Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Wants to Build the Apple Car

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to build the Apple car.

Speaking to Bloomberg at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Marchionne admitted that he’s interested in working with Apple to develop and manufacture its car. The CEO describes himself as an “Apple freak” and said he owns every kind of product the tech giant makes.

“I would assume that we have the credibility to be one of the players they have looked at,” said Marchionne. “There are parts of us that would be interesting for them.”

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While it may sound strange that Marchionne would want to help an eventual competitor get off the ground, he has been campaigning that the auto industry wastes capital and change needs to happen. He has even offered to discuss with General Motors on a potential merger.

The thing is, Apple hasn’t even confirmed that it is working on a car, although spy photos have surfaced and rumors have been spreading for a couple of years. Sources close to the development say Apple has been looking at developing a car and wants to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020.

“Apple has a language, and you have to be able to speak that language,” said Marchionne. “Usually the industry comes into that dialogue with a high degree of arrogance as we know how to make cars. That’s not very helpful as their syntax is worth more than our ability to build cars.”

[Source: Bloomberg]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Mar 02, 2016

    not sure that's a good thing for their image

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    • James braselton James braselton on Apr 10, 2016

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  • on Mar 07, 2016

    ready !