Marchionne Ready To Leave Chrysler, Next-Gen SL Spotted: Today’s Car News

December 8, 2009

Sergio Marchionne is currently the CEO of both Fiat and Chrysler but the role keeps him working close to seven days a week and jet-setting between Europe and North America. It doesn’t help that Marchionne also helps run a farm-equipment business. Nor surprisingly, the Italian executive is looking for a deputy to run Chrysler within the next 24 months. [Detroit Free Press]

The current Mercedes-Benz SL has been on sale in its original form since 2001, having been updated continuously over the past years with the most recent facelift coming just last year. However, engineers are already hard at work testing the next-generation of the car, which is expected to get a brand new aluminum spaceframe chassis. [Motor Authority]

Michael Schumacher may return to F1, with latest reports indicating that the legendary race driver has been in talks with Mercedes GP. The rebranded Brawn GP team has already confirmed Nico Rosberg but his team mate won’t be announced until after Christmas. [Autocar]

Ford is looking to invest up to $500 million in new production facilities for its future range of hybrid and battery-powered electric vehicles. One of the first models expected is an all-electric version of the next-generation global Focus. [egmCarTech]

A brochure for the upcoming 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid sports car has hit the web, revealing all the details for the Japanese version of the car that’s due early next year. Set for an official debut at January’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the new CR-Z should be on sale locally by the middle of next year. [Carscoop]

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