New Chrysler assembly plant on the radar for Detroit

Fiat Chrysler 'plans new US factory'

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to convert an idled engine plant in the city into an assembly plant as part of the automaker's plans to add a new three-row Jeep SUV to its lineup, The Detroit News has learned.

The facility, known as the Mack Avenue Engine II plant, was opened in 2000 to manufacture engines for Jeeps and trucks, then idled in 2012 as Chrysler replaced those engines with ones made in MI and Mexico.

The newspaper said FCA plans to build a new three-row version of the Grand Cherokee in the plant for the 2021 model year.

Fiat Chrysler won plaudits from Trump in January 2017 when it announced a US$1 billion investment to build three new Jeeps and a Ram pickup now produced in Mexico. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public. The site would reportedly employ about 400 people. Overall sales jumped 17 percent in November over the same month previous year - fueled largely by its popular Jeep SUVs and Ram Trucks.

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FCA is running out of factory capacity in the United States but sees the demand for even more crossovers, according to The Detroit Bureau.

The company's chief financial officer told investors in June that trucks and SUVs would account for 80 percent of revenue by 2022. GM's moves drew fierce blowback from Washington, including President Donald Trump. At a rally last summer near a GM plant in OH, he told the crowd that jobs are "all coming back".

By 2014, the American auto company was a subsidiary of Fiat.

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