Fiat Chrysler to Add Second Jeep Assembly Plant in Detroit

Lloyd Doyle
December 8, 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will allegedly convert an existing engine factory in Detroit, Michigan, to build a new three-row version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to multiple media sources including The Detroit Bureau and The Detroit News.

It would be the first new assembly line to open in Detroit in 27 years, and the first new US assembly plant to be built by GM, Ford and Chrysler in more than a decade.

The company plans to reopen a former engine plant, which has been shuttered since 2012, on the city's east side to make Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs with three rows of seats starting with the 2021 model year, the Detroit News reported Thursday. Fiat Chrysler and other automakers have been shifting production away from sedans toward SUVs as consumers favor larger vehicles.

FCA has already approved plans to retool its Warren Truck Assembly plant, just north of Detroit, now making the Ram 1500 Classic, in order to produce Jeep Wagoneers and Grand Wagoneers.

By 2014, the American vehicle company was a subsidiary of Fiat. GM's moves drew fierce blowback from Washington, including President Donald Trump.

Last week, Trump demanded GM add a new product at a plant in OH targeted for closure and later threatened to cut electric vehicle subsidies. The White House did not immediately comment on Fiat Chrysler's plans on Thursday. Trump made restoring auto production a top priority of his campaign - and also praised Germany's BMW for considering plans to build a new transmission plant in the United States.

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