Fiat, due to unveil its revised industrial plan for Italy on 30 October, will keep its Mirafiori, Turin, plant open and increase production at its southern Melfi plant, Reuters reported.
The news agency, quoting reports in newspaper Il Messaggero, said Melfi will be boosted by the addition of two unidentified mini-SUVs from 2014 while the Cassino plant south of Rome will build the Chrysler 100, the model that is expected to replace the Lancia Delta and is targeted at the US market. Media speculation is that the Dodge Dart will also be built at Cassino alongside the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
In another development, Bloomberg News reported that Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has asked Rome to reduce taxes on exported goods so that it can build more vehicles in Italy for export to North America.
Fiat’s five Italian factories are currently operating at around 50% capacity as the company suffers from the collapse of sales across southern Europe caused by the euro crisis.