With its new parent, Fiat, calling the shot, it’s looking like Chrysler may be ready to make some major changes in direction, notably by eliminating a variety of joint ventures with potential competitors.
Earlier this week, TheDetroitBureau.com reported that Chrysler was calling off a multi-pronged project with Nissan. Among other things, Chrysler would have supplied the Japanese maker with a version of its Dodge Ram pickup to serve as a replacement for the slow-selling Nissan Titan. Now comes word Chrysler could be ready to pull out of the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance.
The four-year-old partnership with the Korean carmaker Hyundai and Japan’s Mitsubishi, got into production in October 2005, the $803 million factory, in Dundee, Michigan, producing a variety of small Hyundai-derived inline-four-cylinder engines for use in products such as the Jeep Compass.