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Grand CherokeeJefferson North Assembly Plant Gets Ready for 2011 Grand Cherokee
Posted by mike on 2008/3/10 12:34:33 (4038) reads

Last week we covered a story about some upgrades going on at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant in Michigan - this is where Grand Cherokees and Commanders are produced.

TheCarConnection has some additional information stating that they believe the upgrades are all to get ready for the 2011 Grand Cherokee, which will go into production in the fall of 2010.

No details about the vehicle are available yet, but there's plenty of conjecture.

While the Commander gets decommissioned, the new Grand Cherokee–one of the Chrysler’s signature vehicles–will come with an optional diesel engine made by Daimler AG or with an optional two-mode hybrid system, which Chrysler has developed jointly through a joint venture with General Motors, Daimler and BMW, Chrysler officials indicated privately last week.

In addition, the 2011 Grand Cherokee will be one of the very first vehicles engineered and sourced under the tough regime being installed by Chrysler’s new chief executive officer Robert Nardelli and vice chairman and president Jim Press. Both Press and Nardelli are taking a direct role in decisions on the new Grand Cherokee, Chrysler sources said.

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Posted: 2009/5/4 5:03  Updated: 2009/5/4 5:03
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Posted: 2008/3/11 9:45  Updated: 2008/3/11 9:45
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Let's hope they put a solid axle back under the grand. Being their flagship this vehicle needs this. The only choice on the showroom floor now is a Wrangler and not every family wants a wrangler. I don't see why they cannot make the two wheel drive independant and the 4 wheel drive solid axle. My Commander does not ride any better with IFS, it corners better but why does a 4000lb SUV need to corner?

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Posted: 2008/3/10 18:14  Updated: 2008/3/10 18:16
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I'm not so sure about the part saying that the 2011 GC will offer a diesel from Daimler. I believe it's slated to be the new 4.2 V6 from Cummins. (And it will be ready for the 2010 models.)

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Posted: 2008/3/10 17:24  Updated: 2008/3/10 17:24
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I am a little nervous about the x-home depot guy and the x-Toyota guy taking direct roles in the next Grand.

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Posted: 2008/3/10 20:47  Updated: 2008/3/10 20:47
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I'm Ok with the Toyota guy, they make good vehicles.

The Home Depot guy, lol that's the guy I would worry about, other than being the Wal-Mart of home improvement, I cant see how that experience would help Chrysler

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Posted: 2008/3/11 16:34  Updated: 2008/3/11 16:34
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I'm guessing the guy from Home Depot will be able to coordinate operations via supply chain management and other issues. I could be wrong and he might end up helping with the design-blaze orange GC here we come!?
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