General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler don’t have the best working relationship as of recent. After provoking statements of a hostile takeover and all-out merger from FCA CEO, Sergio Marchionne, GM utterly turned its back, politely saying, “No, thank you.”
However, GM CEO, Mary Barra, has reiterated in the past the automaker is more than open to “strategic partnerships” for future development of technologies and vehicles. The Honda-GM fuel-cell partnership is a glowing example, as is the LG Chem partnership for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
At the same time, FCA has decided to cut the slack that is the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, as reported by our sister publication Fiat-Chrysler Authority, but Marchionne iterated he would like to find a partner to develop replacements for the midsize and compact cars.
“There will be a number of things that will be put in place in the next 18 months — things that have been agreed and detailed, that will effectively withdraw the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart from the marketplace, for a long period of time, during which we will be continuing discussions with potential partners,” the Italian-Canadian executive said.
The announcement followed the automaker’s news of restructuring for additional capacity to sell more Ram trucks and Jeeps, noting what FCA feels is a “permanent” market shift away from passenger cars.
Digesting all the information above, do you think GM should climb into bed with FCA to develop replacements? Obviously, there is plenty to think about from a business standpoint, but we feel this would be just the compromise Marchionne yearns for. There are plenty of partners lurking in the field, but GM has showed it’s capable of producing stellar compact cars, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, and midsize sedans, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.
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