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MiscellaneousChrysler Lacks Resources to Develop Jeep Pickup?
Posted by mike on 2011/7/5 6:29:14 (1291) reads

Auto123 is reporting that Chrysler currently doesn't have the resources to develop a Jeep-based pickup at the current time. I disagree with the article - I don't think it is an issue with money, but rather with talent:

Unfortunately, the automaker's priorities have changed and the project once again finds itself on the back burner, according to Jeep president and CEO, Mike Manley.

“Our resources are fully dedicated to small vehicles, [developing new transmissions] and working with Fiat. There are none left to work on the Jeep pickup”, he explained.

All hope isn't lost, however. Manley did also go on to say that Chrysler has put considerable thought into the potential for the pickup, including sales in world markets.

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whfrat
Posted: 2011/7/21 5:55  Updated: 2011/7/21 5:55
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 Why no Jeep Pickup?
Hmmm , when did Chrysler buy Jeep from AMC? First thing cut was the .....J10 and J20

Why? the Dodge Boys. To this day the number one threat to the Jeep pickup is the paranoia over at Dodge. They'll loose market share to Jeep cause Jeep has a cooler/better pickup.

C'mon Fiat! build it!!

There is only ONE Jeep pickup, SJ Senior Series

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myhotwheels22981
Posted: 2011/7/15 3:10  Updated: 2011/7/15 3:10
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 Re: Chrysler Lacks Resources to Develop Jeep Pickup?
Why is it that Chrysler lacks the resources to develop a Jeep Pickup, but a small company like Burnsville offroad does not?

2 slabs of armor plate and a drop tailgate? C'mon..They already make a half-cab and bulkhead..

H#!! with it, build your own and quit cryin' 'bout it.

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Posted: 2011/7/8 13:32  Updated: 2011/7/8 13:32
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 Re: Chrysler Lacks Resources to Develop Jeep Pickup?
This news about a Jeep pickup is both sad and ironic, especially based on the latest sales data that shows Jeep sales are up 74%. The Jeep brand is producing huge amounts of money, the Chrysler brand sure isn't. What is there to develop a pickup truck? Jeep already produces a pickup truck for the Egyptian military and there are aftermarket people that will sell you a conversion kit; why not hire an aftermarket firm to officially produce a Jeep pickup? After all, an outsider supplier actually runs and manages the Wrangler plant right now; this is a very shortsighted decision because every additional Jeep unit more than covers Toledo overhead and produces big profit margins for the company.

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01TJ
Posted: 2011/7/7 14:49  Updated: 2011/7/7 14:49
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 Re: Chrysler Lacks Resources to Develop Jeep Pickup?
The fact that Chrysler is putting all their resources into small / fuel efficient vehicles tells me that they are not going to be putting out capable off road vehicles. Light weight components and fuel efficiency goes against high torque engines and heavy duty chassis and drive-trane components needed for off roading. We will all be driving Fiat's with Jeep badges soon... well... I won't because I have bought my last new Jeep.

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Posted: 2011/7/9 0:31  Updated: 2011/7/9 0:31
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People said the same when the XJ came out. And Wranglers too (no V8). I'm saying it is possible for them to develop a small, light and capable vehicle. Remember,the Willys MB/Ford GPW (WWII Flatfender Jeep) only had 60HP and 105 Foot Pounds of torque, and it's capability was/is legendary. It weighed 2295pounds too, and had an 80 inch wheelbase. Modern vehicles could easily top this.

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Posted: 2011/7/7 13:21  Updated: 2011/7/7 13:22
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While I'm saddened to hear of the loss of the pickup, perhaps the silver lining here is that the next wave of small Jeeps will truly be both fuel efficient and capable vehicles-both on and off road, as they are putting a lot of effort into designing them and hopefully getting it right. That may be wishful thinking, but for now I've got my fingers crossed. Like Mike says, it looks like they could have hired a few new engineers to work on the pickup, as that would have been a real hit. The only competition in that (4WD small pickup) area is Toyota and they are far from perfect.
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