Thursday, January 17, 2008

Chrysler starts production of Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs

16th January 2008
By Staff Writer

Chrysler has announced that production of the all-new 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs is underway at Chrysler Saltillo Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

The Saltillo Plant, which also produces the Dodge Ram Mega Cab, Dodge Ram Power Wagon, Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models, and Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab, takes on production of the Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs as part of Chrysler's Flexible Manufacturing Strategy.

To support new commercial vehicle production, Chrysler invested additional $48 million into the plant, resulting in a 120,000 square-foot expansion that allows the plant to produce commercial vehicles and accommodate new frame configurations. This follows an additional $210 million investment into the plant for production of the all-new 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab in 2005.

In addition to increased production capacity, the expansion enables the plant to manage the greater complexity of the all-new 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs.

Frank Ewasyshyn, executive vice president of manufacturing at Chrysler, said: "A continuous showcase of advanced manufacturing capability and adaptability, the Saltillo facility is one of our most versatile plants and a great example of Chrysler's flexible manufacturing ability."

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