• May 7, 2009
Chrysler has been trying to shack up with another automaker for quite a while now, and the trail of relationships that never got off the ground reads like a middle school diary. While Chrysler's deal with Fiat has all but gotten 500s rolling out of plants on this continent, a deal with Kia had been worked pretty hard as a way to source a car, resulting in a term sheet for the relationship. Kia ultimately put the kibosh on the deal, citing manufacturing issues, a move that sent Tom LaSorda around the globe trying to play matchmaker for his employer.

A deal with Nissan to swap trucks for small cars was all but official, but fell apart after the financial climate worsened further, so it seems there will be no Ram-based Titan after all. Another joint deal was investigated, this time with GAZ and Magna, to build a car in Russia using excess GAZ capacity. Serious talks with General Motors even went on under the "Project America" moniker back in October. For all the efforts to get the Auburn Hills automaker betrothed, it finally seems like things are moving along with an assist from Fiat, and we should start to see the nuts and bolts of the deal come together now.

[Source: WSJ]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      In a way, it's good that Chrysler didn't hook up with Gaz. Gaz bought British van maker LDV in 2007, and ran that company into bankruptcy soon after that. They haven't built a van since Christmas 2008 and just last week sent everybody home and told them to stay away from the plant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hilarious how Chrysler tried to hook up with every automaker in existence, all failed (except FIAT).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really don't know what the Obama administration is smoking. They really aren't doing their due diligence on this unnecessary saving of Chrysler. Look at the history of the company and their current state of affairs and this really should be a chapter 7 liquidation.

        I just don't see this being good for the industry in the long term. Now that more information has been brought to the publics' attention, I really believe that Chrysler and possible dodge should be killed and Jeep be sold to a suitor.

        The Dodge Ram could be sold to Nissan...

      • 5 Years Ago
      "it seems there will be no Ram-based Titan"
      So Nissan is going to drop the Titan alltogether? There is no way they are going to put the R&D dollars into a new from-scratch full size after the sales performance of the current Titan.