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Chrysler to Build All-New 2007 Jeep Compass at Belvidere Assembly Plant

January 17, 2006

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Chrysler Group has revealed that the all-new 2007 Jeep Compass will be produced at its Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant. The Compass will be built on the same production line as the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber, which has already began production. Both models will be built using Chrysler Group’s flexible manufacturing process that can build three to four different vehicles and test-build another model all on the same production line. The new manufacturing process consists of a new type of body shop that is wholly made up of robotics and is devoid of traditional “hard” tooling dedicated to a particular vehicle. The robots, which can automatically change their own tooling to accommodate multiple models within a 42-second cycle time, could also accommodate a third model and pilot a fourth. With the new process, next generation product changeovers will cost a fraction of traditional changeovers. The process is also being implemented at Chrysler Group’s Sterling Heights and St. Louis South assembly plants.
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