Another product for global markets will be built in Saltillo, says FCA Mexico CEO
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Mexico announced that it will produce a new vehicle for global distribution at the truck plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, where Ram Heavy Duty is currently manufactured.
Although the company plans to shift Heavy Duty’s production to the United States in 2020, the automaker’s commitment to Mexico continues. FCA will make new investments in Saltillo to adapt the production line for the new product, although for the moment it is unknown which model will be produced, the Italian-American company said in a statement.
It was in January 2017, during last year’s Detroit Autoshow, that FCA announced for the first time that production of the Heavy Duty models will be moved to the Warren Michigan assembly plant.
“There is nothing to worry about in Saltillo, there is a new global distribution product, from the Derramadero plant that we now supply to North America, from there we will supply the world market, added Bruno Cattori Alonso de Florida, president and CEO of FCA Mexico.
Interviewed by Radio Zócalo Saltillo, he explained that “within the plan we announced a year ago to continue the reconversion throughout the NAFTA platform, the group had been focusing on everything that is SUV and pickup, and now it’s Mexico’s turn”.
Questioned about whether there was a risk of job losses in the transition from the departure of the Heavy Duty and the arrival of the new vehicle, Cattori Alonso was clear: “In FCA we are not seeing how to reduce but how to increase work.” He explained that the numbers reached the previous year are a true reflection of what has been the intense work of the company during the eight decades it has been in Mexico.
“In 2017 we reached a production above 638,000 units, 40% more than in 2016, which was an absolute record in Mexico, and of these, 294,000 were pickups and 48,500 ProMaster trucks produced by the two assembly plants in Saltillo,” he added.
“We also produced just over 1.2 million engines last year, which was also a record figure for FCA. The plant located north of Saltillo is the only one where we produce the 8-cylinder Hemi engine for the whole world,” he said.
Cattori Alonso acknowledged the workers of FCA in Saltillo “for their extraordinary quality of workmanship, learning and flexibility. These excellent numbers that we have achieved in Mexico are the result of the work of each one of the 15,000 workers of FCA in the country”.