But don't expect one to happen overnight.
"We aren't deal junkies," Marchionne told TheStreet in response to a question Monday on if cost-cutting by larger automakers such as General Motors (GM - Get Report) and Ford (F - Get Report) will make a deal for Fiat harder.
Takeover speculation on Fiat reached all-time highs over the summer after a report claimed the company had received and rejected at least one offer from a Chinese automaker. But Dongfeng Motor Group (DNFGF) and Geely Automobile Holdings (GELYF) -- Zhejiang Geely's Hong Kong-listed unit - said they were not interested in the car maker.
Fiat has effectively been up for sale for at least the last two years. Marchionne, who sees Fiat-Chrysler as lacking scale, has frequently been cited as a key driver behind the company's push to sell itself. He tried previously to have the company merge with General Motors, but he and Fiat were rebuffed by their larger rival.
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