February 4, 2013 11:23 AM
There is absolutely no truth to comments alleging
Chrysler Group is either moving production of Jeep® Brand
vehicles to China at the expense of American jobs, or is producing
Jeep vehicles in that country for sale in North America.
Chrysler Group LLC Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne was crystal
clear in an email sent to employees on October 30, 2012. In that
email he stated, “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our
position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States
In fact, Chrysler Group is investing more than $1.7 billion to
develop the successor to the Jeep Liberty, which will be built in
Toledo, Ohio. Here in Detroit, we’ve created 2,000 jobs since
2009 at the Jefferson North Plant where the Jeep Grand Cherokee is
The Jeep Compass and Patriot are produced in Belvidere, Ill., where
Chrysler Group has added two shifts since 2009, resulting in 2,600
As for Jeep production in China, Marchionne was adamant in
explaining any vehicles built there would be solely for sale there,
saying “Chrysler Group is interested in expanding the
customer base for our award-wining Jeep vehicles, which can only be
done by establishing local production. This will ultimately help
bolster the Jeep brand, and solidify the resilience of U.S.
So let’s be clear. Anyone accusing this company of moving
Jeep production out of the U.S. at the expense of American jobs or
investment is simply dead wrong.