Stellantis plans to eventually produce one million vehicles a year at its Italian plants, but Meloni's government will have to meet certain conditions, the automaker warned on Wednesday.
The owner of most of the major Italian brands such as Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati or Lancia, confirmed this target of one million vehicles for 2030, as in France, during a round table in Rome with the Italian government, equipment manufacturers and unions of its factories.
However, "beyond the level of performance of each plant," a "series of factors are crucial," Davide Mele, Stellantis' vice president of commercial affairs for Italy, said in a statement. To guarantee its commitments, Stellantis is asking in particular for "the cancellation of the impact of the Euro 7 standard for entry-level models produced in Italy".
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On Monday, the group announced its decision to produce its small electric Fiat Panda in Serbia, sparking strong protests from Italian trade unions, worried about jobs in the peninsula's factories.
"If regulatory developments and competitive conditions are met at Pomigliano" (the plant that manufactures the Panda near Naples), "Stellantis intends to extend its life cycle and support the plant until the arrival of the next range."
Stellantis is also asking Italy for subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles and the development of the network of charging stations, as well as "improving the industrial competitiveness (of its factories) and suppliers, including the cost of energy", which is crucial for the industry.
The negotiations with Stellantis aim to "reverse the decline in production recorded in recent years in Italy in order to reach the threshold of one million vehicles in Italian production sites," commented Business Minister Adolfo Urso. He added that this target, which includes commercial vehicles, should be able to be achieved "in a few years".
"We have €6 billion in the automotive fund by 2030, which we can spend on incentives and supply, to encourage the establishment of more production sites and the conversion to electric," he said.
Stellantis successfully produces small Fiat 500s at its plant in Mirafiori, near Turin (north) but also many commercial vehicles in Atessa (south). The group, which also owns Peugeot, Citroen and Chrysler, also plans to build its third European battery plant with TotalEnergies and Mercedes at its plant in the southern city of Termoli.
In Melfi (south), the production of a large electric DS is due to be launched in 2024 on the new STLA Medium platform (chassis), before the arrival in 2026 of the Lancia Gamma, also electric, which should participate in the rebirth of this brand. "We have to anticipate: the status quo runs counter to a sustainable business that would benefit employees in the Italian automotive sector," Stellantis concluded.