The other at-risk plants include Fiat’s Mirafiori factory in Turin, Renault’s plant in Sandouville, France, and PSA’s facility in Villaverde, Spain, Costes said. What the plants have in common is that they are all due to get a new model, or models, that could turn around their fortunes. Mirafiori was Europe’s most under-utilized car factory in 2013, running at 16 percent capacity, according to Inovev data.
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Most of its workers are on temporary layoff. The plant, however, is expected to be revived when it starts making the Maserati Levante SUV in 2015. It also is likely to produce an SUV for Alfa Romeo starting in 2016. Renault’s Sandouville plant ran at 18 percent capacity, but it is supposed to get a boost from the addition of the Trafic. Production of the commercial van started this spring ahead of its summer debut. The factory also makes the weak-selling Espace and Laguna. PSA’s utilization rate at its Villaverde plant was 22 percent in 2013. Costes said the factory’s rebound will depend on the success of the new Citroen C4 Cactus.