Sales of Chrysler's Ram pickups were brisk in the second quarter. Photo credit: Chrysler

Chrysler reported a second-quarter net profit of $507 million this month, a solid result that reflected continued success with the recently overhauled Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickup lineups.

Now Chrysler is looking ahead to the launch of the all-new Jeep Cherokee, to an initial public offering that could happen later this year -- and to a full-blown merger with Italy's Fiat (OTC:FIATY). In this video, contributor John Rosevear looks at highlights from Chrysler's latest quarter -- and at the path ahead as Detroit's No. 3 automaker gets set to return to the New York Stock Exchange.

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