But an interesting news surfaced today. According to a report by Reuters, Germany's economy minister admitted the Italian automaker will need full support to fulfill its ambitious plans, especially from European governments involved in the deal.
However, creating Europe's biggest carmaker is far from being affordable, as Fiat would need between 5 an 7 billion euros in financial support from governments, Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told the aforementioned source.
Speaking of Fiat's Opel takeover plans, zu Guttenberg revealed after a meeting with Sergio Marchionne that German production facilities will be safe in case the deal goes through, with a single exception: the Kaiserslautern part factory might undergo a series of cost-cutting measures but details are still sketchy at this point.
On the other hand, in an interview for German newspaper Bild, Sergio Marchionne said that Fiat would cut jobs at Opel plants in the country but emphasized that a final decision is yet to be announced.
"We don't want to close any of the four Opel factories in Germany. I will need the plants in the future to build enough cars," Marchionne said. "But of course staff levels have to fall. No one will be able to change that. The plants have to become more efficient."