Ser­gio Mar­chionne (1952-2018)

Muscle Car Review - - Up Front -

We learned as we were go­ing to press that Ser­gio Mar­chionne, FCA’s for­mer chair­man and CEO, passed away due to com­pli­ca­tions from can­cer surgery. Ten years ago, when, as head of Fiat, he an­nounced his in­tent to take over Chrysler, the news was re­ceived with a fair amount of skep­ti­cism, es­pe­cially among the Mopar faith­ful in the hobby. Yet it was un­der his watch that both Fiat and Chrysler turned around their stum­bling for­tunes. There wouldn’t be the re­mark­able se­lec­tion of Dodge mus­cle cars we have to­day with­out his over­sight, and his faith in his prod­uct plan­ners to de­sign and build ve­hi­cles for the en­thu­si­ast mar­ket. “He had the courage to make very ag­gres­sive de­ci­sions,” said one of his col­leagues, quoted in the New York Times.

n Ser­gio Mar­chionne, in his trade­mark black sweater, vis­its Chrysler’s Toledo as­sem­bly line in 2013.

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