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Today, we look at FCA Musical Factories, focusing on the cars.

Cherokee, Compass, Patriot, and new Chrysler: The new Compass will be made in Mexico, while the Patriot is being replaced by the Italian-made Renegade. This lets the Cherokee can move to the Belvidere plant (which also made the Dart). It may eventually be joined by a Chrysler crossover — longer and lighter than the Cherokee.

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C300, Challenger, Charger, new Chrysler, and Pacifica will all stay where they are, in Canada, likely joined in calendar-year 2018 by a Chrysler crossover based on the Pacifica.

C200 and Ram pickups: The 200 was dropped to let Ram pickups can move from Warren to Sterling Heights (and continue in Saltillo, which also does ProMaster vans; ProMaster City is an import). If FCA can’t find a partner to make (and help design) the 200, it may add it back into the mix in Belvidere.

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C100, Neon, Freemont, Journey, and Renegade: The projected Chrysler 100 small car would be made in Toluca, Mexico, which now makes the Fiat 500 and Dodge Journey/Fiat Freemont. If the Mexican Neon is to be adapted to US sale, its factory is a mystery, but Brazil, Europe, and Toluca are all candidates depending on expected volume. The Renegade (now made in Italy) might join the Compass in Toluca, but its low U.S. sales don’t encourage that now. Once the Patriot leaves, the story may change. The Journey will stay in Toluca through 2018.

Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Durango: To stay at Detroit’s Jefferson Avenue plant with Wagoneers and overflow going to Warren, after the trucks move out. Warren isn’t expected to be available until 2018-19.

Wrangler, Scrambler: Moving to the Cherokee’s Toledo plant, with the current Wrangler plant (also in Toledo) possibly doing variants like pickups (let’s say Scramblers) and solid roof Jeeps.

JourneyMoving to Italy when it goes to rear wheel drive around 2018, to the same line as Alfa Romeo Stelvio; its FWD-crossover place will presumably go to a Chrysler.


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