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Fiat boss expects production cuts

Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne estimates Europe needs to cut 10 to 20% of its car manufacturing capacity to deal with falling sales in the region.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers estimates Europe sold 13.5 million vehicles last year, down from a peak of 16 million in 2007.

Mr Marchionne said at a conference that he thinks sales will stay at that depressed level until at least 2014, unless Europe's governments solve the region's debt crisis.

A regional car trade group estimates that Europe has around 200 car plants that employ 2.3 million people.

Mr Marchionne said European leaders have a great opportunity to transform the region, but must act quickly.

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