| Patriot: Sales of the traditional Jeep have been steadily increasing and the reviews have been strong, says Greg Gardner of Harbour Consulting in Troy, Mich. Sales in the U.S. have outpaced Compass sales. |
BELVIDERE — Chrysler’s massive re-engineering of its Belvidere plant earlier this year has helped put workers on pace to set a production record.
June’s production total of 33,344 Dodge Calibers, Jeep Compasses and Jeep Patriots was the highest single month ever, and the plant is on track to assemble more than 355,000 for the year. That would easily break the plant’s prior record of 335,298 Plymouth Horizons and Dodge Omnis built in 1986.
To be fair, just two shifts of workers turned out the Horizons and Omnis compared with the three shifts working now. Still it’s a significant milestone. But it’s not just the sheer numbers of cars and small SUVs produced showing that Chrysler is reaping the rewards of its $419 million investment at the end of 2005.