Idled workers at Chrysler Toledo plant to return Monday

Article by Anita Panait, on September 27, 2013

The second shift of 500 workers at Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Complex building its new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will return to work on September 30, 2013, after a week of being idled. Chrysler idled the workers on September 23, after determining that a sizeable number of Cherokees already built have yet to be released to dealers.

The workers’ return comes as Chrysler’s engineers are speeding software fixes to smooth out the interaction between the Cherokee’s engines, transmission and disconnecting drivetrain. It remains unclear when the carmaker will start shipping out the already built Cherokees to dealers.

Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement that as they refine the sport utility vehicle's powertrain software, they are implementing a plan that will enable them to make the required updates “more quickly than anticipated.”

Chrysler has yet to ship at least 12,000 assembled Cherokees to dealers -- worth at least $300 million retail -- to fix their software.

A source told Automotive News that software is responsible for regulating the interaction between the nine-speed transmission and the SUV’s disconnecting driveshaft and differential.

Chrysler confirmed the issue in a statement, noting that “this is the world's first application of a highly technical nine-speed transmission” that is paired to two new engines and three complex 4x4 systems.

Chrysler remarked that they will only start selling the 2014 Jeep Cherokee when they are “completely satisfied." The carmaker is also test driving each Cherokee before releasing it for delivery to ensure that the powertrain is working right.

The brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV reveals a fresh exterior created for the future with a worldwide appeal. Jeep engineers were motivated to make a vehicle that moves Jeep into the next generation with a shape that is proficient without compromising Jeep DNA and design legacy. The brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a vehicle that looks effective and skilled, as well as optimal and fit - in all on-road, trail and climate conditions.

Fluid, smooth exterior lines accentuate the effective, wind-splitting upper body of the new Cherokee. The tough, defensive lower body emanates the trademark capability that is normal for each Jeep.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a potent position, an audacious wheel-to-body ratio and a domineering road presence. The daring approach and departure angles add to the best-in-class performance. The first key component in the front of the brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the waterfall hood with the trademark peaked, seven-slotted grille which incorporates a fresh, horizontal snap - an element in numerous iconic Jeep vehicles. The hood is plainly characterized and isolated from the front fenders in a modern twist of Jeep legacy. The one-piece hood and grille assembly guarantees an accurate make.

State-of-the-art LED lighting innovation is utilized all through the brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Forward lighting highlights an exclusive daytime running lamp (DRL) shape that assumes a dominant part in the new front-end proportion, giving the feeling of a thin headlamp. Contemporary full LED tail lamps are a vital piece of the rear backlight graphic, making the car look robust yet well-balanced. This visual is the link between the upper and lower rear and emanates a remarkable presence particular to this brand-new Cherokee.

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