Fiat Chrysler to move Jeep SUV production from Belvidere to Mexico – Chicago Tribune

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed Tuesday after months of speculation that the automaker plans to move production of a Jeep SUV to Toluca, Mexico, from Belvidere, Ill., and move production of Ram pickups to Sterling Heights, Mich. from Warren, Mich.

The moves are part of a massive plan to shift production of smaller vehicles to Mexico while concentrating on the production of more profitable Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups in the U.S.

Marchionne said there would be no net loss of U.S. jobs even though there will be some painful layoffs, a discontinuation of two passenger cars made in the U.S. and the movement of a Jeep to Mexico.

“We have had obviously intense dialogue with our counterparts at the UAW about the implications on head count,” Marchionne said. “I confirm now, as we have done with them, that the realignment of the footprint in NAFTA is actually going to yield an increase in manpower.”

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