■ May 2003: Marchionne, CEO of a Swiss company that inspects and certifies goods, is elected an independent director of Fiat.
■ June 2004: Fiat, after years of losses, names Marchionne its fifth CEO over two years.
■ February 2005: Marchionne gets General Motors to pay Fiat $2 billion to dissolve their five-year powertrain and purchasing partnership.
■ January 2007: Fiat’s automotive unit posts its first annual profit since 2000.
■ January: Fiat and Chrysler announce a proposed alliance giving Fiat 35 percent of Chrysler without investing any cash. Marchionne insists he has "absolutely no intention" to run Chrysler.
■ March: President Barack Obama praises Marchionne for executing an "impressive turnaround" at Fiat and gives Chrysler 30 days to form a partnership with Fiat as a condition to get more federal aid.
■ April: Chrysler files for bankruptcy protection and announces an alliance that lets Fiat become its majority owner after government loans are repaid. The deal calls for Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli to step down when the company emerges from bankruptcy.
■ May: Marchionne launches a takeover bid of GM’s Opel subsidiary in Europe but loses to Magna International. (GM eventually cancels the deal.)
■ June: Chrysler emerges from bankruptcy under control of Fiat, with the UAW’s retiree health care trust as majority owner. Marchionne replaces Nardelli as Chrysler’s CEO.
■ October: Marchionne splits Ram trucks from Dodge into a separate brand.
■ November: Marchionne leads a daylong meeting with analysts and reporters to reveal a five-year plan for Chrysler to increase its market share, return to profitability and introduce vehicles based on Fiat architectures.
■ January: Fiat spins off its industrial assets in preparation for merging its automotive operations with Chrysler.
■ February: "Born of Fire," a bold, two-minute Super Bowl commercial for the Chrysler 200 featuring rapper Eminem, introduces the tag line "Imported from Detroit."
■ March: Fiat sells its first vehicles in the U.S. since 1983.
■ May: Chrysler posts its first quarterly profit since 2006. The company repays the balance of its loans from the U.S. and Canadian governments six years ahead of schedule on what Marchionne calls Chrysler’s "Independence Day."
■ June 2013: Marchionne refuses a request from federal safety regulators to recall 2.7 million Jeeps for fire risks, later agreeing to a more limited recall — installing trailer hitches to protect rear-mounted fuel tanks in a crash — after meeting with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
■ May 2014: Marchionne presents a new five-year plan that includes bringing Alfa Romeo back to the U.S. after a 19-year absence.
■ October 2014: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles begins public trading as the two automakers complete their merger.
■ March 2015: Marchionne emails GM CEO Mary Barra to discuss the possibility of a merger that would create the world’s largest automaker, but Barra flatly rejects the overture.
■ April 2015: Marchionne releases a 25-page PowerPoint manifesto titled "Confessions of a Capital Junkie," arguing that the auto industry needs to consolidate and reduce capital spending that fails to create value for customers.
■ October 2015: FCA spins off Ferrari.
■ January 2016: Marchionne reveals plans to stop producing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 as part of a plan to "de-focus" on cars and invest more in SUVs and pickups.
■ May 2016: Marchionne, already the chairman of Ferrari, is named CEO as well.
■ July 2016: FCA revises its U.S. sales results going back to 2011 amid an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing that a streak of year-over-year gains had ended in 2013.
■ January 2017: The EPA accuses FCA of violating the Clean Air Act by using undisclosed software to avoid detection of excess diesel emissions on about 104,000 pickups and SUVs.
■ April 2017: Marchionne says FCA would no longer seek a merger partner and instead focus on executing its business plan.
■ January 2018: FCA announces a partnership with Waymo, Google’s self-driving affiliate, to supply thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.
■ June 2018: Marchionne lays out a new five-year plan for FCA that seeks to double profits and invest €9 billion ($10.5 billion) in electrification.
■ July 2018: Marchionne dies hours before FCA reports that it has achieved his goal of having more cash than debt.
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