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Special Report: At Italy's Fiat, young scion steers tough course

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Fiat Chairman John Elkann drives a Fiat 8V at the start of the "1000 Miglia" International classic car rally in Brescia in this May 17, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Paolo Bona/Files

Fiat Chairman John Elkann drives a Fiat 8V at the start of the "1000 Miglia" International classic car rally in Brescia in this May 17, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Paolo Bona/Files
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An undated handout photo of the iconic Fiat 500 compact car in Turin. REUTERS/Fiat/Handout/Files

An undated handout photo of the iconic Fiat 500 compact car in Turin. REUTERS/Fiat/Handout/Files
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Employees of Fiat SpA work on the new car "Panda" at the Fiat plant in Pomigliano D'Arco, near Naples, in this December 14, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files

Employees of Fiat SpA work on the new car "Panda" at the Fiat plant in Pomigliano D'Arco, near Naples, in this December 14, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files
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Fiat-Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne (L) and Fiat Chairman John Elkann attend the launching of the Fiat Panda Trekking model during media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile in this September 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/Files

Fiat-Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne (L) and Fiat Chairman John Elkann attend the launching of the Fiat Panda Trekking model during media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile in this September 27, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/Files
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Fiat's then Vice-Chairman John Elkann and his wife Lavinia Borromeo arrive at La Scala opera house in Milan in this December 7, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/Files

Fiat's then Vice-Chairman John Elkann and his wife Lavinia Borromeo arrive at La Scala opera house in Milan in this December 7, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/Files
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Old models of Fiat 500 are seen on display at the launch of Chrysler's flagship showroom in Los Angeles in this November 16, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Old models of Fiat 500 are seen on display at the launch of Chrysler's flagship showroom in Los Angeles in this November 16, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
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