MILAN (Reuters) - Fiat
Winning a banking license would make Fiat more competitive against rival car makers such as Volkswagen
"Fiat was not able to access ECB funds during the two Long Term Refinancing Operations because it did not have a bank," the source told Reuters on Sunday, confirming a report in Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.
The source said the request for a banking license was presented to the Bank of Italy earlier this year.
Fga Capital was set up in 2006 as an equal partnership between Fiat and French bank Credit Agricole
Last year, Fiat and Credit Agricole extended their joint venture to the end of 2021.
Fiat has high funding costs given its 'junk' credit rating and is looking for solutions to cut costs and thus improve margins.
Fiat declined to comment. The Bank of Italy was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Lisa Jucca; Editing by Anthony Barker)