GENEVA, March 21 Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive
Sergio Marchionne said on Tuesday he was looking forward to
meeting Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller to discuss a possible
tie-up between the two carmakers but added he hadn't seen his
counterpart in six to seven months.
Marchionne has long advocated car industry mergers to share
the costs of making cleaner and more technologically advanced
vehicles and has repeatedly relayed his desire via the media.
His comments on Tuesday came in response to a question about
Mueller's suggestion last week that he did not rule out merger
talks between the German and Italian-American car
"We are waiting with anticipation," Marchionne told
journalists on the sidelines of a meeting in Geneva.
"There are 4-5 of us (carmakers) at the global level, if
something needs to be done, it will be done. I haven't seen
Mueller in 6-7 months, but I will go find him at the first
The manager said his company's first quarter was going in
line with expectations. He added the group was working with the
authorities in the United States to understand how the new
system for emissions regulations will work.
(Reporting by Stefano Rebaudo, writing by Agnieszka Flak)