Fiat says Americas, Asia to support 2013 targets

Tue Apr 9, 2013 8:19am EDT
 
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TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Italian carmaker Fiat FIA.MI does not expect to revise its 2013 targets, although it may become more reliant on growth in the Americas and Asia amid weak European markets, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

"I don't think we'll need to change our targets over all," Sergio Marchionne said at a shareholders' meeting.

"The geographical distribution could change, given the performance of Europe," he added.

Marchionne said markets in North America, Latin America and Asia were growing.

Europe's car market, in contrast, is set to remain weak in 2013 after 5 years of sales falls as governments drive through austerity measures to rein in their debts.

Euro zone unemployment in February was at a record high of 12 percent. Italian car sales fell 19.8 percent in 2012, and are set to fall more in 2013.

Marchionne said he would update investors on Fiat's full-year 2013 targets when the world's seventh-largest automaker releases first-quarter results on April 29.

Fiat's U.S. unit Chrysler posted earnings before interest and tax of 2.7 billion euros last year, offsetting a loss for Fiat's mass-market brands of 738 million euros in Europe.

Fiat sees sales at 88 billion-92 billion euros this year, with more than half from North America, and expects to sell 4.3 billion-4.5 billion cars.   Continued...

 
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne poses after the presentation of the new LaFerrari hybrid car on the Ferrari stand during the first media day of the 83rd Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse