Components and Production Systems
FCA’s history is marked by more than a century of innovation. Many of the Company’s innovation breakthroughs are now standard equipment, industry-wide, around the world. FCA remains committed to such excellence as we continually strive to improve vehicle performance, safety, connectivity and fuel efficiency, while delivering a product our customers are proud to own and drive.
Around 18,000 employees at numerous research and development facilities around the globe are involved in the Group’s innovation activities.
FCA has a significant intellectual property portfolio, with 5,726 patents and patent applications, and 1,941 protected product designs at year-end 2018. During 2018, the Group invested €3.5 billion in research and development, representing 3.2 percent of net revenues from industrial operations.