MILAN (Reuters) -- Fiat S.p.A. CEO Sergio Marchionne outlined plans for the automakers' plants in Italy that he said would require hefty investments and labor flexibility.
He confirmed auto production would stop at the Termini Imerese plant in Sicily in December 2011 and suggested production of its Panda small car could move to a plant in Pomigliano d'Arco plant, near Naples, southern Italy.
"Building the future Panda at Pomigliano would guarantee very high volumes ... (but) you are talking about a radical intervention which would require huge resources," Marchionne said Dec. 22.
Fiat produces 650,000 cars a year in Italy at its five plants, with 22,000 workers out of a total work force in the country of about 30,000, according to Marchionne's presentation.
The following are key details of Fiat's plans:
MIRAFIORI, Turin (Started producing in 1939)
Work force: 5,840
Production: about 178,000 vehicles in 2009
Current Models/Products: Fiat Punto, Idea, Multipla; Alfa Romeo MiTo; Lancia Musa.
-- Cut production of Fiat Punto and Multipla
-- Add production of Fiat LO 5 seater, Fiat LO 7 seater
-- Reorganize plant to install a new production line
-- Improve logistics for component delivery
TERMINI IMERESE, Palermo (production started in 1970)
Work force: 1,400
Models/Products: Lancia Ypsilon
-- End car production in December, 2011
GIAMBATTISTA VICO, Pomigliano, Naples (production started in 1968)
Work force: 5,200
Production: about 36,000 vehicles in 2009
Current Models/Products: Alfa Romeo 147, GT, 159 Berlina, 159 Sportwagon.
-- Introduce Panda production, currently at 290,000 units
-- will cost "hundreds and hundreds of millions of euros"
-- will mean more temporary layoffs
-- needs investment of 40 million euros for retraining
-- "flexibility" in work force needed to meet demand changes
CASSINO, Frosinone (production started in 1972)
Work force: 4,300
Production: about 105,000 units in 2009
Models/Products: Fiat Croma, Bravo; Lancia Delta.
-- Fiat Croma to end production
-- New Alfa Giulietta to be produced here
MELFI, Potenza (production started in 1993)
Work force: 5,280
Production: about 280,000 units in 2009
Current Models/Products: Fiat Grande Punto, Punto Evo.
-- Both models to continue, but mix will shift toward newer Punto Evo