One thing about Marchionne stands out as the onetime tax accountant and philosophy student prepares to step aside after nearly 15 years running first Fiat and now FCA: The guy knows how to make money.
Contracts expire March 4 at four plants that supply FCA's Windsor Assembly complex, the sole factory for the automaker's flagship minivan. The suppliers make parts ranging from powertrains to instrument panels.
Some of us tried to read between the lines of Fiat Chrysler's personnel changes last week — the reassigning of Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands such as Dodge, Chrysler and Fiat in North America, as the new global head for Maserati and Alfa Romeo.
Mercedes-Benz is adding a battery-electric variant of the Sprinter as it updates the third-generation commercial van line. But it's not yet clear when, or if, the eSprinter will be sold in the United States. New connectivity services and improvements will make the Sprinter's cab a better workplace, Mercedes says.