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Message From Sergio Marchionne Regarding Jeep Production

by Sergio Marchionne

October 30, 2012 11:55 AM

Chrysler Group’s production plans for the Jeep® brand have become the focus of public debate.

I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.

North American production is critical to achieving our goal of selling 800,000 Jeep vehicles by 2014. In fact, U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled (it is expected to be up 185%) since 2009 in order to keep up with global demand.

We also are investing to improve and expand our entire U.S. operations, including our Jeep facilities. The numbers tell the story:

• We will invest more than $1.7 billion to develop and produce the next generation Jeep SUV, the successor of the Jeep Liberty -- including $500 million directly to tool and expand our Toledo Assembly Complex and will be adding about 1,100 jobs on a second shift by 2013.

• At our Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where we build the Jeep Grand Cherokee, we have created 2,000 jobs since June 2009 and have invested more than $1.8 billion.

• In Belvidere, where we build two Jeep models, we have added two shifts since 2009 resulting in an additional 2,600 jobs.

With the increase in demand for our vehicles, especially Jeep branded vehicles, we have added more than 11,200 U.S. jobs since 2009. Plants producing Jeep branded vehicles alone have seen the number of people invested in the success of the Jeep brand grow to more than 9,300 hourly jobs from 4,700. This will increase by an additional 1,100 as the Liberty successor, which will be produced in Toledo, is introduced for global distribution in the second quarter of 2013.

Together, we are working to establish a global enterprise and previously announced our intent to return Jeep production to China, the world’s largest auto market, in order to satisfy local market demand, which would not otherwise be accessible. Chrysler Group is interested in expanding the customer base for our award-winning Jeep vehicles, which can only be done by establishing local production. This will ultimately help bolster the Jeep brand, and solidify the resilience of U.S. jobs.

Jeep is one of our truly global brands with uniquely American roots. This will never change. So much so that we committed that the iconic Wrangler nameplate, currently produced in our Toledo, Ohio plant, will never see full production outside the United States.

Jeep assembly lines will remain in operation in the United States and will constitute the backbone of the brand.

It is inaccurate to suggest anything different.

Sergio Marchionne
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Thanks to you and Sergio. You make a great team.
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Re: Message From Sergio Marchionne Regarding Jeep Production

Romney spread the lies that this press release is referring to
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Re: Message From Sergio Marchionne Regarding Jeep Production

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Romney spread the lies that this press release is referring to
Not saying you are wrong, but do you have a reference for your statement?
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Not saying you are wrong, but do you have a reference for your statement?
Here you go: Romney goes off-road with the truth
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Re: Message From Sergio Marchionne Regarding Jeep Production

He is still telling them lies I see! Its good that Chrysler is once again going to be able to produce and sell jeeps in China. This will mean more profits and revenue which in turn will mean better products for everyone because there will be more money to invest in engineering and technology to produce the best cars and trucks all over.
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Too bad Jeep can't build enough Wranglers and GC to keep up with dealer's demand. Is this from the transitioning of the added shifts and new workers?
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Re: Message From Sergio Marchionne Regarding Jeep Production

How is it that making them in China is the only way to penetrate that market? If it's true, it sounds like the US has a strong case for unfair trade practices.

Chinese make plenty of products there that sell here God forbid we export them there...

And technically the statement of Chrysler shifting production to China isn't wrong. Yes the slant is wrong. However, there was no production there and they will be soon be producing them there. So ya, they are technically shifting production to China.
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How is it that making them in China is the only way to penetrate that market? If it's true, it sounds like the US has a strong case for unfair trade practices.
Because China has unfair trade practices. They have huge tariffs on things like that made outside of their country. Actually, that's the case in a lot of asian countries.

Free trade only works if nobody cheats. In this case, everyone else is cheating. And we don't do a damn thing about it.
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And technically the statement of Chrysler shifting production to China isn't wrong. Yes the slant is wrong. However, there was no production there and they will be soon be producing them there. So ya, they are technically shifting production to China.
Actually there WAS production there, since 1984. Just it ceased when Cerebus bought Chrysler from Daimler.

If Chrysler doesnt expand to China then someone else will, and Chrysler will lose out on literally billions of dollars (that ultimately come back to the balance sheets in Auburn Hills).
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Re: Message From Sergio Marchionne Regarding Jeep Production

Its so strange how others are not considered "sending American jobs elsewhere". Ford and GM both have plants in China so why cant Chrysler. I was just thinking about how Chrysler's quarterly profit was $381 million dollars but Ford's was $1.6 Billion dollars (Including losing money in the European market) That's insane. Ford has got in it's quarterly profit what Chrysler might or might not even get this year in terms of profit!
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