FCA’s history is marked by more than a century of innovation. Many of the Company’s engineering
breakthroughs are now standard equipment, industry-wide, around the world. FCA remains
committed to such excellence as we continually strive to improve vehicle safety, connectivity and
fuel efficiency, while delivering a product our customers are proud to own and drive.
More than 20,000 employees at 87 research and development centers around the globe are
involved in the Group’s pursuit of innovation. In addition, FCA is a key stakeholder in seven R&D
FCA has a significant intellectual property portfolio, with more than 11,800 patents and patent
applications, and nearly 1,900 protected product designs as of 2017. During the year, the Group
invested €4.3 billion in research and development, representing 3.9 percent of net revenues from
industrial operations, up 1.5 percent over the previous year.