Fiat Chrysler Australia has appointed Kevin Flynn (above) its new managing director amid falling sales.
Alfa Romeo, Jeep, and Fiat have all seen their sales decline throughout 2019, with registrations dropping 31.8 per cent, 28.0 per cent and 9.8 per cent year-to-date respectively. Chrysler is bucking the trend, up 20.7 per cent on the back of a New South Wales police contract.
Jeep and Fiat have both seen dramatic sales declines since Flynn's predecessor arrived in April 2016, with Jeep sales plummeting from 12,620 in 2016 to just 7326 last year.
Fiat has suffered an even more precipitous drop since 2016, with registrations falling by more than 50 per cent since the brand shifted 2414 cars in 2016.
Although new product helped Alfa Romeo grow from 711 sales (2016) to 1279 (2018), the storied Italian marque has struggled in 2019.
The new boss joined Fiat Chrysler as managing director of India in 2015, and developed the marketing and export strategy for the current Jeep Compass. He's also held 'senior executive positions' at a number of brands in South Africa.
"I am delighted to appoint Kevin to his new role. He is a strong leader, motivated by dealer relationships and consumer insights," said Cesar Michelutti, chief financial officer for FCA Asia Pacific.
"With his extensive international automotive industry experience and broad skillset, Kevin will bring a new perspective to the Australian market."
Outgoing managing director Steve Zanlunghi will move into an as-yet unannounced role.
Note: Maserati is owned by Fiat Chrysler, but distributed by Ateco in Australia.