The Chrysler 200 officially went out of production at the automaker’s Sterling Heights Assembly plant in Metro Detroit Friday, The Detroit News reports.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed earlier this year the mid-size 200 sedan, along with the compact Dodge Dart, would both be discounted in order to free up production capacity. The automaker has now doubled down on truck, SUV and crossover production and plans to outsource production of the Dart and 200’s replacements.
The Sterling Heights facility will now be converted to produce the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup. Almost all of the 1,700 workers employed there will be put on temporary leave as FCA retools the plant to build the new body-on-frame truck. The automaker says moving production of the next-gen Ram to Sterling Heights will also create around 700 new jobs at the plant.
FCA has yet to announce when the next-gen Ram might go into production, however Marchionne told The Detroit News in May he expects the pickup to go on sale no later than January 2018.