Chrysler will revamp Toledo, Ohio factory to prepare for new Jeep SUVs

Article by Anita Panait, on August 10, 2012

Chrysler Group LLC will temporarily stop operations at one of its Ohio factories this month to prepare for the next generation of Jeep sports utility vehicles. Toledo North plant manager Zach Leroux said that Chrysler will terminate the assembly of its Jeep Liberty SUV on Aug. 16, 2012. Chrysler will then refurbish the plant to build a new SUV on a joint platform developed by Chrysler and Fiat.

In November 2012, Chrysler announced it will spend $1.7 billion, add a second shift, and employ more than 1,100 people in its Toledo plant to build the new SUV. The Toledo factory has been operating on a single-shift schedule for three years, according to Leroux. The Jeep SUV will be built on a broader platform based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a car built by Fiat.

The same platform will also underpin Chrysler's new car and sedan lineup. This joint platform is a vital part of the plans of Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne's combine Fiat and Chrysler operations to reduce costs and expand the companies' reach around the world.

Jeep Wrangler offers outstanding off-road capability with a legendary 4-wheel drive. The Wrangler, which is produced with over 70 years of 4x4 engineering experience, continues to carry a body-on-frame design, live axles, electronic lockers, and front and rear 5-link suspension system. Additionally, it now offers a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

Jeep’s engineers have skillfully and meticulously optimized the Wrangler’s ride and sound characteristics along with its new powertrain. Moreover, new transmission and motor adaptations as well as enhanced suspension calibrations contribute to the vehicle’s improvements, which are instantly evident on- and off-road.

Additionally, the Wrangler’s interior sound quality is made much better through noise damping in its firewall, refinements in its powertrain mounting system, and the inclusion of Wrangler’s first engine cover. All these isolate the cabin from the noises that come from the road and the engine. Meanwhile, outside, engine noise is hardly perceptible when idle.

Moreover, with the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine, all of its accessories are directly mounted to the engine without accessory brackets, thus helping ensure that these accessories – including the alternator, the air conditioning compressor, and the power steering pump – are firmly anchored and less susceptible to noise and vibration.

Topics: chrysler, jeep, suv

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