Sergio has said several times FCA is looking at merger candidates, Sergiohas also said he looks forward to working with Mazda on future projects...????
In the span of a few short years, Mazda has transformed itself from an also-ran to an industry leader. Despite its success, there are growing concerns that the good times could end abruptly for the company. An article in Car and Driver outlines just how much Ford had sheltered the brand from a host of economic hardships, and how future models must have a greater profit margin if the small company hopes to weather tougher economic climates. Because of this, rumors have been swirling of an impending merger with a larger company, and the most likely candidate is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Speaking at the Geneva motor show, FCA’s Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said that he has a merger candidate in mind, and added that he imagines collaborating with Mazda on future projects, as the company is using the Miata’s architecture to develop a new Fiat sports car. A merger probably won’t mean the end of Mazda’s success, and if it’s given enough space to keep building fresh, exiting cars using its own unique language, it will continue to grow. Nearly 50 years after selling their first car in America, Mazda has finally arrived. And don’t expect them to go anywhere anytime soon.