FCA’s U.S. Sales Chief Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Carmaker

The U.S. sales chief of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the Italian-American car manufacturer.

In the suit, Reid Bigland alleges that executives within FCA have made him a scapegoat over the company’s inflated vehicle sales practices. He also claims that he “inherited” FCA’s sales figures reporting practices.

Bigland cooperated with a federal investigation into FCA vehicle sales practices and asserts that his pay has been slashed by more than 90 per cent and that the company has withheld his bonuses and stock as part of a compensation plan valued at approximately $1.8 million. The lawsuit contends that FCA intends on using his compensation to pay fines or settlements reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), The Detroit News reports.

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“[Bigland’s] unwillingness to act as a scapegoat for defendants’ 30-year practice which predated him, and his candor regarding defendants’ knowledge of this practice prior to and during his tenure as head of U.S., caused FCA to retaliate against plaintiff less than two months later by withholding his compensation,” Bigland’s lawyer said in a statement.

The exec wants a federal judge to prohibit FCA from any further wrongdoing or retaliation and is asking for an unspecified amount of damages.

In a statement, FCA representatives said: “[Bigland’s] eligibility for incentive compensation — like that of all corporate officers — is subject to a determination by the Board of Directors’ compensation committee that he has satisfied the applicable company and personal performance conditions.”

FCA first had its U.S. sales reporting processes probed by federal investigators in July 2016. The company soon altered its reporting practices, which revealed that rather than enjoying 75 months of year-over-year sales increases as touted until then, FCA had instead only seen sales increases for roughly half that time.

  • Six_Tymes

    you are done, they are essentially kicking you out the door. bye, baby with his millions of dollars crying… puuuulease

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Considering Alfa Romeo and Maserati dealerships went under due in part of his leadership, I am surprised he wasn’t fired long ago.

      • dumblikeyou2

        The dealers in near me are still open and filled with lots of stock.

        • CarCzarDesigner

          Great! It’s good when dealers are so enthusiastic about the product, they have a tremendous inventory.

          • dumblikeyou2

            Okay, calm down there, triggered

          • CarCzarDesigner

            Thanks. But I am well aware not all dealers in the country closed. Once in a while I will see a Giulia, Stelvio or 4C on the road, but it is rare. Only the executives at FCA know the real story. Let’s hope they learned from it and both brands start taking off in the US.

      • Stephen G

        You’re blaming this guy because he couldn’t sell the turd he was given to sell?

        • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

          He wasn’t being asked to sell CHryslers. He was selling Stelvios and Guilias. They are not turds.

          • Stephen G

            If it’s sitting on the lot and nobody wants it then it must be a turd.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            I saw your mother sitting on the lot

          • Stephen G

            Could be! She works for the bank in foreclosures.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            haha

        • Ken Lyns

          If he was hired and paid to sell said turd…

  • Jay

    Lol I think they missed that point.

  • Merc1

    That’s just plain wrong and not true in the least. Dealers with hot products also stock a lot of them so depending on when you go they may have a lot or just a few. You have to look at the actual sales numbers or days a vehicle has been in inventory. Go to any Toyota dealer and you’ll see rows of Camrys, at Ford F150s, at Mercedes GLCs, all big sellers.

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  • dumblikeyou2

    Or they have a continuous fresh supply like the dealers near me. They’re all 2019. Maybe you just live in a poor town where people think buying a car is a 10 year commitment and where I live people just see it as a 3-year lease that’s under warranty.

  • Richard Sloman

    They are on a rapido spiral downwards…

  • Enter Ranting

    Yeah, and you live where? Here in Los Angeles, where expensive cars are a dime a dozen, I almost NEVER see Alfas or Maseratis.

    • dumblikeyou2

      NYC. The largest metropolitan area in the US of 18.9 million people. Expensive cars are double dime a dozen here.

      • Enter Ranting

        So, double the lack of Alfas and Maseratis in New York City. Got it. Thanks.

        • dumblikeyou2

          But still more. See how that works?

          • Enter Ranting

            Bully for you. I wish I could live in a place where, once a month, I could see an also-ran sports sedan broken down and blocking traffic.

          • dumblikeyou2

            Twice a month here. Still winning.

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