Following the news that Fiat Chrysler and PSA have called their merged company Stellantis, people want to know more about the name’s meaning.

Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group have unveiled the name of their mutual project. It’s reportedly going to be one of the world’s biggest auto companies, The Wall Street Journal wrote.

On Wednesday, the two automakers revealed that they plan to call their combined firm Stellantis.

So, what’s the meaning behind the name?

Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Stellantis: Meaning

According to a statement from PSA and FCA, the word Stellantis comes from the Latin verb ‘stello’ which means ‘to brighten with stars’.

The automakers have explained in their statement:

“It draws inspiration from this new and ambitious alignment of storied automotive brands and strong company cultures that in coming together are creating one of the new leaders in the next era of mobility while at the same time preserving all the exceptional value and the values of its constituent parts.”

The next exciting step for the two automakers is to reveal the logo of Stellantis.

The two automakers plan to complete their combined project by “the first quarter of 2021”, they have further explained in their statement.

Why this name?

According to the two automakers, Stellantis represents their “rich history”, while capturing the “true spirit” of their merger project.

The statement adds:

“The name’s Latin origins pay tribute to the rich history of its founding companies while the evocation of astronomy captures the true spirit of optimism, energy and renewal driving this industry-changing merger.”

People react on social media

News like this has attracted opinions and reactions from Twitter users all over the world.

While some have welcomed the new name, others have been quick to share why they didn’t like it that much.

Check out some tweets below.

Others, however, have more positive thoughts about the new name, calling it “beautiful” and a “fresh start” for the two automakers.

In other news, April Fools’ Day: Six riddles to trick your friends with!