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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. The top stories from Chrysler Group LLC for the week ending November 4, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC monthly sales soar in October 2011; a trunk full of Mopar performance “goodies” are unveiled at SEMA in Las Vegas; Fiat invites you to tell your story in a new campaign called “AlternateRoutes”; eight Chrysler Group vehicles make Consumers Digest’s list for “Best Buys” for 2012; and the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans receive the International Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety pick status.

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. The top stories from Chrysler Group LLC for the week of October 28, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC third quarter earnings, industry honors, Active Lifestyle Vehicle winners, SUV of Texas and Ram expands line-up.

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. This week’s stories include: Top Safety Picks, Sterling Heights Assembly investment, Chrysler Group’s 2010 sustainability report and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 building wrap.

  • New body shop adds more than one million square-feet to current footprint
  • Facility will build future products, beginning in 2013
  • Body shop to include state-of-the-art technology
  • Company’s total investment in U.S. facilities grows to nearly $3.5 billion since June 2009
Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

October 18, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will invest $165 million to add a new one million square-foot body shop to its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. This follows an announcement in December 2010 that the Company would invest nearly $850 million in a new paint shop for the plant and brings Chrysler Group’s total investment in its U.S. facilities to nearly $3.5 billion since June 2009.

“Today marks another milestone in the rags to riches story of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. A plant that was slated to close nearly two years ago will now be a state-of-the-art facility that will play an integral role in the success of this company by building the next generation of all-new vehicles.”

-Scott Garberding,
Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

The investment includes the construction of the new body shop as well as the installation of equipment and conveyors that will be some of the most advanced in the industry.

In December 2010, Chrysler Group announced that it would invest nearly $850 million in the construction of an all-new, state-of-the-art 425,000 square-foot paint shop. In addition, some of the $850 million will be invested in the local stamping facilities in Warren and Sterling Heights.

“Last year, Chrysler made the decision to continue operating the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant indefinitely, maintaining good manufacturing jobs in Michigan and securing the future for more than 1,200 employees. Today, the plant is thriving with 900 new employees and additional investment that recognizes the commitment and dedication of this highly skilled workforce toward building a successful Chrysler Group.”

-General Holiefield,
Vice President, UAW/Chrysler Department

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has invested nearly $3.5 billion in its U.S. facilities and has made significant progress toward building a successful enterprise, including:

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

About the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was built in 1953 as a jet engine plant and was operated by the Army as the Michigan Ordinance Missile Plant with Chrysler serving as contractor building Redstone and Jupiter missiles. It was converted to an automobile plant in 1980 by Volkswagen and purchased by Chrysler Corporation in 1983.

Production of Chrysler LeBaron GTS and Dodge Lancer began in September 1984. Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance production began in 1985, and Dodge Daytona production began in 1991. Through the end of the 1991 model year, the facility had produced nearly 1.3 million vehicles. Production of the 2001 Dodge Stratus and Chrysler Sebring sedans began in the fall of 2000, followed by the Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring Sedan launched in August 2006, followed by the all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger and 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The new 2011 Chrysler 200, featured in the award-winning Super Bowl spot with Eminem, and Dodge Avenger began production in December 2010. The Chrysler 200 Convertible launched in February 2011.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. The top stories for the week ending October 7, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC‘s sales for September 2011 surging 27 percent compared to the same month in 2010; test fleets of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are delivered to select U.S. cities, including the home of Chrysler Group LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich.; Penske Racing‘s Kurt Busch drove his Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T to a first place finish in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the third leg of the 10-race “Chase for the Sprint Cup.”

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2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

October 5, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today introductory incentives on certain 2012 Chrysler, Jeep®, and Ram Truck models.

Chrysler Group is offering $500 in Customer Cash to qualified consumers who purchase a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country or a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Charger, or Dodge Challenger.

In lieu of the Customer Cash offer, qualified consumers purchasing the Town & Country, Charger, or Grand Caravan may opt for attractive financing as low as 3.9 percent for 60 months.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

Chrysler Group is offering to eligible lease consumers Lease Cash ranging from $500 to $4,000 (depending on model) on the 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan, Town & Country, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Grand Cherokee, or Dodge Challenger, Journey, and Durango.

Chrysler Group also has enhanced existing incentives on the 2011 Chrysler 300C and the 2011 Ram Heavy Duty. Qualified consumers who purchase a 300C may be eligible for $2,500 in Customer Cash or 0 percent financing up to 60 months. Qualified consumers who purchase the Ram Heavy Duty may be eligible for $2,000 in Customer Cash for the gas version of the Ram Heavy Duty or $3,500 in Customer Cash on the diesel version.

2011Chrysler 300

2011Chrysler 300

These incentives are effective through Oct. 31, 2011.

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Ed Garsten- August 31, 2011 10:26 AM- Remember that old Yellow Pages catchphrase about letting your fingers do the walking to find stores, plumbers, accounts or clothespin repairmen? Well now your fingers can still get a workout but instead of walking, by brushing a touch screen, they can call up videos, vehicle information and links to product websites thought a collection of free iPad applications from Apple iTunes for 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, 2011 Chrysler 300, 200 and Town & Country, Dodge Charger and Journey and 2012 Fiat 500.

The apps make if fun and easy to research those vehicles with 360 degree tours of each one with interior and exterior images. Plus you can create your own version of the vehicle through the customization functions including colors and standard and options features. Since each brand has its own personality, so do its iPad apps.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

2012 Chrysler 300S

2012 Chrysler 300S

  • *Chrysler Brand: Each app supports the “Imported from Detroit” theme with images of the downtown Detroit area, highlighting the strong spirit of the city and connecting it to the Chrysler Brand.
Mopar '11 Charger

Mopar '11 Charger

  • *2011 Dodge Charger: Given the Charger‘s rich heritage, this app features an historical timeline giving viewers a chance to take a look back at the evolution of the classic muscle car.
2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Dodge Journey

  • *2011 Dodge Journey: Users will get a unique 360 degree view of the Journey‘s interior as if they were sitting in front of its steering wheel.
FIAT iPad App

FIAT iPad App

  • *2012 Fiat 500: FIAT “Source” will be constantly updated and stuffed with consumer lifestyle stories, an interactive Fiat 500 historical timeline, music, fashion, travel, art, and even unique wallpaper and personal sketch downloads.
As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!
Toledo Machining Plant in Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Machining Plant in Toledo, Ohio


August 23, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it is prepared to invest $72 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to produce new generation front-wheel and rear-wheel drive torque converters and steering columns, subject to the completion of incentive negotiations and agreements with the State of Ohio. As part of the investment, 640 hourly and salaried jobs will be retained.

The new torque converters will be paired with the next generation eight-speed rear-wheel drive transmission being built at Chrysler’s Kokomo (Ind.) Transmission Plant and the all-new nine-speed front-wheel drive transmission to be produced at the company’s Indiana (Kokomo, Ind.) Transmission Plant I. The new transmissions and torque converters are a critical part of Chrysler’s strategy to meet fuel economy requirements over the next several years.

UAW Vice President General Holiefield (left), Ohio Governor John Kasich, Chrysler’s Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, Toledo Machining Committeeman Rodney Ridgway and Chrysler’s Head of Powertrain Operations Brian Harlow

UAW Vice President General Holiefield (left), Ohio Governor John Kasich, Chrysler’s Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, Toledo Machining Committeeman Rodney Ridgway and Chrysler’s Head of Powertrain Operations Brian Harlow

“We welcome this investment in Toledo Machining as it is an acknowledgement of the high quality components that have been produced by our skilled workforce for many years. Being able to bring new technology to this facility secures its long-term future. We are also appreciative of the support we have received from the State of Ohio in providing the incentives necessary to make this investment possible.”

-Scott Garberding
Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC

The investment would fund the installation of new equipment and special tooling to modernize and enhance the plant’s capability. Work on the plant is expected to begin late third quarter 2011 and be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

“We’re very pleased that Chrysler is making the decision to invest in the Toledo Machining Plant and the skilled workforce there,” said General Holiefield, Vice President and Director, UAW Chrysler Department. “This will help preserve and enhance jobs in the area and give a greater measure of security to our members and their families well into the future.”

Toledo Machining currently produces steering columns for the following assembly plants: Warren Truck (Mich.), Belvidere (Ill.), Sterling Heights (Mich.), Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio); Windsor (Ont.), Toluca (Mex.), Saltillo (Mex.) and Carabobo (Venezuela).

The plant also produces torque converters, a component that allows the transmission to shift gears in an automatic transmission, for Kokomo Transmission (Ind.), Indiana Transmission I and II (Kokomo, Ind.), Sterling Heights, Toluca and London, England.

Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has invested nearly $3.2 billion in its U.S. facilities and has made significant progress toward building a successful enterprise, including:

  • reporting a net profit of $116 million in the first quarter of 2011;
  • reporting the 16th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains in July;
  • confirming a $114 million investment to repurpose about one-fifth or nearly 400,000-square feet of the Trenton North Engine Plant for the production of core components for the Pentastar engine produced at Trenton South;
  • investing nearly $1.3 billion into the Company’s existing transmission manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Ind., to accommodate production of a new advanced front-wheel drive automatic transmission; increase capacity and support production of the World Engine and improve processes for the 62TE transmission program; and accommodate future production of a new highly fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission;
  • announcing a $600 million investment in its Belvidere Assembly Plant;
  • confirming an investment of $850 million in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and surrounding stamping facilities;
  • planning an investment of $150 million in its GEMA (Dundee, Mich.) facility;
  • announcing an investment of $27.2 million USD in its Etobicoke Casting Plant (Toronto) to produce front and rear crossmembers for future Chrysler vehicles starting in the third quarter 2011;
  • announcing in December 2009 that it will invest $179 million to launch production of the 1.4-liter, 16-valve Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) at the company’s Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Mich., creating more than 150 new Chrysler jobs;
  • adding a second shift of production – or nearly 1,100 jobs – at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in May 2010;
  • adding nearly 900 jobs on a second shift at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in February 2011;
  • launching the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee in May 2010;
  • beginning production of the all-new Fiat 500, Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger in December 2010;
  • starting production of the 2011 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger in January.
Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

About Toledo Machining

Construction of the Toledo Machining facility began in 1964 with production starting in 1966. The plant expanded in 1969, adding 226,000 square-feet, increasing its overall footprint to more than 1.2 million square-feet. Because the plant produces several products specified as vehicle safety items, Toledo Machining requires precision machining operations to meet high quality standards.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, Mopar® and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat’s complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram Truck. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

Check out the video below to see more about the Toledo investment and to hear the thoughts of Ohio Governor John Kasich. As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn

2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn

August 10, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC today announced a “No Payments for 90 Days” promotion on all 2011 and 2012 Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram Truck models financed through Ally Financial.

This deferred retail payment program is effective immediately and will continue through Chrysler Group’s “Summer Clearance Event” which ends Sept. 6, 2011.

Qualified consumers can take advantage of the “No Payments for 90 Days” deferral program on retail contracts of up to 60 months. For more details, consumers should check with their Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck dealership.

The 2012 Chrysler 300's

The 2012 Chrysler 300's

Chrysler Group also announced introductory 2012 model year incentives on select vehicles:

2011 Jeep Liberty Jet

2011 Jeep Liberty Jet

Additional “Summer Clearance Event” incentives on 2011 models include:

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week.In this week’s edition we look at strong July sales, new ad campaigns for the Dodge Durango and Fiat 500, an Emmy nod for the Super Bowl commercial and words from Sergio Marchionne on progress the company has made in the past 19 months.

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