Shares in a slimmer Fiat and sister company Fiat Industrial kicked off their first day of trading on Monday at a combined price that was slightly higher than the old Fiat's closing value on Thursday.
The demerger of Fiat's truck and tractor business from its carmaking activities is part of chief executive Sergio Marchionne's efforts to revamp Fiat, through a leaner structure aimed at boosting growth and helping forge alliances.
The split is also expected to boost the chances of merger with US automaker Chrysler, 20 percent owned by Fiat
On the morning of Monday, January 3, 2011 shares in the new Fiat SpA were trading at 7.25 euros while Fiat Industrial stood at 8.78 euros, their combined price slightly above Fiat's last closing price of 15.43 euros. The old Fiat had a market value of about 19 billion euros (16.3 billion pounds).
RMJ portfolio manager Alessandro Frigerio said: "Fiat trading is more volatile than Fiat Industrial since it is more difficult to value in view of the less certain outlook."
Fiat Industrial, whose assets include truck maker Iveco and tractor company CNH Global NV, has been separated from the car-making business Fiat.
Growth in 2011
Paris/Seoul - South Korean automakers predicted rising 2011 sales on US and China growth, while France's car market ended a negative 2010 on a high note, with drivers flocking to bag scrapping bonuses before they ran out.
Carmakers are increasingly relying on growth in high-profile emerging markets like China, Brazil, Russia and India, while the US market is gradually recovering.
In Spain, car sales fell for the sixth consecutive month in December, with a 23.9 percent drop. For the full-year, sales rose 3.1 percent.
A 0.7 percent slide in French car sales in December brought the year's decline there to 2.2 percent, but the French car market saw 2010 out with a bang in terms of new orders, as the final scrapping bonuses spurred drivers to buy new cars.
As the nearest old car clubs were in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, it was decided by several enthusiasts in George to start a club in this area. A group of nine old car owners and enthusiasts held an inaugural meeting on 3 June 1988, and club was born.
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