(Bloomberg) -- Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, will lay out his plans for the automakers through 2018 at an investor day in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on Tuesday.
After successful turnarounds of each automaker -- outlined in audacious five-year plans -- he’s looking toward integration and growth of what later this year will become Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
While falling short of volume targets, Marchionne has stuck to these strategic actions, so investors and other stakeholders including dealers and union leaders will be watching closely for how the new company aims to compete.
Investors will have limited chances to ask Marchionne for details about the plan before or after first-quarter financial results come out tomorrow. Here are seven key topics that are likely to come up:
1. Getting bigger
Combining Fiat and Chrysler gave the company "the credentials to be at the table." When and how will the new Fiat Chrysler be able to compete globally with Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors Co. and Volkswagen, which are twice its size? Does Fiat Chrysler need to add a partner in Asia, and, if so, which might be best?
2. China plans
Fiat Chrysler is just now laying the groundwork to grow in China, the world’s largest vehicle market, with the Jeep-making agreement with Guangzhou Automobile. How else can the company add capacity and brands in China?