Chrysler Group production rose 5% in June, though though the total output in the first half of 2013 is still slightly behind that of the first six months of 2012, primarily due to the impact of the discontinued Jeep Liberty. Factoring out the Liberty, June production would have been up 11.5% and first-half production would be up 5.6%. The big news is the addition of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee to the production report. 882 Cherokees left the line in June, on their way to dealers as the market watches to see how consumers respond to the totally new Jeep. There was a big surge in Jeep production. Factoring out the Liberty, 23.7% more Jeeps left the line last month than were built in June 2012. Patriot output rocketed up 88.4%, the largest production increase of any Chrysler Group model. The only model to pull a reduced schedule was..
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