Chrysler planning to move next-generation Wrangler production out of Toledo

Chrysler planning to move next-generation Wrangler production out of Toledo

At an announcement made at the Paris auto show last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the potential for the production of next-generation Jeep Wrangler will be moved out of Toledo. Ohio.

Elaborating the reason behind Chrysler's plans to pull future Wrangler production out of Toledo, Marchionne said that the automaker is mulling some strong changes to the next-generation Wrangler. The most significant of these changes include unibody construction, an aluminum frame, and smaller, turbocharged engines.

According to Marchionne, the changes which will likely be brought to the next-generation Wrangler would essentially imply that the assembling of the SUV will apparently be undertaken outside of its home plant in Toledo.

Marchionne also asserted alongside that Chrysler's plans to assemble the next-generation Wrangler at a location other than Toledo will not lead to any job cuts. However, he did not reveal the vehicle which will likely replace the
223,000 Wranglers that are manufactured every year at the Toledo plant.

Pointing out that the Wrangler's current body-on-frame Toledo plant could assemble a unibody vehicle only after an expensive overhaul, Marchionne said that the Toledo plant is "the wrong place, the wrong setup" for building an aluminum-body Wrangler because it would require "a complete reconfiguring of the assets that would be cost-prohibitive;" and added: "It would be so outrageously expensive that it would be impossible to try and work out of that facility."

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