Paris 2016: Was FCA there?

wp_20160929_0161

Me attending Renault’s Carlos Ghosn press conference in Paris Motor Show 2016. Big goals for Renault in the EV market. 

I just had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite cities, Paris. I spent some days in this beautiful city following my attendance to the Mondial de l’Automobile. After six years attending Geneva Motor Show, it was time for Paris, and this year’s edition was in line with my expectations. Despite the fact that seven important brands missed the show, there were important presentations and announcements coming from the majority of the exhibitors.

WP_20160929_008[1].jpg

Despite its problems, Volkswagen has a clear direction. It wants to be an important player in EV world by the year 2025. 

Volkwagen Group opened the show with the official presentation of the Skoda Kodiaq. The new midsize SUV is expected to be hit thanks to its features, engines, perceived quality and prices. Actually it is one of the new cars from the group that will help to ressist the challenging times generated by the diesel/emissions scandals. The Germans also revealed the second generation Audi Q5 and the new Porsche Panamera. However the big thing came from the “ID” electric vehicle concept shown by Volkswagen. This car anticipates the way Volkswagen Group conceives the EVs and its plans to “dominate” the EV global market by the year 2025. Their message was the massification of EVs and connectivity.

wp_20160930_128

FCA’s designer Roberto Giolito and I at Fiat’s stand in Paris Motor Show 2016. 

Renault-Nissan wants also to be one of the leaders in the EV market by 2025. They showed a more efficient Renault Zoe with higher range, and the TREZOR Sporty EV concept. Then there was the world premiere of the new Nissan Micra, which is finally based on the Renault Clio and features many connectivity items. PSA delighted us with its new SUVs Peugeot 3008 and 5008, and the new Citroen C3. Suzuki presented the new Ignis city-car; Mercedes showed its idea of premium EVs with the new subbrand EQ and its midsize SUV. This brand wants to lead the EV premium market by 2025.

wp_20160929_004

Skoda grabbed more attention than the whole FCA stands.

BMW presented the Concept X2, and Jaguar Land Rover introduced the all-new Discovery. GM focused on the EVs too with the long-range Opel Ampera-e and its 500km range. The Koreans showed the new Hyundai i30 and Kia Rio, both with new engines and interesting connectivity features. Honda introduced the new Civic, while Toyota anticipated Lexus’ future compact SUV. They all had news. But FCA? FCA did not show anything new at all. There was not even a press conference as the company did not have any all-new model. Fiat continued to show the Tipo family along with the 500 Riva. Jeep showed the same SUV range. Alfa Romeo added the Veloce trim to the beautiful Giulia; and Maserati had its 4 usual models.

What’s FCA proposal? where are they heading? what’s their goal? the 2018 targets communicated in May 2014 are far away from being achieved. Now the company faces thougher times not only in Brazil but also in USA. Europe is doing well but FCA is far away from the numbers of VW Group, Renault-Nissan and even PSA. Asia is only depending on the good commercial performance of two Jeep models (Cherokee and Renegade). Meanwhile it is not clear what the company will do once Jeep accelerated growth starts to slow down. What if Alfa Romeo does not take off? many questions, few answers and a lot of uncertainty about FCA’s future.

Advertisements

5 responses to “Paris 2016: Was FCA there?

  1. Same was the case in Delhi Auto show 2016(India). For FIAT,They showcased Punto “Pure” (a pre-facelift version of Punto Evo in India), Fiat urban cross (Avventura – spare wheel on boot door) and Linea 125s (same Linea with increase power from 114bhp to 125bhp.).
    For Jeep same old two models. And nothing from Chrysler/RAM/Alpha.
    Sad part was, they didn’t even bother to display Turkish Agea.
    Such things made people to speculate that Fiat is going to shut the doors from India.

  2. Did you miss the reveal of the Jeep Compass and the availability of the Giulia and Levante?
    Also they’re going to reveal the Stelvio and the NA and EU version of the Compass in LA. They also revealed the new small engines family in Brasil which will be used in every other region besides North America.

    Their bet is clear: chase high-margin segments like crossovers and premium sedans. As for the rest of the brands I bet they’re defining the roadmap but still negotiating with chinese manufacturers to bring Chrysler or Dodge to China.

  3. Well, after Trump’s election, the electric future is delayed. 😦
    It may be good for FCA but damn.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s