FiatChyrsler to open new plant in Detroit

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FiatChrysler plans to open a new assembly factory in Detroit to build sport utility vehicles, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.

The move comes as all of Detroit's Big Three automakers abandon sedan lines in favor of more popular and profitable SUVs and cross-over vehicles. The industry is also under pressure from President Donald Trump to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

It also falls on the heels of General Motor's surprise announcement last week that it was cutting 14,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, citing a weakening economy, trade war and desire to reposition itself as a smaller, more nimble company going forward.

Sales of SUVs and pickups have been one of Fiat Chrysler's biggest areas of growth and kept it ahead of its U.S. rivals.

Overall sales jumped 17 percent in November over the same month last year — fueled largely by its popular Jeep SUVs and Ram Trucks.
Ford's sales, by comparison, dropped by about 7 percent in the same period.

Fiat Chrysler plans to open new assembly factory in Detroit to build SUVs: Sources
 
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It also falls on the heels of General Motor's surprise announcement last week that it was cutting 14,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, citing a weakening economy, trade war and desire to reposition itself as a smaller, more nimble company going forward.

GM is planning to cut production for the same reason Ford did -- weak sales of sedans. Chrysler hardly had any cars left in their lineup to begin with. Their Dodge Charger has been fairly popular -- especially as a fleet vehicle. Aside from that and the little Fiats, you won't see very many Chrysler sedans on the road these days.
 
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GM is planning to cut production for the same reason Ford did -- weak sales of sedans. Chrysler hardly had any cars left in their lineup to begin with. Their Dodge Charger has been fairly popular -- especially as a fleet vehicle. Aside from that and the little Fiats, you won't see very many Chrysler sedans on the road these days.
Good point. I was trying to recall if Dodge made any sedans at all. They got rid of a lot of them when they dropped Plymouth except the Charger. Police used to use those a lot but even now all our police use trucks and big SUVs either Suburbans or Explorers.