Fiat dealers in Italy have filed a protest with Fiat Chrysler after the automaker invoiced them for 6,000 vehicles that they did not order.
According to Automotive News, the dealers discovered the vehicles listed in their dealer management system. The vehicles were mainly Fiat Tipo compact cars and Fiat Ducato vans that were of uncommon specifications, making them difficult to sell.
The total value of the cars is thought to be around 90 million euros ($96 million USD). The dealers, who didn’t want to be named by AN out of fear of FCA’s reaction to the matter, said the invoicing comes at a particularly bad time as they have large inventories of Tipo sedans and hatchbacks on inventory already.
The move came amid a difficult first-quarter for Fiat Chrysler automobiles and helped it put an additional 90 million euro on its books for the period. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne had anticipated a difficult first quarter for the automaker and has predicted the rest of the year will be stronger.