the last 35 years, the Ram Truck brand has proudly sponsored the Ram Rodeo Series. Starting with only 18 events in 1981, the Ram Truck brand and local dealerships have teamed up to host more than 560 rodeos a year across the United States and Canada. The Ram Rodeo Series was created to be an opportunity to showcase the sport, while paving the way for future generations of cowboys and cowgirls through the sponsorship of junior high, high school and collegiate rodeos in addition to those at the professional level.
 

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360 Virtual Reality test drive


Published on Dec 2, 2016

Ram kicked off a whole new way to take a test drive earlier this year at the State Fair of Texas. When venue space for an actual test drive is limited, the Ram Virtual Reality 360 experience can take you off-roading in a Ram Rebel, up and down urban avenues in a Ram Laramie Limited, or rounding up horses on the ranch in a Ram Laramie Longhorn … in just three minutes or less. Ram Advertising Head Jeff Summers takes you on a virtual tour of the experience.
 

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New ‘Long Live’ Brand Marketing Campaign

Ram Truck Launches New ‘Long Live’ Brand Marketing Campaign

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Ram trucks, America’s longest-lasting pickups, reinforce brand values of leadership, integrity and hard work in a new brand marketing campaign highlighting product features of Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks.

Two 30-second spots in the new campaign, “Long Live Ram” and “Skate,” launch this weekend during NFL football playoff game telecasts and will continue to run on broadcast and cable programming throughout 2017. Additional ads will follow in the coming weeks.





Set to a custom recording and arrangement of Bob Dylan’s timeless “Forever Young” song, performed by Low Country Sound/Elektra recording artist Anderson East and produced by Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb at his famed “Historic Studio A” in Nashville, the “Long Live” campaign showcases the resolve of those who depend on Ram trucks every day – from families to farmers to first responders. The spots highlight the strength, power and capabilities of Ram trucks, including best-in-class horsepower of a Ram 2500 with a 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine, the class-exclusive active-level four-corner air suspension of a Ram 1500 and the proven capability of Cummins engines available in Ram Heavy Duty trucks.

The 30-second “Long Live Ram” ad features a variety of stories that showcase the strength, bravery and resolve of communities that depend on our trucks. In “Skate,” Ram trucks are hard at work clearing the way for a whole town to come together to go ice skating on a lake. “Forever Young” perfectly underscores the message: long live those values that people hold dear and long live Ram that enables them to do so.

The spots end with “America’s Longest-lasting Pickups” and brand tagline “Guts.Glory.Ram.”



The “Long Live” Ram brand campaign includes online advertising, as well as Ram brand website and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media page support. Future lifestyle marketing extensions are also being planned.

“Long Live” was created in partnership with full-service advertising agency Doner.
 

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Ram Truck Territory Test


Published on Feb 15, 2017

In addition to a full lineup of Ram Trucks, the Ram brand is showcasing an all-new interactive consumer drive experience at the Chicago Auto Show called Ram Truck Territory. Jim Morrison, Head of the Ram Brand, demonstrates some of the many power and capability features consumers can test out while visiting Ram Truck Territory.
 

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Ram Commercial Trucks Improve Upfitting Efficiency


Published on Mar 14, 2017
Dave Sowers, Head of Ram Commercial Marketing, talks about the new programs Ram Commercial is introducing to improve upfitted truck-to-customer efficiency.
 

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Fiat Chrysler hopes new EPA application will clear diesel emissions dispute

Fiat Chrysler hopes new EPA application will clear diesel emissions dispute

May 19, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced today that it has formally applied for emissions certification for its 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that it hopes will resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations.

The automaker believes the software fix it has proposed will resolve concerns from the federal government and the California Air Resources Board and clear the way for it to finally sell more than 104,000 SUVs and pickups.

The move follows reports this week that indicated the company could face a federal lawsuit if no agreement is reached soon on resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations involving previous year diesel models.

Fiat Chrysler said it believes its application and proposed software fix "should help facilitate a prompt resolution to ongoing discussions with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and other governmental agencies."

If the application, which was filed Thursday, is approved, it would be good news for consumers who have been forced to wait for a 2017 Grand Cherokee or Ram 1500 diesel for months. The automaker has been unable to sell the vehicles at least since January, when EPA announced the violations.

Approval might also signal a positive effort to avoid the kind of scandal that roiled Volkswagen over diesel emissions cheating. The company agreed to pay $4.3 billion in a criminal settlement and more than $17 billion in civil settlements after U.S. regulators uncovered so-called defeat devices, which change how a vehicle performs during or outside of testing, on VW diesels in 2015.

Fiat Chrysler says its 2017 diesel models feature updated emissions software calibrations and that with permission from regulators it would also install the updated software on 2014-16 Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesels.

"The filing (of the application) is the result of many months of close collaboration between FCA US and EPA and CARB, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the company’s emissions control technology," the automaker said in its statement.

If the application is approved, owners of the 2014-16 models would be able to receive the updates at their local dealerships. The updated software is expected to reduce emissions but is not expected to affect performance or fuel efficiency.

It was not immediately clear how quickly the government would respond to the application. An EPA spokeswoman said on Thursday that the agency does not comment on vehicles before they are introduced into commerce.

FCA has previously pushed back against the government's claims regarding the alleged Clean Air Act violations, saying that "in the case of any litigation, FCA US will defend itself vigorously, particularly against any claims that the company deliberately installed defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests."

FCA’s diesels have also been the subject of attention in Europe. On Wednesday, the European Commission, an arm of the European Union, demanded answers from the Italian government over its handling of emissions allegations against the company there.

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FCA US Files for Diesel Vehicle Certification

FCA US Files for Diesel Vehicle Certification

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FCA US announced today it has formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017 model-year (MY) Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. These vehicles feature updated emissions software calibrations.

The filing is the result of many months of close collaboration between FCA US and EPA and CARB, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the Company’s emissions control technology. With the permission of EPA and CARB, FCA US intends to install the same modified emissions software in 2014-2016 MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. FCA US believes this will address the agencies’ concerns regarding the emissions software calibrations in those vehicles.

FCA US also believes that these actions should help facilitate a prompt resolution to ongoing discussions with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and other governmental agencies.

FCA US expects that following EPA and CARB approval, owners of the 2014-2016 MY vehicles will be able to receive the software updates at their dealerships. FCA expects that the installation of these updated software calibrations will improve the 2014-2016 MY vehicles’ emissions performance and does not anticipate any impact on performance or fuel efficiency.
 

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Response: Filing by DOJ-ENRD

Response: Filing by DOJ-ENRD

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FCA US today issued the following statement in response to a civil lawsuit filed against the company by the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ-ENRD”):

FCA US has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for many months, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the Company’s emissions control technology in model-year (MY) 2014-2016 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles.

FCA US is currently reviewing the complaint, but is disappointed that the DOJ-ENRD has chosen to file this lawsuit. The Company intends to defend itself vigorously, particularly against any claims that the Company engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

As FCA US announced last week, it has developed updated emissions software calibrations that it believes address the concerns of EPA and CARB, and has now formally filed for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the regulators for its 2017 model year (MY) Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. Subject to the permission of EPA and CARB, FCA US intends to install the same modified emissions software in 2014-2016 MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. FCA US believes this will address the agencies’ concerns regarding the emissions software calibrations in those vehicles.

FCA expects that the installation of these updated software calibrations will improve the 2014-2016 MY vehicles’ emissions performance and does not anticipate any impact on performance or fuel efficiency.

Notwithstanding this lawsuit, the Company remains committed to working cooperatively with EPA and CARB to resolve the agencies’ concerns quickly and amicably.
 

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FCA Announces Certification of 2017 Model-year Diesel Vehicles

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FCA US LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA), announced today that it has received a certificate of conformity from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a conditional executive order from the Air Resources Board (ARB) of the State of California, permitting the production and sale of FCA US 2017 model-year light-duty Ram 1500 and Jeep® Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter diesel engines.

The agencies’ approval was the product of several months of collaboration between FCA US and the EPA and ARB to address the agencies’ concerns with respect to the diesel emissions control technologies employed on earlier model-year versions of these vehicles. The 2017 updates include modified emissions software calibrations, with no required hardware changes, and FCA US expects that the modified calibrations will have no effect on the stated fuel economy or the performance of these vehicles.

FCA US intends to continue to work closely with the agencies and seek their permission to use a version of the modified software to update the emissions control systems in the 2014-2016 model-year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that were the subject of the Notices of Violation issued by EPA and ARB in January 2017. FCA US believes that the modified software can address the agencies’ concerns as to the emissions performance of those vehicles.

“The approvals announced today represent a significant step toward resolving the issues raised by EPA and ARB,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of FCA US and FCA. “We appreciate the efforts of the agencies in working with us to achieve this milestone. We are anxious to build on this progress to make appropriate updates to the emissions control software in our earlier model-year vehicles.”
 
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