Marchionne wins concessions to built next Quattroporte, mid-size sedan at Bertone plant

2010 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

Sergio Marchionne and Fiat have won certain concessions from workers to build Maseratis at the former site of a Bertone plant, which the company bought back in 2009 from the bankrupt car-design company.

The program, which consists of increased work-shifts and more flexible overtime, won approval from 88% of the 1,011 workers who participated in the ballot. The total work force consists of 1,100.

Fiat plans to build the Quattroporte successor at the plant, as well as a new mid-size sedan to compete with the A6, 5-Series, and E class.

“It’s a very positive outcome,” Giuliano Noci, a professor at the MIP Management School of Milan’s polytechnic university, said before the announcement. “Unions finally understood that it’s necessary to change the rules of the game to be competitive. This could become an iconic moment for the revamp of Fiat’s production in Italy as well as the country’s productivity.”

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Automotive News