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MiscellaneousSergio Takes No Prisoners and Never Sleeps
Posted by mike on 2009/8/16 21:38:17 (3615) reads

The more I read about Sergio Marchionne, the head of Fiat-Chrysler, the more I like him. Forget about the fact that we're both Italian (okay, I'm just a 3rd generation Italian-American, but I have an un-natural love for gnocchi) and have dashing good looks, this guy really seems to be saying all the right things.

This recent Business Week article really cements it for me. While some people may not like the internal in-fighting that Sergio's management style no-doubt creates, it seems to me that this is exactly what new management should do - shake things up. From the article,

He isn't afraid to promote from deep in the ranks, and he expects executives to put in seven-day weeks as he does. That's how he brought Fiat back from the brink. "Only two people have turned around car companies (recently), Sergio and Nissan's Carlos Ghosn," says Ron Bloom, who heads the U.S. Treasury Dept.'s Auto Task Force. "His decision-making moves quickly. He's a firm believer in meritocracy."

Don't feel bad, I had to look up "meritocracy" too. It means that decisions and promotion are based primarily on merit. Nothing wrong with that.

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Posted: 2009/8/17 11:40  Updated: 2009/8/17 11:40
Not too shy to talk
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 Re: Sergio Takes No Prisoners and Never Sleeps
Good news for a change. Jeep needs a good dose of reality; it's vehicles have become bloated and non-distinctive akin to GMs mediocrity. I hope that Sergio can awaken the brand and bring it back to its target audience and perhaps infuse some of what the rest of the world is doing regarding high performance diesels and compact, simple, purpose-built 4x4s. I would definitely try a diesel Panda -- maybe to replace my old XJ.

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Posted: 2009/8/19 22:24  Updated: 2009/8/19 22:24
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From: North of Detroit
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 Re: Sergio Takes No Prisoners and Never Sleeps
I agree that Jeep needs a product overhaul, but the panda?!
How can this car...

...replace this:

Jeep needs to get away from the front-wheel drive based designs they have been building lately and build only off road capable 4-wheel drive vehicles. Let Chrysler and Dodge build the cars.

Build more Wrangler variants, with a choice of engines and build a Jeep pickup already!

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Posted: 2009/8/21 13:37  Updated: 2009/8/21 13:38
Just can't stay away
Joined: 2006/6/30
From: Kelowna, BC
Posts: 124
 Re: Sergio Takes No Prisoners and Never Sleeps
I swear to all the various Gods I don't believe in, if Jeep replaces anything with a rebadged Panda... I'm outta here.

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Posted: 2009/8/31 12:40  Updated: 2009/9/1 11:51
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2006/1/9
Posts: 34
 Re: Sergio Takes No Prisoners and Never Sleeps
Interesting how the Panda is being ostracized much as was the Cherokee when it was introduced. Top Gear Motoring Survey in 2006 ranked Panda 8th out of 152 cars surveyed for reliability, craftsmanship, ownership costs, driving experience and service received. It's used by police, military, and forest services. Evolution does not favor the strong, it favors those who can adapt.
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