Fiat officially confirmed the crossover version of Fiat 500, called the 500X, will go into production at their factory in Melfi, Italy. That is not the only new car set for production at this plant. There is also a new entry-level Jeep. Both cars will be built on the same AWD Fiat platform.
The Italian giant recently announced an investment program of more than €1 billion for the Melfi plant to bring it up to world class manufacturing standards. One of the major upgrades is the modifications to existing production processes to accommodate the new modular Small Wide platform, upon which the new crossover models will be based.
The platform is configured for product content that complies with U.S. regulatory standards, which means these new models are American market-ready right off the bat and do not need further modifications. This is one of Fiat-Chrysler’s three principal architectures.
Future modifications will give the Melfi plant the ability to produce up to four different models on the same assembly line. Total production capacity based on three shifts will be 1,600 vehicles per day.