THE CHRYSLER EFFECT: Fiat Group SpA, the Italian automaker which controls Chrysler, on Wednesday reported that full-year earnings more than doubled _ beating expectations _ thanks to Chrysler, which posted its first profit since 1997.
BY THE NUMBERS: Net profit, rose to euro1.3 billion ($1.71 billion) from euro520 million a year earlier, while revenue rose 66 percent to euro59.5 billion. The results exceeded the company's guidance.
WEAK IN EUROPE: Fiat Group Autos, which includes Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, saw annual vehicle shipments slip 2.4 percent to 2 million, due largely to declining European sales. Chrysler sales jumped 22 percent.