Marchionne Undecided on Toledo Wrangler Plant's Future
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ top executive says he’s still not sure if Jeep’s Toledo plant will build the next-generation Wrangler, The Detroit Bureau is reporting.
In a move that may or may not be union-negotiations related, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said he expects to make a decision on where to build the new Wrangler by the end of the summer — or about the time negotiations wrap up.
At issue is the cost associated with shutting down and retooling the Toledo plant to build the new Wrangler, which will have significantly more aluminum, according to Marchionne. Jeep is selling more Wranglers now than they ever have and need the plant to build more cars.
“If I shut it down for 60 days, I’d lose more money than I’d make in a year,” Marchionne said.
In May, Marchionne specified that the Wrangler would not be wholly made with the alloy, opting instead to use aluminum for specific parts to cut down on weight and increase fuel economy.
Toledo without Jeep is like Flint without Buick. Oh, wait...
1) "a move that may or may not be union-negotiations related..." Well, that does pretty much cover the universe of possibilities. You might just as well say "a move that may or may not be related to Kepler's law of planetary dynamics" or "a move that may or may not be related to the manicure my wife got last week". Did you mean to say, "in a move that may be union-negotiations-related..."? 2) Of course the Wrangler will not be wholly made from aluminum. Things like tires, seat belts, and antifreeze would not work very well if they were made from aluminum.
The truth be told - the current Wrangler is produced by a consortium of vendors in what is known as the Toledo Supplier Park, which by the way is not wholly owned by FCA. Even with favorable local incentives and maxed out sales from this N.A. plant, I seriously doubt that FCA will build a new plant in the US or Canada while Sergio is at the helm. He needs the money to resurrect Alfa before he departs in 2018.
What is Sergio suppose to do, just roll over, the rules of Race to the Bottom must be followed to the end, hate the game not the player. And I think the aluminum will be the in the live axles, but the bodies will be plastic.