New car sales have been on the upswing, and few vehicles have experienced more success than the Jeep Wrangler. The iconic off-roader set an all-time May sales record with 14,454 units sold, and its total sales are up 34 percent on the year.

That's good news for Chrysler, and it could lead to more high-wage manufacturing jobs in northern Ohio. Automotive News reports that Team Pentastar plans to add an unspecified number of jobs to its Toledo Jeep plant in the fourth quarter of 2012. The move should help Chrysler satiate demand for the perpetually hot Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, and it could help international sales, as well. CEO Sergio Marchionne is on record saying that he'd like the Wrangler to spur Jeep sales across the pond.

That said, there is a chance that this decision won't lead to many new hires in the near term. The Toledo, Ohio complex also builds the Jeep Liberty until August, when the plant will receive a makeover that will result in an additional 300,000 square feet of production space. It seems likely that the Wrangler jobs could come from the neighboring plant (the whole complex uses two facilities), but when production picks up at the renovated building, new jobs would have to be added. Chrysler has previously announced that up to 1,100 new positions will be available at the complex by the end of 2013.

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      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler and Jeep are on fire as the public is giving Chrysler products new interest and the results are excellent. Chrysler is selling, everything it has capacity to build, with shortages for the popular and class leading Pentastar V-6 and factories working overtime and canceling vacations to meet ever increasing demand. This booming success has led Chrysler to pay back it's loans early, show big profits and invest properly in future product. With the Dodge Dart just hitting showrooms, excellent priliminary reviews, July sales should be another consecutive double digit increase along with continued increased market share. A third shift for Jeep, no surprise, no surprise indeed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to Chrysler and Fiat for quality vehicles, and by a company that was on the brink of extinction due to the disastrous doings of its two previous owners. AND to our President for helping to save this company and untold thousands of jobs!
      • 3 Years Ago
      send me an application i'll relocate and happily work there
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler has come a long way. Their sister company Dodge builds an excellent pick up truck. In 2005 I was in the market for a 3500 dually pick up truck with a Diesel. I looked at Ford with their power stroke, GM with their Duramax and finally dodge with the Cummins . I was always a GM person since I worked for them for almost 20 years. I was not impressed with the power stoke due to all the noise, and excess exhaust. I was turned off by the Duramax with all the junky aluminum attached to the motor. I ended up with the dodge. It was the best money I ever spent. I have not had any trouble with this truck. If I was in the market for another pickup it would be another dodge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 96 Dodge Ram 2500 has over 400,000 and runs great
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy Toledo!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what happens when a company shifts focus from the bottom line to their products - they make awesome stuff and start making big money. Sure budget is always a consideration but clearly Chrysler finally has the leadership they need to kick some ass and the results speak for themselves. Even the 200 is a good example, as the Sebring was a truly hateful car to drive and the 200 is reasonably good (still needs to be replaced though). Kudos to Jeep and to Chrysler as a whole, and keep those sweet rides coming!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Amen to that. Seeing what Chrysler has been doing with their lineup over the last few years is a breath of fresh air, and a relief, from the notion that the way to sell cars is to cut corners like Toyota, and focus on building boring appliances. In a way, Chrysler is like the "Anti-Toyota" with how they have seen their sales skyrocket, while also injecting some more excitement into their lineup.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Chrysler builds cars people want to buy, TRDyota and Honda build cars other people tell you to buy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrangler a real four wheel drive(Not a mini-van crossover). Also has a real fullframe and is tough. A lot of buyers want a real SUV, not a soccer mom mini-van like most of what is built today. Buy a real American SUV while you still can because they are disappearing fast.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As Tony The Tiger used to say "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaatttt .At last some great news about good jobs ,and hopefully some more coming our way .When you put good karma forward it comes back the same always
      • 3 Years Ago
      And just think of how many more they would sell with a diesel.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      I loved this car when I got to ride it in the Jeep demo in NYC. The rear doors are small, but its a fantastic ride. I really enjoyed it. Agree with Emilio - need the 200 and fast. Between Chrysler and Fiat, and being led by Marchionne we should see some really exciting cars. I am a little disappointed in how "soft" the Dart looks compared to its Alfa brother (haven't driven it yet), but I have high hopes for great synergy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do like the wrangler, now that is has the Pentastar engine...still deserves the 8 speed auto. My ultimate Wrangler would still require the Euro 2.8L diesel to give it that low end torque and 30+ mpg
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