Chrysler dealers upbeat about purchase by Fiat

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 26 at 8:00 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chrysler dealers from around the U.S. seem revved up by the purchase of the U.S. carmaker by Italy's Fiat SpA.

Chrysler dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans say Fiat has improved their cars, trucks and management.

Pamela Burger of La Mesa, Calif., says Fiat picked Chrysler up out of bankruptcy and has grown the company while improving quality.

Fiat dealer Juan Pablo Meivide (may-VEE-duh) of San Justo, Argentina, says Chrysler is a prestige brand in South America.

Dealer and Alabama state Sen. Dick Brewbaker says he's very impressed by the vehicles' interior design and the company's marketing.

Fiat said Tuesday that it had bought the last big chunk of stock, making Chrysler a wholly-owned subsidiary.

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