August 17, 2006
All-new 2007 Dodge Nitro begins production
2007 Dodge Nitro. Click image to enlarge
Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group has officially launched production of the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro at its Toledo North Assembly Plant. The Nitro is based on the Jeep Liberty, which has been built at the plant since 2001.
The plant was extensively retooled to build two different models on one production line, using the company’s Flexible Manufacturing Strategy, at a cost of US$600 million. The retooling is part of US$3.9 billion spent on Toledo manufacturing capabilities, including the original $1.2 billion to build Toledo North for 2001, and US$2.1 billion for Chrysler’s Toledo Supplier Park, home of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.
The Nitro is the first mid-size SUV for the Dodge brand and will feature five-passenger seating, fold-flat passenger and second-row seats, and new Load ‘n Go cargo floor, which slides rearward 457 mm (18 inches) for easy loading and unloading, and holds up to 181 kg (400 lbs).