Revenue at Fiat SpA's truck unit Iveco grew to about Ђ9 billion (US$11.6 billion) in 2006, from Ђ8.5 billion a year earlier, the company said.
Iveco chief executive Paolo Monferino said during a presentation in Monte Carlo that the Fiat truck unit's 2006 performance was in line with targets. More details were to be disclosed when Fiat reports full-year 2006 earnings on Jan. 25.
The unit lifted its operating profit margin to about 6 percent of revenues in 2006, again in line with targets. In 2005, Iveco's operating margin was 3.9 percent of revenues, reports AP.
Iveco, a unit of the Fiat Group SpA, designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of commercial vehicles and produces public transport vehicles as well as special purpose vehicles for defense and civil protection applications, engines and firefighting vehicles.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge