One of the world’s largest auto maker group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, often abbreviated as FCA is an Italian-American multinational corporation, was established in 2014 by merging Fiat and Chrysler into a new holding company.
This automaker group has discontinued the Fiat brand in the Indian automobile market as its products Grande Punto and Linea was not able to meet the new safety norms introduced in the automobile market by October 2019. The upcoming BS6 norms which will follow stricter emission regulations as also safety norm, a major investment would have to be made to make it BS6 ready, as well as the company did not want to invest further in these products as they did not generate enough revenue in India. The sales were just 101 units in 12 months from December 2017 to November 2018.
Moreover, FCA has also put off the supply of the 1.3 litre multijet diesel engine to Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and TATA Motors Ltd. As the new BS6 emission norms come in place by 1 April 2020, both the companies are working domestically on powertrains instead of procuring it from somewhere else.
FCA India Automobile Private Limited (FCAIPL) now focuses on promoting the Jeep brand of SUVs (sports utility vehicles) in Indian. It has launched two variants of SUV Jeep Compass – Longitude and Limited Plus.