• Jun 17, 2009
Hot on the heels of news that the Dodge Viper's Conner Avenue facility would be the first Chrysler plant to fire up after the company's bankruptcy proceedings/Fiat tie-up comes official word that the automaker will resume production at seven plants the week of June 29. In addition, Chrysler will bring the supporting powertrain and stamping plants online that supply the assembly factories listed below with parts.

According to Ed Garsten, Chrysler's manager of electronic media communications, the following assembly plants will resume production as part of a "phased production ramp-up" -
  • Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Sterling Heights, MI) – Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger
  • Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, MI) – Dodge Ram and Dodge Dakota
  • St. Louis North Assembly Plant (Fenton, MO) – Dodge Ram
  • Toledo Supplier Park (Toledo, OH) – Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Brampton Assembly Plant (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) – Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger
  • Windsor Assembly Plant (Windsor, Ontario, Canada ) – Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Toluca Assembly Plant (Toluca, Mexico) – Dodge Journey and Chrysler PT Cruiser
Despite the start-ups, all Chrysler plants will again idle for two weeks in the second half of July as part of a previously scheduled summer break.

Source: Chrysler | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of you are retards."different car company my ass".. things don't change overnight. god

      and Your asking why they are restarting plants that make the "Crap" they had before.. however they can't just stop making most of their products they have replacements for them. idiots. honestly get a brain before you start posting on here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes thank you god for the voice of reason. Some people on here, probably people with an agenda, would rather post political rants against the government or Obama then actually try to understand things.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here we are ... you don't think ...
      Fiat can will give Chrysler access to his South America - India - Eastern Europe dealership ... Fiat has done this for years selling for low prices aged ( but still attractive ) models that for those people are pretty new ...
      This way Chrysler can call back to work people and reopen plants .... Good for America untill the new models will be ready for production.

      Same will do with other Chrysler models you think are junk ... but in some markets will be desireable and luxury cars ...

      This one of the differences between Fiat and Daimler ( and all the others before ) in the Chrysler draft ... Fiat has always defined "Global Strategic Alliance" ...

      Sorry for my English , but I'm Italian ( can you get the accent even reading ??? :-)

      Ciao a tutti

      • 5 Years Ago
      More Sebrings and Avengers, are you kidding?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Obviously they think they can sell them.

        What, should Chrysler just sit on empty plants and jobs banked labor and all the parts stocks and tooling amortization costs, etc, etc, etc and make NOTHING to pay for it all?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those cars are liabilities, not assets. They should not be a part of the new company.
        • 5 Years Ago
        cdwrx,

        You'll get no argument from me that these cars are awful (though at least the Avenger is attractive from some angles, in my opinion) next to the competition.

        But what would be better? For a cash-strapped company to sell 0 cars (and make $0) in the highest-volume market segment in America? Or to sell at least 100,000 mediocre cars and bring ~$2B (or more) into the coffers when they've already paid for the tooling, the parts, and they're paying the workers 85% of their wages as they sit in the jobs bank doing nothing?

        They've got to generate revenue somehow for the next 18-24mos before the Fiats come online.

        That's more important that the immediate image hit from continuing to build them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahahah. My first thought exactly!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I work at a dealer and we have 230 new cars to sell between now and September, Dealers do not have enough cars to sell! We have 15 wranglers in stock and we typically sell 40-50 a month...we are screwed......

      Jason
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes. Restart the production of crap. The very crap that currently clogs the bowels of dealers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow Saxxon, if you aren't a pathetic and crazed God damned conservative who is apparently just nuts, I don't know WHO is... just looking at this and other comments on Autoblog makes me wish I knew you in person, so I could laugh at the miserable life you must lead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do they want to re-open the factories to build cars when they forced dealerships to close because of unused inventory?

        Maybe the idea, the one with proof behind it, that the dealer closings were politically motivated, will finally start to grow on people?

        Maybe Americans will start to understand how a communist government handles private businesses when they see it first hand, in this country?

        Or maybe they wont notice until its too late?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, doesn't look like good news for the Caliber SRT4, although the car will be fairly rare if they don't make anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well they could make some cash selling AvengersSebrings to fleets. Hopefully Fiat will give the green light to produce the new Chrysler 200 to replace the Sebring later.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty certain the green light has been given due to the good recption it had at the auto shows. Not only was it shown here but at the Geneva show. Reaction was the same in Europe - very positive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course, Chrysler has to start up production a.s.a.p, but there won't be any new product for at least 18 months. It takes that much time to change all the fundamentals. It's not like you can start building a Fiat 500 tomorrow. It just ain't possible. Meanwhile there are a lot of mouths to feed (employees, dealers and suppliers), so Chryco has to get the ball rolling. Welcome back Chrysler!

      Gee, I hope GM can match this turn-around.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Hi Jamie

        You wrote the most clever comment I've read untill now ... Doing things in the right way takes time and people need to work, suppliers to be paied and so on ...

        Everything else are just words ...

        Bye the way ... nice site ...

        Ciao
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Gee, I hope GM can match this turn-around."

        I wouldn't count on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        chconline,

        Not even close to true. I can't speak for GM (hopefully someone here will), but Chrysler's plants are among the most modern and flexible in North America. One of the reasons FIAT wanted to buy into Chrysler (and not Saturn), was their manufacturing plants. FIAT officials were very impressed with what they saw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is good news. Welcome back, Chrysler!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How long Chrysler's plants have been shut? Possibly the dealers are running low of inventory even at depressed sales rate. Now if Chrysler could just build to satisfy demand it would avoid having over 100 days of cars on car lots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog,

      Can you confirm specifically what vehicle(s) each plant WILL be building. Your current listing seems outdated or based purely on what they have built in the past. Please get an official response before putting out distorting articles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really, the world needs more avengers? other than the wranglers, fiat should just wait until they have something worth building before they waste any assembly time on this crap
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right. So Chrysler can have all those parts, all that tooling, and all of those amortization costs without building any cars to sell to pay for it all.

        Brilliant.

        Everyone who asks, "Why is Chrysler starting production on the crap cars?!?!? Idiots." has no idea how this business - or any business that makes things - works.

        Think, people. Seriously.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And Chrysler (even GM) are using pathetically outdated plants that takes months of refitting to produce another vehicle."

        Not anymore. Most of GM's plants and many of Chrysler plants are very flexible. How do you think they can build the PT and the Journey on the same line? How do you think GM can swtich the Traverse to Lansing from Spring Hill?
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