(autoinsidernews) - The Chrysler Group launched production of the 2007 Jeep Patriot as the first vehicle rolled off the line at its Belvidere Assembly Plant today. The flexible manufacturing plant launched production of the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber in January 2006, the all-new 2007 Jeep Compass followed in May, reports Trend.
We are now seeing the results of our flexible manufacturing strategy that leads to a competitive advantage for the Chrysler Group, said Frank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President - Manufacturing. Thanks to Belvidere's ability to build multiple models off one assembly line, we expect the production of three all-new models to cost significantly less than the initial investment we made in the plant to build one product.
The all-new 2007 Jeep Patriot has a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $14,985 (pricing details), and will be available in dealership soon.