Thursday, March 26, 2015

UAW Confident Jeep Wrangler will Remain in Toledo

The Detroit News is reporting that United Auto Workers Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower is expecting that Toledo, Ohio will retain production of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.  I've reported several times before on Toledo's fight to remain the home of the Wrangler, and it sounds like the community's efforts will pay off.  From the article,
Baumhower, whose local represents workers at Toledo Assembly Complex, home of the Wrangler, said Toledo and Ohio officials have presented “a very attractive package that answers all of (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne’s) concerns.” He believes that will lead the company to keep production of the Wrangler in Toledo.

“I think the proactive approach that we’ve taken over on the shop floor and in our local government, I think it’s going to work out for us,” he told reporters Wednesday on the sidelines of the UAW Special Convention in Detroit.
Why does it matter to Jeep owners or the factory workers whether the Toledo Assembly Complex is the site of the Wrangler's production?
“It’s a certain pride,” said UAW Local 12 delegate Samantha Price, who works on Wrangler assembly. “We tell people we work at Jeep, we don’t say we work for Fiat or Chrysler. Everybody knows Jeep in Toledo, and all around the world, really.”
America is proud of its Jeeps, and the people of Toledo are honored to assemble this most patriotic of brands.  Read the article for more details on this latest development.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler to Offer EcoDiesel and 8-Speed

An anonymous source from within FCA has reported to Autoblog that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will answer the Jeep community's prayers by offering the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that is found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500.

Additionally, the source is also claiming that the Wrangler will receive the 8-speed automatic that is making its way behind most of FCA's large rear-wheel-drive vehicles.  While I will always prefer a 3-pedal manual transmission, the jump in performance that was seen from the early JK's 4-speed auto to the current 5-speed auto should be repeated with the upgrade to the 8-speed.

As we get closer to the next-generation Wrangler's reveal, it's becoming increasingly apparent that Jeep's engineers and bean counters are not content with emasculating the Wrangler.  Upgrades to every aspect of the vehicle, along with retention of its iconic pair of heavy-duty solid axles, will ensure that the Wrangler continues to be the pinnacle of off-road performance and capability.