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WranglerOhio Representative Working to Bring Unannounced Jeep Pickup to Toledo
Posted by mike on 2010/10/13 6:17:13 (2149) reads

Maybe she knows something we don't know?

From WTOL.com:

Ohio Rep. Edna Brown says she is working to bring the Jeep pickup to the Toledo plant. She says the vehicle is based on the Jeep Wrangler.

...snip...

Brown is holding a news conference Tuesday to discuss steps she's already taken to pitch Toledo as the production site as well as further steps she'll take as a member of the Ohio Senate.

"This is a great opportunity for job growth here in Toledo," Brown said, "and I will aggressively work with state and local economic development officials to bring new production to the Jeep campus."

Thanks to reader kayadog for the heads-up.

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Glenn
Posted: 2010/10/26 8:07  Updated: 2010/10/26 8:07
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 Re: Ohio Representative Working to Bring Unannounced Jeep...
Even POLITICIANS want a Jeep pickup. HA! Will they build it? Of course not! They don't care what everyone wants - they build what the corporate guys think will sell based on demographics. Never mind the enthusiasts who actually care...

OK, assuming I'm wrong, hell freezes over, and they do build it... Count on the minivan engine, cheesy plastic interior, and forget about soft tops and washout capability.

For an extra charge, you'll be able to buy the limited edition! Based on the latest movie promotion, it'll include lots of stickers to enhance the "Jeep Lifestyle"(r)(tm).

Anyone up for a magical Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows "adventure vehicle"?

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MarkH
Posted: 2010/10/14 13:33  Updated: 2010/10/14 13:43
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 Re: Ohio Representative Working to Bring Unannounced Jeep...
More info from local Toledo ABC here.

Excerpt:
UAW Local 12 president Bruce Baumhower says, "We'd love to build it here in Toledo and we think it should be built in Toledo. We're the logical choice." Baumhower says right now the plant churns out about 120,000 Wranglers a year and has room to make 30,000 or 40,000 more vehicles annually.
Currently, 1,400 workers fill up two shifts. The Wrangler pickup truck could push that to three shifts. Baumhower says, "We'd add 600-700 people if they put a third shift."

Looks like the Toledo Plant has the needed capacity! That's key. Well, Manley DID promise a few surprises & special editions for JEEP's 70th Anniversary. Let's hope that promise doesn't begin & end with a few nauseating cheap vinyl sticker editions like the Islander... and a $2000surcharge for a color-matched roof for the $30,000 Sahara...

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myhotwheels22981
Posted: 2010/10/13 19:21  Updated: 2010/10/13 19:21
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 Re: Ohio Representative Working to Bring Unannounced Jeep...
If it came down to an IMPORT Jeep, of course a politician is going to stump for tax incentives to bring/keep production in Toledo....The Egyptian Army Jeep is produced under contract not unlike Mahindra produces Jeeps. Labor in these countries would out-compete American Labor without these Tax Incentives so why-not? With Jeeps Flexible Platform construction, I can't figure out why Jeep is'nt already building all variations of 2DR and 4Dr SWB and LWB Jeeps...Including Pickup Trucks...

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MarkH
Posted: 2010/10/13 8:19  Updated: 2010/10/13 8:22
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 Re: Ohio Representative Working to Bring Unannounced Jeep...
Poilitically speaking, my guess is that she already knows it's been decided! And while Chrysler/JEEP awaits the official announcement, she gets to stump for it & take the credit for "bringing more business" to Toledo. That's how they operate... JEEP doesn't care if she takes some credit for it, because they gain a political ally. Works for everyone... including us!

Money-wise, basing the "new Scrambler" off the JK (or, alternatively, the Dakota) platform is the only way to go. The vast most of components can be shared. The crash & EPA certifications are easier. And they can make profits on selling low volumes, because they can keep the sticker price down.

Hear that, JEEP? BECAUSE THEY CAN KEEP THE STICKER PRICE DOWN!

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Josephus
Posted: 2010/10/13 11:25  Updated: 2010/10/13 11:25
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 Re: Ohio Representative Working to Bring Unannounced Jeep...
I think the local politicians DO know its coming to the US market.
From an executive perspective at Fiat - Jeep is already producing the J8 out of Egypt so why not build the new pickup out of the same facility?
Because this politician is 'outing' them early while the process is still being decided.

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MarkH
Posted: 2010/10/13 12:19  Updated: 2010/10/14 5:24
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 Re: Ohio Representative Working to Bring Unannounced Jeep...
There's also an assembly plant in Israel.

I'd buy a J8, but at a curb weight of ~2,600 kg, I don't see it coming to the U.S. market... Good J8 STATS/INFO here...

It's already available in the aftermarket (AEV). AEV J8 INFO here...

We'll have to wait & see, but I doubt we'll get a real J8. I'm confident we'll get a modern straight-JK based Scrambler with the Pentastar V6, and no diesel in sight... for now... The J8 price would be too high & fuel efficiency would be way too low.

They would not sell enough real J8's... except to some of us...

Now, the next question is... what will they badge the US version as? JK Scrambler? JT8? JK8? J9? JT? Since JEEP hasn't used the alphanumeric designations in the US in awhile, I'm betting on something simple like JEEP JT. Keep it simple.

What I do hope they offer is an inexpensive STRIPPED version with hand-cranked windows and vinyl seats. How 'bout a washable vinyl benchseat? I'll take mine in Hearing Aid Beige, with plain black steel wheels, and thin knobby tires, please.
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