Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he is eagerly awaiting a meeting with Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller about a potential merger between the two companies, Reuters reports.
Earlier this month Mueller said he wouldn’t rule out a tie-up between FCA and VW. Marchionne had previously made statements saying he had “no doubt,” VW would be interested in a partnership, but Mueller retorted by saying he hadn’t seen Marchionne “for months,” and that VW had other problems to worry about such as its diesel emissions scandal.
Mueller now seems fully warmed up to the idea of the partnership, however. Sources close to the matter told FC Authority that VW had actually been in Auburn Hills, Michigan poring over FCA’s books to see if a tie-up would be beneficial for the brand, but these statements confirm the respective automakers’ top brass has yet to discuss the topic.
“We are waiting with anticipation,” Marchionne told Reuters.”There are 4-5 (automakers) at the global level, if something needs to be done, it will be done. I haven’t seen Mueller in 6-7 months, but I will go find him at the first opportunity.”