Skip to comments.Fiat Chrysler to build 3 new Jeeps, create 2,000 jobs in US
Posted on 01/08/2017 3:15:23 PM PST by mandaladon
DETROIT (AP) -- Fiat Chrysler will add three new Jeeps to its lineup including a pickup truck as it invests $1 billion in two U.S. factories, furthering its effort to increase production of hot-selling SUVs and pickup trucks and get out of producing small and midsize cars. The expansion will create 2,000 new jobs.
The Italian-American automaker said Sunday it will modernize a factory in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan, to make the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer large SUVs. A factory complex just south of there in Toledo, Ohio, also will get new equipment to make the new pickup. The company wouldn't provide details of the new products, but said the factory work would be done in 2020.
Consumers worldwide have gravitated toward SUVs and trucks while turning away from passenger cars. Last year in the U.S., car sales fell 7 percent while truck and SUV sales rose 8 percent.
Last year, FCA announced plans to stop production of the slow-selling Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. Factories that make those products in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and Belvidere, Ill., will get new trucks and SUVs as FCA searches for an automaker that would build small cars under contract.
The factory upgrade in Warren also would allow the plant to make heavy-duty Ram pickups that now are produced in Saltillo, Mexico. But FCA would not say if it has plans to shift production to the north.
Producing vehicles in Mexico and shipping them to the U.S. has become a thorny political issue with the election of Donald Trump as president. Trump has criticized Ford, General Motors and Toyota for building small cars in Mexico and shipping them across the border. He has threatened to impose a big border tax on the companies.
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when is it ever going to end ????
Build the Gladiator!
Build the Gladiator!
Donald Trump visited the Detroit black ghetto and just put it on the line honestly.....what has the D party done for them other than drive all their jobs away?
DJT ask them to vote for him, “what have you got to lose?”
well, DJT still did not get too many Detroit votes but he’s delivering the jobs already, even before moving into the White House. This is MORE than Obama did for Detroit in eight entire years, and Fiat’s doing this even before DJT gets to move into the job.
Some talk show host at 6pm would have gladly had these trucks made in Mexico. He just takes it as a given that everything will be made outside of America because Free Trade is best! If you say make it in America, he asks if you are from East Germany.
“Donald Trump visited the Detroit black ghetto and just put it on the line honestly.....what has the D party done for them other than drive all their jobs away?
DJT ask them to vote for him, what have you got to lose?”
Well worth repeating.....
This is going to be much more than 2,000 jobs, because auto assembly requires parts and assemblies created from contractors. They will likely be located in the U.S. as well.
Absolutely yes! The R party can earn more black votes if it keeps doing what DJT did and just talk honestly with them - and restore the economy obama has so terribly screwed (jobs)
Love my Rubicon. Go Trump. Other rides can go faster but my ride can go anywhere.... Go Jeeps!
When we see the secession of Calimexico!!! That is the mother load of grand WINNING!!!
For some reason, the words “Fiat” and “Jeep” just don’t seem to belong together.
Far, far more than that. They need food vendors, uniform providers, water and coffee services, office supplies. The list goes on and on!
YUGE economic impact!
Will they have the 3.0 eco-diesel engine as an option?
You wouldn’t even need a back-up camera with those - you could see out the back window.
Will PEDJT do a mini Victory Tour appearance and attend the NAIAS aka North American International Auto Show aka the Detroit Auto Show coming up this week. If he goes to either the Charity Preview or the main event my guess is grateful fans would love to shake his hand, for all his efforts to make the American Automobile Manufacturing base GREAT AGAIN!.
BTW love to see him @ the Charity Preview in a Tux and Tails w/ Melania dressed to a tee...
Sure bet Trump is going to relax epa standards.
2000 thousand people to build two Jeeps....Those must be one hell of a Jeep.
so how many jobs and how many dollars invested in the USA since the election? Anyone here keeping track? I want to post it on fb and drive a couple of relatives crazy
When I was in high school a friend had a Chrysler with a 413 and 3 two barrel carbs. It was big and heavy and not as fast as one would think.
Another Victory for Trump! He said he would get jobs and he is—Its just started folks! Soon, the rust belt will be rusty no more! This is oly the start! way to go Fiat!
I guess they haven't figured out the assembly line thing that other car makers have.
2,000 jobs also means more stores, truck drivers, school teachers, Gas station workers, More Taxes being paid, more Pride and more ownership! Trump is a miracle man! That is what we need—pride in a job well done—money earned by hard work! That’s what made America Great once and it will happen again!
The American car is the key to the American economy. US Steel, US Tires, US workers, burning US Gas!
You’d need cameras with magnifying capabilities to see behind you. The bottom vehicle is so long, the taillights are in different time zones than the headlights! They still haven’t found Jimmy Hoffa’s body, or a number of other gangster’s bodies. Find one of those cars, and you may find a dozen in the trunk, with room to spare!
On a very recent trip to Southern China, for the first time ever I saw Jeeps on the road. Mustangs too. It was quite a surprise, but I was stoked!
Some here on FR complain that auto assembly doesn’t have much of a “multiplier” because many, if not most, of the parts come from outside the US. The BMW plant in Greer, SC is sometimes cited as an example.
JEEP....Just Empty Every Pocket. Own a jeep and get to know the service manager on a first name basis.
My Dad had an Imperial just like the top pic. Awesome car. Had pivoting swing-out front seats. Chicks dug it!
Even if you can work on them yourself or at least mostly since I don’t have a lift and a shop, you’ll get to know Amazon, KaiserWillys.com, and Walcks really well if you have a CJ era model.
Tractor Supply, Bolt Depot, Lowes, Advance, and Auto Zone have been involved a lot for bolts, fittings, fabbing, and rewiring parts.
screw that. send em all down to mexico.
You wouldnt even need a back-up camera with those - you could see out the back window.
Every once in a while, I read a tragic story of some parent running over a child while backing out of a drive way. There’s an area directly behind a vehicle that’s effectively a blind spot.
I bought a new Toyota Highlander a few months ago and it has a backup camera and you can see things that are very near the back bumper.
It made me wonder, how many little lives will be saved by this? No way to quantify it though.
I’ve never run over a kid while backing out but I did mangle a bicycle once.
They need to go back to making the original MB configuration.
No heated seats or climate control. A little four banger you
can pull yourself and at a price someone could afford.
My 41 MB is still running, not fast, 45 is top speed
but it goes and goes and goes. I’m saving it for my
nephew to drive in 2041.
Came off the line Dec.16,1941.
You got that right! I own a 1968 Mercury Monterey. Big Car! Lol.
I had a ‘76 Jeep CJ-5...Had it until 2009...No problems...
Hunted and fished all over Tennessee...even to Canada 4 times..No problems...
Those are some serious Land Yachts.
Next winning..how about light bulbs the kind we grew up with and not these twisty lights?
I’d do anything to see some land yachts again! Maybe Trump will get the EPA to reduce the milage standards.
What is the “fan out” for lack of a better term? By that, I mean we keep hearing about this company adding a few hundred jobs, others adding a few thousand. Those workers and their families are going to purchase goods and services, expanding commerce in the local area. How many smaller businesses are planning to add a dozen here, a few there... Seems like America is getting ready to go back to work.
Most everyone I know who had Jeeps had problems. My brother was a diehard Jeep man who owned a Grand Jeep Cherokee that was in the shop so many times he was able to lemonlaw it and got cash. All the warning lights would come on and it would shutter and shake. Dealer couldn’t fix it. One day it happened in front of a Toyota dealership and he traded it in right on the spot. I like the looks of a Jeep but the problems reported scared me away.
Youve clearly never owned a Jeep. Im sure youre stock in GM is doing well.
Why would you want those when you can have LEDs?
Utterly moronic statement!
My father had a ‘64 Imperial. When I got my license, I would take it to school some days, and on dates. Think girls likes hot cars? Nah, they liked luxury.
Hopefully they’ll abandon the tiny bubble cars and return to the larger, more functionally shaped Jeeps.
Yes they would. Most auto manufacturer CEOs don’t have a clue. Their idea of a luxury car is a Ford Focus.
In order to make a profit, you'd think they would have to build many more than that...
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