Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: FCA | posted July 18, 2016 07:22
FCA invests $1B dollars into Jeep factories in Ohio and Illinois
Jeep will soon be rolling out the new-generation Wrangler after parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently invested $700 million in the Toledo Assembly Complex.
With it, Jeep will be able to retool the North Plant of the facility in order to start factory-line assembling of the previously mentioned 4x4. Furthermore, Jeep also estimated that the investment over at Toledo will create 700 new jobs which they will need when production of the all-new Wrangler kicks into high gear.
Based on our previous report, the next-generation Wrangler will apparently retain its solid axles and body-on-frame construction. It will however, have a lighter aluminum body, as well as a fixed windshield with greater rake. To top it all off, Jeep is also looking to introduce turbocharged gasoline engines, an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a pickup variant of the revered 4x4.
Apart from the Ohio facility, Jeep also invested $350 million in the Belvidere Assembly Plant. This will allow Jeep to move production of the Cherokee from Toledo to Illinois come 2017. The new investment will create 300 new jobs in Belvidere added FCA.
The shift in production however, spelled the demise of the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot models in Belvidere. According to FCA, the factory will cease producing the Dart and Compass by September 2016 while the Patriot will be axed from the factory floor come December 2016.