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The idea is to get bigger to compete in a fast-changing industry

Nissan and Renault have been tied together as an alliance for nearly 20 years, but now the Japanese and French automakers are discussing whether to merge. Bloomberg, citing unidentified sources familiar with the confidential talks, reports that the idea is to form a single publicly traded company to better compete against giants like Toyota and Volkswagen.

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Instead, FCA will focus on executing its plan to become profitable.

"The primary focus is the execution of the plan," he said.

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It wasn't without controversy, but at last the deal is done.

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The combined company is valued at $35 billion.

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Sergio Marchionne is very publicly seeking a merger between FCA and GM. It may work out well for him, but is it the right choice for the long haul?

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It’s no secret that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne wants industry consolidation but without any deal takers it seems as though he’s ready to consider a hostile takeover.

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Sergio Marchionne is hinting that a hostile takeover attempt could be in the cards to get GM at least to consider a merger with FCA. He believes the combined companies could have earnings of $30 billion annually.

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Spyker has exited bankruptcy protection in the Netherlands, and is now preparing to merge with Portland-based electric aircraft manufacturer Volta Volaré.

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Sergio Marchionne sees cooperation with the UAW as a key to a future merger with General Motors. In the deal, Marchionne could potentially take advantage of the 8.7 percent of GM stock that's owned by the union's health care trust.

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Senior executives at both Toyota and Ford have been quoted as rejecting the idea of merging with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, despite Sergio Marchionne's repeated calls for consolidation.

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Rebuffed in his advances, Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is now reportedly turning to activist investors to compel General Motors into considering a merger.

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FCA chairman John Elkann confirms that Sergio Marchionne sent Mary Barra an email to suggest a merger.

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Fiat Chrysler mastermind Sergio Marchionne is convinced that the industry will see another merger between major automakers within the next three years.

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The New York Times reveals that Sergio Marchionne sent Mary Barra an email in March suggesting the two get together to discuss merging Fiat-Chrysler and General Motors.

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Sergio Marchionne called a partnership with Ford or GM "technically feasible," before adding that "nothing substantive" was in the works.

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Dutch courts have granted Spyker's petition and overturned a previous bankruptcy ruling, paving the way for the exotic automaker to get back in business - with plans to produce the B6 Venator, merge with an electric aircraft manufacturer and produce its first electric vehicle.

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"For sure, these two companies have a natural attraction to each other." –John Krafcik

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All parties involved are actively denying a potentially Earth-shattering shakeup in the automotive universe, as a German business publication claimed that Volkswagen and Fiat have been discussing the possibility of a merger.

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Even though Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has repeatedly said he won't pick up, leave Italy and take his Fiat factories with him, his occasional pointed comments about the challenges of running operations in that country has worried Italian politicians dealing with government, economic and labor-force seizures the past few years. After Fiat Industrial announced it was moving its headquarters to London and it was rumored that the car division's HQ would move to Auburn Hills, MI after the merger with

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Earlier reports of a merger between the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series have proven to be well founded today, as representatives from both series have confirmed that the merger is indeed taking place.