Analysts have been wondering when Chrysler would go public, and new CEO Sergio Marchionne has an answer: not soon. Some have speculated that Chrysler shares would be available on the stock exchange by the end of 2010, but Automotive News is reporting that Marchionne is giving a timetable of "not sooner than 2½ years." Marchionne obviously wants to hold off on going public until he and Chrysler's board of directors feel the company will command the appropriate value.

Reporters also asked Marchionne in a conference call when he felt Chrysler would be profitable. The Fiat/Chrysler CEO pointed out that he didn't feel such speculation was a good idea considering the fact that Chrysler has yet to have a post-bankruptcy board meeting. Good point. Chrysler's board of directors will be meeting on July 29.

Marchionne did, however, say that Chrysler would "generate healthy profit margins" once US auto sales hit 13-14 million units per year; something he doesn't expect to happen before 2011.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req. | Photo Source: Tiziana Fabi/Getty/AFP]