Word that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is spinning off Ferrari to make it an independent automaker pleased shareholders but has us a bit worried. Ferrari, part of the Fiat family since 1969, has been making amazing cars lately, and revenues are up. But the company’s longstanding practice of strictly limiting production to favor exclusivity over volume may give way to shareholder demands for increased production—and revenue.

That’s troubling, and not just because Ferrari—which built only 6,922 cars last year—always has had the mystique of the unattainable. An independent Ferrari cranking out more cars would suddenly find itself subjected to America’s strict Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which place increasingly tough fuel efficiency requirements on automakers. If shareholders want Ferrari to grow, its cars will have to become significantly more fuel-efficient. Ferraris are beautiful. They are fast. They are nimble. And they are thirsty.

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Independent Ferrari May Be Forced To Build Economy Cars

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