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Fiat-Chrysler: We will not leave Italy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 27, 2020
Pietro Gorlier from Fiat-Chrysler said Friday the company had no plans to move jobs abroad despite challenges it faces.
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Gorlier, who is Fiat-Chrysler's chief operating officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, estimated earlier this week that the company's car sales in Italy would end the year about 35 percent below 2019 levels, due mostly to the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Despite that and the ongoing merge process with French vehicle maker Peugeot, Gorlier vowed there will be no labor cutbacks in Italy.

"We will not move any of our vehicle production outside of Italy," Gorlier said in testimony in the Italian Senate Friday, via video link. "We are a multi-national company and we will continue our activities outside Italy and we will also make changes there, but we anticipate output from Italy to increase."

Gorlier called on the government to issue incentives for low-environmental impact vehicles as a way to help restart the output for the automobile sector, a key driver for economic growth in Italy.

"To help relaunch the sector, incentives for light hybrid vehicles must be increased as a way to restart the entire supply chain and to dispose of vehicles already in stock at dealerships," he said.

In remarks earlier in the week, Gorlier estimated that some 450,000 Fiat-Chrysler vehicles are already in stock and ready for sale.

Fiat-Chrysler's merger with Peugeot is set to be completed by the first quarter of next year.