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Warren future in doubt?

by David Zatz on

The historic Warren truck plant may be in danger, if FCA changes its plans to convert it to overflow unibody production, according to Automotive NewsThe industry journal quoted Sergio Marchionne as saying that the capital investment to rejuvenate the plant would be substantial, which should not be news to the FCA CEO, who also said, “We’re looking at ways to utilize Warren in a significant way.”

Warren Truck

In 2015, FCA told the UAW that they planned to use Warren to make Wagoneers and Grand Wagoneers. However, with demand for cars faltering worldwide, Jefferson Avenue may be able to provide all the Grand Cherokee-based vehicles the world wants. Warren production was to restart in 2019.

Warren building Rams

There are other possibilities for Warren, including producing both compact and midsize cars to replace the Dart and 200; making rear wheel drive cars, instead of Brampton; conversion to commercial trucks, perhaps codeveloped with Iveco;  or overflow Ram production, which would have the lowest conversion cost.

Warren Truck started making Dodge trucks in 1938, and made over 12.5 million through the start of 2015. The plant made vans in the 1970s, Ramcharger SUVs, and the Dodge Dakota.

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