The automobile industry in Italy is a quite large employer in the country, with a labour force of over 196,000 (2004) working in the industry. Italy is the 5th largest automobile producer in Europe (2006). Today the Italian automotive industry is almost totally dominated by Fiat Group, in 2001 over 90% of vehicles were produced by it. Italian automotive part industry covers over 2,131 firms and employs almost 250,000 people in 2006. Italy's automotive industry is best known of its automobile designs and small city cars, sports and supercars. The automotive industry makes a significant 8.5% to Italian GDP.
The automobile industry in Italy started little bit later than in France, the Stefanini-Martina of 1896 is thought of as the foundation of the industry. Enrico Bernardi built petrol fuelled tri-cycle car in 1884. Fiat SpA was founded in 1899 and built its first car in same year the 3½HP (or 4HP) with a 679 cc engine and capable of . The Isotta Fraschini was founded in 1900 assembling first Renault models.
Italian motor vehicle production 1997-2006
Italian motor vehicle production 1961-1996
Italian motor vehicle production 1913-1935
Italian automobile manufacturers include: