Last week VW announced that it will lay off 269 workers from the Zwickau factory, and three days ago it will stop the production of ID.3 and Cupra Born in Zwickau. Serious things seem to be happening in the European market as Fiat also announces the temporary halt of production of the all-electric 500e at the Mirafiori plant due to low demand, as well as the cessation of production of four Maserati models (Ghibli, Quattroporte, Levante and GranTurismo).
This year is bad for the Fiat 500e, when it comes to sales, because there was a drop in demand (1.7 percent) compared to the same period last year, so the decision was expected. It should be noted that the model with an internal combustion engine will continue to be produced in Poland.
A spokesperson for Stellantis said that all activities at the Mirafiori plant will be temporarily halted this week and that the plant will continue to operate, but will again have to stop car production between October 19 and November 3. About 2,400 workers are employed in this factory.
The Fiat 500e is powered by an electric motor with 118 hp (87 kW) and 162 lb-ft (220 Nm) of torque. It is equipped with a lithium-ion 42 kWh battery that provides a range of 199 miles (321 km/ WLTP). It reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9 seconds with a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).
After recently introducing the all-electric Fiat 600e that comes almost a decade after the production of the Fiat 600 was discontinued, the Italian automaker is now introducing the 600 Hybrid.
This model is the same size as the all-electric 600e, but lighter. The interior is made of recycled materials, and the instrument panel is made of bioplastic. Fiat claims that thanks to the electric motor, the car can be driven partly without emissions in the city and in parking lots. This technical solution reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15%.
Fiat 600 Hybrid is powered by a 1.2L three-cylinder engine that, combined with an electric motor, has a total power of 128 hp (94 kW), which is enough to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 11 seconds. The car is equipped with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 48 V lithium-ion battery that enables a range of one kilometer with a top speed of 30 km/h.
For now, it will be available in Italy and other countries where the sale of electric cars is not so popular, and the starting price will be 25,000 euros.
At the beginning of July, Fiat premiered the new 600e, the latest zero-emission model, and now production has begun. Although with the old name (Seicento – 600), the new model has been transformed into a subcompact crossover inspired by the smaller Fiat 500e.
Fiat Seicento is built on the e-CMP2 platform like the Jeep Avenger, and they are powered by the same 156 hp (115 kW) electric motor, which is enough for the crossover to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9 seconds. that’s not the only thing these two cars share, there’s a 54 kWh battery, and Fiat promises the e600 will have a range of more than 400 kilometers (WLTP). If it is used only in the city, one charge should provide a range of 600 kilometers.
With a length of 4.17 meters, the new fully electric Fiat brings with it an airy and spacious passenger cabin for five people as well as a luggage space of 360 liters. Inside, the 7-inch digital instrument panel and 10.25-inch display stand out.
When it comes to the price, Fiat announced at the presentation that the Seicento will cost 35,950 euros, and in combination with the La Prima equipment package, 40,950 euros.