Fiat (or Fiat Group) was founded July 11, 1899. It is one of the largest industrial companies in Italy. Fiat manufactures and sells automobiles, agricultural and construction equipment, and commercial vehicles. The company’s Automobile division manufactures and markets automobiles and commercial vehicles under Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Maserati, and Ferrari brands, as well as provides financial services through the Fiat Group Automobiles Financial Services joint venture with the Credit Agricole group. The company’s Production System business designs and produces industrial automation systems and related products for the automotive industry. Its Publishing and Communications division publishes the newspaper, La Stampa, and sells advertising space in the print, television, and Internet media. The company sells its products primarily through dealer networks worldwide. It has automobile manufacturing plants in Italy, Poland, Brazil and Argentina.