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With up to 1,200 staff dedicated to production of the Fiat 500 Electric, the new assembly line will have an annual capacity of 80,000 units.

15 Jul 2019 | International News : Italy

The installation of a state-of-the-art Comau robot today at one of the largest and most historic automotive plants in the world represented a link between past and future, with an event that celebrated the Mirafiori plant's 80th anniversary and beginning of construction of the assembly line for the new Fiat 500 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle).

The new assembly line will have an annual capacity of 80,000 units of the 500 BEV
With local and regional officials and institutions present - including Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, President of Piedmont, Alberto Cirio, and Turin Prefect, Claudio Palomba - Pietro Gorlier, FCA COO for the EMEA Region said, "Mirafiori has been transformed in step with the city of Turin. It shared the successes and the difficult times, but it has always found a way to get back up on its feet. And it is one of the oldest European automotive factories still in operation today." Since it was opened 80 years ago, Mirafiori has produced more than 28,700,000 vehicles.

Today's celebrations marked the opening of a new chapter for Mirafiori. The platform being installed at the plant is specific to electric cars and its first application will be the Fiat 500 BEV. Today, the first robot was installed and the rest of the plant will be retooled over the coming months. In the body shop alone, there will be a total of 200 robots enabling a fully-automated welding process. Production of the first pre-production models is scheduled to begin by year-end. Around 1,200 people will be dedicated to production of the Fiat 500 BEV and the new assembly line will have an annual capacity of 80,000 units, with further potential for expansion.

FCA also announced that it will invest a total of €5 billion to support a substantial renewal of its product range
Total investment for the project, including design, development, engineering and construction of the assembly line is around 700 million (approx. $1.07 billion). Production is set to begin during the second quarter of 2020.

"This car was entirely conceived, designed and engineered here. It is a genuine product of 'Made at Fiat' and 'Made in Turin' ingenuity. It is another excellent example of the ability to create and innovate which abounds in our company and in this city." said Gorlier.

The 500 BEV project is part of FCA's much broader investment plan for Italy over the 2019-2021 period. In fact, the Group will invest a total of €5 billion (approx. $7.65 billion) to support a substantial renewal of its product range with the introduction of 13 all new or significantly refreshed models and a comprehensive offering of electric vehicles, including 12 electrified versions of new or existing models. "Despite the challenging macro-economic climate, and consequent weak market conditions, we have confirmed our investment plan and today’s ceremony is a concrete sign that our projects are advancing at speed," said Gorlier.

The Fiat 500 BEV will add to the innovative vehicles that have rolled off the Mirafiori's assembly line
"All of the cars that have rolled off the assembly line at Mirafiori were ground-breaking for their time, because they always had something innovative and unique. Whether it was their style, dimensions, engine, the materials used or the concept around which they were developed. Today, our idea of innovation has not changed. The new Fiat 500 BEV will adopt cutting-edge solutions in a very different industrial and marketing context from just a few years ago. Once again, it is set to become a milestone in the history of FCA and mobility," said Gorlier.
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