Posted by nashman on 2012/7/3 9:46:02 (16385) reads
The Toledo Blade is reporting that the current generation Jeep Liberty assembly shut down will be August 16. I think we are going to see the boxy Liberty transform itself into a much more car like vehicle...think about Hondo's redo of the CR-V and Ford's redo of the Escape and I think you see the trend for what compact SUVs are going to look like. I think it's a mistake but then I'm still a big fan of the original classic Cherokee look.
Jeep will stop building the Liberty sport utility vehicle on Aug. 16, a move that will eliminate some jobs at local suppliers that did not get contracts for the incoming model. However, other suppliers stand to add workers when Jeep begins producing the next-generation replacement in 2013.
Posted by mike on 2011/6/8 5:17:28 (1480) reads
No one has ever bought a Liberty for the gas milage, right?
Consumer Reports recently announced their best and worst new cars for fuel economy - naming the Jeep Liberty as "Worst in Class" for the "small SUV" category. The Liberty was tied with the Dodge Nitro SLT at 16mpg. The Ford Escape Hybrid took top honors in the category with 26mpg.
From the press release:
The full list of vehicles is available in the magazine's July issue on sale June 7th.
"Hybrid and diesel vehicles provide better fuel economy than conventional cars, but they usually cost more to buy, and as gas prices rise, the pay-back time gets shorter," said David Champion, Senior Director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. "All-wheel drive usually reduces gas mileage by about 2 mpg while a manual transmission can improve fuel economy by 1 to 2 mpg."
Posted by nashman on 2011/1/12 13:50:00 (1573) reads
Nice article from Automotive News about Muaro Pino, the guy in charge in Chrysler's assembly where the Liberty is assembled and his drive (pun intended) to improve quality.
The World Class Manufacturing system is Fiat's adaptation of the Toyota Production System. WCM, as it's called, is designed to root out waste, cut costs, reduce accidents and increase efficiency. Fiat is putting it in place in all Chrysler plants.
As manager of the two Toledo plants, Pino's mission is to improve the quality of the Dodge Nitro and the Jeep Liberty and Wrangler. In Consumer Reports' 2010 ratings, the Nitro and Liberty siblings finished next to last and last in the small-SUV segment. The Wrangler Unlimited was dead last in the mid-sized, two-row-SUV segment. All three vehicles were marked down for fit and finish and reliability.
Pino has much to do, and he must do it fast. "We are in the middle of a tempest," he says, describing the pace of change.
Built like a tight end, Pino is an imposing 6 feet 4, with broad shoulders, dark eyes and a bald head. His sonorous baritone carries over the din of the busy factory floor. He has the stage presence of an actor and frequently refers to himself in the third person.
Posted by nashman on 2010/5/1 13:18:00 (2464) reads
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Jeep Liberty might soon be replaced by a Alfa Romeo crossover vehicle:
A Chrysler plant will produce a crossover for Alfa Romeo, possibly on the same Fiat-based platform as the replacement for the current Jeep Liberty SUV.
Much of the article sounds like speculation...
Posted by mike on 2009/7/11 21:54:00 (1688) reads
Workers at the Chrysler Assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio thought they were going back to work this week to restart assembly of the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro. Unfortunately, they were notified that the plant wouldn't open back up until July 27.
Chrysler had intended to recall laid-off workers at the plant for three days of “prep work” before resuming production, Chrysler spokesman Max Gates said. Workers at that factory have been idled since Chrysler sought bankruptcy protection on April 30.
When workers return, Mr. Gates, said they will continue making 2009 model year vehicles “for a short time” before switching over to 2010 models.
Thanks to The Toledo Blade for the heads-up.
Posted by mike on 2009/6/30 9:07:52 (2344) reads
A recent survey by AutoPacific found that Jeep Liberty owners are perfectly happy with their vehicles:
Two Chrysler Group LLC vehicles are on AutoPacific's 2009 Ideal Vehicle list. According to the survey released today, owners of the Jeep(R) Liberty and Dodge Challenger say they are driving a vehicle that meets, or even exceeds, their expectations, meaning those vehicles are perfect just the way they are.
"We are very pleased that the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Challenger have won high praise from their owners. In fact, this is the second year in a row the Jeep Liberty has earned this honor," said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President - Quality, Chrysler Group LLC. "
This study is confirmation that we understand the needs of our customers, and are designing and building vehicles that they are proud to own. Because of their positive experience, these consumers become promoters for our brands and in this difficult market, their endorsement is priceless."
According to the survey criteria, an Ideal Vehicle is one that meets owners' expectations for the product when they acquired it. AutoPacific asked owners to indicate their desire to change their vehicle in 15 different categories ranging from power and acceleration to safety features and storage after having owned and driven their vehicle for 90 days. The buyers who are happy with their vehicle just the way it is, the ones least likely to desire change, are driving their "ideal" vehicle.
The Jeep Liberty earned top honors in the Mid-Size Sport-Utility Vehicle category for the second year in a row. It was also recognized as the top rated vehicle in AutoPacific's 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research last month. The Jeep Liberty has remained a leader in the mid-size SUV market since its introduction in 2002. All-new from the ground up for the 2008 model year, the Jeep Liberty continues to offer legendary Trail Rated(R) Jeep 4x4 capability combined with a new level of on-road refinement and innovative features.
Do you drive a Liberty? Is it your ideal vehicle? If not, what changes would need to be made to make it "ideal"?
Posted by mike on 2009/5/25 10:25:46 (1501) reads
From Chrysler's press office comes the latest installment of "Under the Pentastar". In this week's edition, "a new Chairman, dealer right-sizing, new fuel standards and more awards."
Posted by mike on 2009/5/19 10:12:57 (1907) reads
From a Chrysler press release
Owners of the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram and the Jeep® Liberty have spoken. Owners gave top ratings to both vehicles in AutoPacific’s 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research. The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram won the Large Pickup Truck category, beating the new 2009 Ford F-150, while the Jeep Liberty placed at the top of the Mid-Size Sport-Utility Vehicle (SUV) category.
“The opinions of our owners are what really matter, so this is a great win for our all-new Dodge Ram and Jeep Liberty,” said Doug Betts, Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Chrysler LLC. “This award confirms that we are making significant changes and improvements in vehicle quality that are being recognized by our customers.”
AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) is an industry benchmark for objectively measuring how satisfied an owner is with his/her new car or light truck, and reflects the opinions of consumers nationwide. Owner satisfaction is measured across specific areas related to a vehicle's operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. Now in its 13th year, the VSA surveys more than 25,000 consumers. The 2009 ratings reflect input from buyers and lessees of new vehicles acquired from September through December 2008.
Since its introduction in 2002, the popular mid-size SUV Jeep Liberty gives off-road enthusiasts and owners their own sense of personal freedom and capability that can only come from the Jeep brand. The Jeep Liberty offers legendary Trail Rated® Jeep 4x4 capability combined with a new level of on-road refinement and innovative features.
Posted by mike on 2009/2/26 20:22:26 (2194) reads
Larry Printz of the Grand Forks Herald really like the 2009 Liberty - it's one of the most gushing reviews we've seen to date. The worst thing Mr. Printz could find to say was that the "stiffer bolstering on the Liberty's cloth seats would be appreciated" - oooooo, burn!
The squared shoulders mirror the vehicle's handling. This is a real truck, not a suburban poseur in big boys' clothes more fit for traversing the Farm Fresh parking lot than some wooded knoll. It's a trail-rated Jeep, and for Jeep lovers, that's good news.
The Liberty feels like the Jeep that it should be. Yes, you hear the engine when it's pressed for power. Yes, the body will lean going around corners. Yes, there's nosedive while braking. And, of course, there's some body movement over bumps.
But that's on the road. Take the Liberty off road, and you'll understand the suspension calibration. Its joyful play-in-the-dirt persona is intrinsic.
Balancing off-road agility and on-road comfort is handled without the bells and whistles of other SUVs. It works perfectly well, thank you.
Check out the entire review.
Posted by l1ghtfoot on 2009/2/17 8:05:44 (2254) reads
Autoblog has a story on a Liberty-based truck one-off from Beijing Auto Works.
It seems that at some point, they considered building the pickup, but then cooler heads prevailed. They recently gave their concept to the China Military Museum.
Check out the link above for a picture...