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Electrification: the excellence of the FCA Melfi plant for the new production of Jeep® Compass

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  1. T_690

    T_690 Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2015
    Electrification and training: the excellence of the FCA Melfi plant for the new production of Jeep® Compass for Europe, including the Plug-in Hybrid version

    • The electrification of the FCA range continues: the first tests on the new production line for Jeep® Compass - also including the Plug-in Hybrid version - have started at the Melfi plant in Basilicata, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
    • Pride of the Melfi complex is the staff's training at the "Plant Academy", an innovation that reinforces ideas and talent for the implementation of the FCA's electrification strategy and the sharing of best practices with other factories of the Group.
    • From the first quarter of next year, the production of Jeep Compass will start at the Melfi factory, followed by the innovative Plug-in Hybrid version both for Compass and Renegade, to respond even faster to the growing demand in Europe.
    • Another step is taken in the implementation of the Italian FCA 2019-2021 investment plan, announced last November to face future market challenges. This is part of a wider strategy: not only will the range be electrified according to the guidelines of each brand, but all activities related to electric mobility will be coordinated with the creation of the e-Mobility team.
    • With the launch of the new Plug-in Hybrid, Compass aims at surpassing the 2018 record, with over 78,000 registrations in the EMEA region that confirmed it as the best-selling Jeep model in Europe.

    As a symbolic bridge between the past and future, today marks a dual celebration for FCA: the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Melfi Plant and the start of the first tests on the new Jeep® Compass production line to serve the European market. The growing success of the model, launched in 2016 and initially produced for Europe in Mexico, made it possible to bring production directly to Italy, including also the innovative Plug-in Hybrid version, to the Melfi plant in Basilicata, which has produced over 7.4 million cars since 1994.

    In line with the 5 billion Euro investment plan that FCA announced for Italy, this is another important step in the evolution of the brand. It highlights both its vocation for technological innovation and the excellence of the Italian factory, one of the most innovative in the world. The plant was chosen in 2014 to create the first Jeep B-SUV: Jeep Renegade (900,000 units of which have rolled off the Melfi production line since launch). Manufacturing of the Jeep Compass in Southern Italy will begin in the first quarter of next year, producing vehicles for sale in the European market, followed by the production of the Plug-in Hybrid version both for Compass and Renegade. This will enable the Group to respond faster to customer needs and market dynamics.

    The production of the Jeep Compass is part of a much wider investment plan, which includes the introduction of 13 all-new or restyled models, and the launch of an electrification plan, with the introduction of 12 electric versions of new or existing models in the range. In particular, plans are going ahead for the production of Compass and Renegade Plug-in Hybrid versions in the Melfi plant, while the Mirafiori complex in Turin will house production of the Fiat 500 BEV and hybrid and battery electric Maserati models (also to be produced in Modena). Further plans include production of the Ducato Electric and the new Alfa Romeo Tonale, both at Italian plants.

    In 2015, for the launch of the Renegade, the "Plant Academy" was created in the Melfi factory, a breeding ground for new ideas and experiments, and a "talent factory" for developing people's potential. A significant contribution to FCA's electrification strategy, it is a virtous example that has inspired numerous other FCA factories, where other Academy Plants have followed. The industrial centre in Basilicata is a natural choice for producing the Plug-in Hybrid Renegade and Compass for the EMEA region, the first Plug-in Hybrid Jeep models. A new chapter in Jeep's legendary history, that will uphold the core brand values of freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion.

    The Melfi plant was chosen not just for its location, but also on account of the many values it shares with the Jeep brand, such as the continuous quest for manufacturing excellence and sophisticated technological innovation. The Compass that will be built at Melfi shares the same features and, thanks to the innovative Plug-in Hybrid technology, will face the challenge of entering Europe's largest and fastest-growing segment, the compact SUV sector. Currently, in Europe, it accounts for 45% of the overall SUV market and is forecast to overtake today's 2.5 million units sold annually.

    Produced in Mexico, Brazil, China, India and soon in Italy, Jeep Compass, supported also by the new electrified version, is truly a global model. It has a very special bond with the EMEA region and above all with Europe. When launched here in 2017, it was conceived as the first Jeep model designed specifically for European roads. This set the stage on which Compass is now starring, with over 78,000 vehicles registered in EMEA in 2018 - accounting for over 40% of the annual Jeep volumes. This makes it, along with Renegade, the best-selling Jeep model in Europe. This year, in Italy, Compass is confirming its leadership in the premium part of its segment: one out of three 4x4s sold in Italy in the C-SUV segment today is a Compass. With the new Plug-in Hybrid, it is ready to exceed this record.

    Compass plays a strategic role for the Jeep brand and that's why the brand continues to invest heavily in it. This can be seen in the recent launch of the peerless Trailhawk version - the C-SUV with best ever off-road performance - and the future launch of the new Plug-in Hybrid version, intended to revolutionize the entire SUV concept. The arrival of the Compass production in Melfi is a further step in this direction, backed up by the manufacturing excellence of the Italian complex. It was here that Jeep Renegade was born, the first Jeep B-SUV, contributing decisively to the extraordinary growth of 330% in registrations by the Jeep brand in EMEA over the last five years.

    The FCA strategy is to not only electrify the range, while respecting the guidelines of each brand, but to also bring together an e-Mobility team to coordinate all activities related to electric mobility, ensuring that Jeep customers perceive mobility and the use of their car in a new way. To offer customers everything they need to drive an electric car on a daily basis and with peace of mind, a whole new ecosystem must be created for its use, in both a competitive and sustainable way. This will also require the signing a series of agreements with various partners such as Enel X, Engie, Terna, Transatel, Lexis Nexis and Generali, as has happened in recent weeks. The goal? To help customers choose the electric car that best suits their needs and provide a complete range of stress-free services.

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