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    Fiat Takes Stake in Chrysler.

    Fiat has taken a 35% stake in Chrysler in return for access to its small vehicle platforms & sales outside the US.

    http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/20012009/325...id-crisis.html

    Good business, or two drunks clinging on to one another for support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand View Post
    Fiat has taken a 35% stake in Chrysler in return for access to its small vehicle platforms & sales outside the US.

    http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/20012009/325...id-crisis.html

    Good business, or two drunks clinging on to one another for support?
    I wonder what the Chrysler 500 will look like?

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    more importantly - this may mean more Alfa's (like the 159? pretty please?) here in the US
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    Quote Originally Posted by damen View Post
    more importantly - this may mean more Alfa's (like the 159? pretty please?) here in the US
    Alfa is coming back to the US - eventually!

    It was originally planned for 2009 but has now been put back to 2011, partly, it appears because of delays in developing the 169, which is intended to be the big seller in the US. Apparently they are still looking for a suitable RWD platform to build it on...maybe the Chrysler deal could solve that problem.

    The first part of the 2009 plan has,however, been implemented - you can now buy an Alfa 8C Competitizione from your local Maserati dealer - shouldn't cost much more than a quarter of a million dollars!

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    there's actually an 8C on the road near my house - my wife spotted it.
    I'd love to have THAT kind of money lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand View Post
    Fiat has taken a 35% stake in Chrysler in return for access to its small vehicle platforms & sales outside the US.

    http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/20012009/325...id-crisis.html

    Good business, or two drunks clinging on to one another for support?

    This deal looks, sounds, smells, etc. exactly like the Renault/AMC partnership back in the 1980s.

    The Fiat/Chrysler LLC partnership may work or it may not, only time will tell. However the plus side is that Chrysler really needs some smaller economy cars in it's lineup, that's Fiat's bread and butter.

    In closing at one time Chrysler owned Maserati, now they are partnered with Ferrari (Fiat owns Ferrari).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Man View Post
    However the plus side is that Chrysler really needs some smaller economy cars in it's lineup, that's Fiat's bread and butter.
    The current Fiat Grande Punto is built on a version of the GM Gamma platform which it shares with the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, Fiat uses a lot of GM-designed engines, GM uses Fiat diesels...and then there's the Ford Ka, which shares a platform with, & is built at the same plant as, theFiat 500

    It all gets very complicated!


    In closing at one time Chrysler owned Maserati, now they are partnered with Ferrari (Fiat owns Ferrari).
    Fiat also owns Maserati.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Brand View Post
    Fiat also owns Maserati.
    Dave,

    Thanks for setting me straight. I forgot Fiat bought Maserati too.

    Pete

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    There's also a Suzuki that's built on a Fiat-developed platform. Isn't Suzuki loosely linked to GM, at least as a supplier?

    I don't wanna see one of those big Dodge Truck grilles on the front of a Panda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel View Post
    There's also a Suzuki that's built on a Fiat-developed platform. Isn't Suzuki loosely linked to GM, at least as a supplier?
    The European Suzuki SX4, a small SUV, is identical apart from trim, badging etc., to the Fiat Sedici - great name for a car: 4 x $ = 16! GM at one time owned around 20% of Suzuki - they sold the final 3% towards the end of last year. I believe Chevrolet-badged Suzukis are, or have been, sold in some markets.

    I don't wanna see one of those big Dodge Truck grilles on the front of a Panda.
    ...or an Alfa grille on a Chrysler 300!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Man View Post

    In closing at one time Chrysler owned Maserati, now they are partnered with Ferrari (Fiat owns Ferrari).
    Chrysler never owned Maserati. Ownership of Maserati progressed as follows: Maserati Brothers --> Orsi --> Citroen --> DeTomaso --> Fiat.

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    The Chrysler TC by Maserati was a joint venture. It was a Lebaron roadster assembled in Italy.

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