Fiat Chrysler Goes Green-With The Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 24: An electric car is pictured during charging on April 24, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images)

Blockchain network

Tuesday, December 10, 2019,  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles revealed that it has joined the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN), an industry alliance that uses blockchain technology to support ecological, responsible sourcing and production methods from mine to market. 

The RSBN is on course to become operational on a commercial standpoint by the Spring of 2020.

The ability to trace and map raw materials is vital in order to significantly reduce practices that are unethical and threaten the future for the communities in which the raw materials are sourced.

“Our commitment to the responsible procurement of raw materials is vital to the integrity and sustainability of our supply chain, especially as our electrification strategy ramps up,” said Carl Smiley, Chief Purchasing and Supply Chain Officer, FCA. “Embarking on this journey together with technology and industry leaders will propel our ability to have visibility into artisanal and small-scale mines, allowing us to better manage the social and environmental impacts of our business.”

By 2022, the FCA plans on launching more than 30 electrified nameplates. The consortium will aid in having a responsible supply chain of cobalt, which is used in lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. 

RSBN will build an open, industry-wide blockchain platform to trace minerals in a responsible manner from its source. The RCS Global assesses each participating entity responsible for sourcing requirements set by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and industry bodies. Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group, Volvo, LG Chem and Huayou Cobalt are participants in the RSBN.

“We are hugely excited that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers, has joined the RSBN. With this move, FCA signals its intent to robustly address the issue of responsible sourcing in its supply chain and we look forward to working with them to achieve this,” said Dr. Nicholas Garrett, CEO, RCS Global Group. “The RSBN is expanding rapidly, connecting actors throughout the battery supply chain and beyond, all of whom have a focus on proving good practice in responsible sourcing and production.”

United Nations and OCED 5 Step Framework

To add on, efforts to become more sustainable align with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to tackle global issues, specifically those dealing with poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

The OECD 5-Step Framework for Upstream and Downstream Supply Chains is also used and taught to suppliers. This framework gives a common and foundational tool in order to aid in solidifying responsible sourcing practices and decisions made throughout the supply chain. Suppliers and their sub-suppliers are required by Chrysler to abide by applicable global laws and regulations.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Speaking of Eco-friendly, Chrysler has an ecological vehicle that is both family-friendly and inexpensive, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This plug-in hybrid goes has 33 miles of range paired with a standard V6 engine. It also has advanced safety features such as the blind-spot monitoring for its base models and many more for its advanced models.

This 2019 model has six trims. The L base includes a version of Chrysler’s Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

All models come with the SafetyTec Group. This includes blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The LX adds features like tri-zone climate control, touring suspension, automatic headlights, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

For more information on these models visit Miami Lakes Automall. Representatives are standing by!

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MLAM Fiat Chrysler Makes Merging Moves With French Automaker

Fiat Chrysler’s Big Move

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is moving forward with its merger with French auto company PSA Group. According to an internal document detailed by the Wall Street Journal, about 50 people are working to finalize a 50/50 deal.

Despite dealing with a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by competitor General Motors, the FCA and PSA Group (which makes Peugeot) are still continuing with the merger.

In a joint statement, the boards of Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot, and PSA agreed towards a binding agreement in the coming weeks. The reason behind this is that the agreement would create the fourth-largest automaker with a combined market value of about $50 billion.

This merge would create a regional force to be reckoned with, challenging Volkswagen AG. The collaboration would bring together the Italian billionaire Agnelli family and the French Peugeot family as the act of merging sweeps through an industry trying to finance major transformation.

Last week in a message obtained by The Journal, FCA and PSA Group informed their employees that the two sides were working toward a  memorandum of understanding. The message defined a memorandum of understanding as “the formal document that signals the willingness of both companies to work together to create a 50/50 merger.”

Doug Ostermann, FCA executive, and Oliver Bourges, PSA executive are leading the respective negotiating teams. The deal is expected to be settled by the end of 2020.

According to The Journal, a daily newspaper in West Virginia, Unions representing PSA employees have signaled support for the deal.

Current Obstacles

Saturday, The United Auto Workers and FCA reached an unsettled agreement on a new four-year contract, which includes a total of $9 billion in investments but still needs final consent from workers.

Due to a matter which started at FCA, involving bribery and embezzlement, an ongoing investigation might leave the merge somewhat affected. Many workers at the company have become quite cynical due to the union’s leadership since the scandal became public in 2017.

Union President Gary Jones, whose home was raided by federal agents, resigned in November, leaving Vice President Roby Gamble in charge.

According to a union spokesperson, on a unanimous decision, Gamble was confirmed by the UAW’s International Executive Board. Prior to this, Gamble spent 12 years as regional director at the union before being elected to vice president. Additionally, he was commissioned to lead the union’s Ford Department just last year. 

Upon recent weeks, Gamble has vowed to move swiftly in order to restore credibility to the union, which represents more than 400,000 members. He plans on doing this by implementing ethics and other reforms. “It was an honor to complete my career and serve the members in this great union,” said Gamble. He also made reference to the difficult circumstances that led to his appointment.

It worth noting that Jones has not been charged.

A Brighter Perspective

On a lighter note, Miami Lakes Automall currently has some deals on Chrylser vehicles, more specifically the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus. Its priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! It comes in a Steel Metallic color and is a 9-Speed 948TE Automatic. It’s a 4D passenger van that’s perfect for a family. Feel free to contact our team for availability and specials!

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Chrysler Pacifica Wins Big as Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award Recipient

Best Buy Award and Winning Streak

For the fourth year in a row, the Chrysler Pacific proves to be the reigning champ once again at the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards, specifically in the Minivan category. 

Winners are selected by Consumer Guide editors by analyzing and extensively testing all major models available in the U.S.

“As the winner of the Best Buy crown for the fourth year in a row, the Pacifica offers class-leading horsepower and fuel economy, excellent road manners and ride quality, and an unmatched array of family-friendly features … all wrapped up in a stylish package,” said Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive. 

Since 2016, the Chrysler Pacifica is the most awarded minivan and has more than 125 industry accolades. With its fourth consecutive winning streak, the minivan has won the Consumer Guide Best Buy award each year its segment.

According to Consumer Guide Automotive, objective ratings are not the determining factor for a vehicle to become a Best Buy winner. 

New Pacifica

The 2020 new Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition interior has a burst of color and freshness. There are premium Nappa leather two-toned seats in Rodeo Red, only in the deluxe Red S interior, it’s also highlighted in Light Diesel Grey stitching and piping, with an “S” logo on the seatbacks.

Additionally, the instrument panel and door trim are embellished by the Silver Metal Brush hydro bezels.

The exterior includes a Red S liftgate badge and Black Noise Chrysler wing badges with Velvet Red inserts. The Pacifica Red S Edition drives on 20-inch wheels and 18-inch wheels on the Pacifica Hybrid with a Black Noise finish. The package includes standard Advanced SafetyTec, which features more than 100 safety and security features, 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio and KeySense.

Moreover, the Red S Edition will have a range of six exterior color options, such as Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Maximum Steel Clear Coat. A new color option includes the new 2020 Ceramic Grey Clear Coat. 

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring is an ideal car to have. It’s great for large families, as it has eight seats and also has plenty of cargo space.

Standard features include the Uconnect infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a six-speaker stereo. 

Features on the safety side include the Hill Start Assist, ParkSense Front and Standard RearPark Assist, as well as the Blind–Spot and Rear Cross–Path Detection.

The starting price for the 2020 Pacifica Touring is roughly $35,000-$40,000 (plus destination fee). It also has a five-year powertrain warranty for 60,000 miles.

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