Reuters is quoting Il Corriere della Sera as saying Suzuki representatives met with Fiat-Chrysler management at the introduction of the new Lancia Ypsilon earlier this week. Reuters noted that no sources were cited in the Italian newspaper article and no mention was made of the subject of the meeting. If the rumor is true, it would be a major reversal of Fiat's earlier position. On May 9, 2009, when Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne was discussing a possible merger with Opel and the Chrysler alliance had yet to be finalized, he dismissed any tie-up with the Japanese automaker, saying, "Smettiamola, queste sono cavolate" or "Let us stop, they are foolish things." (For a more precise translation of "cavolate" click here.) Furthermore, it's hard to see what Suzuki might bring to the table, other than perhaps increased access to the Japanese/Asia-Pacific region. Suzuki has a small U.S. dealer network and sold..
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