Fiat-Chrysler, Peugeot merger to be completed in January



The merger between Italian-American carmaker Fiat-Chrysler and its French rival Peugeot is on pace to be completed by the end of January, Fiat has said on Thursday, the same day Fiat-Chrysler announced its CEO Mike Manley would stay on to head the Americas division when the merger is completed.
Manley, who had been Fiat-Chrysler’s executive vice-president for China and Asia before becoming the company’s CEO in 2018, was an architect of Fiat-Chrysler’s focus on China’s car market starting two years ago.
Market analysts have told Xinhua that the new company, which will be called Stellantis, will work to improve its market position in China in order to become a more global brand.
China’s Dongfeng Motor Company will be a significant minority shareholder in Stallantis, with 4.5 percent of the combined company’s shares, via its stake in Peugeot, which dates to 2014.