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Under The Pentastar

Under The Pentastar

“Under the Pentastar” is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. This week’s stories include Chrysler Group suppliers visit Detroit to hear about the Company’s purchasing activities, strategy and expectations; Top-performing suppliers received one-of-a-kind awards designed by the Chrysler Product Design Office; Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne personally congratulates Fiat of Austin team for topping 100 Fiat 500s sold in April; 2012 Dodge Durango makes Edmunds.com and Parents magazine’s list of “Best Family Cars of 2012;”Jeep® brand hosts “Power by Design” event in New York’s Flatiron Plaza with basketball greats Carmelo Anthony and Allan Houston; Jeep Wrangler is “Official Vehicle of USA Basketball;” and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (Detroit) students visit the Chrysler Design Dome and meet with Senior Vice President of Product Design Ralph Gilles.

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Ashley Fournier-August 2, 2011 3:53 PM – How can you improve quality while also cutting costs? One of the ways Chrysler Group is working on that is by launching a pilot program to install World Class Manufacturing principles at plants run by our parts suppliers.

Ashley Fourier caught up with Dan Knott, Senior Vice President Purchasing and Supplier Quality, just before he told auto industry insiders about it at the annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI.

Information has been buzzing that a new 8-speed automatic transmission is in the works for Chrysler Group LLC and it is time to get the low down on how this new addition could affect needs from suppliers, availability of parts, and the ability to comply with the new fuel economy rules recently adopted.

We spoke with Dan Knott, Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Supplier Quality, Chrysler Group LLC to find out his thoughts on the subject matter. When we asked Mr. Knott “What will be the challenges for suppliers to provide the parts and components to comply with the new fuel economy rules and produce the 8 speed automatic transmission?”, here’s what he had to say…

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