Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is to halt production of Fiat cars in Italy and instead focus on building the models of its more premium brands in the country, according to a report by news agency Bloomberg.
The move is set to be officially announced at the start of June and will result in Panda production transferring to Poland where the 500, Abarth 595 and Lancia Ypsilon are currently produced. FCA's plants in Naples and Turin, which currently produce the Alfa Romeo Mito and the Panda, will be retooled to produce Maserati and Jeep models; the Turin factory already handles Maserati Levante production.
The Punto, currently produced in FCA’s Melfi plant, will be axed after a production run of over 13 years. The Mito, which was introduced in 2008, will also be culled. The Mito’s production line will be replaced by that of a second Maserati SUV.
This strategy will better allow FCA to implement hybrids into its lineup, according to sources close to the plan. The car giant will abandon diesel-engined models by 2022 and plans a range of performance hybrids at the top of its luxury car ranges. Its roll-out of electric vehicles will start with the Maserati Alfieri in 2020.