We wish Marchionne well. Without him, the modern automotive landscape would be completely different.
On July 21, FCA announced that complications from a surgery have forced CEO Sergio Marchionne to step down from leading the automaker, and Ferrari made a similar statement shortly afterward. Information later came out that Marchionne was undergoing surgery on his shoulder to remove cancer. During the operation, he suffered a cerebral embolism and fell into a coma. Marchionne died from the complications.
Marchionne only became CEO of Fiat in 2004, but he had an outsized role in shaping the auto industry in his 14 years at the helm. By stepping away from FCA and Ferrari, that era has come to an end. Let's take a moment to take a closer look at 10 effects of Marchionne's leadership on automotive history.