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BREAKING: FCA head Marchionne dies, age 66

Sergio Marchionne, the former chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler and architect of the automaker’s dramatic turnaround, has died. He was 66.

His death was confirmed Wednesday by Exor NV, the holding company of Fiat’s founding Agnelli family, just days after Marchionne was replaced as CEO. His health had declined suddenly following complications from a shoulder operation at a Zurich hospital, according to people familiar with the situation. The company wasn’t specific about the cause of his death.

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PHOTO: Jeep JT spied in paint facility

Dying to see the upcoming JT truck in the flesh? The folks at Artec managed to post something pretty doggone interesting on their Facebook page this week!

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Hmm … Amarillo spy shots?


Most auto enthusiasts are used to seeing photos of camouflaged new models in the pages of their favorite magazines. And, it’s not uncommon to see manufacturers’ test mules on the roads of Michigan or doing warm-weather testing in Arizona or California.

But, I was a bit taken back today to see a half-dozen SUVs wearing camouflage and license plates from Michigan and Alabama rolling through traffic along Interstate 40 here in Amarillo! By the time I got my phone out to take a few photos, one of the drivers spotted my rubber-necking and held an FRS-style radio to his mouth. The next thing I knew, the vehicles were speeding off through traffic.

It was quite unexpected!

First Grand Commander images released

Despite being exclusively a crossover/SUV brand, Jeep is mysteriously absent from the three-row SUV segment. That’s about to change…but only in China. Jeep just released the first official look at the plus-size Grand Commander SUV.

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PHOTOS: 2019 Jeep Cherokee redesign

A softened Jeep KL Cherokee debuted Tuesday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Click through the photos above, then read my first thoughts here.