Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to announce its updated European production plan, which will include building new models at its facilities in Italy.
FCA’s plan allegedly includes building more Jeep models, a new Maserati-based Alfa Romeo SUV, as well as the long-awaited Maserati Alfieri sports cars, according to a report from Reuters that cites union sources.
Pietro Gorlier, FCA’s new European Chief, will meet with unions on Thursday to discuss the proposals and make an official announcement to the media later that day.
According to these sources, the Melfi factory in southern Italy will start building the Jeep Compass, which will replace the Fiat Punto whose production ceased last August. The same factory already produces the Jeep Renegade.
Under FCA’s rumored new European plan, the Pomigliano factory is set to keep building the Fiat Panda, dismissing earlier reports that said Fiat would move its production to Poland, where it was made until 2011. The Pomigliano factory will also become the home of the upcoming ‘baby’ Jeep, a model that’s smaller than the Renegade and is focused on European customers.
Fiat’s future range will be limited to just a few models, including the popular 500 and the Panda. The 500 model family will play a central role in the brand’s EV strategy. FCA is expected to pick the Mirafiori plant for the production of the new electric 500 but the decision is not yet final.
Mirafiori is also home to the Maserati Levante, which could lend its platform for a new SUV for Alfa Romeo. The new Alfa SUV will be bigger than the Stelvio and be positioned as the brand’s flagship crossover.
The same sources added that the Maserati Alfieri will most likely be made in the brand’s hometown of Modena.
FCA wants to grow its operating margin in Europe, which was 3.2 percent last year, to between 5 and 7 percent by 2022.
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