Fiat SpA, the Italian carmaker that’s buying U.S. auto producer Chrysler Group LLC, will keep Sergio Marchionne as chief executive officer at least three more years to push expansion, Chairman John Elkann said.
European new-car sales rose a third consecutive month in November, the longest period of gains in four years, as demand for autos from Volkswagen AG and Renault SA contributed to signs that an industrywide decline is ending.
Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat SpA and Chrysler Group LLC, signaled how important the U.S. market is to the carmakers by keeping direct control of North American operations under the single management team he announced today for the two companies.
For decades Italians sped around the Colosseum on their Vespa scooters in much the same fashion as Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in the movie “Roman Holiday.” Then came a new mayor and his plan to make the city greener.
Serbia will pay part of what it owes to Fiat SpA this year for their joint venture that makes 500L compacts and will roll the rest over to 2013 as the government struggles to narrow its budget deficit.
Fiat SpA sees natural gas propulsion as a “near-term environmental solution” also for the U.S. as it has “less expensive production, transportation and distribution” than hybrid and electric engines, according to the slide presentation of a speech by Fiat’s executive Alfredo Altavilla at a conference in Paris today.