Tavares Discusses Issues Facing The Automotive Industry With Italian Newspaper!

Stellantis CEO, Talks About The Company's Strategy Moving Forward In Europe...

In an interview with the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera“, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares discussed some of the details the company faces as it continues forward with electrification, especially in Italy.

The move to electricity-powered vehicles has been propelled into action due to politics. The European Parliament voted that the European Union (E.U.) will only have electrified vehicles sold in that market by 2035

The decision has raised a lot of concerns and fears about not only the cars but the way they will be produced.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares behind the wheel of the GranTurismo Folgore. (Maserati).

When asked about Stellantis’ Italian plants and layoffs, Tavares exclaimed, “We have the technology, the people, the facilities, and the manufacturing capabilities to make it to 2030 as one team. In Europe we are in second place in electric car sales with less than 3,000 units behind Volkswagen; I can say that we are on his neck. In the United States, we are third in low-emission vehicles. We are competing for the best. By 2030, 70% of our vehicles will be electric, 100% of our sales in Europe. We will not divide the group as Ford did by creating a newco for the electrical sector.”

Tavares went on to say, “In Stellantis there is no old and new to divide, we are a single group that goes in one direction. I understand the concerns, but we are investing €30 billion in electrification and software. And next year with FIAT there will be at least two new models in the B-segment. We are investing €14 billion annually in research, development and plants and Italy is an important piece of our industrial plan.”

2019 Fiat Concept Centoventi. (FIAT).

The two new FIAT models that Tavares is talking about is the next-generation Fiat Panda and a new Fiat 500-based vehicle, that will be based on the all-new Jeep® (JJ).

Tavares will also asked about the fragility of the production system, mainly due to ongoing semiconductor shortages from China. He explained that, “… we are still at lower levels than in 2019, the situation is stabilizing but normality will not return before 2023. Europe’s dependence on China and Japan for technologies was one of the causes of this slowdown. The production of the chips was directed more towards consumer products, from PCs to tablets rather than cars. But now the situation is normalizing, from ten suppliers who have had problems with this shortage of chips, we are down to two. With the decline in demand for cars, we will increasingly focus on high value-added models.”

Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares and Alfa Romeo CEO Jean Philippe Imparato in the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce. (Alfa Romeo).

Stellantis’ assembly plants have been facing continous supply and semiconductor shortages over the recent year. With the ongoing global inflation issue and vehicle demand dropping, there are still several changes facing Stellantis.

To read more of the interview and to see his thoughts about the former FCA CEO, Sergio Marchionne, you can visit the interview in its entirely on Corriere della Sera.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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The translated Italian original was a bit choppy, but you guys got the important stuff for us. For CDJR fans, and myself, the best thing I took away was that Stellantis is pretty much leaving North America autonomous enough to develop their home designed products on their own terms. Indeed the corporate platforms will be the building blocks of the future, but how they are adopted for our markets largely rests with Chrysler NA. I see a path forward where Chrysler’s Dodges, Jeeps and Rams remain enough American in execution and purpose to be called Mopars by Mopar people. That new Jeepster might be great in Europe, a feather in the cap for the Polish factories, but keeping it away from our markets, a smart move and the right move. Just keep the resources flowing Carlos, we can handle the rest.

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Will the Chrysler EVs be competitive? The new EV bill mandates that 80% of the battery material needs to be sourced from countries the US has a trade agreement with (not China) by 2028.

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