a hundred “Made in Morocco” electric cars seized for an unusual reason

a hundred “Made in Morocco” electric cars seized for an unusual reason
a hundred “Made in Morocco” electric cars seized for an unusual reason
According to the Italian press, this seizure took place on Wednesday May 15 in the port of Livorno. The electric vehicles (which can also be driven by 14-year-olds with a driving license) carried stickers depicting the Italian flag.

This detail did not go unnoticed by the Guardia di Finanza, which accused Stellantis, the parent company of Fiat, of having falsely indicated the origin of the product, manufactured in Morocco.

The Italian authorities accuse the car manufacturer of importing and marketing industrial products with false indications of geographical origin.

According to investigators, the tricolor flags displayed on the vehicle are clearly misleading signs for the end consumer. Currently, the 134 Fiat Topolino (and Topolino Dolcevita) models are in custody, notably at the Leonardo Da Vinci terminal and at the Compagnia impresa lavoratori portuali (Cilp).

The Stellentis company reacted through its spokesperson, who said that the sole purpose of the sticker was to indicate the entrepreneurial origin of the product. The group believed it had acted in accordance with the rules, he assured, adding that the decision to produce the new Topolino in Morocco was clear since the announcement of the new model.

To resolve this issue, it was decided to remove the stickers after approval from the competent authorities.”

As a reminder, the Italian government and Stellantis are having difficulty agreeing on the company’s choices. The government contests the relocation of production plants, believing that cars bearing the Italian flag must be produced locally.

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