Fiat Chrysler plans on opening a new vehicle factory in Detroit, the first auto assembly line to open in the city in 27 years, The Detroit News reports.
The factory will be built where an idled engine plant now sits, several people with knowledge of the matter told The News, with Fiat Chrysler planning on bringing back the Mack Avenue Engine III and introducing a new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's estimated that the new facility could create as many as 400 jobs.
Construction is expected to begin in 2019, The News reports, with Fiat Chrysler having to add a body and paint shop to the engine plant. Data shows the automaker's North American assembly plants are running at 92 percent, but the plant that makes Jeep Grand Cherokees, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRTs, and Dodge Durangos is operating at 130 percent capacity. The news comes a week after General Motors announced it is closing five facilities in the U.S. and Canada.Catherine Garcia