The Chrysler Group has launched production of its all-new 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab at its Saltillo assembly plant in Coahuila, Mexico. The plant also produces the Dodge Ram Mega Cab, Dodge Ram Power Wagon, and Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500.
DaimlerChrysler recently invested an additional $48 million in the plant, allowing for production of the Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab and expanding the facility by 120,000 sq. ft. The OEM said this expansion allows the plant to produce commercial vehicles and will accommodate new frame configurations. This move follows a $210-million investment in the plant for production of the all-new 2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab back in 2005.
“The Saltillo facility’s versatility, capability and adaptability makes it one of Chrysler Group’s most flexible plants, allowing the company to adjust production between the various models to better respond to customer needs,” said Frank Ewasyshyn, executive vp– manufacturing. “Chrysler Group’s flexible manufacturing capability helps to build a positive business case for new products and derivatives, as each plant is able to maximize its production capacity.”According to the OEM, the Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab enters the commercial chassis cab arena with the Class 3 segment’s highest single-rear-wheel gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,200 lbs; “class-leading” rear frame steel strength (50,000 psi); largest standard fuel tank (52 gallons), “best-in-class” standard V-8 power (HEMI with 330 hp) and “best-in-class” interior cab room of 121.6 cu ft for Quad Cab models.