FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Italian carmaker Fiat SpA's
On June 12 Reuters reported that Chrysler
Fiat owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler and wants to buy up the rest. Talks with the seller, an autoworkers' union-affiliated healthcare trust, are continuing, Marchionne said on Thursday.
Asked for a progress report on the Chrysler loan talks, Marchionne said: "The transaction has not yet been concluded."
The completion of an agreement is expected on June 21, Reuters had reported, citing banking sources.
Fiat aims to complete the transaction, merge the two carmakers into one group, then list the new company on the New York Stock Exchange by 2014, it has said.
Marchionne already runs the two automakers as a single group. But a full merger with Chrysler is seen increasing the group's value, because the combined automaker would have more cash to invest in expensive new technology like hybrid engines.
It needs these advancements to remain in the top league of the world's automakers, alongside the likes of Volkswagen
(Reporting by Stefano Rebaudo; Writing by Jennifer Clark; Editing by David Holmes)