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Posted by mike on 2009/8/17 16:38:00 (1777) reads

Bloomberg is reporting that Chrysler will be boosting production of the Jeep Wrangler to meet higher-than-expected demand:

Chrysler has scheduled overtime at its Dodge Ram truck plant in Warren, Michigan, and a plant in Toledo, Ohio, that makes the Jeep Wrangler sport-utility vehicle, said the person familiar with the plans. The minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, has started operating with a third shift, the person said. This is a reversal from April when the Canadian Auto Workers union said the company would cut the shift and shed 1,200 jobs.

It's been awhile since I've been able to report good news like this. Keep it coming, Chrysler!

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myhotwheels22981
Posted: 2009/8/21 2:12  Updated: 2009/8/21 2:15
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I dont think that the Wrangler's lack of presence in the African Continent is due to a lack of design ingeneuity, but rather a lack of local availability.

Land Rover's are prevalent in Africa, (Especially the D90), the Middle East and of course Europe, in the same way that Toyota Land-Cruisers and Nissan Patrol's are prevalent in the Pacific Rim.

Jeeps ARE sold in Great Britan, Germany and France, so it's not like the Wrangler is ONLY sold in the U.S. and Canada.

As far as a Jeep Pickup, there is the J8 in the middle east, and I'm sure there will be an American version too...

As far as a smaller Jeep, One is on the way, based on the Fiat Panda. While many may not see the Panda as Rubicon-Capable, it's a great starting point for a Jeep Make-Over with beefed up suspension, oversized tires and proper gearing.

I'm watching the Panda 4x4 on You-Tube, and it's conquering territory that a Crappy Suzuki would be hard-pressed to cover.

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Posted: 2009/8/20 14:56  Updated: 2009/8/20 14:56
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Manne,

Suzuki post refers:

My argument is a simple, apply modern technology to old school American magic. (I am South African)

I agree, the present 2 door Wrangler is a great LARGE Jeep however, in the world I live in, buyers desire a great SMALL Jeep.

The present Wrangler may be an excellent seller in the Americas but believe me, in the rest of the world it does not sell at all - sorry

Jeep offers no pick-up (Bakkie)! Therefore NO work horse, need I say more?

The Grand and Liberty are both unpopular outside of the Americas......How many Grands or Liberties grace the African Jungle, the Australian outback or Saudi Arabia's desert? Zero! Not because they are bad 4x4s, but because they look out of place - car like in spite of their excellent drive trains. A Dakar-type vehicle based on the present Wrangler Unlimited will however look better able to survive difficult applications. It will also look less expensive to maintain.

The ugly twins (in my opinion) disgrace the Icon. Their Sales may excite some of you here but again outside of the Americas they are very unpopular - sorry. I believe Jeep could have done much better

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Posted: 2009/8/20 10:54  Updated: 2009/8/20 10:54
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I just read that Mopar Performance is getting ready to release a 4.7L Stroker I-6 built from all-new parts and castings...HmmmmCould Jeep be considering the Un-Retirement of the I-6 (Just like Brett Farve)?

The engine bay of the Wrangler is certainly large enough to accomodate an I-6, and mabye a sprinkle of magic Jeep Engineering Dust could bring the I-6 into the 2k10 decade?

Just a thought...

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Posted: 2009/8/19 20:28  Updated: 2009/8/19 20:28
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Why copy a Suzuki? A revamped CJ2A could kick the Crap out of a crappy suzuki...At this point, whynot?

Revamp the CJ2A Frame, us a turbo Fiat Engine, a 6 speed Transmission, Ubgraded Dana axles, the smallest Airbag componnents available, and SHAZAMM!!! A vehicle better than a copied Suzuki that doesn't violate any International Patent Laws and Trade Violations!!!!

AMC almost brought back the CJ2A in the Gas Crunch of the 70's Mabye they should consider it again, if for no other reason that Jeep is lacking a true 4 CYL Offroader.

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Posted: 2009/8/19 1:42  Updated: 2009/8/19 1:42
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A word of advice to Jeep design team:

Buy a 2009 Suzuki Jimny, strip it down to nuts and bolts, produce a detailed 3D model of each part, change the cosmetics to look JEEP, manufacture, assemble and stand back to see it sell it self.

A second word of advice to Jeep design team:

Buy a Toyota Hilux Bakkie (Pick-up) strip it down to nuts and bolts, produce a detailed 3D model of each part, change the cosmetics to look JEEP, manufacture, assemble and stand back to see it sell it self

A third word of advice to Jeep design team:

Page back into your history, re-model the 1997 Dakar proto, base it on the current Wrangler Unlimited, build it and stand back to see it sell it self. (Forget the sliding and convertable roof on this one) A Jeep for Africa, Asia, Australia, UN and and and

I am a JEEP lover, it pains my heart to see the thumble and slow death dawning uppon the GREATEST VEHICLE OF ALL TIMES

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Posted: 2009/8/19 10:41  Updated: 2009/8/19 10:41
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I am NOT buying what you’re selling Iwan! You basically seem to be saying that Americans can no longer design a respectable Jeep. They need to take someone else’s design and do a facelift. I am getting awfully tired of this type of looser attitude. I will agree that US politics and US automotive management personnel have dug the country’s auto industry into what looks like a huge pit. But, I strongly disagree that America has lost the required technological expertise to design a marketable/respectable Jeep
Please accept my sincerest apologies if your intent was only to imply that the US government (elected by the US people) has seen fit to force the replacement of the majority of Chrysler’s management with foreign personal. And that this new management won’t allow US personnel to design a jeep from scratch so the only option available is to clone a foreign one. I guess I might agree with you if that is what you meant.

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Posted: 2009/8/19 15:57  Updated: 2009/8/19 15:57
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It was not the United States government that forced "the replacement of the majority of Chrysler's management with foreign personal [sic]." It was the fact that Chrysler was near death and sold it's assets to Fiat. The CEO of the surviving company has replaced those employees.

The only part the US government had in this process was approving the original management team's vision of selling out to Fiat.

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Posted: 2009/8/20 10:51  Updated: 2009/8/20 10:51
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“WASHINGTON — President Obama forced Chrysler into federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday so it could pursue a lifesaving alliance with the Italian automaker Fiat, in yet another extraordinary intervention into private industry by the federal government.”… Quoted from “the New York Times” dated April 30, 2009.
Perhaps we have a semantics problem. In my opinion when a deal is made contingent on billions of “TAX PAYER” dollars with conditions dictated by the US government and there are NO OTHER VIABLE OPTIONS, that is “forced by the United States government”. I certainly would agree that this can boil down to a “chicken versus the egg” issue. I would also agree that a more competent Chrysler management team might have been able to come up with a better solution. However, from what I saw in the media ( I know; how much can you trust the media?) The US government was “at least” a MAJOR Player in pushing for and making possible the Fiat deal.
To me the bottom line is, the US Government used OUR tax payer dollars to make it possible (and encourage) a foreign company to take over management of Chrysler. Who was it that said “an American will sell you the rope to hang themselves”?
I propose that another way to look at this might be to ask “If the US government had NOT offered billions of dollars support, would Fiat now be the major management influence at Chrysler?” OR “Why didn’t the US government insist that Chrysler be reformed as a lean/mean American company in order to get the billions of tax payer dollars”.
You know what? I have to admit I am not a financial or political expert (no surprise there). I just feel like we Americans have been sold out by our own government (which I guess means we sold ourselves out) .

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Posted: 2009/8/19 11:44  Updated: 2009/8/19 11:44
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You may call yourself a Jeep lover but your post does not back that up. I'm sure you think building them in China for better quality control and lower sticker price is a good idea too right? What the He!! the Hummer brand is practically there right?

The Suzuki you mention would be a disgrace to the Jeep and it's owners.

The Toyota Hilux is nothing more than a standard Toyota pickup... which are ok but not a Jeep. And Toyota already pretty much sells them in the US... they call it the Tacoma. NO THANKS!

Have you even seen a new Wrangler? Do you realize they have the stongest frames and the strongest drive line components of ANY CJ, YJ, TJ Wrangler variant ever made?

I say Jeep is doing pretty well in this messed up market. They just need to get back to their roots a little.

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Posted: 2009/8/20 15:23  Updated: 2009/8/20 15:23
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Dear 01TJ

Your first remark refers:
You missed the point...........by far

Your second remark refers
How strong exactly do you want your frames to be? How many CJ, YJ, TJs have you witnessed with broken frames?

Why dont you invest more thinking into STRONGER WORLD WIDE SALES maybe then Jeep would have remained American

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Posted: 2009/8/18 11:53  Updated: 2009/8/18 11:53
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Maybe this will clue Chrysler in to what people want. We don't want little crappy cars or gigantic trucks... we want Jeeps!!

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Posted: 2009/8/19 15:01  Updated: 2009/8/19 15:01
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Another "word of advice" to the Jeep design team:

Keep up the great work!

Do they really need knucklehead advice like the first post, when the JK Wrangler is outselling all previous versions? That alone would seem to indicate they know what they are doing.

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Posted: 2009/8/20 15:13  Updated: 2009/8/20 15:13
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Dear Dubya

Jeep sales may be good within the Americas but world wide sales are bad.

I wish they were better, mabe then Jeep would have remained a product of Great American Magic.

This knucklehead is South African
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