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Auto News For Thursday, January 14, 2016 – Is Fiat Chrysler Falsifying Sales Figures?

2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept Wrangler pickup

Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Larry Vellequette last night published details of a lawsuit involving two Chicago area Fiat Chrysler dealerships and the parent company’s potential penchant for falsifying sales figures. Don’t act so surprised. Remember that FCA underling Maserati was suspected of the same and FCA’s Canadian practices have been called into question, as well.

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Fast forward to the 3:00 mark of this Sergio Marchionne press conference to hear confirmation that Fiat Chrysler will build a Wrangler pickup off the next-generation Wrangler. “We will build a Wrangle pickup.”

Segment by segment, these were the most popular vehicles in America in 2015.

We’re testing a 2016 Kia Optima SXL Turbo this week. In the meantime, check out Car & Driver’s review of the scarcely available Optima 1.6T, which is the most efficient Optima in the lineup and barely off the pace of the quickest Optima in the lineup. 

There have been stranger marketing methods, but not many. In launching the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, Nissan is going out of its way to thank the segment standard bearers from Ford, General Motors, and Dodge. No, really.