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AN: dealers vs FCA

by David Zatz on

Automotive News today wrote about two conflicts between FCA and its car dealers. The first covers protests filed individually by over twenty Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealerships, following a rewrite of their franchise agreements in December 2016.  The main points of contention are facility requirements, FCA’s obligation to supply vehicles, the possibility of third parties “branded merchandise,” and moving some definitions of dealership obligations to a set of manuals maintained by FCA itself (rather than being in the contracts.)

The other conflict is arising around plans to add 380 dealerships within the US, a substantial boost to the existing (roughly) 2,500. Automotive News’ editorial suggests that these new locations are competing with existing ones, rather than filling geographical holes.

Some friction between dealerships and “factory” are inevitable,  and Automotive News has covered conflicts between other companies and their retail outlets in the past.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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