What a year Jeep had! For a brand that happened to be on board when Fiat bought the bankrupt Chrysler in 2009, it was revelatory. Back then, Chrysler's sales had plunged 46.3 percent and the company had just 10 percent of the American auto market (down from 15 percent a few years earlier). Chrysler was fifth in U.S. sales, behind General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Honda. Most people were grateful that someone was rescuing an iconic brand from oblivion -- but few thought that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne (who died last year) had made a smart move.
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