This past Saturday, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that he had a visit with Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook during a recent trip to California.
Fiat’s CEO said he also reportedly spent 45 minutes in one of Google’s self driving cars.
Marchionne, the person responsible for bringing Fiat and Chrysler together amidst a financial crisis, has been pushing for automaker mergers to reduce costs of building cars and trucks for some time now.
In late April, during a presentation to analysts, Marchionne said he hasn’t ruled out the potential of Fiat Chrysler making a deal with Apple Inc. or Google Inc. either.
According to the Financial Post, Marchionne is more steadfast than ever on pursuing industry consolidation.
In regards to Elon Musk, the Fiat Chrysler CEO seems to think very highly of the young Tesla Chief Executive.
“I’m incredibly impressed with what that kid has done,” Marchionne said, referring to Musk, adding that people shouldn’t overlook Tesla’s ability to compete with the rest of the traditional automakers.
Of Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, Marchionne’s feedback was brief, and he said he’s “interested in Apples intervention in the car, that’s his role.”
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“These things are real. It’s not science fiction – they’re coming,” said Marchionne speaking to reporters during the opening of a new Maserati-Alfa Romeo dealership in Oakville, Ontario.