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Exciting: The Electric 500 is headed to America.  Here’s what John Elkann said – Chronicle of Turin

Exciting: The Electric 500 is headed to America. Here’s what John Elkann said – Chronicle of Turin

John Elkann spoke in front of officials and journalists in the press room inside the former printing press, which marks the new life of Mirafiori, the new circular economy center “Recycling Center”. Outside the door are 16 lire workers and fiom representativesWhen Carlos Tavares declares inside “Here we are creating the future, a profitable business that will surprise you”, the concern prevails: Will these innovations bring jobs?

John Elkann, who left the plant after the ribbon cutting and skipped the “question and answer” phase with reporters, said, “Mirafiori continues to be the engine of Stellandis’ evolution».

He made the expected announcement, namely, a new production phase for Mirafiori: “Each of our factories has its own mission. In addition to the existing products, in the circular center, Our joint venture with Punch Powertrain plans to build a plant to manufacture transmissions for electric cars.». A response to recent months’ concerns for mechanics as new BEV vehicles reduce production of traditional gearboxes. However, it remains to be seen how much this new tax, which will come into effect in early 2024, can absorb workers.

“In Turin – Elcon continued – the city has an extraordinary set of resources that it can count on to renew itself and create its future. Renewing and creating the future: this is the opportunity that opens up for Mirafiori. Here is the sense of commitment that Stellandis makes with this territory. A great change is taking place in the car, and this area, together with Stellandis, It has the ability to reinvent itself and become a hero again.” Especially with the electric 500, produced only in Mirafiori, which is preparing to land in the US..

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So, beyond the circular economy center, the content of that “secret agreement” between Stellandis, the municipality of Turin and the Piedmont region has been revealed. A reconciliation for the head of the group is “good politics, something that knows how to deal with partisan views. We will find this at the table that will be established with the government and the unions on December 6..

A characteristic of many moments in the past is missing, here at Mirafiori, namely the announcement of a new model – promises are not always fulfilled, of course, even by Marchionne -: in addition to the 500 BEV, new electrified Maserati models will arrive at Mirafiori. But the Fiat brand, in words and strategy, promises to be central: «The Fiat brand continues to grow in all markets. The Fiat 500 takes the lead in Germany In October, it generally outperformed all German models in the rankings.”

However, CEO Carlos Tavares’ speech was visionary to say the least: “Here we recover and repair batteries, engines, gearboxes and vehicles for reuse or resale through our network. The target is to sell 2.5 million units by 2030. Mirafiori will be our center of excellence in Europe». And in green business, Tavares’ concept is production that is disconnected from dependence on raw materials, from sustainability “which leads to a production that fights inflation, that gives stability to society. The world is going through profound changes and we cannot go back from it. Our commitment is very sincere, it is for the planet and our We believe that is the right path for the group as well.”

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And given the December 6 meeting, he alone has the task of telling us what the future holds: “We We want to produce 500 electric cars in Turin. And Panda, in another factory. But if we have to face high cost, we need grants, help. If it wants to preserve the political product, it must not be afraid of change. That is, if you incentivize us to scrap, we produce more, and we also have product models that we can reduce. A warning to sailors. “Suggestions – he smiles -. And I underline suggestions.”.