Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Fiat Chrysler: New plant for Jeeps planned for the Detroit area

Amazon HQ2 Detroit Fiat Chrysler 'plans new US factory'
Jean Garcia | 08 December, 2018, 12:03

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.

The facility, known as the Mack Avenue Engine II plant, was opened in 2000 to manufacture engines for Jeeps and trucks, then idled in 2012 as Chrysler replaced those engines with ones made in MI and Mexico. Fiat Chrysler's sales in the USA were up 8 percent in 2018. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.

General Motors last month cited the slackening demand when it announced plans to halt production at five factories in North America, including four in the US.

Yet Fiat Chrysler has seen strong sales of light trucks and SUVs including its Jeep and Dodge Ram models, helping boost November U.S. sales to more than 181,000 vehicles, its best November in 17 years.

'Crash Team Racing' Remaster Confirmed And Release Date Announced
The standard edition doesn't have any fancy collectibles or digital pack-ins, but the game is all you really need anyway. And there's a pretty good chance we could see Beenox add new levels down the road, though DLC hasn't been confirmed yet.

An official announcement from FCA confirming the re-opening of Mack Avenue Engine II is expected to happen late next week. "They're kind of running up against being against full capacity".

The company's plans for Detroit came as GM CEO Mary Barra testified on Capitol Hill about the closures, during which lawmakers asked her to keep the plants open.

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.

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