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Sale of PROC (Plymouth Road), former AMC/Nash/Jeep building, approved

The remains of the old Chrysler appear to have successfully sold the former AMC/Nash-Kelvinator building on Plymouth Road and three other properties for a total of $2.3 million. This is considerably lower than the asking price for the Plymouth Road Office Complex alone, which was valued at $10 million in 2007.

The massive facility at 14250 Plymouth Road, which was home to Jeep/Truck Engineering for years, was originally built for Kelvinator in 1926 to build appliances. The 50 acre property was originally isolated, but the area is now densely populated with businesses and homes. The grounds cover 1.5 million square feet of building space, one third of which is engineering/computer room space.

Nash and Kelvinator, when they merged, put their combined headquarters into the main building at PROC; they made helicopters on the site during World War II. When Hudson and Nash merged, the headquarters of the combined company, AMC, was on the site; and after AMC was purchased by Chrysler, PROC was the central engineering location for trucks and SUVs, a position it held until late in the Daimler years.

Even in 2007, over 1,600 people worked in the complex. Chrysler engineers were finally moved to the Chrysler Technology Center in mid-2009.

The buyer of the site is Manchester Plymouth LLC, a Mount Clemens-based company; they have already paid a substantial deposit. Peter Avitia wrote that he confirmed with the attorneys that there was only one objection to the sale but it “did not stick,” and the sale was approved.

Bill Cawthon wrote, “I have read the court documents which indicate no additional court approval was required because it was an “arms-length” transaction valued at less than $10 million.”

The current, non-bankrupt Chrysler Group is not affected by or involved in the sale.

Fiat-Chrysler profits plunge in second quarter

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Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday. Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....

Italian action could help Fiat-Chrysler

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According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country. “We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.” “We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....

Charger squads: still 5-speeds?

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Allpar’s sources tell us that, despite the clear acceleration and fuel-economy benefits of the eight-speed automatic, the police are demanding that Dodge stick with the old Mercedes five-speed on Charger squad cars. In 2014, both police and civilian Chargers had the five-speed, though civilians got the eight-speed with the V6 — and in 2015, the eight-speed will be the only transmission in any civilian Dodge Charger, including the SRT....

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

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