Italian automaker Fiat Spa will produce Jeep SUVs at its Mirafiori factory in Turin from 2013 as it takes advantage of flexible work rules approved earlier this year by union rank-and-file.

Development of the manufacturing infrastructure will begin in 2012 and commencement of production of the first nameplate, a Jeep SUV, is expected in the second half of 2013.

“This is an important step in our plans to re-industrialize our Italian manufacturing backbone in view of current market developments and the increased distribution reach provided by Chrysler Group” added Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive of Fiat and Chrysler Group.

“This leading-edge architecture will allow us to provide the most updated platforms for the development of our brands, and more importantly, will allow us to access the full powertrain offerings of both Fiat and Chrysler.”

Production of the Alfa Romeo Mito, including new and updated versions, is confirmed
at Mirafiori.

Earlier this year, Mirafiori workers approved flexible work rules that Fiat insisted were essential to boosting production in its joint venture with Chrysler.

Separately, Fiat says a new gasoline direct injection turbo engine for Alfa Romeo is to be developed in Italy for production at the FMA plant in Pratola Serra beginning in early 2013.

Designed for both transversal and longitudinal applications, the new 4-cylinder engine will have a displacement of 1.8 liters and maximum output of 300 hp, setting a new performance standard in its category. It will also be compliant with future emissions standards in both Europe (Euro 6) and the U.S. (Tier 2 Bin 5).

Made entirely of aluminum, the engine will incorporate the most advanced technological content, including a 200-bar gasoline direct injection system, dual variable timing and a high-efficiency turbocharger


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