I did not see this posted here, thought you all might like to see this.
You can find the article hereInside Line said:Soaring Dodge Caliber Sales Trigger 1,000 More Jobs at DCX Plant
Date posted: 05-12-2006
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.- Ford and General Motors may be shuttering plants, but Chrysler Group is humming along on the strength of the Dodge Caliber and tow other upcoming small vehicles, the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot.
The automaker announced on Wednesday it would take the somewhat unusual step of adding a third shift to its Belvidere, Illinois, assembly plant, adding approximately 1,000 new jobs starting in July.
Dodge sold about 11,000 Calibers in April, and the company expects a similar strong showing for the Compass, which goes on sale this summer, followed by the Patriot in the fall.
"We have seen a very positive initial consumer response to the Dodge Caliber, and we anticipate a similar reception for the Jeep Compass and Patriot," said Tom LaSorda, president and CEO of the Chrysler Group.
What this means to you: At least one Detroit automaker proves it can be healthy...as long as it gives buyers what they want. Who knew?