Mike Manley, FCA CEO

Words for Mike Manley, now in charge of Fiat Chrysler

August 1, 2018 David Zatz 2

Congratulations, Mr. Manley — or is it Mike? — on taking over Fiat Chrysler. I admit I don’t know you well, since we met just once (you didn’t seem impressed; I guess my digital recorder exploding didn’t help). It’s clear you’re driven by both customers and business issues, and that […]

Marchionne passes after suffering stroke

July 24, 2018 Bill Cawthon 1

Sergio Marchionne is gone. The larger-than-life architect of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles died today at the age of 66. In a statement released this morning, John Elkann, FCA’s chairman and the chairman and CEO of Exor, the Agnelli family holding company, said: “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio […]

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Marchionne’s condition said to be irreversible

July 23, 2018 Bill Cawthon 0

The Italian press is reporting that former FCA and Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne has been in a coma since Friday. Il Stampa noted that its sources say Marchionne’s condition is irreversible and that he is breathing with a ventilator. Marchionne is currently in the intensive care unit at the University […]

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News Flash! Manley new FCA CEO

July 21, 2018 Bill Cawthon 1

In an announcement sure to cause shockwaves throughout the automotive and investment communities, FCA and Ferrari have said they are under new management. Mike Manley, 54, head of the Jeep brand, will replace Sergio Marchionne as the interim CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, pending the board’s approval of Manley as […]

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FCA splitting out parts group

July 20, 2018 David Zatz 0

It was all the rage, decades ago — automakers splitting off their parts units, seeking both higher efficiency (since the parts division now had to compete, and report on a separate P&L) and greater sales to other automakers. Delco, Acustar, and Autolite joined Denso in having a large degree of […]

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Making sense of Fiat Chrysler, from Dodge to Maserati

July 16, 2018 David Zatz 1

For many years before Fiat arrived, Chrysler’s brands were poorly defined and overlapped each other. Marchionne, who oversees seven different brands, immediately started working on clarifying them — with effects that took years to become apparent. There are easy brands — Ram makes pickups and commercial vehicles; Jeep sells crossovers and SUVs, […]

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Will two-door Chargers return?

July 11, 2018 David Zatz 1

For years, Mopar fans have been asking why Dodge doesn’t make a two-door Charger, (and other fans have answered, “They do, it’s called the Challenger!”). According to Australia’s carsales.com, FCA may actually bring back the two-door Charger, but with a catch: it would actually be a rebadged Challenger, sold only […]

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FCA to phase out both Fiat and Chrysler?

May 30, 2018 David Zatz 1

FCA is set to announce its next five-year plan (or four-year plan, depending on the source) tomorrow — but Bloomberg’s Tommaso Ebhardt has been talking about what’s in it today, over the radio and in print. In essence, the plan is mainly more of the same — Chrysler being restricted to […]