@King CM Thanks for that. That report pertains ONLY to the American brand cars, and is about delays often of only a few months caused by many factors, one of which is: the firm's American brand cars are selling terrifically (as my posts above show), better than almost everyone else. Why? Because Marchionne feels that the American market is near-saturation, and now is when he must use American market profits to boost profits, reduce his debt-load/interest payments, IN ORDER to finance the non-American brand cars that have been starved for new cars over the last 3-4 years. i.e., the new Alfa Romeo-s (which have a global market and likely premium pricing and profit margins) AND: importantly, and hopefully for us, FINALLY more all-new, non-500-lineup Fiats: i.e., the 'New Avventura', the all-new Punto for and from Brazil and India, the all-new Fiat Aegea sedan and hatch, an all-new Grand Sienna (for India and LatAm)..... Also: the several new plants being opened and/or expanded+updated in China, Brazil, Turkey and India, and not just the newly, comprehensively re-invented plants for the new Alfa-s, the new Chrysler Minivan, the new Wrangler etc in Italy and the US/Canada. btw, average transaction prices in the American car market are up 4%, with FCA being the firm to show the highest improvement in average prices. i.e., Now after 5 years of intense and incredibly daring and imaginative work saving the American brands and making them thrive, they are now taking profits, for use prudentially in the so-far relatively capital-starved non-American brands, namely Fiat and Alfa. Their American car sales, net, are set to keep rising relative to all others what with the new 500X, Renagade, new Minivan, new Aegea-like Chrysler 100 (to go up against the Corolla and Civic), and the very hot new petrol engines (turbo, twinturbo, +supercharged) coming very soon. Not to mention the very exciting (because more affordable than the competition) new electric hybrids (from mild to full) coming too by 2016, starting with Alfa and the apparently rather 'premium' Chrysler 7-seat Minivan. So delaying or deferring some American all-new car model changes is just financial prudence, although some Internet gossipers feel and fear it is a sign that Marchionne and Elkann will try to sell Chrysler+Dodge, and maybe even Jeep+Ram off. Given that M has been continuously talking about mergers and 'consolidation'. Who knows, but it's very doubtful. He's really just trying to immunize the firm financially from the next episode of the 'rolling', 'permanent' global economic turbulence/slowdown/recession/depression, by NOT being as he is now, overly dependent for profits on the American car market. This makes me very optimistic that FCA will now finally be pushing harder and faster on these new Indian/Brazilian/Chinese/European+Turkey factories and models (esp Fiats and small Jeeps, and of course to go up globally against the German trio, Alfa Romeo). The evidence points that way for sure. The caveat to this reading is financial: a downturn in the US, and a further, deeper slowdown in China and LatAm will mean......all financial bets are off! --- Double Post Merged, Jun 3, 2015, Original Post Date: Jun 3, 2015 --- May 2015 sales for FCA in Italy and Germany The trend is similar to the previous month, although the German car market has slowed year-on-year by 8% in May, while being up by 3% or so this year. FCA has lost out on sales of the Panda and the Punto a lot, but sales of the 500 series of models are up by 20%, and all the Jeep models from the Renegade to the Grand Cherokee are growing hugely. Alfa is steady: Germany will be a quite important market for the new bigger, sportier, rwd sedans+CUVs coming from Alfa Romeo soon enough. Italy The great rebound in Italian car sales continues with a 15%+ growth y-o-y. Fiat, Jeep and even Alfa Romeo (with just the 2 aging hatchbacks) continue to grow faster than the market, and so FCA is gradually recouping marketshare lost during the long southern European recession. The 500X and the Renegade, both, are selling very very well.