Fiat to reabsorb all Mirafiori workers on leave
Maserati SUV to roll out Q2 2015, Marchionne tells FT16 September, 13:42
"The plan that we have in place in terms of the full development of the site...is that all the people employed at the plant will be absorbed," Marchionne said.
The FT reported that the Mirafiori plant is currently operating at roughly one tenth of the plant's 300,000 car per year capacity. Earlier this month Fiat told unions it is investing a little less than one billion euros to outfit Mirafiori to manufacture a Maserati SUV model, after signing a deal with seven unions on flexible work rules.
Marchionne told union representatives that 5,300 workers at Mirafiori would be temporarily laid off in October and put on CIG benefits while production lines are made ready.
Marchionne confirmed to the FT that the carmaker also planned to produce another, unnamed model at Mirafiori in addition to Maserati SUV to optimize production. "(The investment) buys a full assembly-line and a brand new product that will compliment the Maserati line-up. I think it is in desperate need of an SUV," Marchionne told the FT.
Marchionne explained that the investments were already being lined up for the plant and car surfaces designed for the new model.
"(Mirafiori) starts making the body in the third quarter of 2014 and the idea is to enter the market in the second quarter of 2015," Marchionne said.