Thursday, September 17, 2015

Union and Chrysler deal would move nearly all USA car production to Mexico, keeps SUVs and trucks here

Belvidere, IL Fiat Chrysler plant
Remember, the union is going along with this plan.

From the Detroit News:
A four-year tentative deal between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV includes a product shuffle that would move nearly all of the company’s domestic car production to Mexico — filling the voids left in the U.S. with more-profitable, SUVs and pickups.

The proposal, which includes investing $5.3 billion into plants in the U.S. over four years, is part of the tentative contract that was announced Tuesday and still must be ratified by the union’s roughly 40,000 Fiat Chrysler members in the coming weeks. The plan involves at least six vehicles and four U.S. assembly plants, including moving Ram 1500 pickup production from the Warren Truck Assembly Plant to the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, according to two sources briefed on the matter who didn’t want to be identified because membership hasn’t yet been told about the moves.

Production of the Chrysler 200 in Sterling Heights would move to Mexico, and the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer would be built at Warren, according to the sources. Dodge Dart production, currently in Belvidere, Illinois, also would move to Mexico, one source said.
But Jeep Wrangler production would end up at the Belvidere plant, which is near Rockford.

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