Automotive News reports Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has issued a written apology for his comments regarding his decision to stick with an Italian engine for the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C. As you may recall, back in January, Marchionne was quoted as saying, "I cannot come up with a schlock product, I just won't. I won't put an American engine into that car. With all due respect to my American friends, it has to be a wop engine." The CEO penned an apology to the Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition for using the racial epithet, saying that he made the comment in jest. Marchionne also said he realizes his remarks were unacceptable.

ONE VOICE, an organization aimed at fighting discrimination and stereotyping of Italian Americans, thanked Marchionne, Chrysler and Fiat for the apology. Marchionne is an Italian-born Canadian citizen, and he's gotten in trouble for other comments in the past. In 2011, he called high interest rates Chrysler was paying to the Canadian government "shyster rates." He apologized a day later.


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      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny. He can't make one joke but Seth MacFarlane can make tons of money with a show that has several of these per episode. I vote for freedom of speech, a good sense of humor, and a hobby.
      T-Mille
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's obviously not like he hates Italians. People need to lighten up, relax.
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stupid politically correct, hypersensitive morons. These idiots complain about everything offending them. You know what? Them complaining all the time offends me. I demand compensation for having to put up with it!
      Sal Meringolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the second time Autoblog referred to Italian as a race. It\'s a NATIONALITY, just as German, Irish, French, American, etc. It\'s not a big thing but it displays an ignorance that doesn\'t match up with the intelligence displayed in the blog itself. \'Nuff said
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sal Meringolo
        It's the same thing with Hispanics. It's a linguistic group with a variety of nationalities and races. But some political groups hope to create a new "race" to exploit through dividing Americans in racial groups. Most people of Hispanic origin self identify as Caucasian or European American. This drives the political manipulators nuts (last census for example) because those studied see through the nonsense and realize that "Hispanic" means of Spanish origin and last I looked, Spain was in Europe, a almost entirely Caucasian nation if based on race.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Word choices aside- I completely agree with his sentiment. An Alfa sports car needs to have an Alfa engine in it, and I am so glad that he gets it. You can say that is irrational. You can say that a Hyundai engine is objectively no different than, or perhaps even superior to an Alfa engine, and you could be right. But regardless, Marchionne is right- an Alfa sports car needs to have an Alfa engine. End of discussion.
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate it when people are made to apologize for speaking the truth. No engine in the world - American or otherwise - is the same as an Italian engine. The man is right. Leave him alone. The world truly has become too sensitive.
      DanDaMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      'WOP' actually means 'without papers' in reference to Italian-American immigrants...what he should have said was 'it needs to be a Guido engine' ;)
        jonami1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DanDaMan
        I know. I've called some of my goombodies "Guido", before.
      Pagan
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the same group that claimed the Godfather and the Sopranos were racist movies! Instead of being grateful they can drive Italian cars again in North America they pick on of their own
      Speed Racer
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's an Italian. He should not have to apologize. Ignorant.
      Paul Ricketts
      • 1 Year Ago
      .......he shouldn't have to apologize for that comment...........if the shoe fits..it fits.............
      denniskelliem
      • 1 Year Ago
      The guy should'nt be critized for being honest, and he's Italian anyway, so you people need to get a life.
        phil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @denniskelliem
        ...Theres something wrong with calling someone who ripped you off....a Shyster? Oh, c'mon. I also wonder if the musical style called, "Do-Wop," is somehow now considered offensive. That style was, made famous by primarily Italian American Youth, around New Jersey, (1950'60's.) Please. overlook these fools who wont call a Spade, a Spade. Life is too short to be offended by every other comment.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Craziness.
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