Stellantis announced earlier this week, a massive realignment of its Italian operations as the automaker shifts to selling more electrified vehicles. The company states the changes will help safeguard jobs and increase efficiency in the region.
The automaker plans to retool its Mirafiori Assembly Plant (which currently builds the Maserati Levante and electrified Fiat 500e) in Turin, Italy into an electric-vehicle hub producing the next-generation Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. The next-generation Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans will be built upon the new STLA Large platform and showcasing the new “Folgore” battery-electric vehicle (BEV) propulsion system.
The Mirafiori facility will have one manufacturing process to produce Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Mild-Hybrid Engine (mHEV), plug-in electric (PHEV), and BEV vehicles.
The 1,100 employees who work at Grugliasco will move to the Mirafiori facility by 2024. This means there should not any impact on the current workforce what so ever. The Grigliasco plant is 2.5 miles (4 km) from the Mirafiori facility. The 1,100 employees from Grugliasco move between the two sites already when production needs call for it.
The Mirafiori factory has played a very historic role for FIAT. In the 1970s, the plant employeed around 50,000 employees and over 600,000 vehicles a year. Over the years, the facility has manufactured some of the most iconic vehicles for the FIAT, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati brands. Some of those vehicles include the 1955 to 1969 Fiat 600, 1957 to 1972 Fiat 500, 1984 to 1994 Lancia Thema executive sedan, and the 2008 to 2018 Alfa Romeo MiTo.
The reorganization plan will help Stellantis cut cost from its Italian production, which has been under scrutiny since the formation of the Stellantis identity. Italian production cost are the highest throughout the European Union (EU).
Back in July, Stellantis announced that it would build one of its three new European battery plants on the grounds of the Termoli Powertrain Plant in Termoli, Italy. The site current manufacturers ICE versions of the Stellantis Global Medium Engine (GME) family.