August 21, 2009
Freep.com ran a story today citing an anonymous source that states Fiat CEO Sergio Marchione is planning cuts for certain Chrysler models that use crossover platforms, selling them only under one of the brand names. Workers at one Toledo plant are concerned that Marchione will cut the slower selling Dodge Nitro creating job cuts in an area that is already hurting economically.
“Marchionne has ordered U.S. executives to come up with model cuts so a particular car or truck is sold only under one of the company’s three brands, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep.
At the 2.1 million-square-foot Toledo North Jeep plant, which makes the Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty midsize sport utility vehicles, workers are worried that Marchionne will cut the slow-selling Nitro to focus on the Liberty.”
To read the full article from Freep.com, click here.
August 21, 2009
You knew it had to be coming. It’s Summer and people want Jeep Wranglers. Unfortunately, after Chrysler’s Chapter 11 proceedings, new JK body-style Wranglers are tough to come by. As I look out the window at the Jeep Dealership next door, I can count exactly ZERO new Wranglers on the lot. What’s a Jeeper in need of a new Wrangler to do? In the first good news from Jeep in a while, Bloomberg.com is reporting that Chrysler is boosting 2nd-half production to fulfill demand.
“Chrysler plans to run two plants on overtime and is operating a third shift at another factory to restock dwindled inventory on dealer lots…Chrysler has scheduled overtime at its Dodge Ram truck plant in Warren, Michigan, and a plant in Toledo, Ohio, that makes the Jeep Wrangler sport-utility vehicle.”
So hold on just a little bit longer, folks. Hopefully we’ll have a whole fleet of new Wranglers heading to a dealership near you (that made the cut) faster than you can say Sergio Marchionne!
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