MILAN -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has so far not interrupted production in Italy following a coronavirus outbreak in the country, and is about to restart operations at its Serbian plant, European chief Pietro Gorlier said on Tuesday.
Cases of coronavirus in Italy, the worst affected country in Europe, rose to more than 260 on Tuesday, with seven deaths.
FCA is closely monitoring the situation, the automaker's Europe chief, Pietro Gorlier, said at the company's plant in Pomigliano d'Arco near Naples, local media reported.
"Until a week ago we mainly handled the Chinese side of the crisis, which we basically managed to overcome," Gorlier was reported as saying.
"Clearly there are updates every day and we are monitoring the situation in Italy. We are confident we will manage to overcome these problems," he said.
The quotes were confirmed by an FCA spokesman.
Coronavirus cases in Italy have so far mainly been reported in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, where Fiat Chrysler does not have plants.
Fiat Chrysler's European home in Turin is the administrative center of the Piedmont region in northern Italy and the automaker is restricting access to its European plants.
Gorlier said FCA has no production interruptions in Italy at the moment and it will also restart production in Serbia, which had been postponed.
The spokesman said that production in Serbia would resume on Thursday. FCA builds the Fiat 500L in Serbia.
FCA earlier this month said it had temporarily halted production at the Serbian plant in response to a shortage of certain components sourced in China, the first such suspension by an automaker in Europe.
FCA last week restarted production at plants it operates in China through its joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group.
Gorlier also said the automaker planned to start producing the Tonale, Alfa Romeo's new compact SUV, in Pomigliano in the second half of next year.
FCA, which has agreed a $50 billion merger with PSA Group, confirmed its 5 billion euro investment plan for Italy to 2021, Gorlier said.
"Until we have completed the merger, we will continue to be two separate companies," Gorlier was reported as saying.