Fiat Chrysler posted its full restart schedule, and it’s interesting…
Fiat Chrysler, makers of Jeeps, Rams, and some cars and minivans, has released its North American restart schedule—pending any coronavirus flareups.
FCA had single shifts running on six plants by May 19 (Jefferson North—Grand Cherokee and Durango; Toledo—Wrangler and Gladiator; Sterling Heights and Warren—Ram pickups; Brampton—large cars; and Windsor—minivans). Around a week later, Brampton was on double shifts and Saltillo, Mexico had started pumping out pickups and ProMaster vans, Toluca had restarted single shifts for Jeep Compasses and/or Dodge Journeys, and Jefferson North, Sterling Heights, and Windsor had gone to double shifts.
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As of today, Jefferson North, Sterling Heights, and Windsor were all on three shifts, making Grand Cherokees, Durangos, Ram pickups, and two flavors of minivans—one of which won’t be made past August 26. What’s more, Toledo, Warren, and Saltillo were on double shifts, and Belvidere, makers of the Jeep Cherokee, had gone back to work—the extra long delay possibly because FCA wanted to prioritize common parts for the more profitable and popular vehicles, or maybe to adjust inventories.
Next week, Saltillo will make Ram pickups in three shifts (vans will stay on two), and Toluca will pump out two shifts’ worth of the Compass and maybe Journey. Finally, on June 15, Belvidere will go to two shifts, too—all assuming no more virus outbreaks, and enough parts to keep the plants busy. Post-finally, Windsor will drop back to two shifts with the Grand Caravan going away and demand for Pacifica and Voyager not strong enough for around-the-clock production.
Clark Westfield grew up fixing up and driving past-their-prime American cars, including various GM and Mopar V8s. He has ghostwritten auto news for the last few years, lives in Farmingdale, New York, and can be reached at +1.516-531-4021.