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World’s fourth-largest car company Stellantis floats on stock markets

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New car giant Stellantis, formed out of the recent merger of Groupe PSA and FCA, has been launched on the Milan and Paris stock exchanges.

Stellantis shares rose 2.5 per cent in Milan in early trading to 13.18 euros (15.91 US dollars), recovering losses to Fiat Chrysler from Friday.

Chief executive Carlos Tavares said during a virtual bell-ringing ceremony that the merger creates 25bn euros in shareholder value.


He said: ‘The focus from day one will be on value creation from synergies, which will increase competitiveness vis-a-vis its peers.’

The brand will launch on the New York Stock Exchange today.

Chairman John Elkann, heir to the Fiat-founding Agnelli family, said that the new company has ‘the scale, the resources, the diversity and the knowledge to successfully capture the opportunities of this new era in transportation’.

The merger creates the fourth-largest car company in the world, and incorporates 14 car brands: Peugeot, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Abarth, Lancia, Opel, Vauxhall, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram.

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A bold and ambitious plan is expected to be announced by Tavares and will undoubtedly see a raft of new electrified models, and details of shared technology.

The merger is aimed at creating five billion euros in annual savings.

While the 14 brands are diverse the future of some is in question, including that of Chrysler.

The new company will have the capacity to produce 8.7 million cars a year, behind Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which was created from the merger of the Italian and US car companies in 2014, closed Friday down 4.35 per cent at 12.57 euros, having gained in previous days.

Its closing market capitalisation was under 20 bn euros, far off its 2018 highs of more than 30 billion euros.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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