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From Clubalfa.it “The production site of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, recently resumed activities after the Christmas break and the definitive end of production of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. At the beginning of 2021, only Giulia and Stelvio are produced in Cassino, waiting for the production of the Maserati Grecale, the third model to be developed starting from the Giorgio platform, to start.


The activities in Cassino go on with only one shift of work per day and with about 600 redundancies. Between Covid cash and solidarity contracts, the use of social safety nets for the Lazio plant will be constant for several months. With the start of production of the Grecale, employment levels should increase although, probably, the target of full employment is very far away (despite a drastic reduction in the workforce of the plant recorded in recent months due to various retirements).

In the meantime, there was a case of strike in Cassino. The single work shift runs from 6 am to 2 pm In reality, however, the actual shift ends at 1.30 pm as in the last half hour the workers are entitled to a lunch break with early exit. The reports from the plant confirm that this pause has been abolished to "recover the inefficiencies of the plants". At the moment, it is not clear whether the abolition is temporary or fixed with an extension of the work shift up to 14 and without a break.


For now, waiting for greater clarity from the company, the Flmu Cub of Cassino has declared a half-hour strike and the early exit of workers from the plant. In the meantime, activities in the plant continue with about 500 workers who, in rotation, stay at home with recourse to social safety nets.

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Autumn is expected for the Maserati Grecale

As previously mentioned, production activities in Cassino will continue at a reduced pace for a long time to come. For the next few months, in fact, there will be hundreds of daily redundancies and we will work on a single shift. At the moment, it is unlikely to hypothesize a rapid increase in the production of Giulia and Stelvio which, most likely, will continue at similar levels to those held in the final part of 2020.”
 

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I wonder if quality control will be as good with such discontent
 
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The grecale can’t come a day too soon;

” February will close with a 30% cut in the production of Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio. Yesterday, in fact, Stellantis announced a new appeal to the redundancy fund for the Cassino site. The provision provides for a stop of activities for the days of 22 and 26 February. In these days, only the press and plastics departments that produce components for other plants will remain active.


The production of Giulia and Stelvio, however, will be stopped. As a result of this new recourse to layoffs, the production stop days for the two Alfa Romeo models in February rise to 6 out of a total of 20 working days. Overall, therefore, a 30% cut in production is expected compared to the already reduced forecasts at the beginning of the month.

We recall, in fact, that Giulia and Stelvio are built on a single work shift (6-14) from Monday to Friday. Despite the reduced schedules, production of the two D segment models will stop for a total of 6 days in February, significantly reducing the volume of units produced during the second month of the year. The reduction in production is linked to the trend in demand for the two models.”
 

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“Stellantis production site awaits the arrival of the new project envisaged by the FCA "Italy Plan". The Maserati Grecale, anticipated by the first teasers yesterday, should go into production starting from October. At least this is the information revealed by union sources inside the plant in recent weeks. The release of the new teaser represents an important confirmation regarding the imminent debut of the Grecale.

In the meantime, however, information is still awaited regarding the restyling of Giulia and Stelvio which should bring, in addition to a general update of the cars, also the new mild hybrid engines. The start of electrification could guarantee a good growth in requests for Giulia and Stelvio with positive effects on sales.

The restyling of the two models of the Italian house should arrive in the second half of the current year. More details regarding these projects will emerge in the coming weeks”
 

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Hmm, I wonder if there's any other models planned for Cassino after the Grecale. It could do with something a bit more 'volume' by the sound of it. I guess the Stelvio was supposed to be that model but that's not really happened and as good as it is the Giulia faced an uphill battle against the competition after no Alfa in that class for several years, before you factor in the shift away from saloons.

Maybe the extra showroom traffic from Tonale and the adding of Mild Hybrid will drum up more interest in Giulia/Stelvio. It won't just be Cassino going through this of course, within FCA or further afield, though FCA do appear to have quite concerning levels of over-capacity.
 

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There was discussion of this on Alfaclub.it
Will take a look. Was reading one of those 'opinion' articles in autocar earlier which are of course very subjective, but it said about the possibilities for Lancia under Stellantis, some of which are very easy money such as a new Ypsilon based on the new 500e. Makes perfect sense to me, but then so did a Giulia Sportwagon and we know how that went. They (FCA) seem so afraid of one model stealing sales from another that they end up letting another manufacturer steal the sale instead. Build it and they will come!
 

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They have got the Giorgio platform commonality with Jeep and achieved a merger by repositioning Alfa higher in the market than PSA brands without spending anything much on Fiat other than the 500e.
 
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