United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams said he sent Sergio Marchionne a latter concerning the end of production of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, Reuters’ Business Insider reports.
Williams said he sent Marchionne a letter following his announcement that the 200 and Dart would “run their course,” in order to make room for more trucks and crossovers in Fiat Chrysler’s production network. The Italian-Canadian CEO is seeking industry partners to produce future replacements for both models, however experts believe he’ll be hard pressed to do so considering the minimal profit margins on such vehicles.
Williams is concerned the end of 200 and Dart production will result in lost jobs. He said he wants to discuss the possibility of opening up another plant in the United States where multiple model types could be built on one line, but has yet to hear back from Marchionne on the matter. Williams is also behind Marchionne in putting the majority of FCA’s eggs into the truck and SUV basket, saying low-fuel prices and more efficient vehicles should keep them popular for years to come.
“I see that trend going for a long, long time,” he said.