On the heels of General Motors announcing its decision to effectively pull Chevrolet from Europe, a new report suggests Fiat is planning to pour nine billion Euros ($12.3 USD) into its European operations to boost sales.
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is searching for a way to revive Alfa Romeo, the company’s premium Italian marque, from six years of collapsing sales. Marchionne is moving into his fourth plan meant to save Alfa Romeo, but this time the plot reaches deeper than that company alone. Maserati and Fiat are also a part of the plan that will see furloughed workers returning to their jobs in part to manufacture the Maserati Levante SUV.
Fiat will abandon the Punto sub-compact to focus on selling its Panda and 500 vehicles. Alfa Romeo will release a new Giulia sedan for export and a convertible version of the 4C sports car while Italy-built Jeep products will be sold domestically. The plan could drum up patriotic support by creating jobs while pushing premium vehicles with larger margins for export.
[Source: Automotive News]
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