Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group agree to merge, creating the world’s fourth-largest automaker

If you can’t work things out with one French automaker, there’s always another. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the PSA Group have announced an agreement to merge in a 50:50 deal, one that will see the creation of the world’s fourth-largest automaker. In a joint statement, both companies said that they will finalise the discussions to reach a binding agreement in the coming weeks.

The merger would create an entity with a combined sales volume of 8.7 million vehicles and a revenue of nearly €170 billion (RM792 billion), taking the fight to the Volkswagen Group on the continent. Each company will hold a 50% stake in the new entity, which will list its shares in New York, Paris and Milan, and as reported earlier, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares will lead the combined automaker as CEO while FCA chairman John Elkann will assume the role of chairman.

The automakers said that the combined entity will be able to leverage its strong global R&D footprint and ecosystem to foster innovation and meet the new challenges in connected, electrified, shared and autonomous mobility with better speed and capital efficiency.

With the move, FCA, created from a marriage between Italy’s Fiat and America’s Chrysler – which was part of an unsuccessful marriage with Daimler – looks set to fulfil the merger dreams of its former CEO, the late Sergio Marchionne, who was a firm believer of combining strengths for cost savings and scale.

The tie-up with PSA is FCA’s second attempt at a merger this year. Six months ago, it set out to attempt the same with Renault, but negotiations fell through and FCA withdrew its offer for a merger in June. Unlike the soapbox drama of the previous episode, the talks this time around have been much quieter and ultimately, fruitful.

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  • Mo Salah Ajib on Oct 31, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Proton should merge to Peugeot, not geely..

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    • Lets See on Oct 31, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      And come out with unreliable French cars that are expensive to fix? Why?

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    • Putu piring on Oct 31, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      Proton got the chance to merge with game changing Renault and Volkswagen but unfortunately today Proton ended up with China….

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    • battalion harimau tiga bintang on Oct 31, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Did you means Proton merges with Peugeot merges with Jaguar, becomes one big family of ThunderCats ho……

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    • FCA is not honest at all, and pretty much whoring itself. Previously was humping to merge with Renault-Nissan Alliance but then suddenly pulled out, now its in bed with PSA. Next it might open its legs for Geely Empire, but why would Geely take in a loose hole like FCA? FCA is desperate, not Geely. Geely prefers partnerships that works like P1.

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      • tiadaid (Member) on Nov 01, 2019 at 3:35 pm

        FCA pull out of the Renault merger because the Jepunis protested.

        Even though Nissan cars are absolute crap!

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  • Jonn Dol on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Hopefully, PSA bosses would want to see the return of Lancia!

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  • krs189 on Nov 01, 2019 at 10:48 am

    The Merging of two of the worst reliable brand in the world.

    Good luck owning the car from this group. RIP your pocket.

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