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VW-FCA talks based on old rumors

by Bill Cawthon on

Recently, Reuters reported that talks were taking place between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen, saying that VW representatives had toured the Pomigliano plant that produces the Fiat Panda. Reuters’ source was a story published in Il Giornale, a conservative Italian daily broadsheet.


When Allpar checked the Il Giornale piece it appeared that the reported “visit” took place in 2013 and the article was simply renewed speculation.

FCA owns robots maker Comau, whose assembly devices are used by many automakers, and it’s possibly that the company was trying to demonstrate this equipment in action — if the rumor was true.

Must have been a slow news day.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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