Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said Jeep is not moving production to China and reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to the United States.
Marchionne’s statement came as a response to Mitt Romney’s comments made during a speech in Ohio. On that occasion, the Republican candidate for U.S. Presidency said that Chrysler was considering moving all Jeep production from Ohio to China. Chrysler had already denied Romney’s statements, and now the company’s CEO felt obliged to calm down employees.
„I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China,” Marchionne wrote in an email addressed to Chrysler Group employees. “Jeep is one of our truly global brands with uniquely American roots. This will never change. So much so that we committed that the iconic Wrangler nameplate, currently produced in our Toledo, Ohio, plant, will never see full production outside the United States,” Marchionne added.
The CEO also said the company will continue to expand Jeep manufacturing in the United States, as Chrysler will invest more than $1.7 billion to develop and build the next-generation Jeep SUV, the successor of the Jeep Liberty. $500 million will be used to tool and expand the Toledo Assembly Complex, and to add about 1,100 jobs on a second shift by 2013.