Fiat: Strike Caused Output To Drop 20,000 Units

Italian automaker Fiat SpA says a transport strike has hit auto production and could force the temporary closure of some Italian plants.

MILAN (AP) — Italian automaker Fiat SpA says a transport strike has hit auto production and could force the temporary closure of some Italian plants.

Fiat said in a statement Thursday that the strike has caused the carmaker to produce 20,000 fewer cars over the last 20 days. Fiat said the losses have "a strong impact on billing and auto registration in Italy and abroad."

It forecast a 10 percent impact on market share for March if drivers don't resume work in the coming days.

Fiat and Chrysler, which is controlled by Fiat, sold 66,000 cars in Europe in February for a 7.2 percent market share, up from a 6.9 percent share in January.

Fiat said it would consider temporarily shutting production of the new Panda at its Pomigliano plant near Naples.

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