Fiat’s ownership interest in the Chrysler Group has increased from 20% to 25% based upon Chrysler’s achievement of the first of three performance-related milestones.
As outlined in its 10 June 2009 Operating Agreement, Chrysler Group had issued an irrevocable commitment letter to the US Treasury stating that it has received the appropriate governmental approvals and will begin commercial production of the Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) in its Dundee, Mich., facility. As a result, Fiat’s ownership interest increased automatically under the terms of the Operating Agreement.
The ownership interests of Chrysler Group’s members are now:
- UAW VEBA: 63.5%
- Fiat: 25.0%
- US Treasury: 9.2%
- Canadian Governments: 2.3%
The first North American application of the 1.4-liter FIRE engine with MultiAir Technology will be in the new Fiat 500, which Chrysler Group will begin to distribute soon through newly appointed dealers.
Fiat has the opportunity to further increase its ownership in Chrysler to 35%, in 5% increments, through two additional performance-related milestones. The first milestone relates to revenue and sales growth outside of the NAFTA region. The second milestone relates to commercial production in the United States of a 40-mile-per-gallon vehicle based on Fiat platform technology.