According to Autoblog
, Fiat plans to shut down its facility for eight days with the intent to save an estimated $1.25 million (1 million euros) a day. The planned shut down dates begin this week and will take place on June 14-15. The second round of closings will occur on June 20-21, with an additional four days in July.
August will also see a month-long shutdown, but this is an annual event scheduled for summer vacation.
reported this facility is home to Fiat's styling center, engineering and manufacturing operations, sales and marketing, purchasing and administrative functions.
Fiat's decision is not unlike previous ones made in the past from other carmakers. Back in 2009, General Motors had scheduled shutdowns
as a cost savings measure that lasted for weeks at a time. This GM shutdown came at a time when Chrysler was filing bankruptcy, just prior to the company's purchase by Fiat
Earlier this year GM halted production
of its Volt car for five weeks to allow slower sales to catch up to production.
In 2011 Toyota
, Honda and Nissan also scheduled shutdown days
in the companies' North American manufacturing facilities. This reduced schedule was put into place after the devastation caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan when parts needed for assembly were in shortage.
With the imminent temporary shutdowns, Fiat employees will receive 80 percent of their normal pay through funding by Italy's Cassa Integrazione
temporary layoff program.