Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is prepared to move production of its Rma Heavy Duty line of pickups from Mexico to the U.S. so long as the Trump administration provided the funds for it to do so.
Speaking to Forbes in a recent interview, Marchionne said moving production of the Ram HD trucks from Mexico to the U.S. would, in theory, be simple. Trump’s ‘America First’ economic growth plan has put a new-found emphasis on American job production, particularly with automakers.
“Properly motivated, it could be executed very quickly by FCA,” Marchionne said.
“The infrastructure to execute that (move) is in place and, given the right motivation, it could be accomplished quite easily.”
Ram HD trucks aren’t the only products FCA builds in Mexico, but the yare by far the most widely purchased vehicle it builds there. The automaker also builds the Fiat 500 compact, Ram ProMaster commercial vans and Dodge Journey SUV in the region, but Marchionne said production of those vehicles could also be moved to the U.S. by 2019 or 2020.
FCA is currently in the midst of moving more truck and SUV production to the U.S., a plan it had implemented well before pro-business Trump had taken office. Earlier this month it announced an investment of $1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing infrastructure, which will used to build the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Wagooner and Jeep Wrangler pickup. The addition of those vehicles should add around 1,700 jobs between the two plants.