27 June 2013
Italian auto maker Fiat and its majority-owned US subsidiary Chrysler have announced the opening of a new parts distribution centre in South Africa to service dealers, retailers and customers in the southern African region.
The 19 000 square metre Mopar facility in Pretoria will distribute more than 50 000 part types to 80 delivery points in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Mopar is the service, parts and customer-care brand for Chrysler and Fiat. Since Fiat’s alignment with Chrysler, the companies have opened Mopar warehouses in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
“We will strategically grow our parts distribution network in order to support our brands and customers in the marketplace,” Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier said in a statement on Monday.
“Our new parts distribution center will further improve service to our dealers, distributors and customers in this region. We will continue to look for opportunities to support our growth.”
The South African Mopar facility will support the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep and SRT makes.
According to Mopar, its parts “are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide”.