Chrysler Australia recently declared that from May 1st it will be the distributor for Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Fiat Professional brands in Australia.
In 2011 sales for the Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Fiat Professional brands (2,635 units) were recorded by Vendor Field Analytical and Characterization Technologies System (VFACTS), but beginning this May the current Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealer group, which numbers 17 passenger dealerships with 22 commercial vehicle outlets across the country, will report into the Melbourne-based Chrysler Australia group. The models offered on the Australian market are: the Alfa Romeo 159, the 159 Sportwagon and the Giulietta, the Fiat 500, the Fiat 500 Abarth, and Fiat Professional brands Ducato and Scudo.
In the past 12 months Chrysler Australia, which manages the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands in the Australian market, reported sales of 11,931 units, up 27.5% from 2010, while 2012 January and February sales were up 78% over the same period in 2011.
Neville Crichton, Executive Chairman of the Ateco Group said, “Alfa Romeo and Fiat have at their heart a real, live passion for life and Ateco has been fully involved in that, whether it has been the yacht, the Alfa Romeo G1 or motorsport with the Fiat 500 Australian Grand Prix and class-winning performances at Bathurst with Alfa Romeo. We know that they now have are prepared and positioned for a strong future in Australia and New Zealand, something of which I and everyone who has worked on them at Ateco can justifiably be very proud.”