DSC_0013.JPGEach summer, Chrysler Group plants around North American
    take a couple weeks off so that they can re-tool the facilities for the
    upcoming model year while also allowing the dealerships to sell off existing
    models sitting on lots but due to strong sales through the first four months of
    2012 – several Chrysler Group plants will stay open through their scheduled

    First and foremost, the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in
    Detroit and the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois will both completely skip
    their scheduled two week summer downtime. 
    Jefferson North builds the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee
    while Belvidere currently builds the awesome new Dodge Dart alongside the Jeep
    Compass and Jeep Patriot.  The strong
    sales of the Durango, Grand Cherokee, Patriot and Compass require these two
    plants to stay open all summer – bolstered by the start of production of the
    new Dart.  Also, the Toluca Car Assembly
    Plant in Mexico will skip their summer downtime.  Toluca produces the Dodge Journey (and the
    Fiat Freemont) along with the compact Fiat 500.

    Two plants around North America will take one week off
    rather than two, as the Sterling Heights Michigan plant and Saltillo Truck
    Assembly will each take shorter than expected periods of downtime.  Sterling Heights produces the Dodge Avenger
    and the Chrysler 200 while Saltillo produces the Ram pickup.

    Finally, there are a handful of facilities that will undergo
    two week shutdowns during the summer for retooling.  This includes Brampton Assembly, Warren
    (Michigan) Truck Assembly, Windsor Assembly and Toledo North.  Brampton builds the Dodge Charger, Dodge
    Challenger and Chrysler 300; Windsor Assembly builds the Chrysler Town &
    Country alongside the Dodge Grand Caravan; Warren Truck builds the Ram pickup
    and Toledo North builds the Jeep Liberty.