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Cherokees piling up; overtime continues

by David Zatz on

Jeep Cherokees are piling up on dealer lots, despite larger incentives, but the Toledo plant that makes them is still running overtime on Saturdays, according to Tyrel Linkhorn of the Toledo Blade.

Mr. Linkhorn noted that Jeep’s supply of Cherokees has grown from 93 to 99 days as of March 1. The company cut back overtime and eliminated the plant’s third shift, but continues to have Saturday overtime. Sales have declined worldwide, partly due to the appearance of the Jeep Renegade.


US rebates on the Cherokee rose from $1,750 to $2,500 over the last nine months; and while sales have risen, the dealer incentives on the 200 (unseen by customers) have reportedly been moved to the Cherokee.

Jeep is to shut down the Cherokee plant for a transition to making Wranglers, but might start making Cherokees in Belvidere, Illinois, before that happens. It would likely cost less to shut down Cherokee production first, so the tooling could be moved to Belvidere. Original article

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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