Belvidere Chrysler Plant to build Fiat 500's

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Joe

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Joe Dirt

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Says possibly, now you guys are already getting the Alpha Mito or whatever its called. there's 4 versions of the 500 from a cheapo 500 up to convertables and sporty versions with a possiblity of an AWD version....An awful lot for 1 facility already producing 2-3 products.....I say STLS would be more like it,,,there's nobody in the way right now.
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Jun 30, 2009
 
No, they will probably produce them in Mexico. They are shopping around the St. Louis property, making plans to raze and clean up the site.
Joe Dirt

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Local 110 wrote:
No, they will probably produce them in Mexico. They are shopping around the St. Louis property, making plans to raze and clean up the site.
I know thats wishful thinking, All we can do is wait and see if Fiat buys the facility, if not its over in STL. Rumors abound are saying Fiat is having second thoughts of producing it in Mexico. Part of this rumor is they may carry on the PT Cruiser a few more years, because of reponse to them announcing they are stopping it. The Cruiser is made in Tulica MX along with the Journey where they talked about putting the 500.
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Jun 30, 2009
 
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan The Fiat 500 will be coming to the U.S. market as early as 2011. Inside Line has learned it won't be built in Mexico, as had been speculated, but at one of Chrysler's own U.S. plants, possibly the one in Belvidere, Illinois.

The 500s are slated to be in showrooms in the U.S. by the first quarter of 2011, and they will be badged as Fiats, according to Fiat executives quoted by Automotive News.

Four versions of the red-hot little car will be built for the U.S. market, Automotive News reported, quoting 500 designer Robert Giolito, who confirmed the plan in Italy. Two hatchbacks one standard, one sporty Abarth model a convertible and a wagon, will comprise the U.S. line-up. The trade publication noted that it is possible a four-wheel-drive SUV version of the tiny car could be in the works as well for U.S. consumption.

Inside Line says: Attention, Chrysler dealers, let's get those order books snapped open and ready for the Abarth 500. Laura Sky Brown, Correspondent

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shapman

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Jun 30, 2009
 
Mexico has been offically been taken off the list for production of the 500 by Fiat/Chrysler
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Jun 30, 2009
 
Report: Four Versions of Fiat 500 Coming Stateside

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-tru...
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Jun 30, 2009
 
I think if They decide it will be in Belvidere then the cars they are mking now will either be done or moved.
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Jun 30, 2009
 
It would make sense to build it in belv. It is a very well run plant.
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Jun 30, 2009
 
Local 110 wrote:
No, they will probably produce them in Mexico. They are shopping around the St. Louis property, making plans to raze and clean up the site.
The plans for mexico have changed. The Fiat 500 is suppose to be made in the US now.... and ikely Belvidere.... where they will eventually add 2 shifts and build 2 fiat models.

Could St Louis workers be headed to Belvidere? Stay tuned!
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Joe Dirt wrote:
<quoted text>Says possibly, now you guys are already getting the Alpha Mito or whatever its called. there's 4 versions of the 500 from a cheapo 500 up to convertables and sporty versions with a possiblity of an AWD version....An awful lot for 1 facility already producing 2-3 products.....I say STLS would be more like it,,,there's nobody in the way right now.
Agree
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Joe Dirt wrote:
<quoted text> I say STLS would be more like it
Huh? What you mean, Joe? Isn't it pretty clear that St Louis and Chrysler are finished? Are you guys saying they will possibly purchase the property? I'm confused. lol
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Jun 30, 2009
 
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news...
Can anyone speculate on what this means?
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Jun 30, 2009
 
Belvidere has future products already in the works. St. Louis South is being gutted and shopped around to land developers, the North plant will be moth balled so when the market picks up they can increase Ram production. So that leaves Newark and SHAP. The 500 is Fiats Golden Goose, in my opinion they will want to keep the 500 close to CTC and that would mean SHAP. But then again it's my opinion and thats why I'm on the line and not a big wig.
Joe Dirt

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Jun 30, 2009
 
Bill wrote:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/ news?pid=20601209&sid=aXO8 WYCkl22M
Can anyone speculate on what this means?
Now that sounds like a grand scheme, if I ever heard one. My take on that. The 500 will be a stand alone product not associated with the Chrysler/Fiat company,,,anyone??? Sounds like a good way to screw us all around. Lets say they do that, and purchase STLS from the courts for example. If this is a different entity so to speak. Would they have to use the existing workforce with existing Bargaining agreement???This sounds wishy washy to me
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NorthSouth wrote:
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Huh? What you mean, Joe? Isn't it pretty clear that St Louis and Chrysler are finished? Are you guys saying they will possibly purchase the property? I'm confused. lol
I don't know, as far as Chrysler Dodge Jeep, I say yes we are done, They could still buy that property, right??
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Jun 30, 2009
 
I wish it meant... Alfa Romeo luxury cars to be built at St Louis South.
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Bill wrote:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/ news?pid=20601209&sid=aXO8 WYCkl22M
Can anyone speculate on what this means?
what that means is Fiat will not bring the "FIAT" name to the U.S.A. only Alfa, the Fiat 500 will be marketed under and sold as "the 500" kind of like the Mini isn't sold under the BMW name.
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NorthSouth wrote:
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The plans for mexico have changed. The Fiat 500 is suppose to be made in the US now.... and ikely Belvidere.... where they will eventually add 2 shifts and build 2 fiat models.
Could St Louis workers be headed to Belvidere? Stay tuned!
If they did add a second shift again at belv. It would be at least a couple of years before that happens. They won't even be on the market for another 18months to 2years. St. louis workers would be placed somewhere else before that ever happened. Nice thought though
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Iceman wrote:
<quoted text>If they did add a second shift again at belv. It would be at least a couple of years before that happens. They won't even be on the market for another 18months to 2years. St. louis workers would be placed somewhere else before that ever happened. Nice thought though
Yeah, it was just a thought and your scenario sounds about right.

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