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Most FCA plants busier in January

by Bill Cawthon on

Most FCA North American plants were busier in January than they were a year ago.

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Based on Automotive News estimates (FCA no longer releases production figures), production was up 1.4% last month.

Only four plants, Jefferson North, Sterling Heights, Warren Truck and Windsor, had lower output on a year-over-year basis. At Jefferson North, the culprit was a drop in orders for the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee; at Sterling Heights it was the end of production of the Dodge Avenger. Production of the second-generation Chrysler 200 was 100.8% higher than the first-generation model built last year. Warren Truck’s shortfall was due to a slowdown in orders for Ram pickups. The same was true of the Windsor plant as minivan demand fell by 4.0%.

Brampton’s output rose 25.0%, the largest change of any FCA plant in North America, as it dealt with a surge in orders for the Challenger and Charger. A 150% increase in Dart orders kept the Belvidere plant humming despite a drop in orders for the Jeep Compass and Patriot.

Demand for Chrysler and Dodge passenger cars spurred a 17.6% increase in production scheduling. Truck production was down 2.9% as an increase in Ram builds (including ProMaster) wasn’t enough to overcome shortfalls in Dodge and Jeep light trucks.

FCA PRODUCTION TOTALS BY PLANT – JAN. 2015
Plant Jan-15 Jan-14 Change
Belvidere Assembly 31,095 26,264 18.4%
Brampton Assembly 25,227 20,186 25.0%
Conner Avenue Assembly 93 76 22.4%
Jefferson North Assembly 28,069 32,438 -13.5%
Saltillo Truck Assembly 18,913 17,975 5.2%
Saltillo Van Assembly 1,985 1,947 2.0%
Sterling Heights Assembly 18,797 22,711 -17.2%
Toledo North Assembly 25,575 22,329 14.5%
Toledo Supplier Park 19,011 18,351 3.6%
Toluca Assembly 20,847 20,256 2.9%
Warren Truck Assembly 24,467 26,789 -8.7%
Windsor Assembly 33,003 34,379 -4.0%
FCA NA 247,082 243,701 1.4%
Total U.S. car 30,371 27,382 10.9%
Total Canada car 25,227 20,186 25.0%
Total Mexico car 4,727 3,712 27.3%
Total Car 60,325 51,280 17.6%
Total U.S. truck 116,736 121,576 -4.0%
Total Canada truck 33,003 34,379 -4.0%
Total Mexico truck 37,018 36,466 1.5%
Total Truck 186,757 192,421 -2.9%
Source: Automotive News estimates

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 just-auto.com, 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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