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Fiat is working to sell more and more Chrysler models abroad, and the effort may already be pushing some of the automaker's manufacturing facilities to capacity. That appears to be true in the case of the Jeep Wrangler. According to The Toledo Blade, global demand for the off-road heathen is growing at a substantial pace, especially in Europe. As a result, total demand for the venerable SUV may easily overtake the capacity of its manufacturing complex in Toledo, Ohio. So far this year, Wrangler sales are up 13 percent in the U.S. alone, and with Jeep refranchising completed in Europe, Wrangler sales could increase even further abroad.

The globalization of Jeep products may lead to new models arriving here in the States, too. According to Michael Manley, president of the Jeep brand, Europe's unique emissions standards may make a viable case for once again introducing a diesel-powered Jeep on American soil. We like the sound of that.

So what will Chrysler do to keep up the Wrangler pace? Manley was tight-lipped about the future of Wrangler production here in the U.S. and abroad, though if sales continue to outstrip the automaker's ability to produce, something will have to be done in short order.


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      Chris L
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Pentastar V6 + 5 Speed from Grand Cherokee = 1 bad ass wrangler. 2. Diesel wrangler on US Soil? Yes please. I'd buy one tomorrow. 3. Keep Wrangler production in the US.
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris L
        HEMI Wranglers are on the way!
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marchionne is a true hero, he is actually creating American jobs through international trade as opposed to stealing jobs from other states, lowering wages and destroying the American middleclass through a wage race to the bottom, which is all the non-union transplant factories have ever done. Facts are facts, Wrangler has a higher resale value than any Toyota or just about anything else. One of the reasons for Wrangler's incredible resale value is it's extraordinary longevity.
      jeepmover
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 5 speed transmission and Pentastar will increase sales. I look for trades of 2-5 years old Wranglers, just to get the better MPG and big horsepower increase. Also, this will be the first vehicle with the Pentastar and a manual transmission. Should be fun!
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel so validated, this Jeep demand globally is just what I predicted. With Jeep being so recognized as the leading brand of its kind world-wide, Jeep brand sales WILL DOUBLE and maybe TRIPLE. With new Liberty and Compass/Patriot models in the wings, the Grand Cherokee/Grand Wagoneer selling to capacity, an entry level Jeep for developing markets in the works and a Hummer substitute for military/rescue/serious offroad applications predicted from the Fiat network as a rebadged Jeep and joining Wrangler, clearly it's only a matter of time. The residual exposure of the Chrysler Groups vehicles because of Jeep, whether rebranded as Fiats and Lancias in Italy, or sold as Dodges and Chryslers through the Fiat global network, will lead to hugh sales and profits for Chrysler. Standing by my prediction that Chrysler/Fiat will be the # 2 or 3 largest auto manufacturer world-wide by decades end.
      jnbcressy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The plant in Toledo has asked for an emissions waiver to produce almost 400,000 vehicles a year starting in 2012. If they get that, problem solved. Production of Wrangler, Liberty, Nitro totals about 100,000 out of the existing plant.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      YES! MOAR JEEPZ!!!
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      ammca66564
      • 3 Years Ago
      A diesel Wrangler makes SO much sense. I don't know why they've been so reluctant for so long. I sure hope Fiat can make something of the Wrangler. It's an icon. And yet they've never done well marketing around the world. It was always treated like a stepchild. I think Fiat understands it far better than Chrysler ever did.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Slap a Jeep badge on a couple of Fiat Pandas, problem solved.
      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you've ever been by the Jeep factory, you'd see the 19th century still trying to be as efficient as the 21st. It's like the Milwaukee Harley plant, ancient, multi-story, brick with numerous additions, hemmed in by the neighborhood, with bad traffic patterns for the trucks taking product in and out. There are so many other good plants available in the area, I wonder what Chrysler's thinking, continuing at this old wreck of a place.
        Robert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Old wreck of a place? The Toledo Supplier Park that assembles the Wrangler was built in the early 2000s by Magna, Kuka and others at Chrysler's request. Since it opened it has been named twice as the number one plant for efficiency by Harbour. Here is a link to the actual and correct information regarding the plant and its history. http://www.allpar.com/corporate/factories/toledo.html
        Justin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Too bad the Toledo North and South plants are the newest up to date technologically advanced assembly plants Chrysler has in their arsenal. Willys overland plant has long since been leveled, only remnants left is one stack that says overland on it. Where you been the last 11 years?
        Jdemonto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Edward, the Toldeo Wrangler plant Supplier park was built in 2006 and its state of the art production at its best woldwide.
        jnbcressy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Which Jeep plant are you talking about? The Wrangler/Liberty plants are state of the art in Toledo. The last generation Cherokee was built somewhere in Detroit . I don't know where the new and improved version is built. The Patriot and Compass are built in Illinois.
        Jdemonto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Edward, the Toldeo Wrangler plant Supplier park was built in 2006 and its state of the art production at its best worldwide.
        Kevin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        The only thing ancient in your post is your information. Have YOU ever driven by the Jeep plant, in the 21st Century? Do you even READ anything? Just this year Marchionne and Obama have both been to the state-of-the-art Jeep plant in Toledo. Please sign back on and retract your comments.
      Ario
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrangler is now appealing because Chrysler (Fiat) finally updated the Wrangler interior and added long due standard features like power windows! All that aside, I think it's great that demand is higher, heck I think 2011 Wrangler is a very good looking car inside and out.
        scott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ario
        Actually, what I liked about the original Wrangler was the spartan cabin, and lack of amenities. If you want a plush, luxurious ride, go jump on the CUV bandwagon.
          sirjaysmith
          • 3 Years Ago
          @scott
          funny, that is exactly what the Wrangler interior is TODAY, even in the 11s....spartan. Its looks nice yes, but it has no extras that older Jeeps had (gauge cluster, radio, AC........and......panels?) you can add OPTIONS, but you don't have to. I'm getting kind of tired of people complaining about options.
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