Opinion

KEITH CRAIN

FCA just gets passed around

In case you didn't notice, there has been a "For Sale" sign outside Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Michigan for some time.

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

What Toyota and Faraday have in common

The industry has witnessed two automakers tacitly acknowledging this month that they got their new factory plans wrong.

BLOG: LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: For Fiat Chrysler, anybody but a Cerberus

Chinese ownership of FCA is far more desirable — in terms of the U.S. economy and employment — than the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne unsuccessfully tried to engineer in 2015.

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