A joint venture between Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A of Italy and Tata Motors of India, Fiat India Automobiles Limited is the ninth largest car manufacturer in India (in regards with sales). Fiat was established in India on 2nd January 1997, with a staff of 600 employees and a manufacturing plant in Ranjangaon, Pune. On 19th October 2007 Fiat signed a partnership deal with the Tata Motors of India and Fiat India Automobiles Limited became a 50/50 partnership venture. Fiat India currently has a dealership of 100, across 78 cities in India. For the purpose of sales they use the third largest sales and service network Tata Motors, in fact besides the sales, their after sale service is also taken care by Tata Motors itself. In 2009 Fiat India claimed to sell 23,551 cars which were only 6,897 vehicles last year, making it a grand increase of 241 percent.
Currently there is only 1 manufacturing plant of Fiat India Automobile Limited. The manufacturing plant which is situated in Maharashtra, has a capacity to produce 200,000 engines and 100,000 cars annually, besides the components and aggregates. Fiat India Automobile Limited is working hard to grow the manufacturing plant to almost double of its current capacity by the next five years. Earlier they used to sell Fiat 1100, Fiat 124 and Fiat Uno, manufactured by Premier Automobiles Limited, also there were other models manufactured by them namely Fiat Siena and Fiat Petra, out of which every model is now discontinued. Now, their models that are available in the Indian market are Fiat Palio Stile, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Linea both manufactured locally, and the imported CBU Fiat 500. Expecting a much required growth, Fiat India Automobile Limited is set to launch their 2 new models in the Indian market by the year 2011 namely Fiat Grande Punto Evo by February and Fiat Bravo in April.