Discussion in 'Fiat India News' started by Ravi, Sep 10, 2012.
Sigh of relief.
Some things are worth waiting...and here it is...long live Fiat....
Good to hear that Fiat will have its own showrooms and service centers. Hope Udupi/Mangalore gets one of them. :clap
Video - Fiat Drive Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler Into India - WSJ.com
Chk this video guyz..seems that FIAT is taking Indian market very seriously......
[h=1]Fiat Prepares for Production Push in India[/h]Report on WALL STREET JOURNAL
NEW DELHI—Italian auto maker Fiat SpA is planning a major product offensive in India, introducing brands including Chrysler’s Jeep and Dodge, as it attempts to catch up with well-entrenched players such as Suzuki Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp.
“We are analyzing the brand portfolio to find out which [models] can be suitable for the Indian market,” said Enrico Atanasio, who heads commercial operations at Fiat India Automobiles Ltd. “There are all possibilities. Be it Alfa Romeo, Fiat Commercial or Chrysler” as well as light commercial vehicles, he said in a recent interview.
Mr. Atanasio said a survey will be completed in six to nine months.
Detroit-based Chrysler, which is controlled by Fiat, sells vehicles under its name as well as the Dodge and Jeep brands.
Currently, Fiat’s Maserati and Ferrari sell their luxury sports cars in India through a local distributor.
Introducing new vehicles is a necessity for Fiat if it wants to improve its so-far dismal fortunes in India. The company sold just 16,073 cars last financial year through March, a decline of 24%.
That compares with a 4.7% overall sales growth to 2.62 million passenger vehicles for the Indian industry.
Turin-based Fiat ranked 12th among 19 passenger vehicle makers in India for last financial year, with only a 0.6% share. Market leader Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. has a 38% share.
Fiat, like most auto makers worldwide, is sharpening its focus on emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil as demand in the traditional strongholds of Europe and the U.S. remains weak.
The local association of auto makers in India expects annual passenger vehicle sales to reach four million autos in 2016.
Mr. Atanasio said Fiat is analyzing the possibility of manufacturing its vehicles in India or importing them as fully-built units. Imported cars attract higher taxes.
Fiat’s plans follow the company’s decision earlier this month to end a more than six-year alliance with Tata Motors Ltd., through which the Indian auto maker distributed and serviced Fiat cars across India.
But the two will continue with a joint venture—Fiat India Automobiles Ltd.—that produces Fiat and Tata cars at a factory in Ranjangaon in western India.
Fiat makes only the Grande Punto and Linea cars in India.
Mr. Atanasio said the process of directly taking over the sales and servicing of Fiat cars in India is likely to be completed within a month."
Great update. Let's hope that this is true.
Is this a typo or something? or Mr. Atanasio just joking?
This article is from May 21st this year! So its surely taking more time than has been stated..
Here is an email from FIAT, in reply to my mail asking
"If you could please provide some details of when a Fiat Exclusive service centre would be opened here in Bangalore, that would be much appreciated. "
While January is not too far away and will be well in time for my first service, FIAT seems to trust their current partners more that we FIAT owners do
While I'd love to see the Jeep range from Chrysler in India, I'd be happy if they can get the current Adventure to India. With a diesel heart, this will be one rocking baby!
Novo Fiat Adventure | Versões Flex e Dualogic Flex | FIAT
I believe, currently Fiat management is busy with setting-up showrooms and service centers. And this will continue rest of this year and first quarter next year. After that they will look/analyse the products India need.
I think next year, 2nd half, we should see multiple launches from Fiat in India.
The small car (volume maker and most critical product) should also come later part of next year.
Apart from that, we shall see Jeep and some other products from Chrysler.
Since Fiat is planning to foray into premium segment, their main attention must be on top class servicing (that is evident from their recent Interviews and quotes).
I read some comments that they will focus on service issues with Palio, so may be new Palio make sense to be relaunched next year or so.
Just one advice, make sure new cars are niggles and quality related issues free (though I admit recent cars have less issues, but still it is present).
All the best Fiat!!
Read this news from TOI
"-----The company's wholly-owned Indian arm Fiat India Automobiles Ltd (FIAL) is also in the process of hiring about 100 people for customer facing roles.---"
Here is the link
Fiat to complete separation from Tata in sales operations by March 2013 - The Times of India
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