Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has never been one for mincing words, and he's not holding back when it comes to the Tesla Model 3. And while you might think he'd take after the GM exec that tried to trash Tesla, Marchionne took a more genial approach — except that he things Fiat Chrysler could do it better, if it made sense.
According to Reuters, after a shareholder meeting in Amsterdam, Marchionne told journalists that he "had great respect" for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and that he was not surprised by the nearly 400,000 Model 3 reservations Tesla has received thus far. But what he doesn't get, however, is how Tesla will make a profit on the car when it's being sold at just $35,000.
But, if Tesla can make a profit on the Model 3 (as they certainly hope to do), Marchionne's not ashamed to admit that he'd jump right in:
If [Musk] can show me that it can be done, I will do it as well, copy him, add Italian style to it and put it on the market within 12 months.
That's a not-so-veiled swipe at the Model 3's styling and the long wait until it will be delivered to customers — production isn't expected to start until the end of 2017. Fiat, for their part, does have some experience in electric vehicles. The Fiat 500e (a conversion of the Fiat 500 subcompact), has received generally middling reviews, in part thanks to pathetic 84-mile range for $31,800.