Second shift workers at Chrysler Toledo plant return to work but no Cherokees yet

Article by Anita Panait, on October 1, 2013

The 500 second shift workers at Chrysler’s Toledo assembly went back to work Monday to build the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Chrysler placed the workers on a temporary layoff on September 23, 2013 after it determined that it had built around 12,000 Cherokees that have yet to be sent to dealers pending repairs.

Chrysler has blamed some issues related to the powertrain software for the Cherokee that manages the SUVs powertrain and how it interacts with innovative disconnecting drivetrain.

In a statement, Chrysler has said that they will only introduce a vehicle to consumers when it is “completely satisfied." Chrysler also experienced delays in starting the production of the Cherokee, which had its start of production moved to June 24 from the initial date of May 23.

At the end of June, Jeep brand head Mike Manley remarked that he expected Cherokees to be rolled out to dealers as early as mid-August, adding that the SUVS would begin affecting Chrysler’s sales results significantly in the third quarter, which ends on Sept. 30.

Earlier in September, Manley said that "a true commercial launch" of Cherokee marketing would start by early October. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee features two engines, a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder and a 3.2-liter V-6, a nine-speed automatic transmission and a disconnecting driveshaft and differential.

All these components are new to Chrysler and have not been combined before on one vehicle – thus the difficulty on the carmaker’s part to things seamless as planned. An operating software has to be developed to manage complex operations like shifting patterns, and the timing of automatic disconnection or reconnection of the rear driveshaft for added traction.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV premieres a fresh exterior built for the future with an international appeal. Its designers were challenged to build a car that propels Jeep into the future with an efficient structure that retains the Jeep’s DNA and trademark design. The brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is an SUV-type that is highly-efficient and versatile – able to perform in all kinds of terrain and weather conditions.

Its fluid, sleek exterior lines accentuate the methodical, wind-splitting upper body of the Cherokee. The robust, protective lower body exudes the world-renowned performance that is the trademark of every Jeep.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has an oozing poise, an assertive wheel-to-body size that makes it the king of the road. The audacious approach and departure angles provide the best-in-class capability. Its first key feature in the front of the brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is the waterfall hood with the trademark peaked, seven-slotted grille that incorporates a firm, horizontal snap – a feature found in many classic Jeep vehicles. The hood is well-defined and detached from the front fenders in a trendy twist of Jeep tradition. The one-piece hood and grille assembly guarantee a definite build.

Cutting-edge LED lighting technology is utilized throughout the brand-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Forward lighting highlights a distinct daytime running lamp (DRL) shape that performs a commanding role in the newest front-end proportion, providing the rendition of a slim headlamp. Contemporary full LED tail lamps are an integral piece of the rear backlight graphic, making the vehicle look firmer yet well-balanced. This visual is the connection between the upper and lower rear and brings a one of a kind presence particular to this brand-new Cherokee.

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