1. Introducing the smashing new Team FIAT T-Shirt !! To order yours click here : Team FIAT T-Shirt

Fiat India - Future Plans

Discussion in 'Fiat India News' started by Ravi, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Dr. Fixated

    Dr. Fixated Novizio

    Messages:
    40
    Hyderabad
    Linea 1.3
    Published today in Business Standard is this interview with Mr. Kevin Flynn, president and managing director of Indian operations, Fiat Chrysler Automobile.
    asimpleson, ramjn, C_S and 5 others like this.
  2. jumu

    jumu Superiore

    Messages:
    969
    Chennai
    Some good mature answers I felt after reading. Ready to call spade a spade. The previous guys were playing the numbers game and this guy seems to be in correction mode. Well,each one has his game plan and modifies it as the situation evolves.


    Abdul
  3. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Messages:
    2,293
    Bangalore
    Going by the past history, before the present incumbent starts implementing his business plan, either he will be promoted and posted elsewhere or fired. That has been the tradition of FIAT in India so far.
    jumu, ramjn, Amit Rox and 2 others like this.
  4. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

    Messages:
    5,243
    Chennai
    Linea 1.3
    Thanks for the link @Dr. Fixated.
    Some excerpts of the interview from Mr. Flynn.

    - It is frustrating that we have not reaped success. We are trying to understand the gaps and how to plug them.

    - In India, car companies measure wholesale as sales. It is not. It is only a sale when the customer has taken delivery.

    - We stopped wholesaling vehicles. We are helping dealers to clear stocks and reach a point where the speed of turnover from delivery to a customer is quicker, consumes less money and is more viable.

    - We have been guilty of expanding our network ahead of commercial viability. You end up with a dealership at every corner, without a car in it.

    - What we need to do is understand where we are in our journey, where we want to be, and what will be the strategy to get there. We need a reasonable monthly volume that will give us visibility on the road and the growth we want.

    - We just committed $280 million in the Ranjangaon plant to roll out the Jeep in 2017. We will export it as well.

    - FCA certainly is not enjoying the success that we had strategised to deliver. Clearly, we need to fix that. Sometimes you need to be clear on what is not right and then move forward.

    - There is no loss of belief that the Indian operations can be a core part of our global infrastructure.
  5. bharath

    bharath Regolare

    Messages:
    328
    Coimbatore
    It seems like everyone has fallen in love with Mr.Kelvin Flynn :)

    Very pleased to see his straight forward and matured talk. He seems not to feel shy in accepting the failures and confident of turning things back.The above highlighted points are the proof for that!

    A ray of hope finally! Still, only time can tell !
    Dr. Fixated and Amit Rox like this.
  6. bibin

    bibin Regolare

    Messages:
    297
    kochi
  7. acechip

    acechip Superiore

    Let me be a bit honest here. I see NOTHING new in what Flynn has said. Problems about commercial viability of dealers, commitment spiel and acknowledgement of lack of success have been heard from all previous Fiat India bosses.

    What Flynn is doing is just elaborating on the internals such as tweaking the demand-supply of cars to dealers etc-which is a very basic aspect of any manufacturing operation.
    The catch is that wholesale stocks are not converting to retail, which they are in case of Fiat's competitors. Where is the strategy on THAT ?
    Huh ? Still not figured out after all these years ? Wow. Fiat India Sales and Marketing team either are non existent or have a really cushy job of not doing anything worthwhile.
  8. Vidhyashankar Kannan

    Vidhyashankar Kannan Regolare

    Messages:
    271
    Hyderabad
    Hyderabad
    Avventura 1.3 90 HP
    I think Flynn is beginning to understand only now how bad the India marketing division of FCA is. The very fact that he is making ground level changes on supply chain means that it was very poorly run till now, defying common sense. So from his point of view, it is an honest admission of the screwup. Let's see if he has the authority to make changes even if he has the gumption.
    bharath likes this.
  9. jumu

    jumu Superiore

    Messages:
    969
    Chennai

    All the previous appointments were also great guys and they also appeared to hint that the earlier dispensation was wrong and how he will be right. The next guy also would pick holes in Flynns style of management. In the meanwhile if under any of them, some kind of revival or good sales happen even by mistake, then that guy will be the greatest find for FCA and he will be immortalized. Management is taming the dynamics. You either get it right or its all over:)

    Abdul
  10. bibin

    bibin Regolare

    Messages:
    297
    kochi
    Fiat might vigorously go for a tie up with Suzuki, once the arbitration of Suzuki is over with VW.

    and it all looks like a possibility sensing that 1.6 mjd is debuting in suzuki scross.
    asimpleson and prabhjot like this.

Share This Page