Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said that it is going to invest $1 billion in modernizing two of its plants in the U.S Midwest and would create up to 2000 jobs.
Fiat also announced that it was going to retool the factories in Ohio and Michigan to build new Jeep sport utility vehicles, this includes a pickup truck and potentially move production of Ram the heavy duty pick-up truck’s to Mexico.
The fortune reports that most of the automakers have questions about the Mexican investments and how would that affect U.S. jobs, especially under Trump’s harsh criticism of automakers. Moreover, most of the major automakers in the U.S have potential vehicle-making operations in Mexico and the complex network of part makers that supply their factories in the United States and support jobs and investment in states of Ohio and Michigan.
FCA and Google recently announced that both the companies will be working together on a Uconnect System, concept powered by Android. The Uconnect system will help advance car safety systems and keep the car connected to Android devices. With a seamless integration with Google Assistant, Google Maps and popular Android apps like Pandora, Spotify, NPR One and Pocket Casts.
Waymo, Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car business noted that it is working with Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The new line of cars is expected to hit the roads on 2017 with advanced in-house built tech and sensors.
Things are looking good at FCA, and it couldn’t have chosen a better time for remodeling their factories.