Issue: Sep 2018


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles R&D



The telling of Brazil’s automotive success story would not be complete without telling the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) story.

by Clinton Wright


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the winner of the ANA 2017 award for Brazilian companies which have introduced water-saving measures, in the Medium and Large Enterprises category. This is the effluent treatment plant at the Betim factory.

The evolution of FCA in Brazil started with the Betim plant (state of Minas Gerais), which began operations in 1976. In addition
to the Fiat Plant, FCA has two other vehicle production units in Latin America: The Jeep Automotive Plant, in the city of Goiana
(Pernambuco), and the Fiat Plant of Cordoba, Argentina.

It also operates an engine plant located in Campo Largo (Paraná). The Fiat Automotive Plant is the largest vehicle factory in
Latin America, and one of the largest plants in the world, with production capacity of 800,000 units per year.
In over 40 years more than 15 million vehicles have been produced, three million of which have been exported to more than 30 countries. The plant occupies an area of more than two million square meters.
The same site contains the vehicle plant (Stamping, Body in White, Painting Shop and Assembly), the engines and transmissions
plant, and the Research & Development Centre.

The solid innovation culture at FCA has a direct connection with the Research & Development Centre, which brings together the conditions and technologies required to create a vehicle from the ground up. It encompasses a design centre, vehicle and powertrain project engineering disciplines, experimental engineering and powertrain engineering, comprising a 1,000-strong team in synergy with other FCA R&D centers in Italy, United States, and the most recent one, in Pernambuco, Brazil.
FCA has nearly 20,000 employees in Brazil.

It has been rated as one of the top 10 most innovative companies of the country by Forbes magazine, in a survey carried out together with the Observatory of Brazilian Multinational Companies (Observatório de Multinacionais Brasileiras) of the Superior School of Advertising and Marketing (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing - ESPM).



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