FCA plans to restart operations at Mack Avenue Engine II, its engine plant in Detroit, Michigan (USA) that has remained idle since 2012. The conversion to building the three-row Grand Cherokee could happen quickly enough for the new model to go on sale for the 2021 model year, according to The Detroit News.
Overall, Fiat Chrysler's USA sales are up 8% this year, with growth driven by its Jeep line-up. Trump made restoring auto production a top priority of his campaign - and also praised Germany's BMW for considering plans to build a new transmission plant in the United States. Overall sales jumped 17 percent in November over the same month past year - fueled largely by its popular Jeep SUVs and Ram Trucks. Sales of the Ram line jumped 44 percent, but sales of Chrysler cars and minivans slumped 21 percent.
Fiat Chrysler reportedly plans to open a new assembly plant in Detroit; Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert has offered to buy the company out of bankruptcy for an estimated $4.6 billion. "They're kind of running up against being against full capacity".
President Donald Trump ripped GM for the cuts, which will include salaried workers and employees on factory floors.
That move, part of a broader overhaul of the business likely to lead to the loss of more than 14,000 jobs, has drawn harsh criticism from politicians. At a rally last summer near a GM plant in OH, he told the crowd that jobs are "all coming back".
The company's plans for Detroit came as GM CEO Mary Barra testified on Capitol Hill about the closures, during which lawmakers asked her to keep the plants open.