Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
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Fiat Chrysler may open plant near Detroit to build seven-seat Jeeps

Fiat Chrysler may open plant near Detroit to build seven-seat Jeeps

An official announcement from FCA confirming the re-opening of Mack Avenue Engine II is expected to happen late next week.

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 conversion to building the three-row Grand Cherokee could happen quickly enough for the new model to go on sale for the 2021 model year, according to The Detroit News.

General Motors recently announced it is closing its assembly plant in Detroit-Hamtramck next summer.

GM has come under intense criticism from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers as well as U.S. President Donald Trump for its plan, with many asking the automaker to reverse its decision.

Overall, Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales are up 8% this year, with growth driven by its Jeep line-up.

The source says the plant will produce SUVs but did not specify when the plant will open, or how many jobs it will create.

Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley has since said he's reconsidering one aspect of this plan. It would be the first new assembly plant in Detroit since Chrysler opened up its Jefferson North plant in 1992.

While a slew of American auto manufacturing plants are being shut down, there's one that's had its lights off since 2012 that's coming back to life. The Detroit News reported in July 2012 that 182 workers were employed there when it closed.

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