That’s the official decision of a Paris court, anyway. The court ruled that Chevrolet must pay 8-million euros ($8.5-million USD) to its French dealers as compensation for its “brutal” withdrawal from the continent, according to reports.
The payout will be divided amongst 17 dealers who all sued the company for “not respecting” a notice period it was obliged to provide them after the company’s announcement in 2013 that it would withdraw from the market in 2015 due to poor sales.
The dealers originally went-in looking for 17 million euros, claiming that when they rejected Chevrolet’s original compensation package, the company purposefully withdrew marketing material and delayed vehicle shipments. In doing so, the dealers had no metal to move.
Chevrolet originally pulled out of Europe so as not to compete with Vauxhall and Opel, two companies that are far-more intrenched and accepted in the European marketplace. Chevrolet sales tumbled 64.5 percent in France in the three months following its decision to pull-out of the market.