Keeping track of Chrysler management is like naming all the countries Angelina Jolie plucks children from. There's far too many, and some, like Cerberus Capital Management LP, you won't remember to spell correctly.
Daimler AG's divorce with Chrysler LLC is almost final as the German automaker prepares to sell its remaining 19.9 percent share to Cerberus. At the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, Chrysler pulled the bright yellow Dodge EV out of nowhere, a feat that turned lukewarm when the all-electric sports car was cited as a Lotus Europa clone (Dodge reportedly is in talks with Lotus to build the car in England within two years).
Fiat, apparently, is Chrysler's latest European salvation. The Italian auto giant - which owns Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and Abarth - will receive a 35 percent Chrysler stake for access to its "small-car technology" and a dealer network that spans Russia, China, and South America, the Associated Press reports.
It's not the first time Chrysler has tried Italian. Three years after the first Caravan and five before Bob Lutz breathed life into the Viper, the company bought Lamborghini in 1987 and funneled millions of dollars into the Diablo, which would become the darling exotic of the 1990s. Chrysler sold it in 1993 for about $40 million.
Could there be a Chrysler version of the venerable Fiat 500? Or a Hemi-powered variant of the compact four-door Alfa Romeo 159? Perhaps the biggest question is: who in Argentina wants to buy a Chrysler Sebring?
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