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Fiat Chrysler profits soar on North American results

by The Associated Press   

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North American sales of the all-new Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler drive up the automaker's global profits

MILAN – Italian American automaker Fiat Chrysler says fourth-quarter net profits rose by 61 per cent, powered by North American sales of the all-new Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday reported quarterly net profits of 1.29 billion euros (US$1.46 million), compared with 804 million euros in 2017. Revenues rose 6 per cent to 30.6 billion euros.

North America profits grew by 19 per cent to 6.2 billion euros, accounting for the lion’s share of the automaker’s global profits. The carmaker continued to have trouble in Asia, which swung to a loss due to market weakness in China and more competition in Fiat Chrysler’s core SUV market.

Europe also lost ground, with profits dipping 44 per cent on lower shipments and weaker pricing, while Latin America more than doubled.



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