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Stellantis restructures European dealer network in July 2023 • CableFree TV

Stellantis, the parent company of brands such as Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, Maserati and Peugeot, said Thursday it will reorganize its European dealer networks in July 2023 to cut costs and support its electrification investments.

Starting next summer, Stellantis said it will terminate all current sales and service contracts with dealers in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and later in the rest of Europe for all 14 of its brands. Stellantis will move to an agency model that will give automakers more control over sales transactions, prices and contracts with customers, while dealers will help with delivery and service.

This will result in “increased costs for Stellantis and reduced risk exposure for our distributors.” statement issued by the company.

“The vision of Stellantis is to promote a sustainable distribution model, and all stakeholders will benefit from this change, which is based on the customer experience,” Uwe Hochgeschurtz, chief operating officer of Stellantis Europe, said in a statement. “Customers will be able to benefit from a multi-brand and multi-channel approach with a wider range of services. Dealers will have a new and efficient business model to capitalize on Stellantis’ portfolio of 14 brands, create synergies, optimize distribution costs and offer complementary solutions for sustainable mobility. Our partners play an important role as local representatives of our brands.”

Stellantis-sponsored light commercial vehicles are expected to enter the new distribution structure from January 1, 2024, a company spokesman said. Reuters.

This move is part of the Stellantis strategy. Dare Forward 2030 a strategic plan that aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2038. The plan includes a goal of reaching 100% electric vehicle (BEV) sales for passenger cars by the end of 2030. By 2025, Stellantis plans to launch only BEVs in the luxury and premium segments before electrifying its entire portfolio. In Europe, all launched electric vehicles will be produced from 2026 onwards, the company said.

Stellantis also recently launched a strategy for its business unit dedicated to circular economy, which includes achieving sustainability and profitability through a proven and reliable method of recovery, repair, reuse and recycling. Dealerships will continue to be beneficial to Stellantis’ circular economy brand – for example, any auto parts the company recycles can be distributed and sold through dealer networks.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org