Will the Fiat Chrysler merger continue to speed ahead?


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By Ross Crutchfield for Kapitall.

Today Fiat held their final shareholders meeting in Turin. The moment marked the end of an era as the 115 year-old Italian company voted in favor of a merger with Chrysler

The merger will create Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV that will be incorporated under Dutch law, headquartered in the United Kingdom, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange by mid-October.

Fiat has long been considering a bid to purchase the legendary American auto-maker, ever since its US operation emerged as a bright-spot on the otherwise beleaguered company's balance sheet,  which posted a 55% decline in second quarter profit this quarter. 

Taken together, the company would be the seventh largest auto-company in the world- and that is before going into an ambitious expansion plan announced in May to almost double operations by 2018. 

Do you think the merger will help Chrysler and Fiat compete with other industry incumbents? Use the list below to begin your analysis and let us know what you think in the comments. 

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1. Ford Motor Co. ( F , Earnings , Analysts , Financials ): Develops, manufactures, distributes, and services vehicles and parts worldwide. Market cap at $59.84B, most recent closing price at $15.18.

2. General Motors Company ( GM , Earnings , Analysts , Financials ): Operates as a global automaker. Market cap at $56.28B, most recent closing price at $35.07.

3. Toyota Motor Corporation ( TM , Earnings , Analysts , Financials ): Engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, and commercial vehicles. Market cap at $205.01B, most recent closing price at $119.63. 

(By Ross Crutchfield. All data sourced from Zacks Investment Research.)

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