Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot maker PSA on Wednesday reached a binding agreement for their roughly $50 billion merger, as the auto industry scrambles to develop zero-emissions vehicles and tackle slowing demand.
Following is a chronology of the industry's most important alliances and merger deals:
Fiat Chrysler and PSA reach a binding agreement on a $50 billion tie-up to create world's No. 4 carmaker. Aim to complete deal in 12-15 months.
Companies confirm talks over a potential deal.
Fiat Chrysler proposes a merger of equals with French rival Renault but later withdraws the idea after the French government demands concessions.
Honda Motor Co says it will invest $2.75 billion and take a 5.7% stake in General Motors Co's Cruise self-driving unit.
Ford and Volkswagen unveil an alliance in commercial vehicles, though they say they have no plans for an equity swap or cross-ownership structure.
Geely Chairman Li Shufu reveals he has bought a 9.69% stake in Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler worth around $9 billion.
Mazda and Toyota say they will open a $1.6 billion joint venture factory in Alabama in 2021. Toyota takes a 5% stake in Mazda as part of the deal.
August 1, 2017
General Motors sells European brands Opel and Vauxhall to PSA for 2.2 billion euros.
Nissan buys 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, handing it de facto control in a $2.2 billion deal.
Toyota, which already owned 51.2% of Daihatsu, buys the rest in an all-stock deal worth $3 billion.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Marchionne emails GM chief Mary Barra asking her to explore a combination of the two carmakers but is rebuffed.
French state ups Renault stake to 19.74% from 15% in a deal designed to block efforts by Nissan to increase its influence over Renault.
Fiat buys 41.46% of Chrysler it did not already own in a $4.35 billion deal.
Volkswagen takes control of Porsche.
Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche unveil arms-length alliance including cross-shareholdings of around 3%.
China's Zhejiang Geely Holding buys Volvo cars from Ford $1.8 billion.
India's Tata buys Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford for $2.3 billion.
Daimler sells 80% stake in Chrysler to private equity firm Cerberus for 5.5 billion euros.
Ford buys Land Rover from BMW for $2.7 billion.
BMW sells Rover but retains ownership of Mini.
Renault and Nissan sign an alliance which results in Renault holding a 44.4% stake in Nissan, while Nissan bought 15% of Renault shares.
Ford buys Sweden's Volvo cars for $6.45 billion.
Volkswagen buys Lamborghini.
Volkswagen buys Bentley and Bugatti.
Daimler-Benz buys Chrysler for $36 billion.
BMW buys Rover Group for 800 million pounds.
Czech government allows Volkswagen to buy Skoda.
Volkswagen buys 51% of Seat.
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