Fiat Chrysler Set to Move Ram 1500 Pickup Truck Production
The Ram 1500 pickup truck is moving on up—literally. Fiat Chrysler’s popular pickup truck is moving its production from the American carmaker’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to the brand’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, which is about 10 miles north.
The move will occur in early 2018, when the next-generation Ram 1500 will begin production.
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Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler’s CEO, confirmed this move during the brand’s first-quarter earnings call with analysts. The automaker plans to convert the Warren Truck plant into a production center for a family of high-end Jeep models, which will have the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer names.
This new plan also means the replacement for the Jeep Compass and Patriot, known for now as the C-SUV, will move to Toluca, Mexico.
Marchionne went on to state that the production shift would allow for a net increase in the amount of UAW-represented hourly workers at the carmaker’s United States-based assembly plants.
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Along with the plan to move Ram production, Marchionne also discussed Fiat Chrysler’s goal to outsource production for the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. The Fiat Chrysler head honcho has been looking for a partner to join in on this venture for the past year, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to give up anytime soon.
“I remain hopeful that somebody will pick it up with us and get it done,” he said during the call.
It still remains to see if this will happen, since many carmakers have come right out and said, “No.” But who knows? Maybe one of them will cave sometime soon.
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