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Fiat Chrysler chairman says 'great opportunities' from Peugeot tie up

FCA Chairman Elkann speaks during an event at the Bocconi University in Milan

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler <FCHA.MI> will be able to "seize great opportunities" from a merger with Peugeot owner PSA <PEUP.PA>, its chairman John Elkann said on Friday.

The two automakers are planning to join forces in a 50-50 share merger to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker.

Answering a question on the merger being already a done deal, Elkann said a long time can pass between the announcement of a merger and getting it over the line.

(Reporting by Elisa Anzolin, writing by Stephen Jewkes)