Fiat will stop producing mass modelsMay 19, 2018
Concern Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will stop production of Fiat cars in Italy, focusing on the production of premium brand cars, the Bloomberg news agency reports.
Start of changes in production is planned for June. The assembly of the Panda model will be moved to Poland, where the models are now in production: 500, Abarth 595 and Lancia Ypsilon. The FCA factories in Naples and Turin, where Alfa Romeo Mito and Panda are currently being assembled, will be re-equipped for the Maserati and Jeep models. At the plant in Turin, they already produce the Maserati Levante crossover.
From the now released FCA model at the Melfi Punto model, it was decided to abandon after 13 years on the assembly line, as well as from Mito, introduced in 2008. The conveyor belt released from the hatchback is redesigned for the release of the second Maserati crossover.
With this strategy, FCA will be easier to integrate hybrid models into its line, said a source familiar with the plan. The manufacturer intends to abandon diesel cars by 2022 and plans a number of productive hybrids under its premium brands. The launch of electric cars will begin in 2020 with the model Maserati Alfieri.
Probably, everything is explained easier, FCA simply gets rid of illiquid. In principle, Fiat Panda sells well, but they still do not refuse from it, but transfer production to Poland, which, probably, will also allow to reduce the cost of production.
By the way, we reported on the plans of FCA to expand the Alfa Romeo range of crossovers and productive hybrids.