Quite recently, Fiat launched a new scheduled plan for layoffs at Mirafiori, in view of the reorganization of the factory and its revival in production. The plans, which have been discussed on several occasions recently, will last five months extending from July onwards.
Momentarily there is only the MiTo at the historic Turin plant which is practically at a standstill: out of 5,315 employees, 1,500 are at work, and only for three days a month, on the lines of the Alfa Romeo MiTo, the only model left in the factory. With the reorganization, the current state of affairs will change significantly.
The first new arrival: Maserati Levante.
The first investments, amounting to about twenty millions, will be used to create a center to support the industrial activities in Turin and prepare the logistics for the Maserati at Mirafiori, and according to plan, will be booming at the highest peak during the subsequent years.
The Levante will be offered with three engines: a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine delivering 410 horsepower, a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine with 530 horsepower and a turbo-diesel engine only offered in Europe. All the three engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and will send their power to all four wheels via Maserati’s new all-wheel-drive system.
The Levante will be unveiled in 2014 – just in time to celebrate Maserati’s centennial.
Maserati said the Levante will be a blend of the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne, so it will likely have both models in its crosshairs.
The X6 is also about to enter its second generation in the 2015 model year. BMW will focus on reducing weight, so the new X6 will be about 330 pounds lighter. The engine lineup will see a few updates too, as the entry level version will make use of a four-cylinder engine with 245 horsepower and the top version plans to get a 405-horsepower straight-six-cylinder engine.