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It will be Marchionnes way of threatening the unions over there. What he says is undoubtably true, but its a very simplistic way of looking at things.
The subsidies and help they have received over the years shouldn't be forgotten by him :tut:
 
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Classic Marchionne overstatement and incorrect - Ferrari is profitable and profits are forecast to increase. Montezemolo said "Fiat SpA’s most profitable brand may end 2010 with record earnings" on Sept 30th. Marchionne just wants to make a profit and doesn't care where/how it comes from (understandable if you are a shareholder). Those who think Alfa is in safe hands with Marchionne better keep their fingers crossed...

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Yes, but this isn't necessarily what Marchionne thinks or wants.. it's just a bald statement that Fiat doesn't "have" to stay in Italy at any cost, if the unions don't shape up but instead continue to take the p***.

There are countries in the world whose governments would pay Fiat to make cars there (in terms of subsidies) yet the Italian unions want to bring down the firm (and put their workers out of work) through their incessant demands. Italy (any European manufacturing country) has to wake up to the global reality.

If the Italian unions like it or not, some Asian guy WILL make that car for $5 a day..


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Italy (any European manufacturing country) has to wake up to the global reality.

If the Italian unions like it or not, some Asian guy WILL make that car for $5 a day..


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Agree. Once, Italy was Fiat. Now, Fiat is bigger than that.
 
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Moving manufacturing facilities from a marque's historic GHQ certainly hasn't hurt BMW's sales.

Competitive Costs of Production and Quality.

Two factors not always mutually exclusive but when working in tandem, sure to help a manufacturer's bottom line.

I'd imagine Marchionne (perhaps with good reason) views the Italian Unions as counter-productive to both.

Made in Italy has been a selling point for Alfa in the past. But it's also true, it's been dentrimental.
Comments of flaky Alfa build quality, whilst uncommon these days, have plaugued the marque for decades.
 

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Someone get the business secretary on the phone and invite him to invest in the UK instead......
 

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Fiat bigger than that?Fiat used to be big,in the end of 60 to 80`s it was the biggest in europe.Now it is far from that,and it just getting smaller and smaller.
True; the point i wanted to make, was that Italy shouldn't just assume Fiat won't bail out of making cars there if other countries are more cost effective for manufacturing.
 
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