During a significant meeting held on Friday in Rome between Carlos Tavares, the CEO of Stellantis, and Adolfo Urso, the Minister of Business and Made in Italy, exciting developments for the Stellantis Melfi Assembly Plant in Melfi, Italy were confirmed. Tavares expressed the automotive group’s commitment to reversing the declining trend in Italian car production, starting with the Melfi plant, which is of paramount importance not only for the country but also on a global scale.
Notably, Tavares announced plans to introduce five new models to be produced at the Stellantis Melfi Assembly Plant, contrary to the previously confirmed four models. Reports suggest that all five cars will belong to the high-end premium segment, with four of them representing foreign brands. The anticipated fifth model is rumored to be a future addition to the renowned Jeep® lineup. Stellantis, in an official statement, emphasized the significance of continuous engagement with the government and social partners to counter the decades-long decline in the country’s car production.
Concerns had been raised by trade unions in recent months regarding the future of the Melfi plant, as they believed the initially confirmed four models might not be sufficient to ensure full employment. However, the addition of a fifth model greatly improves the situation, alleviating any concerns for employees and associated personnel. The forthcoming cars manufactured at the Stellantis Melfi plant will all be based on the STLA Medium platform, offering a range of up to 700 kilometers (approximately 435 miles).
Among the newly announced models, one of the highlights is the future Lancia Gamma, set to become the flagship vehicle for the Piedmontese car manufacturer. Production of the Lancia Gamma is scheduled to commence in 2026. Additionally, reports suggest that Opel will contribute with the new Manta model, while DS Automobiles is expected to introduce one or possibly two of their own models at the Melfi plant.
The Stellantis Group continues to underscore the Melfi Assembly Plant’s crucial role within its operations and expresses a growing conviction to invest further in Italy. This latest development highlights the company’s dedication to revitalizing the Italian automotive industry and reinforces the significance of Melfi in achieving that objective.
As Stellantis works towards a bright future for the Melfi plant, attention is particularly drawn to the potential introduction of a new Jeep vehicle. While details remain undisclosed, the prospect of a new Jeep® model being manufactured at the Melfi Assembly Plant further solidifies the plant’s importance within the Stellantis Group’s strategic plans.