前菲亚特克莱斯勒汽车集团（Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA）首席执行官塞尔吉奥·马尔乔内（Sergio Marchionne）今天在苏黎世不幸因肩部恶性肿瘤扩散去世，享年66岁，给全球汽车业蒙上了一层阴影。
Sergio Marchionne, former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, passed away at the age of 66 today due to complications with a recent surgery on his right shoulder to treat invasive shoulder sarcoma, a type of cancer.
"Lao Ma" (the equivalent of "Mr. Marchionne" in Chinese), as the Chinese media like to fondly call him, is a legend of the modern automotive industry and one of the most outspoken CEOs. As an industry outsider, he was thrusted into the job of CEO at the ailing Fiat in 2004, and he saved not only the Italian automaker but also Chrysler, and he combined the two automakers into a strange transatlantic automotive group headquartered in London, registered in Amsterdam with offices in Turin and Detroit. He made Jeep into a global brand. He is a workaholic, often spending his time on a plane jetting over the Atlantic, if not elsewhere. He is direct, humorous and to the point. When every automaker moved hastily into electrification and autonomous driving, he bucked the trend. He is a savior for Fiat, Chrysler and the Agnelli family.
The last time he commented on the Chinese auto market was at FCA Group's Capital Markets Day in Balocco, Italy on June 1, when he said that Jeep can become a legitimate top-tier brand in China and that there were no plans to localize Alfa Romeo and Maserati production there. CBU/CARreported this in our June 2018 issue of China Automotive Review.
It turned out to be his last statements on China.
The auto industry has lost a real giant. He will forever be remembered for his signature black sweater, direct and vocal personality, and swift and ruthless workstyle.
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