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Chrysler boosting Wrangler production

by Bill Cawthon on

Writing in Automotive News, Larry Villequette reports that Chrysler and union officials representing workers at the Toledo Supplier Park plant have agreed to a plan increasing Jeep Wrangler production by 90 units per day.

Under the agreement, 25 workers on each of the two ten-hour daily shifts will be reassigned from non-production jobs to positions on the assembly line. This will allow the addition of about five vehicles per hour to the schedule. The plant currently builds about 700 Wranglers per day.

U.S. Wrangler sales jumped 30 percent last year and inventory levels have remained tight. According to numbers released today, the Toledo plant produced 62,798 Wranglers and 102,368 Wrangler Unlimiteds in 2011.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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