Chrysler Group LLC, the automaker controlled by Fiat SpA, has added more than 1,600 jobs since late last year as it develops new vehicles, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said.
Marchionne spoke at a conference on politics and economics in Michigan. The comment on jobs was included in his prepared remarks.
About two-thirds of the workers are employed directly by Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler Group as hourly and salaried employees, said Shawn Morgan, a spokeswoman.
The new workers don’t include the 1,100 who will be added for a second shift at the Jeep plant in Detroit, where hiring is just beginning, she said. Marchionne announced those jobs last month when the factory started producing the redesigned Grand Cherokee.