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Fiat to end car production at Italian plant

by Bill Cawthon on

Fiat Group Automobiles has announced it will end automotive production at its Termini Imerese plant near Palermo, Sicily, in 2011. The plant, which employs 1,400 workers, currently produces the Lancia Ypsilon minicar.

Fiat does not plan to close the plant. The company said it would keep an “industrial presence with non-automotive production activities” at the Termini Imerese facility.

In a statement, the company said the reallocation of the factory will not affect Fiat’s five other Italian plants.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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