FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Italian carmaker Fiat (FIA.MI) has
held talks with U.S. rival Chrysler (CBS.UL) in recent weeks
over various forms of cooperation, Alfa Romeo brand chief Luca
de Meo told German magazine WirtschaftsWoche in a story
published on Saturday.

Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said in an interview
with the Financial Times at the end of March that his company
was already talking to Detroit's major carmakers about sharing
production of Alfa Romeos in the United States.

Such a move would save money for Fiat, as European
exporters suffer from the strong euro, and mark a return of the
Alfa Romeo brand to the U.S. market after withdrawing it in

(Reporting by Christiaan Hetzner)