Chrysler to Kill Hybrid SUVs
However, the global economic crisis changed Chrsyler's plans so the American carmaker is somehow forced to close the Newark factory one year before the initial date. Obviously, one would expect to see the production of the two SUVs transferred to other plants, especially if taking into account the fact that they were only introduced to the general public in August. Well, according to Chrysler's officials, the car manufacturer does not intend to move the production to another plant.
The Newark-based factory currently employs about 1,000 workers, according to the aforementioned source, which means most of them will be fired once the plant gets closed. Chrysler decided to close the production plant in 2007, as part of the Recovery and Transformation Plan set by the parent company DaimlerChrysler.
Chrysler already announced a series of moves imposed by the financial crisis, with job cuts and lowered production in most North American plants. But even so, discontinuing two hybrid projects two months after the market release sounds like a desperate move, especially if taking in consideration the several thousands job cuts already started by the American company.