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.
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.
FCA Bank stands next to FCA in this electrification path supporting with 1,200 charging station at Leasys Mobility Store. The Mobility Stores are physical locations where Leasys’s customers, mobility company of FCA Bank, will be able to discover all the mobility solutions that the company makes available: “from one hour to a lifetime”.
An environment where customers can explore all their options in short-, medium- and long-term car rental, peer-to-peer sharing, used car purchases, service, financial and insurance services and electric mobility thanks to e-charging points.
Furthermore FCA has plans to install more than 900 charging stations at production sites and employee parking areas and more than 1,100 at dealerships.
The 500 BEV project is part of FCA’s much broader investment plan for Italy over the 2019-2021 period.
“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.