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The fate of Warren and Wagoneer

by Michael Volkmann on

Recently, a credible outlet said that the Jeep Wagoneer had been cancelled; then Automotive News wrote that it had been delayed, instead.

Our sources have said that Warren Truck will indeed be assembling the Jeep Wagoneer (code WS) — but only after the Ram is up to speed in its new digs in the nearby Sterling Heights plant.

For readers new to the plant shuffle, American Ram production is set to move from Warren, Michigan to Sterling Heights, Michigan, for two reasons. First, they can increase production that way, without building an expensive new plant. Second, it allows for renovation of Warren without losing months of production of critical revenue-and-profit-making pickups.

Sterling Heights just stopped making the Chrysler 200.  The better the Ram startup goes, the sooner Warren can begin upgrades and the changeover to unibody construction.

Warren Truck is considerably older than Sterling Heights, which has a brand new body shop and recently underwent a major renovation, with new, flexible equipment. The plant swap, though costly, should increase Ram’s flexibility and quality as well as avoiding production losses and raising production.

Michael Volkmann, a mechanical engineer in the steel industry, autocrossed and road-raced Neons. Michael has drag raced his 1971 Duster 340, 2009 Challenger R/T, and Neons, of which he’s owned seven — one SRT4, three ACRs, and three Sport Coupes.


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