An interesting news item to get this thing rolling:
Marchionne may be on to something. Under his leadership Fiat seems to be leading the way in Europe. His new thinking for the 'old world' put Fiat (up 4.7%), along with Hyundai(up 9.7%), as the only two car companies to see sales increase in April 2009 (source WSJ). Is he another Carlos Goshn, the turn around leader at Nissan? I just hope I can finally buy (an affordable) Alpha Romeo in the US, even if it has a Chrysler name plate. My preferences aside, while it's hard to guess American preferences for the likes of small cars by Fiat, it wasn't long ago that another Italian manufacturer took over a US name plate. No, I'm not talking about Illy coffee. The US military no longer carry Smith and Wesson side arms, they carry the (Southern Maryland made) Berretta!