Fiat Chrysler production to fall in Italy in 2019 – Union
Auto News reported that unions at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Italian factories expect domestic production to continue to decline this year after double-digit drop last year, largely because of slumping sales at Alfa Romeo and Maserati. FCA's production in Italy fell 10 percent to 667,526 units in 2018, according to the FIM-CISL Italian trade union. The decline came after sales of Alfa Romeo and Maserati models dropped in Europe and the US, especially in the second half.
Production at the FCA's Italian plants will fall further in 2019 for various reasons, said Ferdinando Uliano, head of FIM-CISL Automotive. He cited the economic situation in Italy, the lack of new models and the discontinuation in the summer of the Fiat Punto and Alfa Romeo Mito small hatchbacks, which combined accounted for 38,000 units produced in 2018.
Production of the Maserati Levante midsize SUV, Alfa Romeo Giulia midsize sedan and Alfa's Stelvio midsize SUV fell most in 2018, the union said.
Source : Auto News