According to Automotive News, Cerberus is engaged in behind-the-scenes talks with both Tata Motors and Fiat regarding sales and manufacturing linkups. Chrysler wants to use Tata to gain a foothold for its Jeep Wrangler in Indian and Asian markets. More intriguingly, the company is reportedly talking to Fiat about the Italian automaker leasing excess Chrysler production capacity in the U.S. and "cooperating in retail distribution in the U.S. market." Will this mark the return of Fiat to our shores, via Chrysler?
Jalopnik Snap Judgment: With America's newfound thirst for small cars, combined with its memories of the godawful Fiats foisted upon its fair citizens in the 1970s and '80s nearly forgotten, the time may be ripe for a Fiat return. If Chrysler can make a few bucks by utilizing idled plants, and C-J-D dealerships can add a new, albeit low-volume, brand to their showrooms to replace the loss of lease business, this could be a win-win situation. Unless you encounter an Audi Q7 while driving your new Fiat 500 home, anyway. [Automotive News, (Sub. Req.)]