CBS' 60 Minutes sat down with Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne last night to discuss the automaker's resurrection and the touch-and-go period in 2009 when the Fiat executive began talks with the federal government over a controlled Chrysler bankruptcy. Marchionne said that when he arrived at Chrysler, the company's employees were all afraid the company wouldn't survive. Now, he says, that fear is gone. The segment explains how Marchionne saw early on how well Chrysler strengths, specifically in minivans and light trucks, could dovetail with Fiat experience in small-car technology. The executive calls Chrysler the "other half" of the Fiat coin from a product perspective.

The segment also spends some time looking at the upcoming Dodge Dart, with Marchionne saying the car is "mechanically outstanding." The executive played a strong hand in improving both Fiat and Chrysler quality, at least according to Consumer Reports. The besweatered Marchionne also spends a bit of time talking about American workers and the labyrinth of bureaucracy within Chrysler when he arrived. Hit the jump to watch – it's well worth the 13 minutes of your day.



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      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best part of the interview - Showing the empty CEO suite on the top floor. Looks like he's definitely walking the walk by keeping an office in the engineering dept.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the Chrysler group was an amazing company before Daimler came in and did nothing with it. I remember the cab-forward designs for the Intreped, 300M, Concorde, Cirrus, Stratus, Breeze and Neon being very modern in appearance and performed on par with segment offerings. Then Daimler came in and plus-sized everything, introduced the Caliber as a larger Neon replacement and slowed further introductions down to a slow trickle.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Alfa 8C sounds like sex with supermodels on a unicorn.
      simons776
      • 2 Years Ago
      This man is a hands on & it clearly shows. nlike most other CEOs he is actually working alongside his team & not spending his day flying in private jets & palying golf or having himself locked up in his luxury office!! Well done for turning around Chrysler. That's waht makes a good CEO & not the type that have ruined a lot of good companies in this country.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go Sergio!!!! Makes me want to buy a chrysler.
      atomicbri
      • 2 Years Ago
      Exactly how a CEO should run a company, get in their with the people that create and keep it running. Not locking himself up in an Ivory Tower the way all these past CEO goons have done obviously shows in the turn around Chrysler now has. The Dart looks good and I think should do well and can't wait to see what the future holds. I was never really into Chrysler products, especially when under Daimler control (the Caliber was a joke) but now I see a huge improvement and hopefully good things to come. It benefits all of the workers they have such a dedicated leader at the helm.
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's nice to see an Automotive CEO that is obsessed with the quality of the product!
      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you watch it on youtube there isn't any comercials. It was a very good interview.
      Bryant
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like Marchionne's style. He is an every Man's type of CEO. He doesn't wear fancy suits and even has a little stubble to show he is like everyone else. He knows the majority of his employee's are blue collar will feel a connection and being a presence around the office and not in an Ivory Tower is a great practice. Nothing creates strife amongst employees than seeing a huge divide between the white and blue collar workers. Good to see Chysler on the up after Daimler nearly killed the company.
      TitanSubZero15
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like a true boss! But what was that behind Ralph Gilles???
        Cory Haggard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TitanSubZero15
        I was thinking the same thing. They are discussing it on Allpar forums as we speak! So far, they think (key word: THINK) that it may be a concept of the next Avenger, or the rumored Barracuda.
        ChrisDPrice
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TitanSubZero15
        Good eye. Definitely filmed at a different place than the previous few seconds. The mirror on the red car looks concept car slim...
      TMTexas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think anyone could watch that interview and not feel motivated or inspired by Mr. Marchionne, it's clear that he's the right leader at the right time for the right company. Well done Sergio, keep up the exceptional work, I have the utmost faith in your abilities, your team, and your products.
      truedeel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not quite sure if the man saved Chrysler or if Chrysler saved the man. Fiat was never good enough to break into the U.S. auto market where many other foreign companies found golden oportunities. At this point the Chrysler brand is out performing Fiat. Even in Europe Sergio's company is loosing ground.
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