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Making ’18 Wranglers

by David Zatz on

There has been considerable speculation in the media about how and where Chrysler will make the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Sergio Marchionne has said that it will be the first Chrysler vehicle to extensively use aluminum in its body since the Plymouth Prowler (whose creators mainly moved to Ford after Daimler-Benz took over Chrysler), which makes factory choices difficult. In addition to requiring different welders and stamping systems, aluminum requires a much cleaner environment. Ford has had long factory closures to convert over, but Chrysler may be taking a different approach. See engineer Bob Sheaves’ article for details on plant options for both Wrangler and a possible pickup variant.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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