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Fiat may shut two Italy plants if export plans to US fail

Discussion in 'Fiat Global News' started by abhinav, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. abhinav

    abhinav Novizio

    Fiat may have to close two of its five plants in Italy in the face of weak European demand if plans to export to the US market don't materialise, as per Sergio Marchionne Chief Executive.

    Marchionne, who is also head of Fiat-owned US car group Chrysler, said Chrysler factories in the US were already working to full capacity, and plants in Mexico, Canada or Europe are needed to fill a third of the US demand.

    Fiat's Italian sites therefore had the opportunity to export to the US, he said. Marchionne, who has made Fiat one of Europe's top turnaround stories, said car demand in Europe was set to remain weak for at least two years.

    More details on:

    Fiat may shut two Italy plants if US plans fail - The Economic Times
  2. ENKI

    ENKI Esperto

    Marchionne is already pissed off Labour laws of Italy. On top of that, FIAT's revenue is coming outside Italy, so he is slowly pulling out of Italy. FIAT has started ignoring Europe intentionally for the last 2 yrs. When they wanted to manufacture a Dodge/Chrysler vehicle in Italian plants & export it to US to meet demands, there starts the protests. When-ever FIAT announced an additional shift to meet the rising demands for newly launched 500, Punto (in yrs 2007 & 2005), there starts the protesting of labor's union. FIAT have been loosing lot of money because of labour laws in Italy, they can't make hay when the sun shines.

    Where-as if the demand falls as vehicle gets older & they want to reduce a shift to cut production, there goes the protest again:D.

    Sooner or later, it was bound to happen.
  3. sungoa2010


    Which are the models doing well in US?
  4. ENKI

    ENKI Esperto

    They added 3rd shift for Dodge "Town & country and Journey" in US. They had to announce special bonuses.
    Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee & Chrysler 200 C are struggling with no inventory reserves!

    Can you imagine that Jeep Cherokee sold 13000 units last month. It's a premium class SUV with the base variant of 3.6 L V6 Penta-star with 292 BHP to start with (Q7, Merc ML350, Porche Cayenne)

    Chrysler 300 C, the luxury saloon (E segment) with the entry level rating of 3.6L V6, 290 BHP with 8 Speed ZF automatic sold 7000 units.

    Dodge charger (D Segment sports saloon) with base 3.6 Ltr V6 - 305 HP sold 6000 units last month.

    Now tell me what do you think about Dodge Dart will sell in very first of month of it's launch with below mentioned parameters...

    (C-Segment sedan in Corolla, civic range) based on Alfa Romeo C-EVO Platform
    Base rating of FIAT's 1.4 Multiair & DDCT gearbox (160 BHP, 250 NM@2500)
    Combined FE of 40 MPG US or 18 Kmpl in preliminary testing (the highest ever achieved in US history for non-hybrid vehicles in Class). That's significantly comparable to our 1.3 MJD's::OO
    reconfigurable 7" TFT on driver display, 8" navigation system found in 2 segments above, Fantastic Interiors & exteriors with dual exhausts & 10 airbags as standard
    No other car starts with more than 140 BHP & not more than 34 MPG US (combined) in it's base variant.
    With the existing avg sale of each Elantra, Cruze, Civic's with more than 20000 units/month.
    The least priced car starting at 15995 $. Only elantra beats it.
    Widest & longest with class leading interior roominess in it's class
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  5. sungoa2010


    Once they are hit in US they can easily enter the gulf region also where currently Toyota,Hyundai etc are strong players.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  6. ENKI

    ENKI Esperto

    They sold already 1.5 millions vehicles in the US last yr. & ranks third. FORD & GM are pretending a very nervous smile.
    DO you know that during the dodge dart launch at Detroit auto show 2012, who was the first one to sit in the dart to check it. It wasn't some journalist to review it but the Mazda designer & development chief who literally pushed the journalists to ensure, he is the first one to enter;). Ford/GM/Honda/Nissan's executives missed in the herd of the journalists & obviously were 2nd, 3rd & 4th:mrgreen:. It was a special article on a site that i don't remember now. But Mazda's chief was recognized & interviewed by all journalists there only on his views. He was obviously like "yeah, it's very unlike & unexpected of Chrysler/Dodge who is known for SUVs more, they have done a very good job for this compact vehicle:???:

    Dodge/Chrysler never had a C- Class (after 1995 with Neon being last) with 15% & 25% of market being constituted of compact cars in US-Canada resp. FIAT - Alfa Romeo coming into picture, it's an ugly nightmare for other automakers now. Dodge/Chrysler will eat some hefty slice of other automakers in the compact segment, no doubt. You just watch, I am going to post a thread on this & just waiting for Dodge dart to debut in April. I can see the future:drinks...
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012

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