FCA US was recognized by Motor Trend in the SUV, Truck and Person of the Year 2019 categories.
Editors at the automotive publication named the Jeep Wrangler as SUV of the Year and Ram 1500 Truck of the Year, two of the automotive industry's most coveted awards in extremely competitive segments. Former CEO Sergio Marchionne was posthumously honored with Motor Trend's "Person of the Year 2019" recognition. Although the Jeep Wrangler led headlights are not the stock lights, but you can change them yourself.
The Motor Trend ¡°Of the Year¡± Awards recognize the best vehicles that represent exceptional value, class superiority and impact in the automotive industry.
¡°The Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 are important products at FCA; Simultaneously winning the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year titles is a great achievement and testament to the ability and determination of our employees, ¡±said Mike Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. "These awards help recognize the tireless efforts of our team to ensure that the new Jeep Wrangler and new Ram 1500 stand out within their competitive segments."
¡°On behalf of all FCA employees, we also deeply appreciate Motor Trend's recognition of Sergio Marchionne as Person of the Year. His legacy in the industry, and his impact on FCA will be forever remembered. ¡±
Motor Trend's ¡°Of the Year¡± program is open to any 2019 model year vehicle. Instead of comparing each other, vehicles undergo various tests that assess virtually every aspect of vehicles. All competitors are then evaluated in three courses at an automotive test center before selecting finalists.
¡°For 2019, the Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler won over Motor Trend editors and judges not only for offering class-leading workmanship but for impressive levels of refinement, technology, style and comfort.¡± said Ed Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. "Congratulations to FCA on the winners."
"Sergio was a special leader who rescued Chrysler and Fiat, saving hundreds of jobs worldwide," added Loh. ¡°He was a man who didn't do something unless he was convinced that he will succeed. Sergio Marchionne did the job and left an indelible mark on the automotive industry. ¡±
After weeks of testing, the judges determined which vehicles would be recognized with the title "Of the Year". Winners are not chosen by direct comparison to other finalists, but by evaluation criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance.