Stellantis would start production of five new medium size models for Europe and the Middle East at its Melfi plant in Italy between 2024 and 2026, Reuters reported.

Stellantis had said it would build five EV models in Melfi, all based on the new STLA medium platform, but until now had not provided details about the plan, including confirming Melfi would build a new Jeep model.

According to the news agency, this lack of clarity had prompted unions last month to call a one day strike at the factory which employs around 5,800 workers.

The announcement would smooth labour relationships in Europe when the group is facing prolonged strikes in North America over UAW contract renewals.

New production in Melfi would start early in 2024 with a DS model followed in 2025 by the new Jeep Compass and a second DS model.

Production of Opel and Lancia models would start in 2026.

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Assembly of current models, the Fiat 500X and Jeep Compass and Renegade, would end between 2024 and 2025, Reuters added.