Thursday, October 9, 2014
Toledo Gets Proactive in the Fight to Keep the Jeep Wrangler
Jeeps have been produced in Toledo, Ohio since 1941. The people of that city and Jeep owners worldwide take great pride in its consistent, historical production. Some recent comments at the Paris Motor Show have raised some major concerns about the future of the Wrangler's production.
After reports that the aluminum construction of the next Jeep Wrangler may mean that the iconic Jeep's production may have to be relocated from the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio, Toledo's mayor D. Michael Collins and Ohio's governor John Kasich made a stern conference call with Fiat/Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Upfitting the Toledo factory to produce aluminum Wranglers will be an expensive undertaking. However, Toledo's enthusiasm for retaining the Wrangler's production and the fact that the future of automobile manufacturing will trend toward increasing use of aluminum in vehicles of all types means that there is hope that the next generation of the Wrangler can still call Toledo its home.