Fiat Chrysler’s truck and SUV plants won’t go through a summer shutdown, with the automaker telling Automotive News five of its facilities in the U.S. and Mexico will remain open throughout the coming months.
FCA announced earlier this year it would shift its focus away from cars and toward its more profitable lineup of trucks and SUVs. As a result, it will cut a shift at it Sterling Heights, Michigan plant in July that builds the Chrysler 200, relieving 1,300 workers of their jobs. The 200 is destined to eventually go the way of the Dodo Bird, as will the compact Dodge Dart, which is built in Belvidere, Illinois.
Low fuel prices have driven demand for larger vehicles, with U.S. light-truck sales climbing 8.8 percent year over year as of May, AN says. Car sales made up just 42 percent of new U.S. vehicle sales through May, compared to 46 percent a year earlier and 51 percent in 2013.
FCA plants that are tasked with building trucks or SUVs include Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit, Saltillo Truck Assembly in Mexico, Toledo Assembly in Ohio and Warren Truck Assembly in Michigan.