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post #1 of 20 Old 04-30-2015, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Reasons Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Is Pushing Auto-Industry Consolidation

Mentioned in a wall street journal article, Sergio explained laid out some great reasons. One of them they themselves have been great with implementing, specifically with the development of the Chrysler 100, highlighted below.

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Collectively, Fiat Chrysler estimates the industry will spend more than €100 billion, or about $110 billion, on capital expenditures and research and development to bring the next-generation cars to market and meet tougher emissions standards. Consolidation could help auto companies better shoulder this financial burden by pooling resources.
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-04-2015, 06:09 PM
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If it prevents another bail out distaster then i'm all for it . Good to see they're aiming to cut overhead and find more efficiencies
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If it prevents another bail out distaster then i'm all for it . Good to see they're aiming to cut overhead and find more efficiencies
Agree.

They're just lucky the government is will and ready to back them up if it happens again as without them, there's a lot of jobs and people impacted.
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Agree.

They're just lucky the government is will and ready to back them up if it happens again as without them, there's a lot of jobs and people impacted.
Being owned by Fiat now, they're slightly better off.
Ever since Fiat came into the picture, things seem to have improved greatly
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As great as that is...
it should be questioned how much of chrysler vehicles operations fiat is controlling
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post #6 of 20 Old 06-11-2015, 02:05 PM
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The Man is getting desperate. Article after Article keeps coming out that Sergio said this to X company and is persuing Y company because X company said no blah blah. It all reeks of sick desperation... Problem is he wants a full blown merger to clean his balance sheet, most of the big players are interested in alliances..

http://www.autonews.com/article/2015...on-report-says

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Marchionne could end up having to approach Peugeot, though, because all of the Asian players are, at best, tough to persuade to do a deal, said Maryann Keller, an independent auto-industry consultant in Stamford, Conn. Honda and Hyundai have never had an interest in deals and prefer to go it alone, aside from Hyundai’s alliance with Kia Motors Corp., she said.

Mazda is tied in with Toyota. The two companies signed a deal in May to explore ways to share fuel-saving technologies.

Suzuki is 19.9 percent-owned by Volkswagen and the two companies are locked in a legal dispute at a London arbitration court as the Japanese small-car specialist wants Europe’s largest automaker to return the shares it holds. VW has refused to do so.
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post #7 of 20 Old 06-11-2015, 04:52 PM
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If it wasn't for a growing asian market i bet they'd be willing to partner up but clearly not during these times.
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If it wasn't for a growing asian market i bet they'd be willing to partner up but clearly not during these times.
well it depends, but I'm sure they can smell Sergios desperation from here. He lucked out big time when he scored Jeep and Ram for peanuts along with the rest of the Chrysler Group. Lightning is not going to strike twice...
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post #9 of 20 Old 06-16-2015, 05:35 PM
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What would that merger even look like? It just seems like GM is already struggling to manage its enormous company as it is. Adding all of FCA to it would just be too big. They don't need to put out all those products, not to mention the complex task of managing and coordinated all that. They couldn't even save people from a ignition switch that they had a fix for the whole time. 100s of people died. No thank you.
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Interesting piece from the WSJ today. Looks like as the for sale sign went up Quality began to slip, a sure sign of impending doom?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/fiat-chr...udy-1434560748

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The results, compiled by surveying 84,000 U.S. vehicle buyers after their initial 90 days of ownership earlier this year, underscore one of the biggest challenges facing FCA Chief Executive Mr. Marchionne as he scrambles to find a suitor for the Italian-American auto maker. FCA faces consistent criticism for underinvesting in its product line, and concerns that the product portfolio is insufficient to keep up with technology advances and increasingly stringent fuel economy standards.

Jeep, Chrysler and Fiat brands were all rated by buyers as having more than 140 problems per 100 vehicles sold, putting them well below the industry average of 112. Fuji Heavy Industry’s Subaru and Daimler AG’s Smart accompanied the FCA at the bottom.

Dodge also fell below the industry average, while the Ram truck lineup finished slightly above.
I mean even the money makers are rife with quality issues. Doesn't matter how much someone MAY need the product mix Jeep offers, if its going to impact over all brand reputation with QC, its not happening. Could you imagine Honda owning Jeep with that reputation? I can''t...
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