Fiat to shift production to the US, Poland and Serbia, if Italy plans fail

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2010

The countries that would benefit if the uncooperative unions in Italy ruin Fiat S.p.A.’s plans to expand production volumes are the US, Poland and Serbia. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that he will consider other production locations if he fails to negotiate work rules that are more efficient for Fiat’s Italian assembly plants.

Marchionne told analysts on October 21 that its vehicles that are intended for western Europe need a production facility and that it has other plants that could replace it. Last April, Fiat revealed a new plan to expand car production in Italy from 650,000 units in 2009 to 1.4 million units in 2014.

However, Marchionne seeks support from the union to increase the efficiency of its production. This entails an 18-shift workweek instead of the 10-shift week that it currently has.

Marchionne has yet to discuss options if this plan (dubbed Fabbrica Italia or Italian factory) doesn’t receive complete support from the union.

According to sources, Fiat is considering raising the annual capacity of its assembly plant in Tychy, Poland, from 606,000 units built last year to 780,000 units.

Fiat is also thinking about doubling the annual output of its Serbian joint venture to 400,000 units and shifting the production of a future Lancia/Chrysler compact sedan and the Alfa Romeo Giulia to Chrysler plants in the US. [via autonews - sub. required]

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Kia is taking things a step further with the new Kia Stinger, which they first introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With the specs given to us by the...
by - June 25, 2017
Earlier this week, Nissan revealed a teaser of the new 2018 LEAF’s interior, giving us an idea of what the electric vehicle has to offer. The company released a video...
by - June 25, 2017
The primary suggestion of a 4x4 ute from French company Peugeot was first revealed in 2016. Fifteen months later, the production version is launched. Now, Peugeot is not shying away...
by - June 24, 2017
The new Jaguar E-Pace crossover will soon hold its official launch on July 13 and is expected to arrive at the showrooms by early next year. It couldn’t have come...
by - June 24, 2017
As prices of the original Shelby Cobra have skyrocketed into astronomical proportions, there are firms like Superformance that serve replicas to consumers who demand the same levels of performance at...
by - June 24, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries