The only automotive plants from the Detroit Three that will be humming along straight through the holiday season are in Toledo, Ohio. As the birthplace of the Jeep brand, Toledo's fortunes rise and fall with the successes and failures of Chrysler's off-road marque, and this year, the automaker will be looking for volunteers to continue assembling its hot-selling Wrangler and Liberty SUVs.

According to Automotive News, no other plant operated by an American automaker will be working during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. The Toledo plants are the only facilities building the Jeep Wrangler and Liberty, both of which are selling like hot cakes in 2011. With one month left of the year, Jeep has sold 111,045 Wranglers, up 29 percent over 2010. The Liberty, meanwhile, is up 36 percent to 60,523 units sold.


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      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Liberty sells for the same reason the current Ford Escape sells. There are a lot of people who simply prefer the more upright SUV shape over the more rounded CUV shape the currently permeates the market.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm happy when any domestic manufacturer is doing well. Congrats to them. I would love a brand new 4-door Wrangler.
      ALafya
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrangler = Epitome of fuel inefficiency in gruff packaging.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        Probably because fuel efficiency isn't the main goal of the vehicle. If you want a fuel efficient vehicle you look for one that's built for efficiency. The Wrangler is built for off road capability and open-top fun. That didn't stop them from improving fuel efficiency while increasing the power this year though so that's pretty commendable.
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          Guess what, people that buy a Wrangler over a pickup do so because they don't want a pickup. A pickup can't remove the top and doors (at least not without a lot of work). A pickup isn't a Wrangler. Just because the pickup may be able to do more hauling and things like that doesn't mean people have to buy it over the Wrangler. The Wrangler is what people want because of everything the Wrangler is, they don't buy it for hauling things or fuel efficiency so discounting it for these reasons is just silly. If you don't understand that then the Wrangler simply isn't for you. Implying people should buy a truck because it gets the same mileage for more versatility is just as silly, guess what, people are going to buy the vehicle that fits their wants and needs, if they want a Wrangler and don't need the versatility of a pickup then they're going to buy the Wrangler.
          ALafya
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          All what you said is true. Just that a full-size pickup truck gets about the same millage. The Wrangler is much smaller, less versatile. I simply state that most people don't need any of the off-road capability. They simply drive it on paved roads. When Gasoline is expensive just so you can burn it to get to work and get groceries, you much better off getting something else.
          ALafya
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          Since obviously only a small percentage of these buyers are *not* going to use it off-road, it just goes to show that people make irrational decisions when buying a car and have already forgot the $5/Gallon days. In fact, this vehicle is pretty undesirable on-road, for many reasons. When these prices are going to come back, these people will suddenly start to complain they can't afford gas. I can totally understand people buying trucks because they need them for their profession or on the farm, but Wrangler not so much. I am sure big percentage of buyers could use a simple compact instead. They simply made an irrational choice.
        F1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        to some degree, true statement. reality is you dont like Jeeps as much as i dont like BMWs or Prius. it's cliche by now but seriously, "it's a Jeep thing you wouldnt understand". I loved my XJ and TJ.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        You clearly have no understanding of the Wrangler's purpose, or the history of the Jeep. It's not an economy car. Enjoy your Prius, because clearly the Wrangler is not for you.
        Lance
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        As a college student I can attest to the pain of the fuel inefficiency, It's pretty awful. People tell me all the time they love my jeep... if only they loved filling the thing up for me...looks like it will soon have to be another person's toy. Doors off/top off feeling is amazing, that much is true, but try going on a huge road... you will need one fat wallet.
          sirjaysmith
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lance
          which Jeep? Because the new JKs get over 20mpg on the highway, and my last highway trip of 3k+miles was decent on gas. If you have an old inline 4.0 or carbed 4.2, you get substantially worse mileage.
          Lance
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lance
          road trip*
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woohoo Jeep! This is great news! I'll admit I'm surprised by the news of the Liberty selling well, I almost never see any but Wranglers are everywhere. Always nice to see the domestics doing well, and it's about time. I drive by the Jeep plant from time to time, I always love seeing the giant Jeep logo!
      BAirey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boxy styling is never out of style. Im excited for the Liberty replacement. Bring back the Cherokee name (from Europe?).
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BAirey
        Pretty sure they are bringing back the Cherokee name.
      Luke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The LIBERTY?! Whodathunkit?
      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 2012 model finally brought Wrangler from 90% to 100% awesome with the Pentastar, improved interior, color matched hardtops, and other refinements. Why people are buying the Liberty is beyond me though. I guess it's a halo effect. Anyway, good for them.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        I would rather see more people buying the Liberty than the Compass. It's not what the Wrangler is, or what the XJ was, but it is still more deserving of the Jeep name than any CUV could ever be. Like you, I'm glad to see them doing well, and agree on the whole "halo effect" concept.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Chryler has done some upgrades to the Compass to make somewhat legit. I`d read that while it`s no Wrangler, the Compass does quite good offroad for what it is. Jeep fans need a good priced entry level vehicle. The new Compass is far better than the one that made its debut.
          waetherman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Oh I agree - I'm not a complete Liberty hater (though I do think the jingoistic names are silly). As a former Cherokee owner I wish that the Liberty would live up to that example, but it doesn't do that and probably never will. That's fine - Jeep should have a more road-centric vehicle that maintains some genuine off-road capability. But at least they should give it the same improvements that the Wrangler has seen. Where's the Pentastar for Liberty? I'm sure it's coming, but until it's available it seems silly to buy a Liberty. That 3.7L SOHC V6 is both underpowered and inefficient.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          whofan, I am all for a good priced, entry level vehicle in the Jeep lineup, just not a CUV. Why not bring back an updated version the Cherokee XJ, solid axles and all, for that? If they try to make it as similar in both curb weight and dimensions as possible to the original, they would have a great entry level vehicle worthy of the Jeep badge.
      MrWhopee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can understand that the Wrangler sells well, but the Liberty? Why, oh why? What's the attraction? I don't get it.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MrWhopee
        My guess would be because it is one of the few small SUVs on the market anymore. Everything else either turned into a behemoth, or became a crossover.
        F1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MrWhopee
        compared to the dismal sales (or lack of) for the Liberty, it's more than before. nonetheless the less this is good to hear. im rooting for the city of Detroit
      XJ Yamaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the look of the current liberty, especially the Jet model, but the powertrain is in dire need of an update. It needs the pentastar and at least a 6 speed. The interior isn't horrid, but definitely needs to be updated with at least some nicer quality materials.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      when I was in Hawaii on my Honeymoon, we saw nothing but Wranglers all over the place. It was a rental favorite because of some of the terrain over there.
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