FCA has decided to continue producing the Jeep Wrangler in Toldeo, Ohio in the USA and move production of the Jeep Cherokee to a nearby state, says a new report from Automotive News. Moreover, the company will make a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck. These details were shared with the Toledo plant management earlier this week in response to inquiries from the publication, based on an interview with FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne last month. The new Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck will also be made in Toledo.
According to the report, Mr. Marchionne said that they have have “found a solution” to optimally expand Wrangler production in Toledo.
“We found a solution that accommodates a variety of other interests to us because of the way in which we can move some product around,” Mr. Marchionne said. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (to know) that the only way I can move around the Wrangler is to move it into the other Toledo plant.”
The Toledo Assembly Complex has two plants: a body-on-frame plant that builds the Wrangler and a unibody plant where the Cherokee is built. If all goes to plan, the unibody plant will be converted to a body-on-frame plant for the Jeep Wrangler range. The next generation model will continue being built at the Toledo Assembly Complex.
[News: Automotive News]