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2012 may come early (corrected)

by David Zatz on

Bloomberg reported that Chrysler is pulling their summer changeover shutdowns forward due to parts shortages. It now appears that this is at least partly incorrect.

Chrysler spokesman Jodi Tinson said that the Liberty/Nitro plant and Warren’s Ram plant would close during the weeks of June 20 and June 27 instead of during the weeks of July 11 and July 18. The Wrangler will shut down for the week of June 20 instead of July 11.

The Saltillo Ram plant will simply drop scheduled overtime from May 20 through June 30 instead of shutting down.

The only major changes known to be scheduled for these vehicles affect the Jeep Wrangler, which is to transition from the 3.8 liter V6, set to end production this month, to the Pentastar V6. The Liberty will continue with the truck 3.7. Despite the article, more reliable sources said that Toledo-built vehicles — Liberty, Wrangler, and Nitro — will not change their model year early. Whether the Ram will move into the 2012 model year early has not been confirmed, but changes should be minimal for Ram 1500.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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