Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

Fiat CEO vows to keep Alfa Romeo production in Italy

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Turin, September 16 - Production of Alfa Romeo and
Maserati automobiles will never be transferred from Italy, Fiat
Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an interview published
Monday.
The head of the parent company for both premium Italian car
brands explained that the luxury goods cache' of being made in
Italy is too important for both.
''There is not a doubt in my mind that the origin of
production is important to Maserati. I also think it's important
for Alfa,'' Marchionne told the Financial Times.
''We will never build outside (Italy)...It may well be the
next CEO that makes that call (to build elsewhere). But it's not
me,'' Marchionne said.
In July Marchionne threatened to have new Alfa Romeo models
produced outside Italy as he complained about industrial
relations in Italy, amid a bitter row with left-wing union FIOM,
which opposes the carmaker's drive to introduce more flexible
work practises at Fiat's Italian plants.
The Fiat Group on September 4 announced a deal with unions
to invest just under one billion euros to retool the loss-making
Mirafiori plant to produce a Maserati SUV and another unnamed
model there.
The plans are part of Fiat's strategy to focus Italian
manufacturing on premium cars, and follow investment in another
plant near Turin to make Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli
models.

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