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WranglerNext-Generation Jeep Wrangler Production to Move Out of USA?
Posted by mike on 2003/1/31 0:00:00 (1039) reads

DaimlerChrysler investigating opening new plant in Ontario or Mexico.

The Globe and Mail is reporting that DaimlerChrysler is considering building a new assembly plant in either Canada or Mexico that may be the site for the assembly of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Here's a snippet:

DaimlerChrysler Corp. president Dieter Zetsche wants to build the auto maker's new, flexible assembly plant in Ontario, but raised the possibility yesterday that the company could choose Mexico if a deal can't be reached with suppliers and Canadian governments.

"We would like -- and I personally would like -- to end up with this project in Ontario and I'm optimistic that we can accomplish that," Mr. Zetsche said.

"If we find out we can't, then we'll look for other places and Mexico is certainly a very good environment for a plant as well."

...snip...

The new plant is slated to assemble the Dodge M80 compact pickup truck, a compact sport utility vehicle off the same platform, or basic underbody, possibly the next version of the Jeep Wrangler SUV and perhaps a pickup for Hyundai Motor, another auto maker in the DaimlerChrysler AG family.

Mr. Zetsche said yesterday that there has been no discussion about another DaimlerChrysler auto maker taking an equity stake in the project.

Production volume is expected to be between 200,000 and 250,000 vehicles a year, industry sources said. The target date for the start of production is 2005.

DaimlerChrysler manufactures two vehicles in Canada for every one it sells here, which is one indication that it's a favourable jurisdiction for vehicle assembly, Mr. Zetsche said.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Christopher
here is my comment Well all i have to say is that if they move it to Canada or Mexico i will never buy a new Jeep. Thats typical put more Americans out of a job and give the other countries our jobs!!!!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeepness
Well I can't say blame this on the Germans they made the "Thing" Anywhoo It seems DC is set on having production out side of the U.S. and well I vote for Canada. Mexican made cars are total ripoffs and the cheapest route. So try to be glad that they are considering Canada more than Mexico.
However If anyone can get a hold of address' for the heads of the company the best we can do is flood them with letters >=)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: joltt
I'm ready to join the fight to keep JEEP production in AMERICA!!! where it belongs!!! Whats our next move?

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

Well, it's been a long time since I have written on this site since the intro of the Liberty. YJ's have in the past been made in Canada as well as some XJ's-I know I owned one. I have been to the past XJ plant in Toledo and have seen nothing but a well built vehicle. For what the guys had to work with and the age of the old cherokee plant it was amazing to see the quality of my cherokee that ordered in 2001 of May-one of the last Jeep XJ's built. Let us clarify one thing for all that don't know the Grand Cherokee is a Detroit Jeep originally designed by AMC built at the Jefferson North Park Plant. I have seen the workers at the Toledo Plant and there is a difference in build quality of the vehicles that come out of Toledo vs Detroit. Jeep in Toledo for one has been building Jeeps since WW2 with generations of the same families building them-so they know and care how to build them! Jefferson North Park Grand Cherokees have been built since 93, a little over 10 years. So quality has to be better with the Toledo stuff-especially the with the new Liberty Plant and the old knowledge. So, it would seem better to keep the Wrangler and new Wranglers in Toledo, however, if the new Wrangler has a frame, like it does now, then it means using the old plant like now. So, it means building a new plant somewhere else. Afterall the way DC looks at it they have already satisfied the city of Toledo with a brand new Liberty Plant which they aren't going to just leave and drop production. Now, another case is if they make a uni-frame Wrangler that they might utilize the Liberty plant. I guess what I am getting at is there is a difference in building cars vs trucks-today. Uni-body Liberty's and Grand Cherokees are 'cradled' through with the engine going in from the belly up. Wranglers have a chassis with running gear and the body is dropped on-totally different process.

I hate to say this but the whole thing is political and is an economic move. My opinion keep the Jeep in Toledo as they know what they are doing and have for years. There was nothing wrong with the canadian Jeep that I had. However, Canada didn't invent mass production, didn't have much to do with auto's in general and the US did and that is how it should be and stay over here. If we want to be and stay competitive we need to keep Jeep here in the states period.

Joe

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jack
I've ordered/purchased two brand new Sahara's within the past few years - a 2000, and a 2003 to replace it. I plan to keep up this cycle every two to four years, and I'm not a DC employee, friend, or family. If they move production out of country, I'll have bought my last Jeep!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: JASON
DC HAS JUST STEPPED OVER THE LINE! WE AS A FAMILY, AS AN AMERICAM MADE JEEP FAMILY NEED TO MAKE A STAND! CHRYSLER SOLD ITS SOUL TO THE GERMANS AND NOW THEIR STOPPING THE HEART BEAT OF ONE OF THE LAST TRULY AMERICAN MADE CARS. AND WHEN I SAY AMERICAN MADE I DONT JUST MEAN ASSEMBLED IN THE STATES BUT MADE HERE! IN THE LAST 8 YEARS I HAVE BOUGHT 2 NEW GRAND CHEROKEES AND 3 NEW WRANGLERS! IF DC MOVES THE WRANGLER PRODUCTION OUT OF THE STATES I HAVE BOUGHT MY LAST JEEP. DC MAY THINK MY FEW MAY NOT MAKE A DIFFERANCE BUT THE WORD WILL SPREAD! THE ONLY THING THAT HAS COME OUT OF MEXICO IS PURE SHIT! I ASK EVERY ONE WHO READS THIS TO RALLY TOGETHER FOR THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT DC! IF YOU DECIDE TO SET BACK A WATCH THEN YOU HAVE THE BLOOD OF AN AMERICAN ICON ON YOUR HANDS! THE JEEP AS WE KNOW IT WILL BE GONE FOREVER! YOUR BROTHER IN JEEP

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: To hell with hondas
hey tom, the reason that the chrysler guys cant do anything is because they are dc's bitches. whatever dc says, they will do. i agree with you that jeep and harley are the last of a dieing breed of true american icons. i mean, if honda of all companies found a place to assemble thier disgraces to the auto industry, then jeep can find a better one! the reason that some american cars are so crappy now is becuase most of them are built in detroit. have you been to detroit lately? these cars are built buy crackheads! literaly! i dont want to get anyone offended, but a big majority of these assemblers shouldnt be assembling chairs, much less cars. i say find a nice spot where people are known to be hard working, and need a job. while dc might argue that this will probobly cost more, being designed and built in america, by americans, is what gives jeep its soul. if you take that away, it is nothing more than another brick in the wall.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Huck
I hate to see such an American icon being assembled across the border, but my guess is I won't care for the next generation of wrangler anyway ane will probable continue driving my current TJ until they bury me in it.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ark
here is my commentGUTEN TAG ZU ALLE...I MEAN GOOD DAY TO ALL. IF YOU WEAK WILLED LAZY AMERIKANS HAD BEEN BUYING AMERIKAN KARS ALL DIS TIME INSTEAD OV MERCEDES HONDAS TOYAUTOS UND DAT KIND OV KARS MAYBE YOU VOULD BE DE ONES DECIDING WHERE YOUR SO CALLED ICON VAS TO BE BUILT. BY THE TIME YOU READ DIS IT IS TOO LATE!YOU ARE FOOLS UND YOU ARE BEING LED BY FOOLS. YOU VON THE SHOOTING WAR BUT LOST THE ECONOMIC WAR. IF YOU DONT THINK YOU LOST IT JUST LOOK UNTER THE HOOD OV ANY NEW KAR DAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AMERIKAN.TRY TO FIND HEAVY INDUSTRY IN DIS KOUNTRY. NO MORE IT IS BEING REGULATED OUT OV EXISTENCE.SO SHUT UP UND STOP VASTING OUR TIME. GRAB YOUR GERMAN BIER GO SIT IN FRONT OV YOUR JAPANESE TV ON YOUR CHINESE IMITATION WOOD FURNITURE AND WATCH A NICE SHOW FROM CANADA OR NEW ZEALAND.DONT VORRY ABOUT A TING.YOUR LEADERS HAVE TURNED YOUR KOUNTRY INTO A SERVANT SOCIETY, VOULD YOU LIKE FRIES MIT DAT? YOU THOUGHT YOU VON HA HA HA HA HA !

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill
The biggest problem with American production is that Americans don't want to pay other Americans. As it is many of the parts on all Jeeps are made by non-American companies.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Utah
Well, there is this little things that most Americans probably have not heard of called the "Auto-Pact" between Canada and the USA with respect to the manufacturing of Automobiles and Trucks. And, there are already many huge plants building vehicles in and around the Toronto/Oshawa region in Ontario.

Canadians purchase many vehicles from US manufacturers, that are made in the USA. However, Americans have been purchasing many vehicles from US manufacturers for many years that were made in Ontario. Included in this, is the Jeep brand....at least in the past, when some YJ's were manufactured, I am sure in Ontario.

So...nothing new. I think we would all like to keep the brand out of Mexico, however...as job security is just as important to Canucks, as it is to our American neighbours.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MalcomXJ
I'm not a nationalistic drumbeater by nature, but this is bullshit. This brand's strength is capability and being an icon of American know-how. The capability looks like it's to take a backseat, and being assembled elsewhere debases the very idea of it's icon status. I can't believe DCX would be this stupid, and have to believe this release is an attempt to gain a bargaining position with their American labor force and jurisdictions. My interest in the new offerings in this brand is diminishing with every press release they dump on us. Keep it in Toledo, Daimler!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jay Fiedler
My SC Frontier Crew Cab was made in Tennessee!!! lol

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Tom
As I recall back in about 88 when Chrysler said they would leave Jeep mainly alone (or something to that effect). Where are the American Chrysler bosses at? Break up this Bogus marriage, the Germans shouldn't have any say in this one. Hell if that's the case, the Chrysler bosses need to move the Daimler Ops to Japan! Take that Germany!
Harley Davidson and Jeep, the Last two American Icons, we need to fight this one.
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