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July 8, 1987
The past two weeks must seem like a bad dream to executives of Chrysler Corp. After years as the American business "comeback" story of the decade - when Chrysler chief Lee Iacocca came to symbolize Reagan-era can-do-ism and Chrysler's "The pride is back" sloganeering seemed to express the nation's spirit - suddenly the headlines all turned sour. On June 24, a federal grand jury in St. Louis indicted Chrysler and two of its executives on charges of conspiracy and fraud. They were accused of disconnecting the odometers on as many as 60,000 vehicles that company managers drove for personal use, then selling them as new to unsuspecting consumers.
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April 28, 1995 | By David Everett, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Chrysler Corp. is expanding a nationwide campaign to replace the rear-door latches on its minivans to include repairs to the remote latch release - a part whose safety has recently been questioned in government tests and media reports. Chrysler insists both the latch and the remote release are safe. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says new tests show that an electronic part in the remote release could inadvertently open a minivan rear hatch in some crashes.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. yesterday tossed its hat into the incentive ring, one day after Chrysler Corp. confirmed that it would begin a buyer promotion program on some compact cars and trucks. Like Chrysler, Ford's program offers financing rates between 3.9 percent and 9.9 percent depending on loan length but offers rebates of only $300 as opposed to Chrysler's $500 cash-back offer. Ford's program, effective immediately, covers only its subcompact Ford Escort and Mercury Lynx cars and expires Jan. 4. Chrysler's offer, which is open-ended, covers its compact Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant as well as standard and mid-size pickup trucks and some cargo vans.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1993 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Buoyed by strong Jeep and car sales in the fourth quarter, Chrysler Corp. yesterday reported its strongest quarterly earnings in four years and one of its best years ever. Chrysler said it earned $356 million in the fourth quarter - the number- three U.S. automaker's best quarter since fourth quarter 1988 - and $723 million for 1992. The results reflected a dramatic turnaround at the automaker, which languished during the waning years of the 1980s but surged back on a combination of cost-cutting, restructuring and the debut of acclaimed vehicles ranging from flashy new Jeeps to midsize passenger cars.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Chrysler Corp. chairman Lee Iacocca said yesterday that sluggish car and truck sales might force the company to increase budget cuts above a planned $1 billion by the end of next year. He also said that more assembly-plant closings were possible for the nation's third-largest automaker, which has been the hardest hit in the current U.S. sales slump. Chrysler is considering an additional half-billion dollars in cost-cutting moves on top of its announced cost reductions, Iacocca said.
BUSINESS
May 15, 1986 | The Inquirer Staff
Chrysler Corp. chairman Lee Iacocca told stockholders yesterday that planned spending on new plants and products would depress short-term earnings but that the company never has been better off financially. Iacocca said the company has been forced to raise its five-year capital spending estimate to $12.5 billion for new plants, products and high- technology equipment. But global competition for shares of the U.S. car- and-truck market leaves Chrysler no choice, he said, adding, "That's the price of poker these days.
BUSINESS
August 15, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Chrysler Corp., the only big U.S. carmaker without a significant overseas presence, is discussing possible business ties with three foreign automakers, chairman Lee Iacocca said yesterday. Iacocca declined to give details of the talks with Renault of France, Volvo of Sweden and Fiat of Italy, but he indicated that financially troubled Chrysler might make an affiliation within 10 years. "Everybody is talking to everybody," Iacocca said. Iacocca, speaking yesterday at a ceremony in Windsor marking the introduction of the company's 1991 minivans, declined to discuss the prospects for a merger.
BUSINESS
October 31, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Chrysler Corp. reported an $82 million third-quarter loss yesterday. That was less than industry analysts had expected but almost guaranteed that 1991 would be the worst year in the history of American automaking. The report meant that losses for the nation's Big Three automakers totaled nearly $1.8 billion in the quarter. Chrysler lost 36 cents a share in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of $214 million, or 95 cents a share, in the 1990 period. Revenues rose 15 percent to $7.5 billion, from $6.5 billion.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1987 | By JOE CLARK, Daily News Staff Writer
Chrysler Corp. has shifted gears and backed out of its reported intention to contribute $2 million to the Constitutional bicentennial, in a major economic setback for the city's plans for the celebration. A source close to We The People 200 Inc., the agency planning the celebration, said today the auto company backed off because of a "budget thing. " "It's not aimed at us or our credibility," said the source, noting that Chrysler is undergoing major budget cutbacks. "It's just that our priority was kind of lower.
NEWS
October 19, 1989 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Between Jan. 1, 1985, and Aug. 31, 1988, Chrysler Corp. sold 170 "lemons" to unsuspecting buyers in Pennsylvania, and now the company is going to pay for it, according to Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. Preate said yesterday that Chrysler has paid $35,000 in penalties and could pay even more in buybacks or refunds to dealers and consumers who bought cars that Chrysler knew were lemons. "We allege that neither the car dealers nor consumers knew that the vehicles they (the dealers)
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January 9, 2016
A man was fatally wounded and three women suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash Thursday afternoon that snarled traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard in the city's East Falls section, police said. Around 4 p.m., a Chrysler 300 traveling north in the southbound lanes of the Boulevard near Ridge Avenue struck a Toyota Camry. The 29-year-old male driver of the Chrysler fled from the car and attempted to jump a barrier, and severed his right foot and injured his head, police said. He was transported by medics to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m. A 52-year-old female passenger in the Chrysler suffered minor injuries and was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.
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June 8, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A barrage of shots in Point Breeze on Saturday afternoon left one man dead and police searching for the gunman. Police had not released the name of the 43-year-old victim by Saturday night, but they said he was shot multiple times about 2 p.m. on the 2300 block of Oakford Street. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:19, police said. The killing happened directly outside the home of Henrietta Graham, who said she heard the victim arguing with someone.
NEWS
February 2, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The Renegade, Jeep's new entry in the small crossover wars, isn't just a capable critter on slippery roads. In its specially equipped Trailhawk form, it is easily the best little off-roader in the business. In addition to its bush-whacking prowess, the 2015 Renegade is a head-turner. Its utilitarian, masculine, yet lovable demeanor is joined by a number of retro touches, such as the vertical seven-slat grille inspired by the front of a WWII Jeep. Those heritage evocations turn into whimsy elsewhere on the vehicle.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Chrysler 200C: Better bread and butter? Price: $30,475 as tested. Base price: $25,995. (Though a 200 can be had for as little as $21,700, which means the letter "C" = $4,295.) Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "strong V6 engine; composed ride and handling; high-quality interior materials; slick infotainment interface; available all-wheel drive" but not "less passenger room than other midsize sedans. " Marketer's pitch: "The expression of inspiration. " Reality: Maybe it's not the fancy whole grain, but it's not white bread anymore, either.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
  For some time now, the Chrysler 300 has had trouble deciding whether it wants to be a popularly priced large sedan or a luxury car. But those days are over, according to Al Gardner, the Chrysler brand's high priest. The reworked 2015 Chrysler 300 will be "decidedly mainstream," Gardner declared at a recent regional press introduction for the new 300. And as such, it will do battle with the likes of the Chevy Impala and Toyota Avalon. Actually, you could argue that it is still walking in both camps.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 is not without technological bragging rights: It is the first midsize sedan with a nine-speed automatic transmission (which is standard), and it boasts the most powerful engine in its class. But perhaps what is most notable about the new family sedan is the extent to which it is in a family way. Brandon Faurote, the head of Chrysler brand exterior design, told me that this car is really the first step in establishing "a family resemblance for all Chryslers.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
When a vehicle is as capable, both on road and off, as the completely new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is, it's easy to let driving dynamics overshadow aesthetics. But in the case of this nicely realized SUV - the first Cherokee since 2001 - the sporty/macho body and intriguing, user-friendly interior refuse to be left lurking in the shadows. The latter was presided over by one Klaus Busse, who is in charge of interior design for all Chrysler brands. Busse, a slim 6-foot-7, was a Mercedes-Benz designer who came to America when Daimler took over Chrysler, and worked on the Grand Cherokee.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 67-year-old man was killed Saturday morning when another driver's car struck his after spinning across the southbound lanes of I-95 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County. Darryl Davis of Boyertown, Pa., had stopped his tan 2008 Chrysler 300 sedan on the right shoulder near mile marker 10.4 about 3:30 a.m., according to police. A 26-year-old Broomall man in a blue 2013 BMW 335i was in the left lane, negotiating the curve. The BMW began to spin clockwise and to the right, according to the initial police report.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps on Tuesday, avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions. In deciding on the recall, Chrysler sidestepped a showdown with government safety regulators that could have led to hearings with witnesses providing details of deadly crashes involving Jeeps. The dispute could have landed in court. The company said calls from customers concerned about the safety of their Jeeps played a part in going along with the government's request.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press
DETROIT - A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007. Chrysler Group L.L.C., which is majority-owned by Italy's Fiat SpA, said in a statement Tuesday that the Jeeps are safe and it "does not intend to recall the vehicles.
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