Sale of PROC (Plymouth Road), former AMC/Nash/Jeep building, approved

The remains of the old Chrysler appear to have successfully sold the former AMC/Nash-Kelvinator building on Plymouth Road and three other properties for a total of $2.3 million. This is considerably lower than the asking price for the Plymouth Road Office Complex alone, which was valued at $10 million in 2007.

The massive facility at 14250 Plymouth Road, which was home to Jeep/Truck Engineering for years, was originally built for Kelvinator in 1926 to build appliances. The 50 acre property was originally isolated, but the area is now densely populated with businesses and homes. The grounds cover 1.5 million square feet of building space, one third of which is engineering/computer room space.

Nash and Kelvinator, when they merged, put their combined headquarters into the main building at PROC; they made helicopters on the site during World War II. When Hudson and Nash merged, the headquarters of the combined company, AMC, was on the site; and after AMC was purchased by Chrysler, PROC was the central engineering location for trucks and SUVs, a position it held until late in the Daimler years.

Even in 2007, over 1,600 people worked in the complex. Chrysler engineers were finally moved to the Chrysler Technology Center in mid-2009.

The buyer of the site is Manchester Plymouth LLC, a Mount Clemens-based company; they have already paid a substantial deposit. Peter Avitia wrote that he confirmed with the attorneys that there was only one objection to the sale but it “did not stick,” and the sale was approved.

Bill Cawthon wrote, “I have read the court documents which indicate no additional court approval was required because it was an “arms-length” transaction valued at less than $10 million.”

The current, non-bankrupt Chrysler Group is not affected by or involved in the sale.

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Rendering the Grand Cherokee

DarkSky envisioned a somewhat Range Rover-influenced 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, keeping roughly the same body shape but altering the front. This design makes the front end both more conventional and more aggressive, while separating it from the Cherokee and Compass alike.

This goes along, somewhat, with the photos recently seen on a Jeep display, assumed by many to be a Wagoneer — but most likely, a styling direction not taken for the current generation Grand Cherokees.

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2015 Jeep Wrangler Altitude

The Jeep Wrangler is an American staple, but it’s sold around the world. Recently, as part of a recall, FCA revealed the sales distribution of the 2016-17 Wrangler.

The great bulk of vehicles — 182,743 — were sold or distributed to the United States. Around 10% of those, 18,011, were in Canada. Accounting for around 20% of the Canadian number were 3,087 in Mexico. Finally, 20,948 were sold outside North America — a bit over 10%.

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The last few days have brought numerous photos to the fore; but which will we see?

The big truck-based Wagoneer, so far as it’s based on the photos above, seems least likely, at least in that form. Looking at it after the two images were set to the same scale, you can see that the “new Jeep” is likely a design study for the Grand Cherokee — either the next or current generation.

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The Renegade-influenced Wrangler

Reddit member “arcsreddit” recently shared this photo of a Renegade-fronted Jeep Wrangler was photographed, in part-size clay-model form (which looks incredibly real).  While it’s hard to criticize on its appearance, it could send the wrong message — that the Wrangler has been “Renegaded” and lost capability.

Sources have told us that the next Wrangler will be as capable as the current one, if not more so;

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With the Warren plant soon to be emptied of mainstream Ram production, FCA will be able to create derivatives of the popular pickups without fear of disrupting production. The question is, will they do it? If so, what will we see?

There has already been some speculation about whether the Jeep Grand Wagoneer would be based on the Grand Cherokee, as statements from Mike Manley would lead us to believe,

Read the full story: Could we see a Chrysler SUV?  »

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