Dodge Caliber Production Needs More Hands

American manufacturer Chrysler announced the introduction of a second shift at its Belvidere, Illinois facility, in an attempt to meet the forecasted demand for the new Caliber. According to a company statement quoted by Autonews, the new shift will require approximately 850 workers to be added at the site starting October 5.

The most popular Chrysler vehicle under the CARS program, the Caliber, will get an increase in output this year of around 10,000 vehicles. This will however not affect the production of the other two other vehicles manufactured at the site: the Jeep Compass and Patriot.

We are taking this action in response to increasing demand for our most fuel-efficient products,” Michael Accavitti, Dodge CEO was quoted as saying by the source. “However, we are cautious about the continued volatility in the industry and will monitor demand in order to respond to market conditions.

Chrysler this week pulled the wraps off the 2010 Caliber, prior to the official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week. The restyled Caliber features a redesigned interior and a new Common-rail Diesel (CRD) engine.

The Dodge Caliber is not your typical C-segment car. When we launched the Dodge Caliber only a few years ago, its bold style made a clear statement on the European roads, allowing owners to be active, stand out and do more," Accavitti added.

Now paired with an all-new turbo-diesel engine that offers better fuel consumption and performance and an improved interior full of value and customer-friendly features, the Dodge Caliber continues to offer our European clients unique Dodge attitude combined with one of the best value proposition in the segment.

autoevolution will be attending the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions.
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