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MILAN -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to commit to producing new models in Italy, including Jeeps and a Maserati-based Alfa Romeo SUV, union sources said, as the automaker strives to fill underutilized plants and lift profit margins in Europe.
The plan would also include building Maserati's new Alfieri sports car in Italy, sources said.
FCA's new European chief, Pietro Gorlier, will meet with unions on Thursday to discuss the proposals and present them to journalists later that day.
FCA declined to comment.
FCA appointed Gorlier last month to tackle a region where profitability is below that of peers, thousands of workers are on temporary layoff schemes, and some plants run below capacity.
In his last strategy unveiled in June, FCA's late CEO Sergio Marchionne vowed to keep converting Italian plants to build Alfa Romeos, Jeeps and Maseratis instead of less profitable mass-market vehicles in an attempt to preserve jobs and boost margins.
Jeep production
FCA's Melfi plant in southern Italy, which already produces the Jeep Renegade, is expected to also produce the Jeep Compass, the sources said. The Compass will replace the Fiat Punto, which was discontinued in August.
The Pomigliano factory near Naples is set to keep the Fiat Panda, the most sold vehicle in Italy, the sources said, dismissing earlier reports the model could return to FCA's plant in Poland, where it was made until 2011.
Pomigliano will also get the new "baby" Jeep, smaller than the Renegade, which will be another model targeting European clients.
Unions have been awaiting news of product plans to see whether workers, some of whom have been on temporary layoff schemes for years, would be brought back,
Marchionne initially promised to fill all European plants by the end of 2018, but in June said that goal would likely slip to the end of the current strategy plan in 2022.
The Fiat brand will be reduced to a few models such as the iconic 500 and the popular Panda hatchback. The 500 family in particular will become a big part of the company's electric vehicle drive in Europe.
The Mirafiori plant in Fiat's hometown of Turin may be chosen to assemble the new electric Fiat 500, the sources said, but added the plans were not yet final, especially as the combustion engine version is currently made in Poland.
Mirafiori may also be used to revive the Fiat 500 Giardiniera wagon, they added.
Alfa large SUV
Mirafiori already produces the Maserati Levante, but sales of the luxury SUV fell sharply in recent months due to weak Chinese demand. The Levante platform may also be used to produce a new SUV for the Alfa Romeo brand, bigger than the Stelvio SUV that was launched in 2016, the people said.
Maserati's sporty Alfieri model will likely be made in the brand's hometown of Modena, the sources added.
The world's seventh-largest carmaker in June outlined a global plan to ramp up production of SUVs and invest 9 billion euros ($10.2 billion) - out of a total spending plan of around 45 billion euros - in electric and hybrid cars in an effort to double operating profit by 2022.
FCA's operating margin in Europe recovered to 3.2 percent last year, which compares with Europe-focused PSA Group's global automotive margin of 7.3 percent. FCA expects that margin to grow to between 5 and 7 percent by 2022.
 

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Mostly makes sense I suppose. I really thought the Panda would move back to Poland, but if they're using the same platform (presumably from a new Panda, not the current one) to underpin a baby Jeep then I suppose they think they'll make enough money from that to justify continuing production of the relatively cheap Panda in Italy. The popularity of the more expensive Panda 4x4 models probably helps too.

Bit suprised that they're contemplating using the Levante's platform (which can trace its roots back to an old Merc platform) to underpin the large Alfa SUV after spending all that money on the Giorgio platform under the Giulia/Stelvio. Surely it can be scaled-up for a large SUV? The Levante seems to get more complimentary reviews since it's had ongoing updates and has been fitted with the petrol engines, but the Alfa's fit the 'drivers car' brief more effectively. Maybe they've decided the large SUV needs to be more than a drivers car, who knows.

I guess we should just be glad of an announcement - it's all been deathly quiet for a manufacturer supposedly launching half a dozen new models by 2022.
 

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It's a pity that Fiat is dumbing down its range more and more... although the margin looks non-existent as it is, so I suppose there's no way (yet?) that Fiats can be built in Italy and make a decent profit. The trouble with a restricted Fiat line-up is that there's a lot less "stuff" lying around in the parts bin that Alfa, dare I say Lancia.. :eek: or Jeep etc. to make a new (niche) model from.

Big Stelvio is okay I suppose, if FCA needs to stabilise the profit margin... but the next Giulietta is the one we wants to know about. :)

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This from BBC financial today:

"Fiat-Chrysler has pledged to spend more than €5bn on new models and engines in Italy between 2019-2021 in a bid to fill under-utilised plants, conserve jobs and boost operating margins in Europe.

A total of 13 new models or restylings of existing models will be launched in that period, the company has announced.

The carmaker said a big part of the investments will be focused on the development of electric and hybrid engines.

A new Fiat 500 electric model will be produced at the company's Mirafiori plant, in Turin, while its plant in Pomigliano, southern Italy, will churn out a mild-hybrid version of its popular Fiat Panda hatchback."
 

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I've seen similar reported in a few outlets although I haven't seen the bit about a Levante based SUV any where else. Levante's sales numbers haven't been that good. I think (or at least I'm hoping ) if we see a large Alfa SUV , it would be based on the Giorgio platform. This could be the basis for the Levante's replacement as well. Jeep GC's replacement is also rumoured to be based on a modified Giorgio platform.

Alfa's compact SUV being based on Compass platform, if true, is rather disappointing. It does make sense though: building a compact SUV based on the Giorgio platform would have probably been too costly. In any case, it doesn't look like we will see a new AR model before 2020.
 

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I suspect the big SUV will be the first hybrid for FCA in Europe and based on the Giorgio platform rather than the Mercedes ML from a few generations ago. Alfa really need to be at Geneva with something new as well as having facelifts of the Giulia and Stelvio on their third birthdays or they will slide into their normal cycles.
 

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I suspect the big SUV will be the first hybrid for FCA in Europe and based on the Giorgio platform rather than the Mercedes ML from a few generations ago. Alfa really need to be at Geneva with something new as well as having facelifts of the Giulia and Stelvio on their third birthdays or they will slide into their normal cycles.
In a recent conference call with analysts, Mike Manly said there will be significant interior updates for Stelvio and Giulia next year. There was no talk of an all new model launch but I guess that doesn't exclude the possibility.
 

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I suspect the big SUV will be the first hybrid for FCA in Europe and based on the Giorgio platform rather than the Mercedes ML from a few generations ago. Alfa really need to be at Geneva with something new as well as having facelifts of the Giulia and Stelvio on their third birthdays or they will slide into their normal cycles.
First FCA PHEV made in Europe or Italy will be a Jeep Renegade. Jeep Compass will join it at Melfi and will gain PHEV option.

It's official. Stelvio and Giulia will receive a MCA and PHEV in 2019-2021.

Alfa Romeo compact SUV from Pomigliano, new platform, same P1P4 PHEV architecture as for Renegade and Compass. Start of production in 20 months from today.

From what I got big Alfa SUV could be Made in the USA alongside next gen Grand Cherokee WL which will be Giorgio based.
 
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