The Detroit News reports that the Italian concern has officially purchased an additional 5% of the Auburn Hills, MI-based automaker, bringing the total to 30%. It's the second ownership increase for Fiat in 2011, as the automaker only announced that it was increasing its stake to 25 percent in January.
The second five percent comes after met a condition stipulating that Fiat sell a Chrysler product in 90% of dealerships in Brazil while also achieving $1.5 billion in revenue outside of North America. The automaker reportedly struggled to reach an agreement with dealers in Brazil to sell Chrysler-badged vehicles, so a second stipulation was rewritten to account for Chrysler vehicles re-badged as a Fiat. That vehicle is the Fiat Freemont shown above, which is essentially a Dodge Journey with a Fiat badge.
The Detroit News says Fiat likely won't hit its final bogey of achieving 35% ownership until the fourth quarter, when a Fiat-based Dodge hits the market. That vehicle will need to hit 40 miles per gallon in highway driving, which suggests the vehicle may be based on the Fiat 500.