By on September 1, 2015

Jeep Wranglers Coming Down The Line In Toledo

Automotive News is reporting that Jeep will produce a Wrangler-based pickup at its Toledo, Ohio plant and shift production of its Cherokee to another site.

The details were reported by the outlet as part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ ongoing negotiations with the United Auto Workers union.

Officials from FCA didn’t comment on the report. 

According to the story, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne addressed the plan in vague details.

“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,” Marchionne told Automotive News. “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.”

Union officials said they would have liked to have kept Cherokee production in Ohio, however the plant’s unique supply structure, production requirements and Wrangler sales required Cherokee to move, according to the report.

Production of the Wrangler and its associated pickup could reach up to 350,000 units per year.

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28 Comments on “Report: Toledo Plant Gains a Jeep Pickup, Loses a Cherokee...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    About damn time, look at prices on H3Ts.

    This is the truck that will actually frighten Toyota, a no BS solid front and rear axle, unlimited aftermarket, off-roading machine. Of course being that I like it, it’s either going to fail, or it’s going to cannabalize Ram and be cancelled.

    I hope this comes out before the next generation Wrangler, I want the windshield that’s not raked like a corvette.

    • 0 avatar
      Speed3

      The next-gen windshield may not fold down, but its not going to be a cab-backwards kind of look. I’m sure it will be fine.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        “I’m sure it will be fine.”

        That’s pretty much what Phillip 2 said when he launched the Spanish Armada.

        No, I’m in the Fear Corner, too, because show me a single vehicle produced today for the USDM whose A-pillar isn’t more raked than its previous iteration besides the current Wrangler, if even that.

  • avatar
    JMII

    So they are finally going to do this? It seems like such a no-brainer. Lets recap things that sell like hotcakes these days: pickups and Wranglers. So any combo has success written all over it. If they put a diesel in such a ride it would be a win-win-win! I need something to replace my Dakota and this could be the ticket. Worries for those of us that need a tow vehicle would be the short wheel base and the traditionally loud interior of the Jeep. Mileage is also a concern but an oil burner could address that. For those that just want an activity vehicle a Jeep pickup checks all the right boxes.

  • avatar

    Could someone explain in plain words, why is it so impossible to build Wrangler elsewhere? It does not look much different than Toyota Tacoma, which was built at several sites (in California and Texas), with production relocated as needed. Not that I have any issues with Toledo, the quality is very good nowadays. But I’m curious.

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Because for most Wrangler=Toledo. Fairly simple.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      I think in some ways it is almost a mental/historical mind blockage. The Jeep Wrangler, icon that it is has always been built in Toledo stretching back to its days as a tool in WWII. GP, CJ in all it’s iterations, Wrangler, etc…

      I would also guess that the Wrangler has many pieces involved in building it that are unique compared to other Jeep vehicles, such as the solid front axle.

      It would be like VW saying they were going to stop building cars in Wolfsburg, the brand and the city are so closely linked.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      Not impossible, just expensive.

    • 0 avatar
      cgjeep

      Not impossible. They use to build the YJs (87-95 Wranglers) in Canada as well as Toledo. I believe Toledo is the oldest plant in continuous use on the US.

      The solid front axles are built by Dana elswhere and just bolted on.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        @cg, I meant that the Wrangler is the only Jeep vehicle utilizing a solid front axle. The workers who are doing the bolting on and the quality checks are well trained in that skill. I was also factoring in training of a workforce to spread Wrangler production around.

      • 0 avatar
        Onus

        The location is old. But, the old plant was torn down years ago. If you look on google maps of the new plant and look near by you’ll see the road Jeep Parkway. The old plant was located there. It had been building Jeep from the beginning and ending with the XJ, and TJ.

  • avatar
    vent-L-8

    “Located to another facility” …………. in Mexico

  • avatar
    thelaine

    About time indeed. Happy dance. I cannot wait.

  • avatar
    jrmason

    Dana is also located in Toledo.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Waiting with baited breath to see what comes of this. A quad cab, hard top wrangler pickup that I could put a cap on answers the biggest problem I have with the current JK-Unlimited: limited people and cargo space obstructed by the roll cage. With a 6spd manual, this would finally tip me away from serial-4Runner ownership.

  • avatar
    Onus

    Interesting.

    The Toledo Plant is actually two separate plants on the same site A North and a South Plant. The side that builds the Cherokee is actually older in history though the current plant was built from scratch for the liberty. The plant previously built the Wagoneer and friends.

    The south plant was built and owned by suppliers. Final assembly is done by Chrysler. This is where the wrangler is produced. Daimler-Chrysler had the suppliers build the plant to reduce cost. The previous wrangler plant and XJ plant down the street that had produced jeeps since world war 2 was demolished and the land sold. However, Chrysler only owns part of the south plant and is why they are capacity constrained. They could buy out the suppliers but that would be costly.

    My guess is the Cherokee moves to Illinois to be built in the plant that builds the dart, compass, and patriot. The dart is on the same platform and the other two are going away soon leaving room to product another vehicle.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Another thought, the rear suspension will have to be reworked on these, the easy answer to this is leaf springs, but then what’s the likelyhood they would do that.

    As it stands now the Wrangler doesn’t have enough payload and towing capabilities, beefing up the spring-over could mean hurting the capabilities or creating a harsher ride than the leaf springs would provide.

    But then again what would it look like if the wrangler had higher payload numbers than the Ram pickup?

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