First Dodge Calibers Produced

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The first Dodge Calibers produced in Belvidere have rolled off the line. The vehicles produced this week are pilots, but a Daimler-Chrysler spokesman says the Belvidere plant will begin full-scale Caliber production in three weeks. The production signals the completion of a 419 (m) million-dollar factory modernization project that began in late September. About 22-hundred U-A-W members returned to the plant on Monday after being furloughed with pay during the three-month transition. The plant previously produced Dodge Neons. Chrysler is expected to formally unveil the Caliber -- a five-door sportswagon -- at the North American International Auto Show, which gets under way in Detroit on January Eighth.