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Chrysler boosting pickup production

by Bill Cawthon on

Dow Jones reports that Chrysler is boosting production as the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program continues to pump demand, reducing the number of vehicles available at dealers.

Sources in the United Auto Workers union say employees at the Warren Plant were told they will work overtime Saturday shifts on Aug. 29, Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 and additional overtime may be scheduled in October. The Warren plant builds Dodge Ram full-size and Dakota mid-size pickups.

Chrysler officials would not comment on the reports.

Chrysler wants to respond to surging new demand without building too many vehicles which then require heavy incentives to move.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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