It’s official. Fiat, the largest automaker in Italy, won approvals from unions representing most of its workers in Italy to press ahead with a $1.3 billion plan to build Jeep vehicles at the Marafiori plant.
“With today’s agreement, Mirafiori has now been enabled to make a leap of quality and gain recognition internationally, becoming the only example in Italy of a joint commitment with a foreign automaker, such as Chrysler,” said Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat and Chrysler Group LLC.
The plan to produce vehicles at the Mirafiori plant under a joint Chrysler-Fiat venture marks a further step in the integration of the two automakers’ product planning and manufacturing.
Most of the Jeeps will be exported, mainly to the United States. Engines and transmissions will come from Chrysler’s U.S. operations, at least for vehicles headed here.