Since the sudden death of Sergio Marchionne last July, the fate of the group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is in the minds of all. The ambitious plan 2018-2022 presented by the strategist of the group in June in Balocco at the Capital Markets Day, will it be really implemented? In Europe, the employees of the group are beginning to worry. Of course, the constructor saves a record in the United States – in the first eight months of the year its sales increased by + 5 % – but it is a mirror to the alouettes. In Europe, FCA has won (1.8 per cent in the first nine months 2018) and if it has not collapsed, it is mainly thanks to the performance of the Jeep. It must be said that the group suffers from a lack of investment in new products and technologies. The range of Fiat, is reduced like skin of sorrow, and is now based mainly on the family 500. On the side of the Maserati, the sales collapsed. The models of the firm at the trident are beginning to acknowledge the weight of years. The coupe GranTurismo was launched in 2007. Its design dates back to the early 2000s. As to Alfa Romeo, it rose by only 3.2% over the first nine months of the year, while its latest models deserve better. The Giulia pays the dislike of motorists for the sedans as it is one of the best proposals in its segment. On his side, the SUV Stelvio is facing a fiercer competition. And most importantly, the group suffers from a lack of investment in future technologies related to the electrification, connectivity and autonomous vehicle.

The Fiat 500 electric marketed in the United States since 2013.

The absence of a guarantee about their future and the concern expressed in recent weeks by the Italian trade unions have been sufficiently taken seriously since the new management has decided to elaborate on his plan. Mike Manley, the new CEO of the group, confirmed that it would invest 5 billion euros in Italy in the modernization of production units and the development of new products. Thus it is that “the factory of Mirafiori will welcome a new platform that is 100 % electric which will be applied to the Fiat 500 that may be used by other models of the group in the world.” It is to be noted that Fiat has been offering since mid-2013 in several us states an electric version of the 500. Produced in Mexico and marketed at the rate of 32 995 dollars, this city car zero emissions is driven by an electric motor 83 kW (111 bhp). The low capacity of the battery (24 kWh), at best, allows a range of 135 km (84 miles). The top speed is limited to 141 km/h.

The next 500 electric is part of a plan of 13 models all-new or rework on the programmed on the period 2019-2021. This plan products will include the arrival of the hybrid technology on the Jeep Renegade and Compass but also some Alfa Romeo. The site of Pomigliano prepares to welcome the production of a compact SUV Alfa Romeo on the platform of Fiat/Jeep. The Fiat Panda will benefit from a system of mild hybrid. Finally, the engine manufacturers finish the development of hybrid versions turbo or atmospheric engine gasoline FireFly 1-liter and 1.3-liter.


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