Key events in 2013

January

  • Fiat Group Automobiles: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. and Mazda Motor Corporation sign agreement for development of new rear-wheel-drive roadster for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo brands. Both vehicles will be manufactured at the Mazda plant in Hiroshima, Japan. Production of the Alfa Romeo model is scheduled to begin in 2015.
  • Maserati: World premiere of the new Quattroporte at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.

Al North American International Auto Show di Detroit debutta la nuova Maserati Quattroporte

  • RAM: 2013 Ram 1500 named “2013 Pickup Truck of the Year” by Four Wheeler Magazine and winner of “North American Truck/Utility of the Year” at the North American Auto Show.

February

  • Chrysler: Chrysler Group and Santander Consumer USA Inc. sign agreement to provide, beginning 1 May 2013, a full range of wholesale and retail financing services under the Chrysler Capital brand to Chrysler Group’s U.S. dealers and consumers.
  • Fiat: Fitch lowers rating on Fiat S.p.A.’s long-term debt from ‘BB’ to ‘BB-’ and confirms short-term rating of ‘B’, with negative outlook.
  • Fiat Group Automobiles: Fiat brand presents the 105 hp 1.6L MultiJet II and 0.9L TwinAir Turbo engine versions of the 500L.

February - Fiat 500 L

March

  • Fiat: Fiat issues a €1.25 billion bond (6.625%, due March 2018).
  • At Geneva Motor Show:

    • Fiat Group Automobiles: Fiat unveils Trekking version of the 500L and Alfa Romeo presents exclusive Launch Edition of the 4C sport coupé. Jeep gives European premiere of the new Grand Cherokee and Compass, and presents 10th Anniversary special edition of the Wrangler Rubicon.

    • Ferrari: Presents the new limited edition LaFerrari, for which orders received are more than two times the limited production run of 499 units.

    • Maserati: Unveils the four-seat GranTurismo MC Stradale and European premiere of the new Quattroporte.

    March - Geneva Motor Show

April

  • Maserati: World debut of the new Maserati Ghibli, a top-of-the-range E-segment sedan, at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Aprile - Motor show di Shangai

  • Chrysler: 2013 Chrysler Town & Country named “2013 Minivan of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

May

  • RAM: 2013 Ram 1500 pickup named “2013 Automobile Magazine All-Star”.

May - RAM

June

  • Chrysler: Chrysler Group LLC reduces interest rate on USD 3.0 billion Tranche B Term Loan and undrawn USD 1.3 billion revolving credit facility. The interest rate on the Tranche B Term Loan is cut further in December with savings in annual interest costs estimated at approximately USD 72 million.
  • Fiat: Fiat S.p.A. signs agreement for a €2 billion 3-year committed revolving credit facility to replace the €1.95 billion 3-year revolving credit facility signed in July 2011. The facility is subsequently increased to €2.1 billion.
  • Fiat Group Automobiles: Fiat unveils the 500L Living: the most spacious vehicle in its category, with best‑in‑class baggage capacity and a 5+2 seating configuration in just 4.35 meters.
    Fiat awarded “Best Green Engine of the Year 2013” for the eco-performing, fun-to-drive natural gas TwinAir Turbo. City Brake Control, the automatic collision avoidance system currently available on the Panda and 500L, receives “Euro NCAP Advanced” award.
  • The plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy, becomes first Group assembly plant to achieve prestigious World Class Manufacturing Gold Level.

GIUGNO: Lancio della Fiat 500L Living

July

  • Fiat: Fiat CEO presents 5-year, €700 million investment plan for the Sevel plant in Italy. The plant, which currently produces Ducato light commercial vehicles, is operated as a 50/50 JV between Fiat Group Automobiles and PSA‑Peugeot Citroën. Fiat issues an €850 million bond (6.75%, due October 2019). Following re-opening of the transaction in September, a further €400 million in notes are issued, increasing the total principal amount to €1.25 billion.

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July - Sevel di Atessa

  • Fiat Group Automobiles: Fiat Group Automobiles, Crédit Agricole and Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance reach an agreement to extend the 50/50 JV in FGA Capital (“FGAC”) up to 31 December 2021. The extension of the alliance is intended to ensure the long-term sustainability of FGAC, a captive finance company that manages FGA’s main activities in retail auto financing, dealership financing, long-term car rental and fleet management in 14 European countries.
    Fiat presents the new 500L Living and Trekking to the international media and launches “Natural Power” versions of the 500L and 500L Living.
  • Jeep: Jeep Grand Cherokee wins the Cars.com/USA Today “Midsize SUV Challenge”.
  • RAM, Fiat: J.D. Power and Associates APEAL Study ranks Ram Truck as top “non-premium” brand and Fiat 500 as top city car.

August

  • Fiat: Fiat and Itaú Unibanco renew commercial cooperation agreement in Brazil for a further 10 years. In place since 2003, the agreement ensures a strong financial partner to offer Fiat’s customers and dealer network a full spectrum of competitive financing solutions.
  • Dodge: 2013 Dodge Dart named “Top Safety Pick+” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

August

September

  • Fiat: Fitch confirms rating on Fiat S.p.A.’s long-term debt at ‘BB-’ and short-term at ‘B’. The outlook remains negative.

    Dow JonesFor fifth consecutive year, the Group is included in the DJSI World and Europe with top scores in several key areas in the economic, environmental and social dimensions. The overall score was 89/100 compared with average of 61/100 for all sector companies evaluated by RobecoSAM.



  • Alfa Romeo: Presentation of refreshed versions of the MiTo and Giulietta at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Features include new interiors, latest generation UConnect infotainment systems and new engine options (105 hp 0.9L TwinAir Turbo for the MiTo and 150 hp 2.0L JTDM 2 for the Giulietta).
  • Maserati: At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati showcases the Quattroporte diesel and the Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept version: a first step in the collaboration with the premiere Italian fashion house.

October

  • Fiat Group Automobiles: Fiat Group Automobiles completes acquisition of remaining 50% stake in VM Motori S.p.A., for purchase consideration of €34.1 million, giving the Group 100% control. The initial 50% stake was acquired in 2010.

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  • Chrysler: Chrysler Group brands win 15 of 24 awards issued by the Texas Auto Writers Association such as “Truck of Texas” (Ram 1500 pickup), “SUV of Texas” (Jeep Grand Cherokee), “Commercial Vehicle of Texas” (Ram ProMaster), and “Truck Line of Texas” (Ram Trucks).

October - Chrysler

November

  • Fiat: European Investment Bank, SACE and Fiat sign agreement for €400 million in financing to support R&D programs at five Fiat research centers in Italy for the period 2013-2016. The loan is 50% guaranteed by SACE. Fiat issues a CHF 450 million bond (4.00%, due November 2017).
  • Maserati: Ghibli debuts in North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
  • Fiat Group Automobiles: the Tofaş plant in Bursa, Turkey achieves World Class Manufacturing Gold Level.

November - Tofas

December

  • Fiat: For second consecutive year, Fiat Group is recognized as leader in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Italy 100 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for its commitment to addressing climate change. The Group received the highest overall score (99/100) for transparency in disclosure and the maximum score (A) for its commitment toward reducing carbon emissions.
  • Fiat Group Automobiles: Group plant in Tychy, Poland, achieves World Class Manufacturing Gold Level.

December - World Class Manufacturing

  • RAM: Ram Pickup receives Motor Trend Magazine’s “Truck of the Year” for 2013 and 2014 (December 2013), the first time ever a vehicle has won two years in a row.
  • Fiat-Chrysler: 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 and Fiat 500e battery-electric drive system named among Ward’s “10 Best Engines for 2014”.
  • Alfa Romeo: Alfa Romeo 4C named winner of the Sportscars/Imported category by readers of Auto Zeitung in Germany and “Car of the Year 2013” by FHM magazine in the U.K. Delivery of the Launch Edition of the Alfa Romeo 4C began in October.