Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

FCA to Revive Idled Detroit Factory to Build Three-Row Jeep Grand Cherokee

Fiat Chrysler 'plans new US factory' Report: FCA to open new assembly plant in Detroit to build three-row Grand Cherokee
Priscilla Morrison | 08 December, 2018, 12:02

Fiat Chrysler "is essentially out of capacity", Jeff Schuster, an analyst with LMC Automotive in Troy, told the Detroit News.

According to a report from The Detroit News, Chrysler's old Mack Avenue Engine II facility in Detroit is being retooled into an assembly plant for a new three-row Jeep SUV on the way adding up to 400 jobs to the city.

Fiat Chrysler plans to revive Mack Avenue Engine II, which has been idled since 2012, as a vehicle assembly plant to provide additional capacity to build the redesigned Grand Cherokee, including a new three-row version, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. It would mark the first new auto assembly line to open in Detroit in 27 years.

Fiat Chrysler won plaudits from Trump in January 2017 when it announced a US$1 billion investment to build three new Jeeps and a Ram pickup now produced in Mexico. Overall sales jumped 17 percent in November over the same month previous year - fueled largely by its popular Jeep SUVs and Ram Trucks.

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President Donald Trump ripped GM for the cuts, which will include salaried workers and employees on factory floors.

If true, the plans would be a rare domestic expansion by a United States auto company in an industry where rivals are cutting back on production.

That move, part of a broader overhaul of the business likely to lead to the loss of more than 14,000 jobs, has drawn harsh criticism from politicians. They have dropped 10 percent in 2018.

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