Stellantis Chairman John Elkann and CEO Carlos Tavares were in Detroit on Tuesday, touring the new Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack (DACM) and the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, now called the Detroit Assembly Complex – Jefferson (DACJ). It was the first time that Tavares visited the company’s North American operations since the Stellantis merger was completed last month.
The visit allowed for Elkann and Tavares to see first hand the manufacturing process of some of the most important vehicles for the fourth-largest global automaker. This included the all-new three-row 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L, which will be sold globally. The Grand Cherokee L is the first part of the new fifth-generation Grand Cherokee (WL) trio that will be made up of the two-row Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee L, and two-row Grand Cherokee 4xe, the first electrified Grand Cherokee ever.
During their visit, Elkann and Tavares were led by former FCA CEO and now Head of Americas Mike Manley and North America COO Mark Stewart. The group discussed the process of improvements they have made to enhance product quality, save the company money, and prepare employees to be successful in a manufacturing environment.
“There is nothing more important in a car company than its people, especially those who are passionate about what they’re doing and committed to making a better company and products,” Tavares told employees following the plant tours. “We created this company called Stellantis because we care about our employees and want to lead them to victory.”