Chrysler Group is investing $600 million in its Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant, where it is expected to build a new generation of Fiat-based vehicles.
The investment includes construction of a new 638,000-square-foot body shop and the installation of new machinery, tooling and material handling equipment, Chrysler said today.
Work on the expansion began this summer and will be completed in 2011.
Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said today the company was not prepared to comment further on the future models.
The new models are expected to include a new Dodge compact sedan to be introduced in 2012, according to people familiar with the plans.
The Belvidere plant currently builds the Dodge Caliber, and Jeep Compass and Patriot crossovers.
The new Dodge sedan, which will replace the Caliber, will be the first of a series of vehicles based on a Fiat-derived architecture called Compact Wide, according to people familiar with the plans.