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Stellantis will turn Turin factory into hub for EVs, Maserati cars

MILAN — Stellantis programs to retool its manufacturing unit in Turin, Italy, into an electric powered-auto hub, transferring production of two Maserati styles to the Mirafiori plant.

The move is meant to improve performance and safeguard jobs as the automaker shifts to providing a lot more electric powered autos.

Stellantis will assign Mirafiori a new electrified platform to build Maserati sedans involving 2022 and 2024, producing the manufacturing unit, wherever the automaker currently produces the Fiat New 500 battery-electrical minicar, the group’s centre for electrification in Italy.

The Mirafiori manufacturing unit is the historic heart of Fiat, employing some 50,000 personnel in its heyday in the 1970s when it made use of to produce extra than 600,000 autos a year.

The plant at this time builds the Maserati Levante SUV as properly as the Fiat New 500.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Saturday described that Stellantis could enhance creation of the combustion-motor Fiat 500 at Mirafiori by going some volumes there from Tychy, Poland.

At Mirafiori, Stellantis will have 1 producing system to make combustion engines, hybrids, and electric powered powertrains.

Maserati EV platform

Stellantis, which was fashioned from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group earlier this calendar year, will create the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans at Mirafiori, shifting from the close by web-site of Grugliasco.

A person of the initial steps will be to create a new electrified system precise for Maserati, Stellantis explained.

“Stellantis is doing the job with willpower and alacrity to foresee and put together for the vitality changeover of all its Italian industrial sites,” the company stated in a assertion Monday.

The objective is to increase effectiveness at the crops “to give this region a strategic purpose among the group’s major domestic European markets,” Stellantis mentioned.

Future generation of the New 500 is also verified in Turin, the automaker explained, after presenting its approach in Rome to the field and labor ministers and unions.

No job losses

All 1,100 employees and capabilities in Grugliasco will move to Mirafiori by 2024 with no in general effects on positions in the region, Stellantis explained without offering information about what comes about to the Grugliasco web-site following that date. Assembly functions will go right away.

Grugliasco is 4 km (2.5 miles) from Mirafiori. Its workers have usually moved in between the two internet sites dependent on creation requirements.

The conclusion marks the conclusion of complete auto producing at the Grugliasco plant considerably less than a ten years following it began creation of Maserati vehicles.

Stellantis claimed it will allocate much more electrification-linked activities to Mirafiori.

Italy overhaul

Stellantis’ generation in Italy has been underneath scrutiny for costing more than somewhere else in Europe.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares informed Italian unions in February that production expenditures at Fiat’s factories in Italy were being up to four times extra than at PSA’s crops in France or Spain for a equivalent product, generally since of lower-than-anticipated product sales relatively than significant labor prices.

In June, the automaker made the decision to reorganize output at the Melfi plant in southern Italy, its premier facility in the region, on a single improved line that will merge two current types with unchanged capability. It will build 4 medium-phase electrical motor vehicles, for distinct brands, beginning in 2024.

The corporation claimed in July it would develop one of its 3 European battery factories in Italy, at the Termoli site, 300 km east of Rome. The plant at this time tends to make internal combustion engines.

Italy’s Marketplace Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti said in a assertion that there was an ongoing “large effort” to help the Termoli gigafactory initiative with general public funds.

Italy’s govt has sought assurances from Stellantis that Italy will stay 1 of the primary international locations where by it builds vehicles as the EV shift jeopardizes thousands of manufacturing jobs.

Stellantis very last month finalized options for Daimler to be part of its European battery enterprise.

Bloomberg and Reuters contributed to this report