Fiat Chrysler will convert its Mack Avenue Engine factory into an assembly plant. The plant will build the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new, large Jeep SUV. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press

A strong wind fills the sails of a potential Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger, but rocky shoals lie ahead.

The lure of massive savings — FCA estimated $5.6 billion annually — is one key reason many experts say the idea has merit.

Those savings will be needed as the automakers navigate a future that demands more expensive technology. Savings would come, FCA said, from common vehicle platforms, powertrains and technologies.

“I think it’s a good deal for both of them. The auto industry

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