Chrysler to Temporarily Idle Dodge Ram Production
By: Mike Levine Posted: 12-06-07 15:03 PT
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The highly anticipated all new 2009 Dodge Ram can't arrive soon enough.

With Dodge Ram sales off by 2% in 2007, from 2006 volumes, Cerberus Chrysler has decided to temporarily halt production of its full size pickups for the entire month of January 2008 at its two U.S. plants, in Fenton, MO and Warren, MI.

Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 Standard and Quad Cab pickups are built at the St. Louis North Assembly Plant in Fenton. Dodge Ram 1500 Standard and Quad Cab pickups plus the Dodge Dakota and Mitsubishi Raider midsize pickups are built at the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Warren.

It's not clear if Dodge Dakota and Mitsubishi Raider production will also be halted, but that seems likely with the move placing Warren temporarily offline. The Dodge Dakota was recently freshened for the 2008 model year with new sheetmetal and an upgraded 4.7-liter V8. Dakota sales are off 33% in 2007 from 2006.

Chrysler will also idle its Saltillo Truck Assembly factory in Coahuila, Mexico for the first two weeks of the new year. Saltillo is the production site for the heavy duty Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, Dodge Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cabs, and Sterling Bullet Class 4/5 Chassis Cab.

Sterling, a subsidiary of Freightliner, announced in early November that since the popular Bullet Chassis has begun arriving at showrooms, all of its 2007 production has sold out.

General Motors is also expected to temporarily halt production of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra for the first two weeks in January at its U.S. and Canadian plants.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

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