Hundreds of employees, along with state and local government officials, gathered today at Chrysler Corporation's new Indiana Transmission Plant to celebrate the successful launch of the all-new '45 RFE' -- Chrysler's first rear-wheel drive fully electronic transmission.
Coupled with a new 4.7 liter engine produced at Chrysler's new Mack Avenue Engine Plant in Detroit, the 45 RFE transmission now in production at Indiana Transmission is slated for the all-new, totally redesigned 1999 Jeep® Grand Cherokee. Production of the new Grand Cherokee begins later this month at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. The 45 RFE transmission will also have other future truck applications.
"This new, 21st Century manufacturing facility was built in Howard County because we knew we could count on the men and women of the Kokomo area to build a world-class transmission for our all-new 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee," said Frank Fountain, Vice President, Government Affairs, Chrysler Corporation. "Literally thousands of people, including the United Auto Workers and state and local government officials, have worked together to enable us to do what we all set out to do -- provide jobs, strengthen the local economy and make the best transmissions possible," he said.