MILAN – Stellantis will slow down operations at its Mirafiori plant in Turin this month and next in response to weak market demand for its full-electric Fiat New 500 small car and Maserati models, a spokesman for the automaker said on Monday.
The stoppages will last until March 30, adding to a previously announced furlough period for about 2,250 workers at the plant from Feb. 12 to March 3, the spokesman said.
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares last month said that Mirafiori, the historic home of Fiat, was among the plants which had been suffering the most from a so far penny-pinching approach by Rome to auto incentives.
Italy last week launched a new plan, worth 950 million euros ($1 billion) for this year, to help drivers switch to cleaner vehicles. As part of it, purchases of full-electric cars will be subsidised up to 13,750 euros.