Sergio Marchionne will preach the benefits of mergers to anyone who’ll listen, but his calls for industry consolidation may be falling on deaf ears. At least, that is, the ears of those who the Fiat Chrysler chief would most like to bend.
Not only is General Motors uninterested, but according to The Detroit News, neither are Toyota or Ford.
“It’s something we would not be interested in,” said Toyota’s North American chief Jim Lentz, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Toyota Technical Center. “At 10 million (vehicles) we have enough scale right now to do what we need to do. There really would be no advantage for us.”
Toyota isn’t the only one unenthused by the prospect of merging with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Detroit News also reports that Ford, though it may yet to have been approached by Marchionne, wouldn’t be interested either. “We’re not a suitor for FCA,” said Ford CFO Bob Shanks. “We don’t see that type of opportunity as one that applies to us.”
With GM, Toyota, and Ford expressing disinterest in Marchionne’s merger idea, the FCA chief will likely start looking elsewhere – or look for other ways to compel his primary candidate to reconsider. He may eventually find a partner – more likely in the Far East or within Europe – but it may not take the form of the major player Sergio has hoped for.