Production of the Chrysler 200 has been formally ended, closing exactly what was a long and uncertain death watch that started in January when Fiat Chrysler Autos CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted that the sedan, together with the smaller sized Dodge Dart, is not going to be changed.
FCA formerly recommended it was looking for a partner to construct the Chrysler 200, however the conversation fizzled and resulted in layoffs and a short-lived shutdown at the car manufacturer’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant located in Michigan where the sedan was manufactured.
Poor sales caused the 200’s death as customers still flock to crossovers and trucks. Chrysler has sold 54,651 200 sedans during last November, a shocking 65-percent drop compared with the exact same duration last year.
Moving on, Sterling Heights will be retooled to develop the next-generation Ram 1500 pickup. It has been reported that the majority of the plant’s 1,700 remaining workers will be put on a short-term layoff throughout the retooling, which is anticipated to last through the most of 2017. Some employees will stay to assist with the plant’s remodelling.
FCA is supposedly investing $1.48 billion into the plant and states it’ll include new workers to assist construct the brand-new Ram 1500. Rumors recommends the center will use a minimum of 4,600 employees once it resumes.
It’s still uncertain when production of the next-gen Ram 1500 will start, though the car manufacturer has formerly recommended it would go on sale by early 2018. The Ram 1500 is presently produced at the car manufacturer’s Warren Truck Assembly, which will supposedly be retooled to develop the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and future Grand Wagoneer.