Trucker strike halts third Fiat plant

TURIN, Italy, June 5 (Reuters) - Automaker Fiat SpA FIA.MI has halted production at a third Italian plant because a strike by delivery truck drivers means it cannot get new cars to showrooms, a company source said on Thursday.

The drivers are striking to protest rising fuel costs.

Fiat’s plant at Termini Imerese was shut down on Thursday, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The plant at Cassino stopped production on Tuesday afternoon and the Melfi site halted on Wednesday.

Italian new car sales fell for a fifth month in a row in May as higher fuel costs and a slowing economy mean consumers are less willing to make large purchases. (Reporting by Gianni Montani; Editing by David Cowell)