TURIN (Reuters) -- Fiat will not buy a stake in Mazda Motor Corp. and will move forward soon with plans to increase its stake in Chrysler Group to more than 60 percent.
"We have no plan to buy a stake in Mazda," Fiat Chairman John Elkann said on the sidelines of the annual shareholder meeting of Exor, the Agnelli family's investment company through which it controls Fiat and Chrysler.
Mazda and Fiat announced last week they would join forces to make new versions of their most famous sports cars, the MX-5 and the Alfa Romeo Spider.
The move sparked speculation the partnership could be expanded over time, although both played down the possibility of an equity alliance.
Alliances allow automakers to share the costs of developing new vehicles and keep pricing competitive as well as helping them gain a foothold in new regions, although they can be fraught with difficulties.
Fiat, which owns 58.5 percent in Chrysler, and plans to buy a further 3 percent stake starting in July, is expected to complete its global turnaround by adding an Asian partner, despite a troubled history with former Chinese partners.
Fiat eventually wants to increase its Chrysler stake to 100 percent, and Elkann declined to provide details about the timing of the move.
Asked whether Exor was making contingency plans for a future exit of Greece from the euro zone, Elkann said that the holding company had not changed its strategy.
Exor holds 30.4 percent of capital goods group Fiat Industrial, 15 percent of certification company SGS, 30.5 percent of carmaker Fiat, which controls Chrysler, and 69.5 percent of Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate company.
"We are continuing with our strategy of simplifying our investment portfolio and extending our geographical reach," Elkann told journalists after Exor's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, adding he had not taken any special measures in the light of the eurozone crisis.