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Posted by mike on 2001/3/10 0:00:00 (2296) reads

Various notes from around the Jeep world...

Jeep Liberty at New York Auto Show

Land Rover will unveil its new off-roader, the Freelander, to the North American market, and Jeep will show its new Liberty at the Show.

The 2001 New York International Auto Show opens for a special public Sneak Preview on Friday, April 13 from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. Following the preview, the Show continues from Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, April 22. Prior to the public opening, the Show welcomes media and industry during its annual Press Preview, April 11 and 12.

Jeep Factory Annual Bonus Check Much Lower

From The Toledo Blade:

Profit-sharing checks for Toledo Jeep and other DaimlerChrysler AG hourly workers are expected to average $375 this year, down from $8,100 last year, a disappointment to many local workers.

"Sometimes it comes to an end, I guess," said Jim Eck, a Toledoan who has been employed at Toledo Jeep for 17 years. Outside of the plant, he said he had expected this yearís check to be at least a quarter of last yearís. He plans to invest less in his retirement accounts than he would have if the bonus were larger.

Marc Cespuglio, a 22-year Toledo Jeep employee, said he usually takes a vacation and renovates part of his Swanton Township home with his bonus check.

"Iíll be staying home this year. No vacation," he said.

Doug Fisher, a 25-year Toledo Jeep factory worker, said the lower checks, at the same time that the companyís unionized workers in Germany are getting higher checks, "puts a bad taste in our mouth."

Jeep worker Kimberley Toensing said the profit-sharing amount seems disheartening when she thinks about some of the deals top executives have negotiated. The single mother from Toledo, who has been employed at Jeep for almost eight years, said she usually puts her check in a savings account as an emergency fund. She is thankful for a company-paid program that pays her tuition to study horticulture at Owens Community College.

"I guess if people keep jobs, then itís not so hard to take," she said.

Richard Gartee, an 18-year Jeep employee, said local plant workers have been lucky to have their profit-sharing. GM workers last year received about $1,775, or only about 20 percent of what Daimlerís U.S. workers received. Workers shouldnít complain if they havenít prepared, he said.

Liberty At Center of Profit Plan

From The Toledo Blade:

DaimlerChrysler AGís ailing U.S. unit will become marginally profitable in 2002 under a three-year turnaround plan that will cost up to $3.9 billion, or three times as much as the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands lost in last yearís fourth quarter, the German automaker announced yesterday.

The expected success of the Toledo-built Jeep Liberty, the first saleable versions of which will be made this spring, are among the keys to the Chrysler unit having an operating profit of $2 billion in 2003. The SUV is to be at dealerships by this summer.

Also, DaimlerChrysler expects to share car underbodies and major parts with partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp., said Chrysler unit chief Dieter Zetsche, who remained vague about the possibility of a similar arrangement with Jeeps and other light trucks.

By cutting 26,000 jobs, closing six factories, scaling back production of the Toledo-made Jeep Wrangler and other vehicles, giving dealers bonuses based on sales, and slashing supplier costs by 15 percent - all of which were previously announced - the Chrysler unit will make an $8.1 billion improvement in 2003ís operating profits, Mr. Zetsche said yesterday in Germany at a news conference broadcast to the firmís U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills.

"We are confident that we will deliver what we promise today," the Chrysler unit president and chief executive said. "We think that we are blessed with a very strong product portfolio and promising new launches within that time frame."


The Chrysler unit repeatedly has touted its hopes for the Liberty and its new $750 million Chrysler Drive factory, which incorporates some Mercedes-Benz technology and could house expanded production or a second vehicle. Still, even with the Liberty, the 5,000-employee Toledo Jeep Assembly Plant could have layoffs after Cherokee production ceases and Wrangler output is reduced.

And the Liberty, some analysts say, will go up against some tough competition in the United States from the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Xterra, upcoming Saturn Vue, and other compact SUVs. Higher gas prices and other concerns mean Europe wonít be fertile ground for the Liberty, which will cost about $2,500 more to build than a Cherokee, said Jim Collins, an auto analyst with UBS Warburg in London.

JFK Jr's Jeep

Want to own a piece of history? How about JFK Jr's Jeep Wrangler? Here's the link to it on eBay...


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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Griff
Amen to that last comment

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: DILLINGER
Griff, I agree 100% with what you said...but as Tuff Hedeman says:
"I'll do the best I can to win what I can. As long as I give it my best shot, I can live with that. If I do that, then win, lose or draw, I'll be fine. The one thing I can't tolerate is giving up at six seconds."

So I'm hanging in there. I've tried as hard as I can to unite Jeepers (and anyone who is worried about the changes coming down the road) in a petition against these plans by Daimler (Chrysler is silent).
Please review it at :

And sign if you feel you can support the statements there. I've also reached out to groups of other supporters who share the same concerns for Chrysler/Mopar.
Find resources and moral support at as well as
More than anything, share these links with the whole internet! Please distribute these links. Education on the matters at hand is the key to winning.There is strength in numbers. Not everyone thinks Daimlers plan is as radical as it will be...We have to distribute the knowledge that will prompt action.

There is enough support for the resistance, but they have to know that folks just like them exist, and where to find us!

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Pentastar Forever
I have always been a fan of Mopars, as far back as I can remember my favorite
cars have been Mopars. Being 47, almost 48 years old that includes every era
from the muscle cars, the mid 70's smog dogs, the turbo/Shelby 80's, the cab
forward 90's and todays post merger (post takeover) products. I currently own
three Chrysler products, an '89 Lebaron Turbo GTC, '99 Cherokee Sport and a
1986 Daytona Turbo Z (less than 5000 miles) that looks better than the day I
purchased it. However since the DC take over I have no idea where to go next.
I really got into the underdog Iacocca era when he and the much maligned K car
saved Chrysler butt. I especially liked the fact that Iacocca saved the Jeep from Renault in the mid 80's. I loved the turbo tuner cars that he and Carroll Shelby
turned out in that era, that the kids today are trying to copy with their Honda's
and Toyoto's. I guess the fact I am trying to make is that when Chrysler was
in trouble that time I really wanted them to survive, I believed in the men,
their vision and the products. This time I still think they have the best product
line in the bussiness ( for now ) but, I can not stand the men or their vision. I
know this is predominately a Jeep page but, with DC in charge we are in danger
of losing more than just live axle Jeeps. With every passing day we lose a little
more of Chrysler itself. Even if they do survive this time it just won't be the same, but what really bothers me is that a part of me just does not care.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Griff
Hmmm... What a suprise DC is dishing out lower checks to us Yanks as compared with the checks given to our DC buds on the other side of the pond. Should you be suprised if you are a worker at USA DC plants? Not if you are smart. DC is controlled by former Damiler Mercedes people, of course they would favor those who they had always worked with. Not only are they getting bigger bonuses they get to not drop any of their vehicles and keep coming up with new top dollar vehicles that are comming out this year or within the next five. I truely feel sorry for Toledo and for all of the US DC plant workers, they are getting screwed by the great German beast that is now DC bigwigs.

I find it amusing that DC is relying so much on the Jeep brand, namely the Liberty, to pull it out of its billion dollar slump. How ironic they are relying on a brand that they seem intent change so radically as to alienate all previous ownership. Well I guess I am the only person that post in here anymore that won't be buying a KJ but somehow I think after the intial rush this thing is going to simmer down conciderably. It is way to trendy of a truck to keep the same sales numbers all the way through its career. You will have the people that just can't wait to get into one buy it, then you'll have all of those who here from these people that they need to buy it and then the sales slump off. This also isn't a return buyer kinda vehicle, its a step between your old beater from college and big money family hauler suburbans and excursions. But what do I know I seem to be set against the KJ as most would know from previous post of mine. Oh well, I'm sure I'll take some flack for it but have at it, nothing will change my opionion of this vehicle.


P.S. Hey KJ lovers take a look at how low the front differentials are when you get you first glimpse at it, a lot lower than the XJ's from what i saw. I don't know how they got that accross the rubicon.
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