Despite record sales, Jeep Wrangler’s future cloudy

A view of the Jeep logo at the Daimler Chrysler North Assembly, Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.
A view of the Jeep logo at the Daimler Chrysler North Assembly, Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – More Jeep Wranglers are being sold than ever before and company officials say employees in Toledo are working weekends to keep up with demand.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports assembly employees are now building Wranglers every Saturday and many Sundays to keep up with demand.

Last year, the plant built nearly 236,000 Wranglers. In the year’s first half, Wrangler sales rose nearly 20 percent to more than 100,000.

The automaker is considering moving the Wrangler assembly line out of Toledo so it can be made with a partial aluminum body. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the cost of reconfiguring their current plant is a challenge.

Union officials say they hope their flexibility and willingness to cooperate will strengthen their argument that Toledo should keep Wrangler production.

Information from: The Blade

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