Fiat SpA has recently reopened 20 of its China dealerships, aiming to increase the number to 150-200 in 2012. Its joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile has also started selling domestically made and imported Fiat vehicles through the same network in China, xinhuanet.com reported Thursday, citing the Guangzhou-Fiat JV.
Since Fiat terminated its JV partnership with Nanjing Automobile Corp. (NAC) at the end of 2007, the number of its dealerships in the country has been dropping year by year from the original 50. While by now the first batch of 20 dealerships in Beijing, Kunming, Hangzhou and other cities have been recovered by the Italian automaker, of which 10 dealerships used to belong to the Nanjing-Fiat JV.
When the Guangzhou-Fiat assembly plant is up and running, the company will add more dealers across the country, hoping to grow its dealerships to 150-200 in two years, Zheng Xiancong, General Manger of Guangzhou-Fiat JV said.
Owners who bought the cars from the previous Nanjing-Fiat dealerships can now acquire services from the Guangzhou-Fiat dealerships. For this Guangzhou Fiat has embarked on deployment of auto parts, its Vice Manger Yan Jianming said.