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will build its new Maserati Levante
SUV in Turin, Italy. CEO Sergio Marchionne
confirmed in an interview that the luxury utility will be manufactured at Fiat's
flagship plant, and that the Mirafiori facility may build an Alfa Romeo
SUV variant as well. Reports as far back as 2011 originally suggested the Italian-branded luxury SUV would be built in Detroit
alongside its Jeep Grand Cherokee
relative. Marchionne now says Fiat will construct both Maserati
and Alfa Romeo
vehicles in Turin, but has thus far declined to comment on exactly which models will be manufactured at the plant.
Right now, the factory is only running a few days per month, but Fiat has committed to investing around $1.63 billion to relaunch Maserati, and a fair slice of those funds could go toward revamping the Turin plant. Marchionne also made it clear that the Chrysler dealer
network in the US will play a large role in the future success of the Alfa Romeo brand.
Set to bow in 2014 and hit dealers by 2015, the Maserati Levante
is expected to take cues from the brand's 2011 Kubang concept shown above. As the Trident's first SUV, the Levante
is expected to compete directly with the Porsche Cayenne
and Land Rover Range Rover