In an interview with Bloomberg News yesterday, Stellantis NV’s CEO, Carlos Tavares, expressed his views on the current landscape of the automotive industry, highlighting the potential for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) amidst various factors.

Tavares identified several key factors contributing to the increased potential for M&A activity in the auto sector. He cited the rise of Chinese manufacturers, the European Union’s push to phase out combustion engines, and the United Auto Workers union’s recent costly contracts as significant drivers behind this trend.

Antitrust authorities, according to Tavares, will need to consider these factors when evaluating major deals, such as the 2021 merger between PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler, for approval.

Discussing the prospect of M&A within Stellantis, Tavares indicated the company’s readiness to seize opportunities arising from potential consolidation in the industry. He emphasised the importance of preparedness in the face of increasing competition, particularly from Chinese carmakers.

Tavares also commented on the situation of Renault, acknowledging the company’s unique strategy and its impact on the competitive landscape. He said he respected Renault’s approach while focusing on Stellantis’ efforts to enhance its operations to remain competitive.

Addressing challenges in the North American market, Tavares outlined plans to bolster Stellantis’ position, particularly concerning brands like Jeep. He highlighted the importance of dynamic management and product innovation in driving growth and improving profitability.

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Overall, Tavares emphasised the need for strategic foresight and collaboration in navigating the evolving automotive landscape.