Chrysler displayed this rebadged Lancia Delta with a Chrysler grille at the Detroit show in January. There are no plans to market the model as a Chrysler in North America or Europe and sources suggested the exercise demonstrated how Fiat planned to share platforms between the two brands

Chrysler displayed this rebadged Lancia Delta with a Chrysler grille at the Detroit show in January. There are no plans to market the model as a Chrysler in North America or Europe and sources suggested the exercise demonstrated how Fiat planned to share platforms between the two brands

Fiat’s vice chairman John Elkann told La Repubblica newspaper that he wants to expand the group, increasing speculation about a spin off of its automotive business.

He told the newspaper that he had a vision of a stronger, bigger Fiat with its head and heart in Turin.

Fiat should work on integration with Chrysler and reinforce its presence in emerging markets and keep a leading position in innovation.

According to Saturday weekly Milano Finanza, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is considering merging Fiat's auto activities with Chrysler, in which the Italian group has a 20% stake, as part of a move towards a spin-off. The newspaper did not cite any sources and added that such a merger would bring Fiat's stake in the auto unit down to around 50%.

Fiat did not comment on the report. Marchionne said last week that Fiat could discuss spinning off its auto unit when it presents a five-year strategic plan on 21 April.