Fiat is better off without General Motors as a powertrain partner, says an engine specialist with Fiat who closely cooperated with the joint operation the two automakers unwound this month.
“Not to be arrogant, but GM learned a lot from Fiat on diesels, while we learned very little from them on the gasoline engine side,” said Rinaldo Rinolfi, executive vice president and director of the engines division at Fiat Research Center. “Personally, I am happy about this divorce.”
Rinolfi – considered by many the father of the common-rail diesel, made his comments during the Automo-tive News Europe Congress earlier this month in Barcelona.
Coincidentally, the speaker who followed Rinolfi on stage was Jonathan Browning, General Motors Europe’s vice president of sales, marketing and aftersales. Browning took part in a panel discussion on auto retailing at Congress here
Before starting his speech Browning said that he had no rebuttal for Rinolfi’s comments on GM’s powertrain capabilities.
But he went on to say that he hoped Fiat might find his comments on sales and marketing interesting.