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Stellantis Turning Turin Plant Into EV Hub, Will Also Build Future Maserati Sedans

Stellantis is set to transform its Mirafiori factory in Turin, Italy, into an electric vehicle hub, in a move that’s meant to increase efficiency and safeguard jobs. The carmaker will also build two future Maserati sedans there between 2022 and 2024.
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The Mirafiori plant used to produce more than 600,000 cars a year back in the 1970s. Currently, it builds the Maserati Levante SUV, as well as the new Fiat 500 battery-electric minicar.

According to Italian outlet La Repubblica, Stellantis is also looking into increasing production of the combustion-engine Fiat 500 at Mirafiori by shifting some volumes there from Tychy, Poland, reports Autonews Europe.

At the same time, the company will create a new electrified platform specific for Maserati, to the benefit of the Ghibli and the Quattroporte.

“Stellantis is working with determination and alacrity to anticipate and prepare for the energy transition of all its Italian industrial sites,” the carmaker said in a statement yesterday. By improving its manufacturing performance, Stellantis could “give this country (Italy) a strategic role among the group’s main domestic European markets.”

Furthermore, all 1,100 workers from the nearby Grugliasco site will move to Mirafiori by 2024, with no overall impact on jobs in the area, added the company. This decision marks the end of full car manufacturing at Grugliasco, less than a decade after it began rolling out Maserati models.

Back in February, Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares spoke with Italian unions about the high production costs at Fiat’s factories - up to four times more than PSA’s costs for production in France or Spain for similar models – with blame being assigned to low sales numbers rather than high labor costs.

Now that steps are being taken to remedy such situations, Stellantis can look forward to maximizing its opportunities in Italy, and it all starts with shifting focus over to electric mobility.

 
 
 
 
 

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