Alfa Romeo and Maserati production slowed amid new Chinese regulations that bar automakers from imposing stock at dealerships. Both Maserati and Alfa Romeo posted healthy sales figures leading up to the new regulations.
Automotive News Europe reports a production line at the Mirafiori, Turin, Italy, facility will shut down for two weeks. The plant builds the Maserati Levante on this particular line. Additionally, FCA will cull production of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia in Cassino, central Italy, to 265 cars per shift. Previously, the plant built 300 cars per shift. This follows four factory shutdowns since mid-September, according to the report.
China’s new regulations introduce revised rules for automakers and Chinese dealerships, which say the carmaker cannot dump vehicles at dealerships. This, in turn, impacted both brands’ sales significantly.
Analysts still expect Alfa Romeo to sell between 130,000 and 140,000 units in 2017, which may fall short of initial predictions, but remains an “excellent result,” according to Felipe Munoz, Global automotive analyst at JATO Dynamics market researchers.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne previously said Alfa Romeo will sell 170,000 vehicles this year combined.