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Chrysler group to end production at Normal, Ill., plant
Automotive News / May 27, 2004
The Chrysler group will stop production next year at Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s Normal, Ill., factory, according to news reports.
The plant makes Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus coupes, and Mitsubishi Galant, Eclipse, Endeavor and Spyder models. It made 156,800 vehicles in the fiscal year ending March 31, including 28,735 Chrysler vehicles, The Detroit News reported Thursday.
Chrysler group spokesman Jason Vines was quoted in The Detroit News story that the decision to pull out of the factory was made before Chrysler group parent DaimlerChrysler AG elected not to pour more money into ailing Mitsubishi. DaimlerChrysler, which owns 37.3 percent of the Japanese automaker, is expected to maintain a smaller stake in Mitsubishi.
Vines said the Chrysler group and Mitsubishi will still develop models together and share parts and engines. The Chrysler group will likely shift production of its next generation mid-sized models to its Sterling Heights, Mich., and Belvidere, Ill., plants, the newspaper said.
The Japanese automaker has said that production will be cut at the Illinois plant as part of a $4 billion revival plan.