Fiat-Chrylser has solidified plans to build new Jeep’s in Ohio and Illinois. The company has announced a cumulative $1 billion investment into its Toledo, Ohio and Belevidere, Illinois assembly plants to build upcoming Jeep products, including the new Wrangler.
This announcement also confirms that the next-generation Wrangler will be staying in Toledo, which was under question after FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested production of the icon may move to another plant. The Wrangler plant (known as the “North Plant” of the Toledo complex) has been awarded a $700 million investment to upgrade the facility and add around 700 new jobs.
The all-new Wrangler is expected to make heavy use of aluminum for weight-savings as well as use new engines. These changes are undoubtedly leading to the manufacturing changes.
FCA has also announced a $350 million investment into the company’s Belevidere Assembly plant that currently builds the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Dodge Dart. FCA has already announced that the Dart will be ending production, while the Cherokee and Patriot will be replaced by one new Jeep model. This investment should yield 300 new jobs at the plant.
These moves further firm up FCA’s recent lip-service to devote additional resources into building the Jeep brand globally.