22/01/2021

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Fiat Chrysler will build Jeep, Alfa Romeo EVs in Poland

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Editor’s notice: Reuters has corrected the plant financial commitment figures that were published in an before version of this tale.

WARSAW —  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will modernize its Polish plant to create hybrid and electric Jeeps, Fiats and Alfa Romeos.

The enterprise designs to start production of the initially of three new designs at its manufacturing unit in Tychy in the 2nd half of 2022, the automaker claimed in a statement on its Polish web page on Dec. 29.

The designs will consist of entire-electric vehicles, FCA claimed.

The investments are the “fulfillment of the assure to strengthen FCA’s functions in Poland created two several years ago for the duration of the presentation of our business enterprise prepare,” the automaker’s Europe manager, Pietro Gorlier, claimed in the statement.

The Tychy plant at present builds the Fiat five hundred and Lancia Ypsilon modest vehicles.

FCA will make investments 755 million zloty ($204 million) in the challenge “with prospective buyers for lots of instances additional,” Polish Deputy Key Minister Jaroslaw Gowin claimed on Twitter.

Neither FCA nor Gowin named the new designs to be developed in Tychy.

The manufacturing unit at present builds the Fiat five hundred and Lancia Ypsilon minicars.

Janusz Michalek, president of Katowice Unique Economic Zone, claimed in the statement that the vehicles will be entirely new designs not made by FCA so significantly.

Polish push reviews claimed the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact crossover, proven as a principle at the 2019 Geneva vehicle clearly show, could be just one of the new designs to be made in Tychy.

FCA designs to improve once-a-year production at the plant to as lots of as four hundred,000 modest vehicles primarily based on PSA Group’s Common Modular Platform, in accordance to Italian push reviews before this 12 months. The plant developed 263,176 models in 2019.

In its 2018-2022 prepare, FCA claimed it will invest 9 billion euros on electrification as component of financial commitment designs totaling forty five billion euros.

FCA is arranging a $38 billion merger with PSA to generate Stellantis, the world’s No.4 carmaker.

The Tychy plant in Poland’s industrial southern area of Silesia is just one of FCA’s premier and at present employs close to 2,five hundred folks.

The financial commitment comes as a improve to Poland, which is hoping a swap to EVs can enable its vehicle sector capture up with regional rivals these as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Bloomberg and Reuters contributed to this report

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