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Stellantis: future electric models produced in Italy

Stellantis plans to produce future electric cars of the Opel/Vauxhall, DS and Lancia brands at its Italian plant in Melfi.

According to information relayed by Automotive News Europethe Stellantis group is in the process of reorganizing its 24 European factories, and plans to produce four new 100% electric models for the DS, Opel/Vauxhall and Lancia brands from 2024, in Melfi in southern Italy.

The cars will be based on the new platform STLA Medium, designed for high-end vehicles and whose architecture has been optimized for electrified models. This platform can accommodate batteries ranging from 87 to 104 kWh, making it possible to offer up to 700 km range.

Stellantis: production from 2024

Production is expected to start at the end of 2024 for the brand’s model DScurrently known internally under the code name “D85”, and which could be called DS 9 Crossback: a new SUV Coupé with similar proportions to the new Citroën C5 X.

This model will give rise to a variant signed Opel / Vauxhall, which will make its appearance in Melfi in early 2025: this model will replace the Insignia, and is currently known internally as code “OV85”.

Two other 100% electric models will be produced at Melfi: the replacing the DS 7 Crossback SUVwhich responds to the code name “D74” and which will land at the end of 2025, and which will also be available in a model of the brand Lanciacurrently known as “L74” but which could adopt the name “Aurelia”.

Between 2026 and 2029, the Stellantis plant in Melfi should produce 90,000 units of these 4 new 100% electric models each year, which will be added to other models, in order to fill the annual capacity of 400,000 units. Today, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass are produced in Melfi.

Source : Automotive News Europe

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