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AN: Jeep to dramatically boost Wrangler production

by Bill Cawthon on

Automotive News‘ Larry Vellequette reported that FCA’s will make  350,000 more Wranglers per year after it moves the Wrangler from one Toledo plant to the other.  That’s 50% more Jeep Wranglers than they make now.

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Internal files cited by Mr. Vellequette show that FCA will keep making the current Wrangler for about six months after the next generation of the iconic Jeep goes into production.

Jeep CEO Mike Manley told Mr. Vellequette that, despite weakness in China, there is still unmet demand in the Asia-Pacific region and continuing demand in the U.S. and Europe. The Wrangler was the best-selling body-on-frame SUV in the United States last year.

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 just-auto.com, 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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