The next generation Ram 1500 pickup trucks will shift production from current generation’s home at Warren to the soon to be liberated Sterling Heights factory.
Fiat Chrysler CEO has told reporters and analysts during an earnings call that FCA will move production of the Ram 1500 from the Warren Truck Assembly Plant to Sterling Heights when the new generation model comes online in early 2018.
The Sterling Heights factory currently builds the Chrysler 200 sedan, which is currently tanking in North America. Marchionne told reporters earlier this year that it will progressively phase out production the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, both of which have struggled in the market.
Both cars are highly incentivized and loss makers for FCA. The company is looking to replace both models with new cars that produced under contract by another manufacturer.
When Ram 1500 production has moved out of Warren, the factory will be retooled to produce new high end Jeep models, which will be sold as the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
Further down the Jeep food chain, the Jeep Compass and Patriot will be replaced by a single model, which will be made in Toluca, Mexico.
Source: Automotive News