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Asia Times sostiene che Sergio Marchionne penserebbe a una fusione fra FCA e i coreani di Hyundai

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Il sito Asia Times considerato uno dei più informati sugli eventi socio – economici asiatici propone un nuovo rumor relativo alle possibili alleanze di FCA. Dopo le diverse voci su accordi con aziende cinesi AT sostiene che Sergio Marchionne penserebbe a una fusione con il gigante della corea del sud Hyundai. la quinta casa automobilistica al mondo, che controlla i brand Hyundai e Kia.

Secondo AT l’ipotesi che una casa cinese come Great Wall possa realisticamente comprare un’azienda fortemente americana come Jeep non sta in piedi soprattutto durante l’amministrazione Trump. Molto meglio vedere a un alleato sudcoreano.

L’articolo di Asia Times

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chairman and chief executive Sergio Marchionne is setting his sights on a merger with South Korean automotive giant Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) while at the same time seemingly using China’s Great Wall Motor Co as a stalking horse, sources close to the situation say.

It is understood that Marchionne began planting rumors of possible Chinese interest in FCA in June after being rebuffed first by General Motors CEO Mary Barra and later by troubled Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen Group.

Jim Trainor, a Hyundai spokesman in the United States, said the company did not comment on market rumors. HMG, the world’s fifth-largest automotive manufacturer, owns the Hyundai and Kia automotive brands that operate US manufacturing plants in Montgomery, Alabama (Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata and Elantra), and Kia (Santa Fe, Sorento) in West Point, Georgia.

One source said that Italian-Canadian Marchionne – who is as home in the halls of the US Congress as in the European capitals of Rome, Paris and Berlin – was fully aware that any merger between a Chinese automotive group and FCA would be blocked by US President Donald Trump’s administration through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

“The notion of a Chinese company taking over such an American icon as the Jeep raises hackles not only of the Trump administration but of almost every single member of the Michigan congressional delegation,” one Washington M&A (mergers and acquisitions) regulatory lawyer said. “CFIUS is a very opaque committee easily influenced by domestic political sentiments.”

However, the rumors of a potential Chinese buyer served in part to soften White House and congressional opposition of a merger between FCA and Korea’s Hyundai. Hyundai, unlike its Japanese rival Toyota, is a relative latecomer to the US market and has the most to benefit from taking over the Chrysler distribution network and iconic Jeep brand.

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