• Jul 18, 2010
It's no secret that Chrysler's future plans are in a constant state of flux right now. After all, the automaker just went through a ridiculously fast bankruptcy where bits and pieces were shed before stewardship was handed over to Italy's Fiat. It's only natural that Chrysler's new management would need some time to get itself organized.

According to The Toledo Blade, Chrysler decisionmakers are still up in the air as to how the Toledo North Assembly Plant figures into the company's future roadmap. Previously, Chrysler said the Ohio facility would build three new SUVs based on Fiat's C-Evo platform to replace the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro.

Apparently, however, Chrysler has three plants that could build the new 'utes – Toledo, Belvedere, Illinois and Sterling Heights, Michigan. The reality is that the Pentastar really only needs two of them to handle the project. Alternately, all three could build the vehicles using fewer shifts. At this point, it's anyone's guess which, if any, of these facilities will be left out in the cold, and what the resulting employee impact will be.

[Source: The Toledo Blade]


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      osageriverrat
      • 4 Years Ago
      talk about the toledo plants. i retired from chrysler 2 plants i fenton mo. they are both close down. one the ram truck and made the mimievan. they should do something with those plants. there not in bad shape
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toledo North is one of the newest plants in the country, it is high tech, super clean and has a capacity to build 4 DIFFERENT vehicles.

      I don't think Chrysler would NOT build new stuff here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SHAP and Belvedere are both very modern plants despite their age. They were both refit with flexible manufacturing equipment in the body build areas. Both plants are capable of building the others vehicles in response to demand. (SHAP has the Seabring and Avenger, Belvedere is the Caliber, Compass, and Patriot)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, but it looks like they're talking about something a bit different.

        Use all 3 with 2 daily shifts, or 2 plants with 3 shifts. My money is with all three plants, but my reasoning may not be sound. It seems that spreading the work out would allow for a 3rd shift at any plant without too much, if any, expensive overtime work.

        So overloading the newest plant, even if it is the most capable, may be the most expensive in the long run.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering all the negativity about Chrysler, it's pretty amazing how well they are doing and how smoothly they are intergrating their operations with Fiat. It would be a mistake, however, to state that their operations have been handed over to Fiat. Not only will Chrysler maintain most of its' autonomy with this partnership, the cars co-developed with Fiat will be only BASED on Fiat platforms, but be completely re-engineered and completely re-styled from the ground up, inside and out by Chrysler for their individual markets. All large cars,SUVs, minivans and most trucks will be independently Chrysler developed vehicles which will be sold world-wide. Fiat will have little influence on these vehicles in which Chrysler has already established itself as a leader in the segment.
      I have no fear that the next generation Liberty will be quite a bit removed from a car based vehicle and will incorporate all the "right stuff" for their loyal customers. Jeep is clearly aware of what it must do to make it "Trail Rated" and a true Jeep,which it will be regardless of where the platform was sourced. This new Liberty will expand greatly it's world-wide sales in Fiats global dealer/marketing network. Fear not Liberty folks!
      These are solid plans being developed with Chrysler and the facilities will be carefully integrated as the product lines at Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler expand and evolve.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i never knew that chrysler had a plant in illinois - and ive been an illinois resident for all my 28-years! although im near the mississippi river in east moline - right across the river from bettendorf, iowa! now, if they would only bring back the imperial!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        not to efficient if they have to use robots! robots can not pay very close attention to detail! bentley builds everything by had, and as a result, craftsmanship and quality that is unsurrpassed by any other manufacturer! always been built by hand always will be! because they care about detail, not getting as many cars made as fast as possible!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Belvidere has existed for 4 1/2 decades, and today is highly robotic. Which makes it rather efficient in terms of cost and flexibility.
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