Hyundai says FCA buyout rumor 'totally groundless'by Justin King
A Hyundai-FCA merger would likely be the world's largest automaker, dethroning Volkswagen Group.
An unnamed insider claimed Hyundai has formed a strategy to buy FCA at a discount, predicting the company's share price will drop due to lack of new models, "mediocre technology" and failure to develop a deeper EV strategy.
Hyundai is said to be viewed as a more sensible suitor for FCA, providing electric powertrain technology and a better foot into the Korean market in return for FCA's strength in trucks and other segments.
A Hyundai spokesperson has dismissed the allegations, labeling the rumor "totally groundless." The denial may be viewed with suspicion, as the Hyundai-FCA merger rumor has persisted for many months.