Fiat is planning to rely heavily on a range of new, modular platforms to support a range revamp that could take total group production to 800,000 units per year by 2014.
The firm believes that by making hi-tech, flexible architectures it can support the short-term goals of replacing several key models and giving US partner Chrysler’s line-up a badly needed shot in the arm without having to invest in bespoke platforms.
Fiat’s own analysis documents state that in 2006 it produced 32 models on a total of 19 architectures. It says that it will be producing 38 models on just 11 platforms by the end of this year - and predicts that by 2014 it will make the same number but on only five platforms. Fiat estimates that these efficiency gains will enable it to increase total production from 205,000 cars this year to 800,000.
At the heart of the plans are three modular architectures that give Fiat Group scope to create cars as small as the Panda and 500, and as large as US-market Chryslers.