Re­port: Fiat Chrysler to re­open Detroit-area plant to make SUVs

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Fiat Chrysler will open an­other assem­bly plant in the Detroit area, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the au­tomaker’s plan.

The source said the plant will pro­duce SUVs but did not spec­ify when

it will open or how many jobs it will cre­ate. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the plan has not been made pub­lic.

Fiat Chrysler de­clined to com­ment Thurs­day.

The Detroit News re­ported Thurs­day that the com­pany plans to re­open a for­mer en­gine plant on the city’s east side to make Jeep Grand Chero­kee SUVs with three rows of seats start­ing with the 2021 model year.

The plant will em­ploy 100 to 400 peo­ple, the news­pa­per said. The Mack Av­enue En­gine II plant has been shut­tered since 2012.

Fiat Chrysler’s de­ci­sion to open an­other assem­bly plant comes as other au­tomak­ers are re­trench­ing. Gen­eral Mo­tors an­nounced last week that it plans to cut up to 14,000 jobs in North Amer­ica and con­sider closing five plants as it aban­dons many cars in fa­vor of trucks and SUVs, as well as au­ton­o­mous and elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

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