I read a very interesting interview with Bob Lutz on the Automotive New Europe web page. He had this to say about FCA's urge to merge and also electrification:
"Fiat Chrysler has the scale to make it on their own; they are not a small company.
Fiat is very large and, of course, is subject to the lack of profitability that everyone incurs in Europe and Latin America right now. Fiat in the United States has basically collapsed, folded in on itself. Alfa Romeo may pick up the slack. It certainly has some compelling crossovers.
As far as electric vehicles are concerned, that is becoming commoditized. You can go to Bosch or Nippon Denso and say, "We'd like a midsized electric crossover. Can you help us?" [And they'll say,] "Sure, we'll take you through the catalog. You order these sized motors, this control system, etc., etc., and it will hook up to a battery pack from Hitachi or LG Chem." There's no deep invention required anymore, like when we did the Chevy Volt. The supply base today, worldwide — including China — is more than capable of giving you everything you need to produce an electric vehicle. FCA doesn't need to partner with anyone for that.
As long as FCA watches its costs and continues to get rid of stuff that loses money and invests in brands and products that are highly profitable, such as the Ram and Jeep — those two are gold mines."
I really like his comments on electric cars. I was under the impression that it would take massive amounts of R&D costs, but that does not appear to be the case. This gives me hope for the future of FCA. Here is a link to this interview if you want to read all of it.
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