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FCA to China possibly?

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DETROIT For more than two years, FCA has been FSBO -- that's For Sale By Owner with no serious offers. Not anymore.
Representatives of a well-known Chinese automaker made at least one offer this month to buy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at a small premium over its market value, Automotive News Europe sister publication Automotive News has learned. The offer was rejected for not being enough, a source said.

If Jeep lands in the hands of China that would be a big blow IMO
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Volvo, Land Rover, and Jaguar are owned out of Asia and are thriving. Where it's owned doesn't really matter.
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Volvo, Land Rover, and Jaguar are owned out of Asia and are thriving. Where it's owned doesn't really matter.
Those aren't American brands.
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This is agonizing. FCA is near dead. The only parts with some value at FCA are:

1- Jeep
2- RAM
3- Ferrari
4- If you can merge succesfully Maserati and Alfa Romeo in a single commercial channel, Maserati/Alfa Romeo

Chrysler/Dodge is dead since a decade ago... Fiat is so bad that nobody consider it seriously (only their sales in SouthAmerica and Italy keep it with live)

From those brands with some value, one (RAM) will be only for USA. Jeep for USA, SouthAmerica ,Europe and China. Ferrari worldwide and Maserati/Alfa Romeo can be succesfully worldwide if the management put an effort in it.

Some chinese investors can put their money here and have some fun with this ...

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Volvo is owned by Geely of China

Land Rover and Jaguar are owned by Tata of India

Ram Trucks would also become a Chinese brand which may not sit well with the truck buying demographic. I also don't think Ford importing Focus back to the US is a good idea either, unless their goal was to limit US sales of Focus, deliberately crippling Focus sales and trying to push consumers into more profitable midsize cars, trucks, CUVs and SUVs made at home, Canada and Mexico. I really think moving Focus production to China is Ford's way of putting one foot out of the US compact car segment.
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Volvo is owned by Geely of China

Land Rover and Jaguar are owned by Tata of India

Ram Trucks would also become a Chinese brand which may not sit well with the truck buying demographic. I also don't think Ford importing Focus back to the US is a good idea either, unless their goal was to limit US sales of Focus, deliberately crippling Focus sales and trying to push consumers into more profitable midsize cars, trucks, CUVs and SUVs made at home, Canada and Mexico. I really think moving Focus production to China is Ford's way of putting one foot out of the US compact car segment.
I honestly don't think the majority of Focus owners would know or care.

Truck buyers, however, are a different animal, and I do think RAM sales would be negatively affected.
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I honestly don't think the majority of Focus owners would know or care.

Truck buyers, however, are a different animal, and I do think RAM sales would be negatively affected.
Same with Jeep
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The deal was rejected, so this is a non-story.

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Chinese made vehicles never made it to the US due to Quality and Safety issues, so the idea of Chinese made Focus models coming to the US has a big Quality and Safety perception hurdle to overcome. Consumers may be ok with small electronics being made in China but a big investment like a car is a different story.
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Chinese made vehicles never made it to the US due to Quality and Safety issues, so the idea of Chinese made Focus models coming to the US has a big Quality and Safety perception hurdle to overcome. Consumers may be ok with small electronics being made in China but a big investment like a car is a different story.
Uh? Envision?

Those quality issues are related to Chinese-brand vehicles. It'd be different for a Focus.
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