Business Fiat Chrysler Plans to Open Detroit’s First New Auto Assembly Line in 27 Years, Report Says Published 5 days ago on December 7, 2018 By Frank Couper Share Tweet Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to convert an engine plant that has been idle since 2012 into an auto-assembly plant, in what would be the first auto-assembly line to open in Detroit in 27 years, the Detroit News reported. The automaker will use the plant to help manufacture a new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV for model year 2021. It could employ as many as 400 workers, said the report, which cited multiple unnamed sources. Fiat Chrysler and other automakers have been shifting production away from sedans toward SUVs as consumers favor larger vehicles. 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 Michigan and Mexico. The news comes as General Motors CEO Marry Barra attends two days of meetings with U.S. lawmakers who are pressuring her to maintain production at U.S. assembly plants. Last week, GM announced it would close several plants in North America and lay off as many as 15,000 workers, a move that drew criticism from affected communities, unions, and politicians including President Trump. “[Fiat Chrysler] is essentially out of capacity,” Jeff Schuster, an analyst with LMC Automotive, told the Detroit News. “They’re kind of running up against being against full capacity. This is a very different situation than what GM is dealing with.” In June, Fiat Chrysler announced a five-year plan aimed at doubling profit and restoring dividends for the first time since the 2014 merger of the two automakers. The company also plans to invest $11 billion in producing a fleet of electric vehicles through 2022. This story was originally published by Fortune Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:auto manufacturingAutosBriefingdetroit Up Next Black Panther Makes History as First Superhero Movie to Nab Golden Globe Best Drama Nomination Don't Miss Free, Legal Abortion Bill Passes Ireland’s Lower House by a Landslide, Is Expected to Become Law Continue Reading You may like Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Granted Bail in Canada in Extradition Case That Has Roiled U.S.-China Relations Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car Accident Could Have Been Prevented, Says Former Manager Carol Burnett to Receive New Golden Globes TV Special Achievement Award Named After Her Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics18 mins ago Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC Sean “Diddy” Combs helped to make Cîroc a best-selling vodka — but he and scores of other celebs never said... Business1 hour ago How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Glossier, the hit e-commerce beauty brand that recently opened a flagship store in New York, announced Tuesday that it will... Local2 hours ago Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou has said she will contest allegations of fraud Donald Trump says he could... Local3 hours ago ‘If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?’ Google’s Chief executive Sundar Pichai went in front of US Congress to defend his company to lawmakers. He faced questions... Entertainment3 hours ago Duchess Meghan Gives a Sweet Nod to Father-in-Law Prince Charles Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images A sweet statement! Duchess Meghan gave a... Most Read Local1 week ago Wilder v Fury: Stunning draw in the WBC world heavyweight title fight Sports5 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports5 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?