Η Fiat περνά μια δύσκολη οικονομικά περίοδο, με την Chrysler, την εταιρεία που αγόρασε το 2008, να είναι αυτή που να την κρατά ζωντανή αυτή τη χρονική στιγμή. Την Πέμπτη μάθαμε ότι το εργοστάσιο εργοστάσιο της στη πόλη Melfi της Ιταλίας, εκεί όπου κατασκευάζεται το Punto, θα κλείσει για 3 μήνες ώστε να μειωθεί έτσι το κόστος παραγωγής.

Τώρα, η Fiat, ανακοίνωσε χθες ότι σταματά προσωρινά τις επενδύσεις της, λόγω ανησυχιών που προκύπτουν από την οικονομική κρίση της Ευρωζώνης. Δεν ανακοίνωσε ακριβώς τα αυτοκίνητα που θα καθυστερήσουν να περάσουν στη παραγωγή, θα το κάνει επίσημα αργότερα μέσα στο έτος, αλλά σίγουρα θεωρούνται ότι το νέο Punto θα καθυστερήσει τουλάχιστον έναν χρόνο, ενώ πίσω θα πάει και το SUV της Alfa Romeo.

Ωστόσο, επιβεβαίωσε ότι ξεκίνησε ήδη η παραγωγή της νέας Maserati Quattroporte, ενώ εντός χρονοδιαγράμματος είναι και η παραγωγή της Alfa Romeo 4C, η οποία θα κατασκευάζεται στο εργοστάσιο της Maserati στη Μόντενα, από τον Μάιο του 2013, με τις πωλήσεις να ξεκινούν από το καλοκαίρι του ίδιου έτους.

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Meeting with trade unions to present second quarter results

During today’s meeting with the trade union delegations, headed by the General Secretaries, Fiat CEO and Fiat Industrial Chairman Sergio Marchionne presented thesecond quarter results, which were very positive given the current economic environment.

Fiat Industrial Group reported a strong quarter with revenues up 5.4% and trading profit increasing 19.1%, particularly on the back of performance in the Agricultural Equipment sector.

Fiat Group reported excellent results in the NAFTA, LATAM and APAC regions, which more than compensated for volume declines in EMEA, particularly Europe.

With the contribution from Chrysler, the Group was able to reduce its over-dependence on the European market. That improved geographic diversification translated into positive results. Group revenues topped €21.5 billion, trading profit totaled €1 billion and net profit was €358 million.

Although performance in three of the four principal regions was positive, difficult conditions persisted in the European auto market, particularly in Italy where demand is approaching the lowest level since 1979.

Certain peers who are still heavily exposed to the European market are experiencing significant losses and have even had to announce plant closures. The current level of uncertainty, which makes it impossible to formulate reliable projections, requires that investment programs be undertaken with maximum caution.

Despite the constraints imposed by current economic conditions, Fiat has sought to minimize any associated social impacts through the utilization of temporary lay-off benefit schemes, rather than resorting to permanent structural measures. Even in this extremely negative period, the Company has remained active. We completed the program of investments at the Pomigliano d’Arco plant, which was recently recognized as one of the best in the world with the prestigious German “Automotive Lean Production Award 2012”. The fully-restructured Grugliasco plant has begun producing prototypes of the new Maserati sedan to be released at the end of the year. Preparations are also underway for production of the Alfa Romeo 4C at the factory in Modena. And, in Pratola Serra, investment has begun for production of the new turbo engine for Alfa Romeo.

For the time being, the economic crisis and current difficulties in the European auto market prevent the Company from being able to give any indications concerning future investments. Information relating to product plans and production allocation will be provided in conjunction with the presentation of third quarter results.

Sergio Marchionne reiterated that to be competitive on the international scene, it is essential that the conditions agreed between the Company and unions in the Group National Collective Labor Agreement be respected. Today it has become nearly impossible to work with such total uncertainty surrounding the effective application of legal and contractual conditions.