MILAN -- Production of the Dodge Hornet compact crossover in Italy for the U.S. market will help parent Stellantis to boost plant capacity use.
The Hornet will be built alongside the Alfa Romeo Tonale, its platform sibling, in Stellantis's factory in Pomigliano, close to Naples.
The two models share the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Small Wide platform, which also underpins the Jeep Compass and Renegade, which are also built in Italy, in Stellantis's Melfi factory.
Italian unions hope production of the two models will give a significant boost to Stellantis production in the country
"The production start of the Hornet should require a second shift beyond the current single shift for the Tonale," the FIM metalworkers union said in a July report.