This is the plant that builds PT Cruiser, an aging product that Nardelli was prepared to kick to the curb with no replacement product in the pipeline. Marchionne arrives with a product that can play a niche roll in US/Canada fits needs of Mexico well, AND is already sold in Brazil... Under the Mercosur free trade agreement, the car can be produced in Mexico and sold in Brazil at a much more competitive cost. I call that a win win for an existing plant that will help Chrysler pay back the U.S. government, and would otherwise be a drag on Chrysler.
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