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Fiat boss Marchionne Wants to Repurpose Excess Capacity

Jan. 15, 2013

Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne plans to steer the Italian carmaker through the current doldrums in the European market without closing additional factories, he said Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

He foresaw converting Fiat's excess capacity in Europe to produce cars for other brands within the conglomerate. Still, the adjustments to achieve that capital-intensive shift would be "very painful."

In November 2011, Fiat closed a factory in Sicily, and last month the company announced that it would spend 1.3 billion dollars to retool a plant in Melfi, Italy, to build an entry-level Jeep and a new Fiat 500.

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