sales Fiat 500L are not going through its best moment, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is forced to reduce the production of the model to not accumulate excessive stocks. Currently, the Fiat 500L is manufactured in Kragujevac, Serbia, in one of the ancient plants of Zastava that currently belongs to FCA in a 67% and the Serbian government 33%.
The Fiat 500L is being produced at a rate of 100,000 units per year in three shifts. To reduce the production, the management of the plant decided to remove one of the three shifts, which could stop you on the street to 900 employees, about 30% of the work force of Kragujevac. That is, if we talk about direct jobs, but the measure will have an impact on the ancillary industry of providers. Currently Fiat used in the factory of Serbia to 3,100 people.
Fiat has not yet made a statement about it, beyond the announcement of the cessation of some of the turns. It is not known the exact figure of workers who will lose their jobs. Meanwhile, the unions negotiate the conditions output of the workers concerned.
The mpv B segment has seen in the first quarter of the year, demand has fallen in Europe until the 23.028 units. In particular, where most have noticed the decline in sales of the Fiat 500L has been in the united States, with a collapse of the 63% between January and may, selling only 2.064 units. In the case of Spain, in the first five months of 2016 Fiat 500L has sold 4.023 units, in addition to 179 Fiat 500L Living. In our country, the 500L leads its segment, although the trend with respect to 2015 remains unchanged, with a 0.9% growth.
Source – Automotive News