Jeep Confirms Wagoneer and Wrangler Pickup In the Works

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Jeep Confirms Wagoneer and Wrangler Pickup In the Works

Jeep has announced a total $1-billion investment in plants in Michigan and Ohio, helping add 2,000 new American jobs.

The announcement comes at a time when President-elect Donald Trump is criticizing automakers for manufacturing U.S.-sold vehicles in Mexico and other countries, threatening them with a big border tax. The automaker reaffirms its commitment to U.S. manufacturing with a total investment of more than $9.6-billion in its U.S. manufacturing facilities while adding 25,000 new jobs to date since 2009.

The bigger news is Jeep confirming the addition of new models to its lineup including a Jeep pickup truck, Jeep Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models will be produced at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, while the all-new pickup truck will be built at the Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio. The retooling and modernizing of both plants are planned to be completed by 2020.

SEE ALSO: Wary of Trump, Nissan Goes on a Made-in-America Offensive

“The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA N.V. “These moves, which have been under discussion with Dennis Williams and the rest of the UAW leadership for some time, expand our capacity in these key segments, enabling us to meet growing demand here in the U.S., but more importantly to increase exports of our mid-size and larger vehicles to international markets.”

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  • smartacusⓊ

    jobs are coming back

    Masayoshi Son, the Softbank founder and an early investor in Alibaba, met with Trump in early December to announce a plan to create 50,000 jobs in the U.S

  • Err, these are plans that have been underway for 5 years (yes, it takes 5 years for Detroit to conceive, plan, and release new vehicles).

  • Joe

    YEAH. It was all Obamas idea.
    Douche cock.

  • Uhm, no. It wasn’t any politician’s idea. It’s been part of Fiat-Chrysler’s master plan ever since Fiat took over in 2009 and released their first master plan to dealers in 2010. It’s just taken a little longer to get there than envisioned in their original master plan.

  • Really, I don’t know why everything has to be about politics. This is a business decision that’s been planned for business reasons for a *long* time. F-C tries to keep Jeep production in the United States because Jeep is a uniquely American brand. They don’t always succeed, many of the engines are built in Mexico for example, but for several years at least they’ve constantly repeated that Jeep is an American brand and will be built in America whenever various outsourcing rumors circulated.

  • Ply5w40

    Trump will lower corporate taxes & getting rid of Obamas job killing regulations is the reason Jeep is investing in this country. Left wing liberals will distort the obvious truth in there effort to destroy the hard working middle class America.

  • smartacusⓊ

    their arrogance is all they have left.
    Everyone knows Thousands of jobs have been announced since the election (and specifically because of the outcome of the election)

  • smartacusⓊ

    Err, i have no problem correcting individuals who desperately present their “kick me” signs to me, but the arrogant ones make it even worth while
    🙂

  • smartacusⓊ

    uhm, no your strawman that it’s part of their master plan has flown away.
    They did not start manufacturing these now in 2017; all they did was make an announcement.

    So you can either accept that the announcement has come over 2 months after they learned of who the next President will be.

    Or accept that the announcement came a few days after FORD announces they’re giving up on a Mexican factory 🙂

  • smartacusⓊ

    i know this is hard to comprehend, but the article itself starts off with politics in it and in fact the URL even has “jeep helping make america great again”

    Since you call this is a “business decision that’s been planned for business reasons” (no redundancy there) for a long time; then that means choosing to announce it now has nothing to do with coincidence.

  • The announcement was actually made a couple of months ago, all that we have now is more information about it as part of the drip drip drip buildup to their April 15 annual meeting. Really, I don’t understand why you think everything is about politics. (Or, for that matter, why Autoguide thinks this had anything to do with politics). Fiat-Chrysler is run from Italy, who is POTUS (or is that PEEOTUS?) is not something they worry about, they worry about making money (or not making money). Their annual meeting is coming up on April 15, working up some enthusiasm amongst their investors is their primary goal at the moment because they’ve already had to delay several critical products due to lack of cash and one possibility is to go to investors for more cash.

  • Fiat-Chrysler, you mean. Which is run by an Italian Fiat executive based in Italy. And which has made multiple announcements over the past three years about increasing Jeep production in the United States, long before Trump was elected. In fact, they made the announcement about production of the pickup truck and new Wrangler in Toledo way back in *MAY*.

  • BTW, none of this is rocket science. Type “Jeep production expansion toledo” into Google and you’ll find lots of stories from May, June, and July of last year.

  • Right. Google “Jeep production expansion toledo” and you’ll find lots of stories from July, August, and September of last year — long before Trump was elected.

  • Ply5w40

    Trump lowering the corporate tax from 35% to 15% & deregulation is the reason all these companies are making plans & going threw with investing in the US. Obamas goal was high cost regulations forcing the US companies out of the country. Obama & Clinton’s terrible global agenda for the elites is finally over. This country is going be run & saved by a businessman not a CIA puppet president working for the globalist. Of course there are those freeloaders that would rather stay on welfare then work. I thank god the eight year Obama nightmare is soon over.

  • smartacusⓊ

    except this news item is now.

    btw; FCA is headquartered in London not Italy.

    lol to that statement of who POTUS is, is not something they worry about. That is like saying who runs the EPA is not something they worry about.
    i like that funny part at the end about going to stockholders for cash 🙂

  • smartacusⓊ

    Right. Google “Jeep manufacturing of Grand Wagoneer has begun” and you won’t find any stories from July August, September, or even now.

    now Google plans for Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer have been scrapped. You will find plenty of news items there.

    Because these plans from July, August, September were scrapped.

    It is now back on the table as of this news article
    so your premise that it was going to happen (and happen regardless of who is President) has now been sunk.

    just sayin

  • It’s called selling stock. Usually not done by a mature company, because it dilutes the value of the existing stocks in the stock market, but it’s always a possible financing mechanism. Usually you will be going to a large investor who promises to hold the stock for a lengthy period of time in order to assuage current stock holders.

  • smartacusⓊ

    LOL it may be “possible” , but you sure sounded like it’s gonna happen.

  • Fiat has been looking for a merger partner for several years now. Yes, they’re trying to talk up the company to attract a merger partner willing to invest significant sums of money in the company. And I find it amazing that you are so ignorant of the auto industry that you think plans made five years ago have anything to do with who is President now. It takes five years to design and bring to production an automobile. The design of a vehicle that is going to go into production in 2020 started back in 2015, long before the 2016 election. Do you have any understanding of the auto industry at all? I think not. Deal being that the auto industry *has* to think long term, because it takes so long to design and bring to production a new automobile, and then they have to support that vehicle with parts and service for the next twenty years. Politics affects all that, yes, but long-term politics can’t be predicted (who predicted President Trump five years ago?) so they mostly just address the fundamentals and hope things don’t change too much by the time a car goes into production.

    I’ll guarantee you that FCA is *not* going to stop producing engines and cars in Saltillo. They can’t. Because it would take at least six months to move production into the USA even if they could find space, and during that six months they’d have no engines (this is where most of their Pentastar V6 engines that power everything larger than a Fiat 500 are made). They made a bet, in 2008, that NAFTA was going to remain in force, and built the plant for their new engine there. They had to make that prediction based on best knowledge as of then, and hope that nothing changed. That’s what car companies *do*. Same reason there’s production issues with the current Jeep Wrangler — Chrysler was short on money in 2005 when the current Wrangler plant was being constructed, and made some decisions that limited capacity based on what they thought the market was for the Wrangler. Well, turned out the Wrangler was more popular than they thought it’d be. Moving production of the Wrangler to Toledo North *AND* Toledo South rather than just to Toledo South simply makes sense, but that means moving what’s in Toledo North to other Chrysler plants. They have existing plants with excess capacity (especially since they’re cancelling the abysmal Chrysler 200), so that’s what they’re doing rather than building a new plant. These plans were made five years ago, and announced two years ago when FCA released the press release that the new Wrangler was going to be made in Toledo (after getting some goodies from Toledo, duh).

    Really, you seem to have no understanding of the auto industry at all. I’ve been following the industry for forty years now, and I have friends who are engineers in the industry or family connections in the industry, and things just don’t happen the way you seem to think they happen. They worry about what’s going to be happening five years down the road, not what’s happening now, and look at what’s happening now only as a possible clue to what may be happening five years from now. And if they’re announcing something that’s happening in the next couple of years? Those decisions were made years ago. That’s just how the industry works, because designing and manufacturing a car is *not* child’s play — it’s a long-term project that will long outlast any President, especially for products like the Jeep Wrangler that stay in production with minimal changes for ten years after introduction.

  • smartacusⓊ

    That’s great…except you are totally wrong
    FIAT is not looking for a merger.
    they already merged with Chrysler.

    You are confusing Carlos Ghosn of Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi who is always looking to merge with someone.

    If you knew the first thing about the automobile industry, you would have known even that basic fact.

    Now you are lying
    and creating some imaginary plan from 2015

    when just yesterday you said
    Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
    were part of a master plan in 2009 that was given onto the dealers in 2010.

    Those are your fantasy words and now you are caught in a trap and trying to find a way not to look like an ignoramus.

    Spare me: You plainly don’t have 40 years experience following the industry.
    You are more likely in your mid-40’s and went to your first car show when you were a young kid.

  • Dude. Google “fiat merger”. You’ll get hundreds of results about how Fiat is trying to engineer a merger with another automaker. To quote Fox Business from April 26, 2016: “Marchionne renewed talk of a merger earlier in April at Fiat Chrysler’s annual shareholder meeting. He mentioned Toyota (TM), Ford (F) and Volkswagen as potential merger partners. Ford said it is focused on its own plans. Last year, GM officially turned down the overture after Marchionne sent an email to its CEO, Mary Barra.”

    I’m done here. You’ve proven you’re an idiot in that you can’t even run the simple Google “fiat merger”. Bye.

  • smartacusⓊ

    Dude. that is very old news.

    i gave him the moniker Sergio Mergio for that,

    and he has since GIVEN UP on the idea of a merger!!!!

    You truly don’t know your current events.

  • groberts1980

    So here’s a non-political comment for a change: The Wrangler Pickup I understand, but the Wagoneer I don’t. Will this compete with the Grand Cherokee? Is it another attempt at the oversized SUV market like the Commander was?