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post #1 of 16 Old 07-15-2016, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep Factories Getting a $1 Billion Upgrade



Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to spend $1.05 billion retooling two of their factories in the future, probably in preparation for the next generation Wrangler and other future Jeep models that are set to come out soon.

Announced on Thursday, FCA plans to invest $700 million into their Toledo North factory next year where the next generation Wrangler is set to be built and eventually create around 700 new jobs. This Wrangler factory is just one part of a larger multi-site complex in Ohio and plans for the South factory will be announced at a later date.

As for FCA’s factory in Belvidere, Illinois, the company plans to spend $350 million on the retooling of this factory and create an additional 300 jobs there.

A sound investment with the Belvidere factory because FCA is planning to move the Jeep Cherokee production from the Toledo plant to Illinois in 2017. That will free up space to build the new Wrangler in Toledo without having to interrupt the outgoing model’s production.

Currently, the Toledo North factory is producing the Wrangler while the South factory is producing the Cherokee. Once the Cherokee production is shifted to Illinois, FCA will have a plant open for another model. They could possibly build the much anticipated Jeep pickup that’s set to launch early 2018 in the south building. We can expect to hear about the Toledo South plant changes near the end of this year’s third quarter.

The large investments may be part of Jeep’s plan to prepare for future demands. The brand’s sales have strong with a global sale of 1.2 million vehicles in 2015 and in the first half of this year, they managed to sell 468,131 Jeeps in the U.S. alone, that’s a 16.5% increase in sales and the number is expected to go up once the next generation Wrangler goes on sale.
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-17-2016, 11:59 PM
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Not surprised they invested so much, this gen of the wrangler is going to be big, wider audience and wider appeal, the current gen already does well enough. this is one of those investments FCA can feel safe about.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-18-2016, 12:52 PM
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The new Jeep Wrangler Pickup is extremely highly anticipated. You're taking the king of off-road vehicles and making it a darn pickup, that's a huge deal. But this is pretty cool, and creating another 1000 jobs overall.. That works out for everyone. Understandably, it's not a lot, but... it's something that'll help
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-21-2016, 01:31 PM
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I mean... 1000 jobs isn't such a major thing but you're right, the Wrangler Pickup I think will sell like hot cakes
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-23-2016, 01:57 PM
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IS the trackhawk going to be produced in one of the plants that're getting the upgrade?
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-30-2016, 05:06 PM
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I wouldn't doubt it.. as we've already seen a test mule without camo, I'm sure production is the biggest thing now so they should be accommodating for the new Track Hawk
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post #7 of 16 Old 09-23-2016, 02:32 PM
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Which new vehicles do you see coming up that pose competition ??
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-25-2016, 10:33 AM
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Can't really think of any unless Ford decides to come out with the Bronco.
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post #9 of 16 Old 10-30-2016, 02:22 PM
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infiniti might be one brand to look out for depending on how they plan to revamp their SUV line up, a number of them are due for a next generation model.
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post #10 of 16 Old 11-06-2016, 04:54 PM
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Nah, Infiniti's new red sport engine isn't really a challenge for the Hellcat and they don't really want to compete with the higher power models.
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