In this file photo taken on August 21, 2017 a car dealer in Turin shows the logos of Jeep, brands of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

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Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep line-up has pushed gross sales progress within the US

Fiat-Chrysler Cars (FCA) is reportedly planning to open an meeting plant in Detroit.

According to US media, the plant would begin producing its Jeep sports activities utility automobiles (SUVs) in 2020, and create as much as 400 jobs.

The US-Italian carmaker has not confirmed the plans.

Nonetheless, the agency has beforehand mentioned it needed to spice up manufacturing of vans and SUVs, which have loved robust gross sales within the US.

If true, the plans could be a uncommon home enlargement by a US automotive firm in an trade the place rivals are reducing again on manufacturing.

FCA intends to reopen an engine plant which has been mothballed since 2012 as a automobile meeting plant, the studies say.

General, Fiat Chrysler’s US gross sales are up eight% this 12 months, with progress pushed by its Jeep line-up.

The good points come regardless of comparatively flat gross sales within the wider trade, which noticed gross sales peak in 2016.

Common Motors final month cited the slackening demand when it introduced plans to halt production at 5 factories in North America, together with 4 within the US.

That transfer, a part of a broader overhaul of the enterprise more likely to result in the lack of greater than 14,000 jobs, has drawn harsh criticism from politicians.

It was additionally a blow for US President Donald Trump, who has made reviving automotive manufacturing a precedence for his administration.

Ford has additionally introduced restructuring plans, although it has not specified job cuts.