A UAW local president in Toledo, Ohio, says he cannot confirm a report that DaimlerChrysler will build PT Cruisers in Toledo.
Bruce Baumhower, president of UAW Local 12, said Car and Truck News, a Web site that publishes unsubstantiated DaimlerChrysler product news, reported that a 'source close to Jeep production' said a final decision had been made.
'We've been hearing that for months,' Baumhower told Automotive News last week. 'But we can't confirm it.'
Gary Henson, executive vice president of manufacturing for DaimlerChrysler in North America, said Friday, Aug. 25, that the company is studying future demand for the PT Cruiser and which plant might be chosen if needed.
'We have not made a decision,' he said.
Current production capacity for the PT Cruiser is 180,000 units annually in a plant in Toluca, Mexico. Another 50,000 units will be added next summer at a plant in Graz, Austria.
Baumhower said DaimlerChrysler has told the union that if that's not enough to meet so-far heavy demand for the popular, retro-styled PT Cruiser, it might consider a U.S. production site. If it does, it might consider Toledo, he said.
'We've said it makes sense to look at us, but we've had no indication from them that (it will happen),' he said.
Car and Truck News, whose Web address is www.car-truck.com/chryed/buzz.htm, reported Toledo production of the PT Cruiser would take place in two phases. The vehicles would be framed at the Parkway Plant, where Jeep Cherokees and Jeep Wranglers are built. They would then be shipped to a new plant, built to produce the next-generation Cherokee, for painting, trim and final assembly.