Unofficial sources have confirmed that testing of the new electric Panda should soon begin in Fiat’s factory in Kragujevac, while a segment of the production of the Citroen e-C3 will be transferred from Slovakia to Stellantis’ factory in Serbia, which means that the Kragujevac plant will produce two models of electric cars.
Igor Vijatov, director of the Automobile Cluster Serbia, explains that the factory in Kragujevac will produce the Fiat Panda from start to finish, which will be a redesigned to resemble a small SUV vehicle, and will be officially launched on July 11th, 2024, on Fiat’s 125th anniversary.
“This model will be produced exclusively in Serbia. The electric Citroen, which will be produced in Slovakia from next year, will also be partially assembled here,” says Vijatov.
Those two vehicles will be available for purchase with two different types of batteries – a cheaper version, with a shorter range of up to 200 kilometres, and more expensive one, with a range of up to 300 kilometres.
“Although Strellantis is trying to keep this information secret, we already know a lot about it. According to the information I have, the Fiat Panda will cost between 20,000 and 21,000 euros. If you take into account that the state provides subsidies for the purchase of electric cars in the amount of 5,000 euros, it won’t be an expensive car,” says Vijatov and recalls that the Fiat 500 L, which was manufactured in Kragujevac until recently, cost between 10,000 and 15,000 euros.
It was also announced that the starting price of the Citroen e-C3 is 23,300 euros, and sales will begin in 2024. Also, Citroen has announced a cheaper 2-C3 version with a battery range of up to 200 kilometres for the 2025 launch and its price will be 19,900 euros.
(Bloomberg Adria, 22.12.2023)
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