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Millionth vehicle rolls off Belvidere line

by Bill Cawthon on
Belvidere's Millionth

he leadership team at Chrysler's Belvidere Assembly Plant celebrates the completion of a Jeep Patriot, the one-millionth current-production vehicle produced at the plant on July 28th, 2010. Chrysler also manufactures the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass at this plant. The one-millionth vehicle is to be delivered to a customer in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois, passed a significant milestone this morning a Natural Green Jeep Patriot rolled of the assembly line, marking the one millionth current-production vehicle produced at the plant.

“The Belvidere plant has been producing some of Chrysler’s most popular models for the past 45 years and the Jeep Patriot is just the latest model to add to the list,” said Kurt Kavajecz, BAP Plant Manager. “We are honored to be part of this significant milestone. The success of the Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber is a testament to the dedication of our workforce and their commitment to producing a high quality product.”

The Patriot, which will be delivered to B.Z. Motors Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, was equipped with a 2.4-liter engine, a five-speed manual transmission and premium features including satellite radio, power heated seats, keyless entry, speed control, leather wrapped steering wheel and aluminum wheels.

Above: The leadership team at Chrysler‘s Belvidere Assembly Plant celebrates the production of a Jeep Patriot, the one-millionth compact vehicle currently being produced at the plant on July 28th, 2010. Image courtesy of Chrysler Media.

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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