NEW YORK – With its sales taking a steep dive in the year’s first two months, the Chrysler brand nevertheless is well-positioned to succeed in this era of skyrocketing fuel prices. So says Olivier Francois, president and CEO of Chrysler and Fiat’s Lancia brands. He describes himself as a Frenchman who comes to Detroit via Italy. The flamboyant executive tells a group of auto writers at a recent press conference here the Chrysler brand is poised to spring back, despite the absence of ...

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