Fiat and Chrysler deal confirmed
The US Supreme Court gave the deal its seal of approval on Wednesday.
Fiat's chief executive, Sergio Marchionne, will head the new company, which will become operational immediately.
Mr Marchionne said, 'This is a very significant day, not only for Chrysler and its dedicated employees, who have persevered through a great deal of uncertainty during the past year, but for the global automotive industry as a whole.'
The deal will not cost Fiat any money, but the manufacturer will use its technology to help Chrysler build smaller, more environmentally friendly cars.
Fiat's alliance should now pave the way for Chrysler to emerge from bankruptcy protection.