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Chrysler Adding 1,100 Detroit Jobs to Build Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Maker confirms plans to launch Dodge Viper, add 150 more jobs at reopened Connor plant.

by on Jan.06, 2012

Chrysler will add 1,100 jobs as it prepares to launch a diesel version of its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler will add another 1,250 jobs at a pair of assembly plants in the Motor City, as it prepares to launch production of a diesel-powered version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee along with an all-new Dodge Viper sports car.

The biggest increase, involving 1,100 workers, will come with the addition of a third shift at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, on Detroit’s east side.  Meanwhile, Chrysler will re-open its old Connor Avenue Assembly Plant, adding another 150 jobs.  The facility was closed prior to the maker’s 2009 bankruptcy when it stopped production of the old Dodge Viper.

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“Our future, like the history of our brands, is interwoven with the City of Detroit,” said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne.  “We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history.”


Chrysler Struggling To Update Line-up, Resolve Quality Issues

Maker to spend nearly $2 billion at three key plants.

by on Oct.29, 2010

Chrysler is investing $1 billion in Sterling Heights to produce future midsize models, like the 200. The plant was originally set to close in 2012.

It’s been a busy – and costly – week for Chrysler, which has announced nearly $2 billion in investments aimed at updating an admittedly outdated and problem-plagued line-up.

Among the two key spending programs announced in recent days is a $600 million investment in an under-utilized assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, where Chrysler is expected to begin producing a new small car late next year.  Based on the little Alfa-Romeo Giulietta produced by its Italian affiliate, Fiat Automotive, the new offering is expected to get 40 miles per gallon. (New small car will permit Fiat to up its stake in Chrysler; Click Here for more.)

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The automaker has been releasing a series of updates on its revised product line-up, in recent days, with models like the Dodge Avenger and various Chrysler minivans getting some interior tweaks and additional technologies designed to enhance their appeal.  But the new investments only underscore that the real breakthrough promised by Sergio Marchionne, CEO of both Chrysler and Fiat, is still just in the making.

Not that it would come a moment too soon, as Consumer Reports made clear this week.


Chrysler Buying Back Plant Tossed in Chapter 11

But no clear plans for Sterling Heights facility after 2012.

by on Feb.19, 2010

The plant builds sedans, including Chrysler Sebring. Sales are down since its 2007 debut.

As part of its bankruptcy, last year, Chrysler abandoned seven factories; but now the automaker wants one of those facilities back, and plans to buy back the assembly line, in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

The move, if approved by a U.S. bankruptcy court judge, next month, would give the automaker a place to produce midsize sedans like the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger – both of which are due for “significan” redesigns as part of Chrysler’s upcoming product blitz.

The updated models are scheduled to remain in production through the 2012 model-year.  The following year, the U.S. maker switches to an all-new platform developed by its Italian partner, Fiat.

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Chrysler will not say whether Sterling Heights would pick up any new products based on that new platform but going forward, the company intends to increase the flexibility of its plants, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne.  That would make it possible for the Sterling Heights plant to produce any number of future Chrysler offerings, indeed, numerous platforms simultaneously.   (more…)