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Stellantis Will Idle Production At 5 North American Plants Starting This Week!

Shutdown Due To Continuing Semiconductor Issue...

Stellantis will temporarily close five North American assembly plants starting this week through early- or mid-April due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. Semiconductors are the backbone of today’s automotive industry, controlling electronic features like driver-assist technologies, hybrid-electric systems, and even infotainment connectivity. With that being said, the semiconductor shortage has now affected production for several Stellantis North America vehicles.

Painted Dodge Challenger body shells (foreground) at Brampton Assembly Plant. (Stellantis).

News from Stellantis North America came late Friday afternoon, as the automaker will shut down production at plants in Michigan, Illinois, Mexico, and Ontario, Canada. The temporary shutdown will affect products such as trucks, minivans, SUVs, and even passenger cars. The shutdown will also affect more than 18,300 workers at those plants, not including the company’s vast supplier chain.

The five North American plants include…

  • Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois – Jeep® Cherokee (KL)
  • Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario – Chrysler 300 Series (LX), Dodge Challenger (LA), and Dodge Charger (LD)
  • Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico – Jeep Compass (MP)
  • Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan – Ram 1500 Classic (DS)
  • Windsor Assembly Plant – Windsor, Ontario – Chrysler Grand Caravan, Chrysler Pacifica, and Chrysler Voyager (RU)

The idling of the five plants makes sense, in order for the company to continue to build some of its hotter selling products such as the Ram 1500 (DT), Jeep Wrangler (JL), Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2), and Dodge Durango (WD) vehicles.

Jeep® Cherokee Production At The Belvidere Assembly Plant. (Jeep).

Currently, the Jeep Cherokee is the only product that the Belvidere plant manufacturers. It has been on a decline in sales over the past couple of years due to decreased global demand for the mid-sized SUV. The plant has already been idled because of the chip shortage recently.

The Toluca plant is currently ramping up for the mid-cycle-action (MCA) for the 2022 Jeep Compass. That vehicle is expected to start production in early April and will more than likely be one of the hotter selling vehicles in the Jeep portfolio after it makes its debut. The move to idle this plant makes sense at the current moment to allow for the switch over to the 2022 vehicle.

Employees at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant remove a protective cover from a Ram 1500 Classic Warlock pickup. (Stellantis).

While the Warren Truck plant continues to build the aging Ram 1500 Classic, the older Ram half-ton continues to be a hot seller for the company. The Warren Truck team is currently gearing up for the launch of the high-anticipated Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (WS) full-size SUVs in June. There was talk early last week from Stellantis about it holding unfinished Ram 1500 Classic models at its Warren Truck and Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico until parts came available. While the Warren Truck plant was added to the idle list, the Saltillo Truck plant which builds the Ram 1500 Classic export trucks, regular cab models, Heavy Duty (DJ & D2), and Chassis Cab (DP, DD, and DX) trucks will continue production.

With the continuing production woes due to semiconductors, it makes us wonder if it is only time before the Big-3 automakers join forces for a joint venture to produce their own chips or a third-party will produce the chips in North America, away from the Chinese? Only time will tell.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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We were warned. I need not tell people from whom that warning came, but it is not only a matter of economic importance, but one of national security for a nation to be independent in the design and production of critical products. It seems like yesterday that we were on the right path, we had become energy independent, our nation and our workers came first, but then. I need not tell people the then, but this semi-conductor shortage, rising gas prices, and a whole lot of doom and gloom that has started, and it seems likely more to come, all because many ignored the warning and made a big, big tragic mistake. Buyers remorse today, economic hard times tomorrow. We were warned.

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100% right!!
If US doesn't wake up and make their own crap, we won't have anything! When it starts to happen with foodn LOOK OUT! As Earl Pitts would say "WAKE UP MERICA"!

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