Car maker fined $6.4m for promoting China-made automobiles as Italian | EUROtoday

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The Italian authorities has fined a automotive firm $6.4m (£5m) for allegedly branding automobiles that have been made in China as being produced in Italy.

DR Automobiles deceptive market automobiles as being produced in Italy, regardless that they have been largely made in China, in keeping with the nation’s competitors regulator.

The agency stated it could attraction towards the high-quality because it had by no means claimed its automobiles have been utterly made in Italy.

Southern Italy-based DR Automobiles assembles low-cost automobiles, utilizing elements produced by Chinese automotive makers Chery, BAIC and JAC.

The regulator stated automobiles beneath the corporate’s DR and EVO manufacturers have been bought as being Italian-made however have been largely of Chinese origin.

Only minor meeting and ending work was carried out in Italy, it stated.

“This practice has coincided with a period in which the company recorded marked growth in sales of DR and EVO vehicles in the Italian market,” the authority added.

The transfer comes as Italy and the European Union (EU) as an entire are cracking down on automobiles produced outdoors the buying and selling bloc.

Last month, dozens of Morocco-made Fiat Topolinos have been seized within the Italian port of Livorno as a result of that they had Italian flag insignia.

Fiat’s guardian firm Stellantis stated it had adopted laws however has since eliminated the flags from the automobiles.

Last week, the EU threatened to hit Chinese electrical automobiles with import taxes of as much as 38%, after politicians referred to as them a risk to the area’s motor trade.

These prices would come on prime of the present price of 10% levied on all Chinese electrical automotive imports to the EU.

In response, China stated the tariffs violated worldwide commerce guidelines and described the investigation as “protectionism”.

The announcement got here after the US final month raised its tariff on Chinese electrical automobiles from 25% to 100%.