June 25, 2020 / 8:24 AM / 13 days ago

Fiat Chrysler expects Italy car sales to fall by at least 35% this year

FILE PHOTO: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly workers produce protective masks, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Assembly Plant in Betim near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Washington Alves/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler (FCA) expects car sales in Italy to fall by at least 35% this year due to the new coronavirus crisis, Pietro Gorlier, FCA’s chief operating officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa said on Thursday.

The first half of the year saw a 50% year-on-year drop with sales close to zero in March and April, Gorlier said, adding that there were still 450,000 vehicles in stock.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni, editing by xxx

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