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

MILAN — Stellantis programs to retool its factory in Turin, Italy, into an electric powered-vehicle

MILAN — Stellantis programs to retool its factory in Turin, Italy, into an electric powered-vehicle hub, transferring production of two Maserati models to the Mirafiori plant.

The move is intended to raise performance and safeguard work as the automaker shifts to providing far more EVs.

Stellantis will assign Mirafiori a new electrified system to make Maserati sedans amongst 2022 and 2024, generating the factory, where the automaker currently provides the Fiat New 500 battery-electric powered minicar, the group’s heart for electrification in Italy.

The Mirafiori factory is the historic heart of Fiat, using some fifty,000 workers in its heyday in the seventies when it utilized to produce far more than 600,000 automobiles a yr.

The plant currently builds the Maserati Levante crossover as effectively as the Fiat New 500.

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

At Mirafiori, Stellantis will have a person producing process to make combustion engines, hybrids, and electric powered powertrains.

Maserati EV system

Stellantis, which was shaped from the merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group earlier this yr, will make the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans at Mirafiori, shifting from the nearby website of Grugliasco.

Just one of the 1st steps will be to produce a new electrified system certain for Maserati, Stellantis said.

“Stellantis is doing the job with determination and alacrity to foresee and get ready for the vitality transition of all its Italian industrial internet sites,” the company said in a assertion Monday.

The goal is to strengthen effectiveness at the plants “to give this country a strategic function among the the group’s primary domestic European markets,” Stellantis said.

Upcoming production of the New 500 is also confirmed in Turin, the automaker said, just after presenting its program in Rome to the industry and labor ministers and unions.

No job losses

All one,100 workers and functions in Grugliasco will move to Mirafiori by 2024 with no general affect on work in the area, Stellantis said devoid of offering information about what happens to the Grugliasco website just after that date. Assembly operations will move immediately.

Grugliasco is two.five miles from Mirafiori. Its workers have normally moved amongst the two internet sites centered on production needs.

The decision marks the finish of total car or truck producing at the Grugliasco plant less than a 10 years just after it started off production of Maserati automobiles.

Stellantis said it will allocate far more electrification-associated pursuits to Mirafiori.

Italy overhaul

Stellantis’ production in Italy has been under scrutiny for costing far more than elsewhere in Europe.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares instructed Italian unions in February that production expenses at Fiat’s factories in Italy have been up to four situations far more than at PSA’s plants in France or Spain for a identical product, mainly for the reason that of lessen-than-expected gross sales instead than large labor expenses.

In June, the automaker determined to reorganize output at the Melfi plant in southern Italy, its major facility in the country, on a single enhanced line that will merge two existing ones with unchanged potential. It will make four medium-segment EVs, for distinctive makes, starting off in 2024.

The company said in July it would make a person of its 3 European battery factories in Italy, at the Termoli website, about 190 miles east of Rome. The plant currently can make interior combustion engines.

Italy’s Sector Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti said in a assertion that there was an ongoing “large work” to support the Termoli gigafactory initiative with community resources.

Italy’s govt has sought assurances from Stellantis that Italy will continue being a person of the primary nations where it builds automobiles as the EV change jeopardizes hundreds of producing work.

Stellantis previous thirty day period finalized programs for Daimler to join its European battery venture.

Bloomberg and Reuters contributed to this report