Earlier today we reported that yesterday's rumored Chrysler LLC/Fiat S.p.A. alliance is a go, enabling Chrysler desperately needed access to competitive small-car platforms and granting Fiat access to Chrysler's U.S. dealer network.
Outspoken UAW President Ron Gettelfinger this morning lent his support to the alliance: "As the U.S. auto industry undergoes a restructuring process, this alliance has the potential to preserve a wide range of choices for U.S. consumers, as well as good-paying manufacturing jobs for our communities." Gettelfinger feels that the union will help turn Chrysler's critical state around, helping the Pentastar once again to be competitive in both the U.S. and the global auto market and hopefully rid itself of sales duds like the Dodge Caliber/Jeep Compass/Jeep Patriot triplets.
"We're going to work with Chrysler and Fiat in the days and weeks ahead, and UAW members will have a voice as this new alliance takes shape," UAW vice president of the Chrysler division, General Holiefield, said. "Our focus is going to be on preserving good jobs and building great vehicles.”
Access to platorms and engineering by Fiat, which has produced brilliant small cars like the recently released Cinquecento (500), should be a huge boon to Chrysler's, lending potential credence to the company's repeated promises of great small cars on the horizon.
[source: Detroit Free Press]
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