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Sergio on merging, Dart, and 200

by David Zatz on

Yesterday, Reuters quoted Sergio Marchionne as saying that he was not in merger talks with anyone at the moment. The FCA CEO  said any partner would have to have a multi-brand strategy, ruling out Ford.  FCA has, Mr. Marchionne said, chosen to “go it alone,” partly because other automakers’ offers were not attractive.

Sergio Marchionne small 2011

Mr. Marchionne said he was talking with other companies about contract manufacturing of small and midsize cars in or for the US (Reuters said “in the US”).  He did not specify the timing of the change. The Dart is near the end of its normal lifespan, while the 200 still has years left in its design.

Mr. Marchionne also confirmed that the Alfa Romeo Giulia had been delayed due to “technical issues” (Reuters’ words).

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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