http://www.autonews.com/article/201...s-a-partner-but-says-fca-can-survive-alone-in A very interesting analysis - read through the whole article for those who are interested. There is also a very important point as to why FCA cars might be in general heavy and nope nothing to do with safety actually. 1. "All FCA platforms are reworks of architectures Marchionne found when he joined Fiat in 2004 and took over bankrupt Chrysler in 2009. To meet crash standards, each new model had to be heavier than its predecessor. That means higher fuel consumption as competitors launch lighter models on new platforms. So over time, the weight disadvantage increases for FCA." 2. "Many of FCA's top-selling vehicles ride on platforms that would be considered out of date at other automakers. An example: The Dodge Charger and Challenger and Chrysler 300 are based on a Mercedes-Benz platform first used by DaimlerChrysler in the 2005 model year"