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WranglerOff-Road Jeep Park to be Built on Site of Old Toledo Assembly?!
Posted by mike on 2010/2/16 8:49:57 (2531) reads

Wow - this could be something very exciting! According to the Toledo Blade, there are talks to build an off-road park on the site of the now-demolished Toledo Assembly plant:

In January, The Blade delivered an idea that has occurred to a number of Toledoans and to Chrysler's Jeep brand president, Michael Manley.

The idea was to mark the Wrangler milestone by building a four-wheel-drive "playground" on the now-vacant 70-acre site of Chrysler's former Toledo Jeep Assembly Plant on Jeep Parkway in West Toledo.

The site, adjacent to I-75, still boasts the smokestack from the former Overland Company, along with more than enough land to create giant hills, mud bogs, and log and rock obstacles to demonstrate the Jeep's legendary ability.

To Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and other economic development officials, the site's rich history and the anniversary provide a direct opportunity to bring thousands of Jeep enthusiasts to the city this summer for relatively little cost.

"What we need to do is sit down and figure out how we make this event extremely significant to celebrate a product that's so important to the city of Toledo, and do it in a way that doesn't cost the taxpayers any money," Mr. Bell said.

Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, whose members have assembled the vehicles in Toledo for several different automakers since the Jeep's birth, presented the idea to the membership and executive board last week.

"They loved it," Mr. Baumhower said. "Many of them have already stepped up to volunteer for a planning committee to make it happen."

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Posted: 2010/3/10 17:36  Updated: 2010/3/10 17:36
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 Re: Off-Road Jeep Park to be Built on Site of Old Toledo ...
Here's even a better idea: Make the course permanent and make it part of a delivery experience. Tour of the plant, pick up the keys to your new jeep and drive it off-road to get your feet wet. They could even add a museum and of course an accessory / gift shop!

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Posted: 2010/2/22 1:53  Updated: 2010/2/22 1:53
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 Re: Off-Road Jeep Park to be Built on Site of Old Toledo ...
This is a great idea!

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of Chrysler/Jeep it would be nice to see a sign that Fiat will not ruin a good thing...and keep the European influence away from the Wrangler at the very least.

The Wrangler should always remain American designed and built simply because tradition trumps trade-offs for this great icon of our national heritage.

So let's celebrate in Toledo!


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Posted: 2010/2/21 10:27  Updated: 2010/2/21 10:27
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 Re: Off-Road Jeep Park to be Built on Site of Old Toledo ...
I read in an article quoting Sergio Marchionne that the Wrangler is due for a "Major Update" this year...I'm wondering (speculating) what that could be?

1. New 3.6L engine (We knew about that)

2. New Diesel Engine (Would be nice)

3. Extended Range Electric Drivetrain (not much news on that lately, but one ENVI model was promised by 2011)

4. JT/Scrambler variant (A no cost/ no brainer)

I also read in Jeep Mags that there is speculation that the Fiat Panda will be coming as a Jeep Model...Now I wouldn't want to see the Wrangler De-Volve into an Panda, but I would like to see that model over the Compass...BTW there is a Reformer Fuel Cell powered Panda running the roads of europe....That is a model and a powerplant I would like to see here...

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Posted: 2010/2/17 13:14  Updated: 2010/2/17 13:14
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 Re: Off-Road Jeep Park to be Built on Site of Old Toledo ...
I think this would be a great idea. Although I live on the West Coast, I have driven past the Jeep complex a few times on business trips. You could see people having fun in their Jeeps right from the Freeway. Perhaps Jeep could use part of it for testing and promotional work. I drove on a Jeep 101 course built in a parking lot in Portland a few years ago, and it was great. Not super rough, but steeper than most Forest Service and BLM roads.

People would rent Jeeps on vacation in order to visit this site.

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Posted: 2010/2/16 14:46  Updated: 2010/2/16 14:46
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 Re: Off-Road Jeep Park to be Built on Site of Old Toledo ...
This is a very interesting idea which is a great opportunity for the City of Toledo and the Jeep Marketing folks. The location of the old plant site is easily accessible, offers great parking and is large enough to handle the requirements for an off road park. There should be a huge volunteer base and good support from suppliers, vendors and local business for the effort. Let's hope they can put something together to recognize the 70TH anniversary of the Jeep. It will all come down to the $'s to make this project a reality.
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