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FCA Halts Jeep Renegade Deliveries

May 21, 2015

Photo of Jeep Renegade courtesy of FCA US.
Photo of Jeep Renegade courtesy of FCA US.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US) is now working to resolving some software problems in the newly introduced Jeep Renegade, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne told an industry audience on May 19.

Marchionne gave a brief update on the Renegade during comments he made following his speech at the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reported. The software issues have prompted the automaker to temporarily stop delivering the model to dealers.

The Jeep Renegade, a new compact SUV manufactured in Italy, went on sale at the end of March.

Marchionne expressed frustration, likening the delivery delays to a time when transmission calibration issues postponed shipments of the Jeep Cherokee in 2013.

In other comments, Marchionne said the company plans to comply with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's request for information about 20 of FCA's safety recalls. But he sees a shift in the level of federal regulation over the auto industry.

"We are entering a new phase of regulatory oversight," he said. "I think we need to work with the agency to determine the proper level of cooperation."

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