Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler LLC has announced that it will close its Pacifica Advance Product Design Center in Carlsbad, California and will consolidate the Advance Design function in Auburn Hills.

The company said that Advance Design “remains an integral part of our future design efforts,” led by Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. Twenty employees at the California facility will be affected.

In a statement, the company said, “Increasingly, we are leveraging resources worldwide, forming new joint ventures and alliances and consolidating operations in order to better achieve global balance and manage fixed costs. These moves are designed to help Chrysler become a more globally focused manufacturer, with design, engineering, sourcing and a local presence to serve local customers.

“These changes set the stage for Chrysler’s future global growth efforts, which also include our intent to establish global expertise in design, engineering and sourcing through centers of excellence. These actions will help the Company meet its long-term globalization goals.”

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