Rome - In the wake of collapsed merger talks with French rival Renault, options for Italian-American carmaker Fiat-Chrysler to jump to the top tier of global automobile manufacturers are limited.
Analysts said Fiat-Chrysler's dramatic merger proposal with Renault last month had the potential to reshape the worldwide motor industry. It would have created the sector's third largest company in terms of vehicle production and revenue, a company with a significant presence in every vehicle category and in almost every major car market.
The planned "merger of equals" could have created the economy of scale to make the combined company a player in the emerging market for electric and hybrid vehicles as well as self-driving cars. Only Volkswagen and Toyota would have produced more vehicles per year than the combined company.
On its own, Fiat-Chrysler is the world's eighth biggest carmaker, one spot ahead of Renault.
The consensus among market analysts is that over the long-term the global motor industry can support only five or six large, diversified carmakers.