Grand Cherokee to get diesel and production boost
DETROIT -- Chrysler Group said it will add a third shift at a Detroit SUV plant in 2013 and offer a diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in North America next year.
Chrysler declined to say what diesel engine it will put in the Grand Cherokee, which last had a diesel variant in the 2008 model year. Overseas, the Grand Cherokee has a 3.0-liter diesel from Fiat's VM Motori.
A third shift of 1,100 workers at the Jefferson North Assembly plant will enable Chrysler to expand production of the Grand Cherokee and its line mate, the Dodge Durango.
Grand Cherokee sales climbed 51 percent in the United States in 2011 to 127,744 units. Chrysler said that on Dec. 31 it had a 33-day supply of Grand Cherokees, with 21,058 units in stock, and a 71-day supply of Durangos, with 12,599 units.
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