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Chrysler has done some renos at its Warren Assembly plant in order to boost production of the Ram pickup truck. Instead of expanding the Warren plant to add capacity, Chrysler redesigned 353 of the factory's work stations in order to increase productivity. The changes should result in 100 more pickup trucks per day, or 38,565 more trucks per year.

"Building back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners is something that has never been done before and it's something we take great pride in," said Curt Towne, Warren Truck Assembly Plant Manager. "So, as we approached this opportunity to rethink our processes, we wanted to make sure we kept our focus on the customer and doing things that would continue to improve the quality of the vehicle we deliver. I think this team accomplished that task."
100 changes were also made to improve worker safety, as well as improvements in the paint and body shops.
 

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Great production ramp up. I like it even more that they made improvements to paint and body shops, I just wonder what exactly those improvements were.
 

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Crazy demand in the market.
At least with growing demands, they're meeting it, and not letting it get so bad that we have to wait much longer to get our trucks.
 

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Glad to hear that production is ramping up. This should mean that we will see even more Ram pickups on the road soon. I also think that it is a good sign for FCA since Chrysler and Fiat are not doing well. FCA is really relying on Jeep and Ram to carry them along.
 

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Not only are they ramping up truck production , they are also making more of those trucks diesels. All good news as far as this forum is concerned.
 

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If it wasn't for the diesel, it wouldn't be this much of a push, which makes me wonder what's the take rate on diesel over the hemi.
 

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If it wasn't for the diesel, it wouldn't be this much of a push, which makes me wonder what's the take rate on diesel over the hemi.
I would like to see the stats on this as well, no doubt they will publish them with flair next year to show the success launch of teh ED. However I did remember hearing through a previous forum thread that the average "sit on lot time" was only 13-18 days per Ed and much longer for the HEMI 1500.
 

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Well, if they are increasing the diesel production rate to 20%, you have to figure that the take rate is somewhere around there. Maybe less at the moment but with pent up demand.
 

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Maybe mine will show up now, been waiting since july 8.
 
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I would like to see the stats on this as well, no doubt they will publish them with flair next year to show the success launch of teh ED. However I did remember hearing through a previous forum thread that the average "sit on lot time" was only 13-18 days per Ed and much longer for the HEMI 1500.
That sit on lot time is another good look at how they are moving these.
Maybe we need to start bugging some journalists to find out the take rate of diesel over hemi from someone at RAM that can provide us solid numbers.
 

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where are they getting the Motori's from? I'm still confused if they can ramp up engine production or not...
They come from Italy. They wouldn't advertize that they are ramping up if they and all their suppliers couldn't do it. It's a good news story for Motori too.
 

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I think that the diesel take rate is around 15%. That is just a guess but it is a guess that the guys at Jalopnik made as a result of looking at some facts.

Ram's announced they're going to increase production of the half-ton EcoDiesel to "20% of the factory's output." All automakers hate revealing how many trucks they sold by configuration (they only disclose full lines; i.e. "Silverado" or "F-Series").

But when the EcoDiesel came out earlier this year, Edmund's estimated Ram had sold 194,000 light-duty trucks in 2013 and that the company was expecting "10 to 15%" of that number to be diesel sales this year.

Assuming they built and sold around the same amount of EcoDiesels (they did move 8,000 in the first weekend) we can make a flimsy estimate that they made 25,000 in their first go-around.
Ram Is Committed To Making Small(ish) Diesel Trucks
 

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15% take rate is not as much as i was thinking it would be to start.

but that makes me wonder if the take rate will go up over time or if it will stay around that or even worse go lower.
 
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