The combined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will see its production capacity increase from a projected 4.6 million in 2014 to 6 million units once it completes its integration, according to statements made by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.

"With the initiatives we will announce in May, six million is accessible," Marchionne said during a Fiat shareholders' meeting in Turin, according to The Detroit News. Marchionne is aiming to complete the merger between the Turin, Italy-based Fiat and the Auburn Hills, MI-based Chrysler by the end of this year.

Increasing production by 1.4 million units is no small order, particularly when combined Fiat and Chrysler sales have increased only modestly in the past few years - only 4.4 million units were sold in 2013, and while 4.6 million is projected for 2014, 4.5 million is also a distinct possibility. Six million units per year has been Marchionne's self-imposed goal for the combined automaker, according to The News, claiming that FCA would need to crest that point to achieve profitability.

While that number will be difficult to reach, particularly as European sales are still so poor, a new lineup of products for the US market, led by the Chrysler 200, Jeep Cherokee and Renegade and a solid entry into the pickup market with the latest Ram 1500 should help bolster FCA's numbers. Whether it will see such results elsewhere in the world, though, is an altogether tougher question.


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      Master Austin
      • 9 Months Ago
      Question should be. Would we want them to...?
      Gearhead
      • 9 Months Ago
      Too bad what they need is more quality, not quantity.
      jesscott
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well Europe is getting good at building Cities no one lives in, so why not build cars they can't sell.
      kajohns1964
      • 9 Months Ago
      Impressive but how many can they sell?
      Jake
      • 9 Months Ago
      Are we going to have any non April fools joke stories today?
      Prez
      • 9 Months Ago
      Quality not quantity.
      DMS502
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ummmm, the automotive industry does not need MORE production! It needs innovation....Vehicle Manufacturers are headed to the same disaster as in 2008/2009.
      Bill Burke
      • 9 Months Ago
      No problem ! With Chrysler Group and Maserati on fire, these are reasonable numbers, especially with the global market just being tapped for Jeep and Ram products. And speaking of Ram, did anyone notice that the RAM pickup out sold the new Chevy Silverado last month? It was yours truly who predicted that one....remember? With the bad news just rolling on and on for GM, I'd bet Ram will continue to out sell Chevy. Better truck anyway.
      sinistro79
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe they can sell 6 million cars a year...but they still can't sell more than 150,000 Alfa Romeos a year. I believe this is the current "thorn" in Marchionne's side.
      sinistro79
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe they can sell 6 million cars a year...but they still can't sell more than 150,000 Alfa Romeos a year. I believe this is the current "thorn" in Marchionne's side.
      Master Austin
      • 9 Months Ago
      Question should be. Would we want them to...?
      Master Austin
      • 9 Months Ago
      Question should be. Would we want them to...?
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