It was a quite challenging year for the global car industry and its players. The trade tensions among the biggest economies, the political changes occurring in key markets, and the new threats to the status quo, had a big effect on the position of many carmakers. The world is now heading to an unknown scenario […]Read More FCA global sales 2018: Jeep & USA drive growth
One of the effects of globalization on the car industry is that most of the vehicles are now conceived and developed for all regions. The global car is a reality for many brands that want to save costs and increase their presence everywhere. Each market has its differences on regulation, taxation and consumer taste, but […]Read More The two sides of Fiat brand
It wasn’t an easy quarter for FCA. As the global economic uncertainty rises, the big challenges the car industry had some months ago are becoming a real threat to growth. FCA is not in a good position to deal with the changes that are likely to affect its financial results during the third quarter. It […]Read More Group results Q3 2018: what to expect?
The WLTP storm is becoming a hurricane. The new emissions test is proving quite challenging as many car makers are still dealing with the homologations. It was the main reason of the big drops of registrations in Europe during September, with many countries posting double-digit drops. With the WLTP, the European legislation is becoming more […]Read More No more Fiat Panda/500 diesel?
Once again, I had the chance to attend the press day at Paris motor show to see the latest products and trends. This year the event featured a more modest scenario as many brands decided to skip the show. However, there were big news coming from the French stands but especially from the German premiums. […]Read More The real competitors of Fiat, Alfa Romeo & Jeep
The 2018 edition of the Paris motor show will be the occasion for some carmakers to show their latest products for Europe, and the event where many others decided to skip. FCA brands will not take part of the show because according to the company, the potential sales and publicity did not justify the outlay […]Read More An example to follow
Finally some news from Fiat. According to some sources in Serbia, the brand is preparing the launch of two models, which would be produced at the Kragujevac plant. Local news have already started to talk about the plans for this plant, which is 67% owned by FCA and 33% by the Serbian State, and employs around […]Read More Fiat prepares a 500L hybrid and more
As the current range gets old and its domestic sales plunge, FCA needs to address the production capacity issues in Italy. This is not a minor thing, considering the fact that the European country hosts 7 of its 31 assembly plants around the world. Italy is not only where Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati were […]Read More The Compass made in Italy: how feasible?
Mike Manley’s priority is to solve the problems in China. More than the debt target, the reposition of Fiat or the revival of Alfa Romeo plan, his main task is to address the sales issue of Jeep in the world’s largest market. It was the main cause of the tumble of the stock price in […]Read More 3 reasons why Jeep struggles in China
The death of Sergio Marchionne is not only shocking because of how suddenly it happened, but also because the industry has lost one its most capable managers. His enormous working capacity, great negotiation skills and incredible long-term vision fuelled both Fiat Group and FCA during his time as CEO. The outcome of these efforts is […]Read More Marchionne is dead, long live Marchionne