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Old 20th March 2009, 17:37   #46
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Hey maybe they'll throw the TATA Xenon in there with a petrol engine for uSA.

after all Ratan Tata sits on Fiat's board.
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Chrysler to File Bankruptcy - BusinessWeek
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An interesting take on Fiat's marriage with Chrysler : Linky
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Just to update this thread:
Some things I have noticed during my stay in the U.S:

- Hatchbacks are quite popular. The 500 will be a nice cheaper alternative to the Cooper and Beetle admirers. Also, the golf is doing quite well and Fiat should think of launching the GP here as well.
- Diesel technology is catching up, with Mercedes, BMW, VW all offering diesel options with their cars. Gas prices are rising. As of today, I paid $2.70 for gas v/s $2.30 a month ago.
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I think Fiat would benefit more from this venture than chrysler, because hatch back sales are negligible in US compared to sedans, even with higher gas prices.
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Old 1st June 2009, 09:42   #51
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Here's a question, a rather stupid one, but one which I find extremely confusing: Is Fiat merging with Chrysler, or acquiring Chrysler or is this a J.V. like with Tata?
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Old 1st June 2009, 10:38   #52
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Isn't Fiat out of the picture now?

I have been reading about some deal reached between the German government and Canadian parts maker Magna alongwith some Russian company. I somehow think Fiat would have been a better option since they are car makers and understand the European market very well. Fiat-Opel have also been invovled in developing cars together, the new Corsa being made on the Grande Punto platform and they also share the MJD engines in their cars. I am not sure how Magna and the Russian company will resurrect Opel. Hopefully, Opel wouldn't be on the block again in a few months from now like it happened after Cerebus took over Chrysler.

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Old 10th June 2009, 22:24   #53
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Default Fiat buys Chrysler

Just as was logging out of Tbhp.

Fiat to purchase Chrysler's assets. I caught the news on news.google.com. The news is okay'ed by the US supreme court too.

Here are some links:-

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/bu...33a&ei=5087%0A

Article - WSJ.com

Chrysler-Fiat Finalize Accord - BusinessWeek

Will the fiat bashing on this forum stop now?

Time for me to sleep.

Oh. There is a thread, it seems - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intern...announced.html

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There was a delay in the plans, as the Supreme Court had put a stay on the deal till all the appeals were heard. This led to Fiat saying that they want to finalize the deal soon or else they will call it off.
And even Chrysler wanted to finalize the deal as everyday put them deeper into debt.

Good thing it is finally announced.

Here's a link: Fiat Closes Deal With Chrysler - WSJ.com

Some interesting points from the article:

Among the most immediate tasks the company must tackle is restarting its plants and getting the launch of several new vehicles back on schedule after Chrysler shut down almost all of its operations during the nearly six weeks since it filed for bankruptcy protection.

The new models on the way include a redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee, which originally was due to debut in April 2010 as a 2011 model. Chrysler told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan that "critical testing" of the Grand Cherokee would "cease completely" while the company was in Chapter 11 and its launch would be jeopardized. An updated Dodge Charger sedan is also supposed to roll out in September 2010.

The U.S. government has given Chrysler $9 billion in financial aid and owns a 8% stake in the revamped company. Fiat owns a 20% stake, while 55% belongs to the United Auto Workers union's retiree health-care trust.

Fiat's stake could increase to 35% if the new company meets benchmarks intended to insure the development of fuel-efficient vehicles in the U.S., and it has the option to become the majority stakeholder once U.S. loans have been repaid. Fiat will contribute to Chrysler technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars.

Mr. Marchionne replaces Robert Nardelli, the CEO who was brought in by Cerberus Capital Management LP, the private equity firm that was Chrysler's majority owner from August 2007 until Wednesday.

The change at the top was confirmed along with a series of other management changes. Jim Press, the former Totyota Motor Corp. executive who was also brought in by Cerberus, will have the new title of deputy CEO, and will oversee the company's three automotive brands: Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge.

As previously announced, Robert Kidder, the lead independent director at Morgan Stanley, is chairman of Chrysler's new board of directors.

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An interesting combo this will be. I wasn't aware of the fact that Canada owned 2% of Chrysler.
An updated Charger? Hmm..lets see how that turns out.
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An interesting combo this will be. I wasn't aware of the fact that Canada owned 2% of Chrysler.
An updated Charger? Hmm..lets see how that turns out.
Seriously man... hurts to see some of the cars knowing I actually own some fraction of it

But yeah what remains to be seen is how Fiat makes use of this opportunity. Its not exactly a great time for launching a new car (let alone a whole brand) anywhere in the world.
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I seems that chapter 11 is not the end, as we understand "bankruptcy" in India. Chapter 11 enables corporaties to rearrange, restructure and or otherwise work out ways to rehab their business.

Corporate Bankruptcy
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Default FIAT in full control at Chrysler. Now at 52%!

Came across these news articles. Apparantly, FIAT has been able to meet the performance clauses laid out by the US Government and has subsequently upped the stake to 52% by paying $500M to the Treasury.

It is a truly historic day for both FIAT and Chrysler!

UPDATE 2-U.S. to sell remaining Chrysler stake to Fiat | Reuters
Obama's economic panel applauds GM, Chrysler resurgence - USATODAY.com
The Chrysler Miracle - Newsweek

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Default Re: Fiat & Chrysler in partnership talks! EDIT: FIAT increased stake in Chrysler to 5

Fiat agrees to buy remaining Chrysler stake in $4.35 billion deal.

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Fiat said Wednesday it had signed an agreement to buy the remaining 41.46 percent stake it does not own in Chrysler Group from the UAW's VEBA Trust, the last step needed before the Italian and U.S. carmakers can merge.

The deal is expected to close on or before Jan. 20, Fiat said.

http://www.autonews.com/article/2014...#axzz2pDzJICxu
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According to NY Times, the combined companies have a debt of 10 billion euros and is expected to make it difficult for new investment to grow. They need to partner with either Mazda or Suzuki to grow in Asia which is vital since outside of Italy they have only 2 percent of market in Europe.

A Mazda alliance might bring very good cars to India
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