Monday, June 25, 2012
Report: Will the Italian Debt Crisis Force Fiat Out of the Country?
The Fiat Group used to enjoy a strong presence in Europe, and especially in its home market of Italy, where it has traditionally been very strong. But that’s not the case anymore. The debt crisis that is threatening Europe and especially the northern countries has decreased demand significantly, with the Italian car market hitting its lowest point in the last 15 years.
Analysts estimate that Fiat, which in 2011 recorded its worst sales performance in 20 years and is losing nearly 1 billion euros annually, may do the unthinkable: either stop or significantly reduce its 100-year old local operations.