But FIAT's best manufacturing plants, going by WCM ratings, are all in Europe. Pomigliano looks like getting the WCM Gold award this year - a far cry from the days of Alfa Sud.
FIAT Group have seriously turned their quality around in the last decade. It'll take a long time for this to filter through to the public perception, but if you look at the car that marked the introduction of WCM, the Panda, it really does hold its value, and buyers are starting to realise that being a FIAT doesn't prevent it being a solid, reliable car. Bravos are also very solid, which is a shame as the car found relatively few buyers.
For Alfa, the Mito is very reliable and Giulietta is also very good on mechanical reliability and ease of service (trim issues are a real problem, and damage the overall perception of how well built the car is).
The other reason not to leave Italy is that there isn't capacity anywhere else in FIAT/Chrylser. The US plants are all on extra shifts; it's the Italian facilities that are idling thanks to lack of domestic demand. The whole thing sounds like sabre-rattling from Sergio...