FCA pull the plug on the Fiat brand in India

Feb 01 2019 10:10 PM
FCA pull the plug on the Fiat brand in India

Fiat Chrysler is to discountinue Fiat brand in India and will focus entirely on the Jeep brand. Fiat currently sells the Punto, Linea, Avventura, Urban Cross and the performance versions of the Punto and Avventura.

According to the report, combined sales were just 101 units in 12 months which is from December 2017 to November 2018. Another gust to Fiat will be the upcoming BS6 norms which will see stricter emission regulations as also safety norms. Both the Punto and the Linea will not comply with these regulations and a substantial investment will need to be made to make it BS6 ready.

Fiat was also the supplier of the 1.3-litre multijet engine to companies like Tata and even Maruti Suzuki. With the new emission norms kicking in in April 2020, both these companies are working on powertrains in-house instead of sourcing it from somewhere else and this will be the biggest blow to the company.

However, a source says that  Fiat vehicles’s production is still underway at the company's Ranjangaon facility but yes the future is not that bright. We have approached the company to give us a perspective on Fiat's future in India, but we haven't received a reply yet. 

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