Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Company will add 10,000 units to Dodge Caliber production this year

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Anticipating customer demand for
the fuel-efficient Dodge Caliber, Chrysler Group LLC is returning the second
shift of production at the Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant effective October
5, 2009.

The action will increase Dodge Caliber production by 10,000 units for the
North American and international markets through the end of the year, while
maintaining planned production levels of Jeep(R) Compass and Patriot, the
other fuel-efficient Chrysler Group vehicles built at the facility in
Belvidere, Illinois.

"We are taking this action in response to increasing demand for our most
fuel-efficient products," said Michael J. Accavitti, President and CEO, Dodge
Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "However, we are cautious about the continued
volatility in the industry and will monitor demand in order to respond to
market conditions."

The increased second shift production will add approximately 850 employees at
the Belvidere facility. This action is in addition to the more than 50,000
units added to production plans at other Chrysler Group plants, that was
announced earlier this week.

The 2009 Dodge Caliber offers top government safety ratings, value, bold
styling and many interior innovations in a compact car that combines Dodge
attitude, SUV versatility, fuel efficiency and affordability.

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