In another blow to large vehicles in America – and American manufacturing workers – Chrysler is reportedly going to close two manufacturing plants next year. The plants are the Newark, Delaware plant where the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs are built, and the St. Louis North factory in Missouri that manufactures the Dodge Ram full-sized pickup, according to Reuters. The plants will be shut down in the third quarter of 2008. Reuters doesn't mention the biodiesel aspect, but the St. Louis North facility is where the B5-laden (and B20-ready) Dodge Ram diesels come from. Production of all the vehicles made at the plants that are closing will be shifted to Michigan facilities.

DaimlerChrysler will release more information tomorrow when details of its reorganization plan are made public. I'll be looking to see if the total number of DC's SUVs and pickups produced will change.

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[Source: Autonews (subs req'd)]


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