MILAN -- Stellantis will start production of five new midsize models from a range of brands for the European and Middle East markets at its Melfi plant in southern Italy between 2024 and 2026, unions said on Tuesday.
The automaker announced details of the production plan for Melfi at a meeting on Tuesday, unions said in a statement, smoothing labor relationships in Europe as the group nagivates prolonged strikes in North America over contract renewals.
Stellantis had said it would build five EV models in Melfi, all based on the new STLA Medium platform, but until now had not provided details about the plan, including a confirmation that Melfi would build a new model for the Jeep brand.
This lack of clarity prompted unions last month to call a one-day strike at the facility, one of the largest in Italy for the group, with about 5,800 workers.
New production in Melfi will start early next year with a DS model, followed in 2025 by the new Jeep Compass, which will be available in both full-electric and hybrid versions, and another model for DS.
Production of two more models, for Opel and Lancia, will start in 2026.