Other's make excuses for Fiat.Now ask yourself "Why did Daimler take over?"
Answer: Because independent Chrysler made money and had large cash reserves.
Now ask yourself "Why did Fiat come into the picture after 2008?"
Two reasons: 1) the economy failed and, despite strong new products, Chrysler was in financial trouble. However despite that Chrysler group had a new, hip image. 2) Chrysler Group, at the time, had paid too little attention to the products needed to carry through a high fuel price/poor economic conditions (gee that sounds familiar, a lineup too reliant on inefficient vehicles). Only the large cars and pickups were properly focused on. They omitted large segments that no one thought were crucial at the time. Cash for clunkers bypassed the vast majority of the Chrysler group vehicles..
Again, we are back to good business. If Tavares has too many brands to personally manage - delegate. Making excuses for doing nothing for years is a poor plan. That was FCA's MO the past several years, I hope it's not Stellantis'.
Other's say good business is a month and a half of a just recently finished merger with no product unveiled yet besides what came from pre-merger greenlights that the other side had no true say in.