Investors and workers were anxious to hear details on Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s new production plan this week and the Italian-Canadian CEO gave them exactly what they asked for Tuesday morning as he announced the automaker’s Q1 earnings.
According to The Detroit News, Marchionne confirmed Tuesday that production of the Ram 1500 pickup will move from Warren Truck Assembly to Sterling Heights Assembly. Additionally, he said production of the Jeep Compass/Patriot replacement will take place at plants in Mexico, Brazil and China.
With capacity freed at Warren Assembly, FCA will use it as “an alternative site to expand production of Jeep products,” Marchionne said. He explicitly mentioned the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Jeep Wagoneer when speaking on the Warren facility, two future SUVs the CEO has brought up to media before.
In regards to the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, which earlier this year Marchionne said will “run their course,” FCA said it is continuing to look for partners to “provide a product from their facilities,” to replace them. By ridding of the slow-selling 200 and Dart, Marchionne will free up production capacity in order to produce more trucks and SUVs, a move that caters to current consumer tastes.
Jeep previously announced it would move Cherokee production out of its Toledo, Ohio plant in order to free up space for the next-gen Jeep Wrangler and a Wrangler pickup truck. Cherokee production is expected to move to the Belvidere, Illinois plant that currently builds the 200 and Dart, however Marchionne did not speak on such a move Tuesday.