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Chrysler may boost 300, Magnum production

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Chrysler may boost 300, Magnum production
By Brett Clanton / The Detroit News
Chrysler may boost production of its hot-selling Chrysler 300 sedan and Dodge Magnum wagon by adding a third shift at the Brampton, Ontario, plant where the cars are built, or by transferring some volume to a U.S. plant.

Chrysler officials will meet with the Canadian Auto Workers union later this week to discuss a third shift in Brampton, which could add up to 1,000 jobs and boost annual output to 330,000 vehicles.

But in a letter sent to the CAW and obtained by The Detroit News, Chrysler said that without productivity improvements and financial help from the Canadian government, the work could go elsewhere.

"There is one plant in the U.S. they're looking at," CAW President Buzz Hargrove said Monday.

Analysts say Chrysler's Newark, Del., factory, which makes the Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle, would be the most likely U.S. site because it is under-used and set up to build rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The 300 and Magnum are rear-drive.

Chrysler needs more capacity as it plans to build a 300 wagon and right-hand drive models for Europe, as well as the Dodge Charger sedan, all beginning next year.

The threat to move production may just be a negotiating tactic to get a better deal in Brampton, analysts said. Retooling Newark could cost as much as $80 million, said Catherine Madden of Global Insight in Lexington, Mass.

If Newark got the work, hundreds of U.S. auto jobs could result even as many automakers are downsizing.

But Hargrove, who has seen Canadian auto jobs disappear in recent years, is pushing hard for Brampton.

"It's just a question of hiring some people and doing some training," he said.
Chrysler spokeswoman Mary Beth Halprin said there is no timetable for making a decision.
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SCREW YOU!!!!

Seriously, you don't think it'd be more cost effective to just add another shift at lower Canadian wages than the US plant. They're just threatening to move the jobs to the US to get tax concessions from the government, that's all.



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Right on Avenger. It is way more cost effective if they add the 3rd shift at our plant. Plus it is a lot easier for the parts suppliers to keep on shipping to one plant instead of two. The company is just mentioning Newark cause it wants those governemnt grants for training the new employees.

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Go Newark!

Seriously though....

More Plants = More 300's and Magnums
which is a good thing
so why are we making this into a Canada vs. US argument?
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Newark!!! lol im partial cause i live nearby. plus its more jobs for the american based company....
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SCREW YOU!!!!

Seriously, you don't think it'd be more cost effective to just add another shift at lower Canadian wages than the US plant. They're just threatening to move the jobs to the US to get tax concessions from the government, that's all.
Oh cry me a river. Read this line and weep:

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Analysts say Chrysler's Newark, Del., factory, which makes the Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle, would be the most likely U.S. site because it is under-used and set up to build rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The 300 and Magnum are rear-drive.
It's already an under-used plant anways, midas well use it.
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SCREW YOU!!!!

Seriously, you don't think it'd be more cost effective to just add another shift at lower Canadian wages than the US plant. They're just threatening to move the jobs to the US to get tax concessions from the government, that's all.
Lower Canadian production costs are a myth. By the time you factor in government-mandated 'social costs', unit labor prices in Ontario are the same as US UAW-union rates in Detroit and Newark.

The only reason GM and DCX build in Canada is because of tax breaks that offset the social-insurance costs. Because those social-insurance costs have to be covered anyway (gotta love a socialist government), the overall tax rate to employees and companies increase to cover what is now a subsidy to the car makers.

Why do you think that Rams are built in Mexico and are the most profitable vehicles DCX makes?
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Chances are that BOTH plants are going to be building LX's. Brampton (at 3 shifts) and Newark.

Remember, only 2 of 7-9 LX derivatives have been released and production cannot keep up as is. Newark will get the overflow most likely.
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Chances are that BOTH plants are going to be building LX's. Brampton (at 3 shifts) and Newark.

Remember, only 2 of 7-9 LX derivatives have been released and production cannot keep up as is. Newark will get the overflow most likely.

It won't be like that for long. I bet in a year or two you may see the LX dropping to one shift. There was all this talk about the PT and building a 2nd plant in Toledo. Soon the bottom fell out of PT sales.

If they move production to Newmark the quality will go down. Everyone knows the Canadians made cars are built much better than they can be built in the U.S. That happens with the minvan the Windsor built units have a lower repair rate the U.S. produced vans. Imports are always better.
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It won't be like that for long. I bet in a year or two you may see the LX dropping to one shift. There was all this talk about the PT and building a 2nd plant in Toledo. Soon the bottom fell out of PT sales.

If they move production to Newmark the quality will go down. Everyone knows the Canadians made cars are built much better than they can be built in the U.S. That happens with the minvan the Windsor built units have a lower repair rate the U.S. produced vans. Imports are always better.
The PT represents one car.

The LX platform will spawn numerous vehicles. Originally only thought to be 7, now hinting at closer to 9 or more. One plant will not be able to handle that.
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Why do you think that Rams are built in Mexico and are the most profitable vehicles DCX makes?
The 2500 and 3500 are built there, along with 2.0 Liter, I-4 DOHC Engines -
2.4 Liter, I-4 DOHC Engines - 5.7 Liter, V-8 Engine.(In Mexico) Quad Cabs are built at the St. Louis North plant and at the Warren MI plant. Dakotas are also built at the Warren plant.
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Newark!!! lol im partial cause i live nearby. plus its more jobs for the american based company....
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