In a move that defies some recent political finger-pointing, Fiat Chrysler has announced a plan to create 700 new jobs in Michigan. The Detroit area factory has shown some signs of dwindling in more recent years. The factory has been producing the Chrysler 200 sedan, which is now being discontinued.
Now, Fiat Chrysler is reworking the factory’s plan, making it a central location for manufacturing the 2018 Ram 1500. It’s thanks to a $4.6 million grant and an $11.4 million tax break that they are able to remake the plant. Not only will the new Michigan plant create 700 new jobs, but it will also preserve current jobs and afford laid-off employees the opportunity to return.
Even as Fiat Chrysler creates 700 new jobs, some onlookers still react skeptically to their decision to move smaller productions to Mexico. Recently Ford has received some criticism for making a similar decision and moving some of its production to Mexico, too. For both Ford and Fiat Chrysler, the goal is to have all of the best-selling, most profitable vehicles made in the USA, with smaller products down south. This will centralize the production of big sellers like Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups in the states, a plan that hopes to boost the economy at each plant location.
If you love Fiat Chrysler, then you might not love this news: Fiat Chrysler will be ending its car production in the U.S. So, what exactly does this mean for the Fiat brand?
Well, the biggest change is that Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. plants will be focusing instead on the production of Rams and Jeeps. The Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart will get less focus and Jeep SUVS will get more.
Don’t worry, though, it doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite Fiat Chrysler automobiles! Production will still take place at plants in Mexico, Canada, and other countries. So, why the change? Well, America loves SUVs and trucks, and the popularity of Jeep and Ram vehicles has been ever-increasing. The choice to use Fiat Chrysler plants for Jeep and Ram production was made in order to increase the output and popularity of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks.
Basically, American production of Jeeps and Rams can offer the company more of a competitive edge than the production of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles because of the growing popularity of SUVS and trucks.
Keep in mind that if you love Chryslers, you can still get them! They just won’t be “made” in the U.S.
When Fiat bought Chrysler for $4.35 Billion it raised a lot of questions: What types
of cars would they predominately sell? What would happen to the Chrysler brand?
Where would the company headquarters (HQ) be? What would the merger of the two
companies be named?
The latter of those questions has finally been answered to the tune of FCA – Fiat
Chrysler Automobiles, according to an AP news story. The new name comes complete with a new logo, as well as jointly traded FCA stock. One thing that is not changing is the wide array of brands housed under the FCA name: Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, Maserati and Ram.
Currently Fiat has a HQ in Milan and Chrysler in Detroit. Read more about the
new FCA in a Forbes article by Joann Muller, where she addresses the question of where the FCA corporate HQ will be.
With so many questions still unanswered about the FCA brand, one thing you can
know for certain is Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram will continue to provide the same great cars, trucks and SUVs combined with our commitment to outstanding service that you’ve come to expect.
2008 was a hard economic year for many. Companies closed, people lost their jobs and families struggled. In 2009 Chrysler was close to liquidation. Chrysler has done what many would say was unthinkable at the time and turned their company around. If Fiat purchases the rest of Chrysler, Chrysler will become a $6 billion company overnight.
Chrysler’s achievements and new $6 billion worth comes partially from the success of new cars like the Dodge Viper, Dart and more that have heads turning. To boost morale, Chrysler recently decided to open an office in downtown Detroit, making it the smallest Detroit automaker.
Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep, in Rochester Hills, MI, could not be more excited to hear this news. To search some of their inventory or find out more about Chrysler vehicles, visit their website at http://www.rochesterhillschryslerjeep.net/index.htm or like Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep on Facebook.