Kevin Flynn appointed as head of Fiat Chrysler India - IAB Report

03/02/2015 - 17:41 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

The group plans on introducing new brands in India. 

Following the exit of Nagesh Basavanhalli, formerly the president and managing director of Fiat Chrysler India, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of Kevin Flynn as his replacement. Flynn takes the post with immediate effect.

Kevin Flynn
Kevin Flynn comes to Fiat Chrysler India from Jaguar Land Rover's African operations.

Flynn will be responsible for the Fiat brand and other subsequent brands that will be introduced in the country, like Abarth and Jeep. He is a veteran with 30 years experience in the auto industry, and previously served as Managing Director for South Africa, sub-Sahara regions for Jaguar Land Rover.

For 2015, the company plans on introducing the performance oriented Abarth brand, and the iconic American SUV brand, Jeep, in the country. These brands were supposed to launch last year, but the company cited poor exchange rates as a reason for delaying them.

Fiat Avventura at the launch in India screen capture
Fiat's last launch in India, the Avventura, hasn't significantly contributed to the company's sales figures.

The Fiat brand sells the Punto Evo, Avventura, Linea Classic and new Linea in India. Sales of Fiat India still continue to hover in three digits. The brand sold 803 cars in December 2014 and 760 cars in November 2014.

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Currently, Fiat operates 132 dealerships in 98 cities across 24 states in India.

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