Fiat, Ford offer incentives to win VW owners in Italy
TORINO -- Fiat Chrysler Cars and Ford are offering inducements in Italy to support owners of Volkswagen Team versions that could be impacted by the German auto-maker diesel emissions scandal to get new versions from their manufacturers -- but some sellers are doubtful in regards to the effort.
VW Team has stated that almost 650,000 of the diesel vehicles it offered in Italy were equipped with applications that enabled the firm to rig diesel emissions checks in the U.S. The versions contain Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda automobiles.
Fiat Chrysler is trying to bring disillusioned VW Team clients with trade in incentives including 500 euros for Fiat mini-cars to 1,500 euros for a Jeep Grand Cherokee big SUV.
Ford offers a trade in reward of 750 euros across its array.
Dealers are suspicious the bonuses will increase revenue.
A Fiat dealer stated the inducements never have created yet any added customer traffic because the effort began on Oct. 1.
"This isn't ordinary company rivalry but looting a competitor in problems," the seller told Automotive News Europe. The supplier requested to not be identified because he was expressing your own view.
The dealer can also be unwilling to take VW Team diesel versions as trade in because the automobiles could be subject to some recall to get rid of the emissions cheat applications.
A Ford dealer mentioned he's not noticed however a client wanting to trade in a VW car version for a Ford product regardless of the trade in incentive. The supplier stated the inducement might support Skoda and Seat clients to swap their automobile to get a brand new Ford but called it a "debateable business practice."
Ford of Italy has informed dealers the 750-euro trade in incentive relates to to diesel and petrol VW Group automobiles when contracts are signed by Oct. 31 and the automobiles are filed by Dec. 3 1.
Fiat Chrysler has informed dealers the trade in provide relates to to VW Team diesel or petrol versions when revenue contracts are signed by Oct. 3 1.
The tradein reward is 500 euros for the Fiat Panda, Punto and 500 versions, as well as the same sum for the Lancia Ypsilon and Alfa Romeo MiTo. The bonus grows to 750 euros for the Fiat 500L, 500X and Freemont, the Alfa Giulietta as well as the Jeep Renegade, Cherokee and Wrangler. The best bonus is 1,500 euros on the Grand Cherokee.
The Fiat Chrysler and Ford bonuses are detailed in internal communications to sellers observed by ANE.
Dealers of other auto makers contacted by ANE stated they are not conscious of particular activities to entice VW Group automobile owners.
It's possible for you to reach Luca Ciferri at [email protected]
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