You see, Chrysler’s US sales increased by 21% in the first six months of the year, whereas Fiat’s European deliveries dropped 12.7% in the same period. But that's only half the story. With the exception of the Maserati and Ferrari brands, the Chrysler Group will contribute to the alliance €155 million for June alone, while Fiat €175 million for the past three months.
If you're looking for an explanation, the answer can be found not only in Chrysler’s rise and Fiat’s fall, but also in the nature of Fiat’s sales as the Italians are mostly active in small car categories where profits are slim compared to the larger and more expensive cars that comprise the bulk of Chrysler’s sales.
Sergio Marchionne, who is the CEO of both Chrysler and Fiat, recently admitted that he intends to unify the management teams into a single, smaller and more efficient entity.
"Chrysler will generate a lot more cash flow and growth than Fiat very soon," said Bruno Lapierre, an analyst with brokerage Cheuvreux.
A merger would be profitable for both automakers, due to economies of scale, and it looks inevitable, as Goldman Sachs stated this week: “With the business of Fiat and Chrysler irrevocably linked, we believe a merger is a logical next step”.
But the question remains: who will benefit from it most? Chrysler, as everyone originally thought, or the former knight in shining armor, Fiat?