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MiscellaneousChrysler Announces Five-Year Plan
Posted by mike on 2009/11/4 21:25:48 (2324) reads

Today was a big day for the latest incarnation (pun intended) of Chrysler - CEO Sergio Marchionne led a marathon 7-hour news conference announcing the 5-year plan to bring Chrysler back from the brink (again) - including some very interesting Jeep news.

Perhaps the biggest Jeep announcement was that a Diesel Jeep Wrangler is coming late in 2010. It's not totally clear if it will be available in the U.S. at launch.

Other Jeep-related information included:


  • The much-anticipated Pentastar "Phoenix" V6 engine will make its debut in the 2010 Grand Cherokee next summer.

  • It appears that Chrysler's main thrust with the Jeep platform will be to grow international sales outside of North America.

  • Expect a new, Fiat-produced small "B-segment" SUV from Jeep for the 2013 model year.

  • The Patriot and Compass will get new interiors for 2010. The Wrangler will get a new engine.

  • The Liberty will have a minor refresh for 2010 and will be replaced in 2013 with a Fiat-produced vehicle.

  • 2010 will be the last model year for the Commander.

  • 2010 is the 70th anniversary of the Jeep brand. All models will have a commemorative edition.

  • The Patriot and Compass will be replaced by a single, new "C-segment" nameplate.


Overall, nothing ground-breaking, but lots of changes coming to the nameplate in the next few years - it'll be very interesting to see what Fiat-produced vehicles they slap the Jeep name on...

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tmedlock
Posted: 2009/11/10 11:07  Updated: 2009/11/10 11:09
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"It appears that Chrysler's main thrust with the Jeep platform will be to grow international sales outside of North America. " So let me see if I got this correctly: The US government (we the people) threw BILLIONS of dollars at Chrysler (one of our governments conditions being that Chrysler team up with Fiat). And Fiat is using the money to "grow international sales outside of North America". Of course Fiat will take the money it makes and use it to hire US workers and build new factories in the US right? I mean, we didn't just sell the hangman the rope to hang us... plus give them the money to buy the rope

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Posted: 2009/11/9 16:28  Updated: 2009/11/9 16:28
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Sounds like the same old senseless corporate drool we have heard for the past 15 years! Why not listen to what Jeep drivers want... personally i don't want anything based off some Fiat POS. Jeeps need to be based on Jeeps, not pasta rockets.

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Posted: 2009/11/9 11:22  Updated: 2009/11/9 11:22
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No mention of a Rubicon Wrangler edition with a BIG HONKIN ENGINE and a six speed manual? I guess the meek have inherited the earth.

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Posted: 2009/11/7 17:35  Updated: 2009/11/7 17:35
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 Re: Chrysler Announces Five-Year Plan
I hope they use the 3.0 liter diesel for the Wrangler. I wouldn't mind seeing the Massif with a 7 slot grill and Jeep badging. It's not a Rescue but it's definitely not a Compass either. I guess I'll hurry up and wait until 2011.

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Posted: 2009/11/7 12:03  Updated: 2009/11/7 12:03
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What would make more sense to me, is...

* B segment, econo box, stripped down but still off-road capable Jeep for camping, trail running, etc.
* Wrangler (with start/stop enhanced diesel)
* Wrangler Unlimited (with start/stop enhanced diesel)
* Production J8 (no-frills, long wheel base 2dr, 4d, diesel engine)
* Wrangler-Based Liberty (basically Wrangler with a non removable top, sunroof, more luxurious interior, start/stop enhanced diesel or diesel hybrid)
* Grand Cherokee as planned (add a diesel hybrid version).

Engine choices should only be diesel / diesel hybrid / and Phoenix 3.6L)

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Posted: 2009/11/5 11:55  Updated: 2009/11/5 11:55
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I would like to think that the Liberty Replacement will be a shared platform as a Jeep/Fiat/Iveco Massif...They even have a third-row Massif...

I would hope that the 'B' Segment Jeep would be something along the lines of the Jeep Willys...4 cyl/6 Speed 4-5 passengers real 4wd.

I would hope the Wrnagler engine would be the Phoenix with Direct Injection/ MDS/e-85 capable

I won't mind of the Patriot/Compass is replaced with the Panda or someting like it...Just make it capable of running with the Impreza and Mitsu-EVO with AWD and Turbo power.

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Posted: 2009/11/6 21:54  Updated: 2009/11/6 21:54
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Why would you want the engine to be e-85 capable? Studies have shown that e-85 is LESS efficent than regular gasoline, produces more pollution overall, and reduces MPG by something like 20% over gasoline engines. E-85 is NOT the way Jeep products should head.

BTW, I live in Indiana, which is one of the biggest e-85 producing states.

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Posted: 2009/11/9 21:40  Updated: 2009/11/9 21:40
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You want E-85 because Corn-Based Ethanol is on its way out...Ethanol is going to be produced from Celluosic waste (...i.e. Corn Stalks and wood chips), Starch from De-Starched Feed-stock (more corn grown in America is NOT fit or destined for Human Consumption than IS fit for Human Consumption), and plain-old organic waste---garbage, and waste-water treatment plant by-product...For example...the waste from a sugar cane plant can produce more Ethanol than the sugar itself. The starch from de-starched corn can be made into Ethanol, the remainder of the feed can still be fed to livestock (animals cannot digest the starch in corn ANYWAY), and the agri-waste such as the stalk and husk can also be converted into Ethanol.---THis is the way America is going, and that is why an Engine needs to be E-85 compatible.

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Posted: 2009/11/5 10:39  Updated: 2009/11/5 10:39
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pardon my ignorance here, but in referring to the "2010s", aren't those already on the lots? so in referring to 2010, does it really mean the 2011 model year for the diesel wrangler and the commemorative edition? thanks

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Posted: 2009/11/5 0:35  Updated: 2009/11/5 0:35
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I spent several hours listening to the marathon business plan review today and came away, frankly, not very impressed. After spending 36 years in Automotive Manufacturing (21 at AMC, AMC/Renault, Chrysler, Daimler Chrysler) and heavily involved with Jeep since 1983, today's presentation provided plenty of deja vu moments. After you cut through the cliches and the obvious rah!rah! sales pitches, there wasn't much new or earth shattering. Not to say that I've heard it all before but there were plenty of recyled ideas and lip-service in the plan. I particularly liked the one about working with suppliers and sharing cost benefits from joint improvements. Been there, done that and I support that is a far better approach than the cost sniping and finacial pressure tactics that were used as of late under the Daimler regime. Another point that will generate benefits is their effort to improve Dealer network relations. Mr. Grady made the comment that "the Dealership is the point of truth". I hope he is sincere. There is a lot of work to be done in the area of both Dealer and Customer relations that will benefit the Fiat/Chrysler profitability and survival plan.
On the Jeep side, they better get busy with the Diesel Wrangler and the launch of the new Grand Cherokee better be flawless. I wish them well and future success.

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Posted: 2009/11/4 22:19  Updated: 2009/11/4 22:19
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Nothing ground-breaking?

The mention of further derivatives from the Wrangler line as well as a "major overhaul" in 2011 sounds ground-breaking indeed.

Further derivatives, I hate to speculate, but being that we already have a 2 and 4 door, the only thing left for the platform is likely a truck?

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Posted: 2009/11/5 18:18  Updated: 2009/11/5 18:18
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A truck would be nice. Could they also be thinking of replacing the Commander with a Wrangler derivative? Something more like the original Rescue concept with a 3rd row jump seat?

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Posted: 2009/11/6 20:20  Updated: 2009/11/6 20:20
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TRUCK PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JT or gladiator, great!

a 4 door truck(could they do this on a JK chassis?) for the family guys would complete the lineup...
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