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Posted by mike on 2001/1/22 0:00:00 (1123) reads

One of our readers emailed us about DaimlerChrysler's reversal of a decision to shut down the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio - it seems that there is a higher demand for the Wrangler and Cherokee than predicted. Yahoo! Finance ran a story about the decision - here's a snippet:

The struggling Chrysler unit of German automaker DaimlerChrysler AG has canceled plans for week-long shutdowns at two plants, saying demand was running higher than expected.

Chrysler spokesman Trevor Hale said Thursday the company's Toledo, Ohio, plant which builds the Jeep Cherokee will operate the weeks of Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. Chrysler will also run its Windsor, Ontario, plant the week of Jan. 29.

Both plants had been scheduled to be down those weeks as part of Chrysler's plan to cut its first-quarter production by 26 percent over last year's output. Hale said the changes would increase production above the forecast by an unspecified amount.

``At the beginning of the year we took a very conservative and responsible approach,'' Hale said. ``However, our plans are flexible enough to react to demand.''


But Chrysler, which has said it will lose about $1.25 billion in the fourth quarter, has been hit hardest. DaimlerChrysler Chairman Juergen Schrempp has had to defend the merger of Chrysler Corp. and Daimler-Benz AG, denying reports of shareholder pressure to break up the company.

Its largest shareholder, Deutsche Bank AG , renewed its support for Schrempp and his strategies Thursday. Chrysler's new managers are scheduled to unveil a revival plan for the automaker Feb. 26.

Chrysler recently said it would stop building the Cherokee sport utility vehicle later this year, in favor of its new Jeep Liberty small SUV. New versions of the company's minivans, a staple of its sales and profits, have not lived up to expectations since going on sale last year.

Hmmmm... did the announcement of the Liberty coupled with the announcement of the end of the Cherokee force some on-the-fence purchasers to get the Cherokee before it is too late???

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Griff
I am quite jelous of UK Jeep customers. They got the 60th anniversary XJ and it was a very nice rig. They should have had something like that here. I wanted that overhead console and heated seats in my 2001 XJ Sport but no can do unless i try to man handle it in there myself. As for the whole brand. Well I think we should be concerned. If Damiler already rumors that they want to get rid of Chrysler it must be bad. Lets hope they don't resort to anymore drastic measures to try to get themselves out of the red ink like ship the Wrangler to go ole Mexico. It may be cheaper but that is an an American Icon and there are alot of workers that are proud that they work on the Toledo line that builds them. It would be a crying shame if they shipped it down to Mexico just for the money. But I guess thats all that really matters any more. Long live the XJ!!

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: fred
upgrades on cherokees are on sale in the UK and potential buyers are being told that the model will cease in September.This is a pity.Jeep should have considered gradual rather than radical change to their icon(witness Discovery mk 2 and endless Mercedes saloon cars).However it is not too late-there is room for both-keep making the car.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Tim
here is my comment

I'm not to impressed with the while they still had 3.9% int.I purchased a 2001 cherokee
with the upcountry sus. The looks are classic,boxy but beautiful.I also have a 1997 wrangler sport and a '48 cj2a so I could not break tradition. theres only I agree there
will be alot of people falling off that offers us all the chance to go and explore.

drive safe

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Lance
Having owned 2 Cherokees and a Grand I was bitterly disappointed with the pictures of the new Liberty, it looks dreadful and I'm sure that sales will reflect that. Jeep should keep the Cherokee it is a superb vehicle and it still looks good. What has gone wrong at Jeep? I'm sure the upturn in Cherokee sales is from people who hold similar views.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Griff
Well Mike in response to your comment about on the fence buyers buying a Cherokee you got one right here. 2001 2 Door Sport I6 with Select-Trac 4 wheel drive. I like it, its my weekend driver now. But I'd hope something like this would get good ole Juegen,Jogen, or how ever you say the name of the CEO of DC to keep building the XJ but not to fear my KJ loving simpletons when i say that I mean building the XJ and the KJ so now everyones happy. But i don't think I'll be so luck to have that happen. Long live the XJ!!!
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