The new pickup should be in dealerships by late December.
Aluminum isn’t new to the auto industry, but this is the first time it will cover the entire body of such a high-volume vehicle.
“Quite frankly, it’s a black eye for our industry.”
Chrysler posts $611 million in third quarter earnings, expects to make around $2.5 billion for full year.
Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash.
Vehicles recalled include various model years of the F-150, Flex, Transit, Transit Connect, Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car.
Chrysler sales rise 22 percent. Best October since 2001. GM sales were flat. Ford sales dropped 2 percent, on tight pickup inventories.
The penalty could serve as a precedent for other automakers who violate the Clean Air Act.
Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage claims on about one-third of their models.
Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.
“I want it understood that they day of GM being a polite competitor is over,” Barra tells the Detroit Economic Club.
Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.