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Jeep has announced that they will begin producing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler starting in November. The company will build the Wrangler at the Toledo Assembly Complex in which it was building its Jeep Cherokee up until about 7 months ago. The beginning production date for the vehicle is based on a report in The Toledo Blade. Although Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not yet announced a launch date for their next-generation Wrangler, Bruce Baumhower, United Auto Workers Local 12’s president, has confirmed that production of the Wrangler will begin at the plant in November.

Jeep is expected to stop producing the current model of the Wrangler in March. Beginning in April the company will shift the Cherokee production from its current plant into its facility located in Belvidere, Illinois. According to reports it is going to take about five months for the company to retool the plant in Toledo in preparation to build the 2018 Wrangler. Not very long ago, it was revealed that the construction of the all-new Wrangler will be done with aluminum. Although the Wrangler will not have a body entirely made of the lightweight material, it’s the first time aluminum will be used on the model.

In an interview recently published in The Toledo Blade, Baumhower said that testing and development of the next generation of Jeep’s iconic Wrangler SUV is in the final stage and said production of the vehicle would begin by the end of 2017. He also shared a few other details about the process including where it will be manufactured. Baumhower said adapting the facilities and the assembly line will require major adjustments. He explained that the Wrangler’s current generation will continued to be produced at the plant and the work shift will vary from six to seven days a week.

The current model of the Jeep Wrangler will continue to be produced until about March 2018, sources say. That means both the old generation Wrangler and the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will both be produced for a few months. Once the new Wrangler is introduced, a pick-up version of Jeep’s new Wrangler will follow soon afterwards. Plus it’s will not be surprising if the company plans to produce a wide range of special editions of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, as well. This will allow the company to meet the needs of Jeep Wrangler lovers that are looking for their own unique version of the iconic automobile. If you can wait, you should be able to check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep later in the year, but if you can’t, you can check out a 2017 Jeep Wrangler – you are sure to be impressed.

As for how the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will look, there are a number of spy photos revealed in recent months. Those photos show a revolutionary new design, even as the company works to maintain the vehicle’s iconic look. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will also feature several technological and mechanical upgrades. These major changes have resulted in a Wrangler that’s more advanced and efficient. While the spy photos have helped to give people a general idea of what the new Wrangler looks like, they’ll have to wait until April to see it live and up close.

The Jeep Wagoneer is Happening After All

After months of doubts and questions, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed that they will be producing the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer. According to a statement by FCA the Jeep Wagoneer as well as Jeep Wagoneer SUVs will be produced at its Warren, Michigan plant. The new Jeep pickup will be produced at the FCA plant in Toledo, Ohio, the company announced. That has ended months of speculation about the future of those iconic Jeep vehicles. FCA announced a change in the demand for trucks and SUVs has forced the company to realign it’s manufacturing operations in the United States.

FCA said it will invest $1 billion to further expand its Ram and Jeep brands and improve and modernize its manufacturing operations by upgrading its plants in Michigan and Ohio. The move will see the company adding over 2,000 new jobs. Expanding manufacturing capacity and committing to produce several beloved vehicles is an important move for FCA. This will help them maintain or improve its share of the burgeoning SUV and pickup truck sales in the U.S. market. It will also create excitement among people that love the Jeep vehicles. While the Jeep Wagoneer is not yet a reality, if you want to see what else Jeep has to offer, check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

FCA’s announcement is part of its continuing efforts to increase the production of its trucks and SUVs. This action is particularly important at this time because FCA is ending its production of small and midsized automobiles. FCA also announced it will make a $1.5 billion investment to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. That’s where the company will produce the next generation of its Ram 1500. A company spokesperson said they feel this is the type of investment they owe the country.

FCA also announced it will put aside a billion dollars to be used to retool the Warren Truck Assembly Plant where they build both the Jeep Wagoneer as well as the Grand Wagoneer. In the wake of the harsh criticism newly elected President Trump leveled at the country’s automakers, many companies including FCA are preparing for several rounds of tough questions about the companies making investments in car manufacturing in Mexico and its negative impact on U.S. workers that need jobs.

An FCA spokesman has denied the expansions in some of its American automotive production plants is a reaction to president-elect Trump’s statements regarding punishment for American companies moving their production plants to Mexico. FCA recently released a statement explained their investment in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant will enable the factory will allow the company to move the production of its Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck line from Mexico to the United States.

Vehicle manufacturers understand that not being on the right side of the new president’s America First policy could feel his Twitter wrath and be assessed heavy taxes. But FCA said that was not the motivation behind improving its plants and adding jobs at its Ohio and Michigan plants. While factories in Belvidere, Illinois and Sterling Heights, Michigan will produce the new trucks and SUVs, FCA is looking for a company to build its small cars.

When thinking of minivan choices, a buyer has a lot to think about. Most major manufacturers have a solid minivan with all the bells and whistles. While true, one that stands ahead of the others is the Chrysler Pacifica. In fact, the Free Press chose the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica as the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the year. By earning this coveted award, shoppers can pick one up without fear or trepidation as it’s not an easy one to win.

The Pacifica is a family-friend vehicle with new features to the back seats, including many that are kid-friendly. With an optional plug-in hybrid model, buyers can even get one that doesn’t burn gas. This minivan is just getting started, and the all-new Pacifica will soon replace the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, which are both in Fiat Chrysler’s lineup. Yes, with sleek looks, amazing video screens that allow kids to play travel-friendly games such as Soduko and hangman, along with stow & go seats, in non-hybrid models, this is the ultimate family minivan.

If you are interested in the plug-in hybrid, you should know that it can cover an impressive 33 miles on battery power alone, which is actually pretty decent considering most people have a daily commute of less than that. With quick charging times, you can pretty much avoid gasoline altogether, except when going on long road trips. Speaking of road trips, with comfortable seats, plenty of entertainment for both adults and children, and you can easily take this van out for winter and summer road trips.

Anyone who is planning to take their kids in a minivan wants it to be safe, and Chrysler does not disappoint. With adaptive cruise control, blind spot alert, lane departure alert and assist, along with collision alert with automatic braking, drivers and passengers will be safer than ever. Coupled with a solid track record of producing reliable vehicles that last a long time, and one can buy the Pacifica for now and beyond, all while staying safe.

While it is no speed demon, the 287 horsepower engine can get you up to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds, which is certainly an impressive feat considering we are talking about a minivan and not a sports car. With 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway, and you won’t have to be stopping constantly for gas. Of course, the hybrid version gets an EPA-rated 84 MPGe combined.

One of the most underrated things about the 2017 Pacifica, and Chrysler in general is the UConnect system. With voice recognition and plenty of options to control it all, everyone will enjoy the ride even more than in the past. On top of that, the UConnect system is reliable and easy to use, which isn’t always the case when considering how finicky and complicated some technology is. If you check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep and play around with the technology and get behind the wheel, you are almost certainly going to fall in love with the Chrysler Pacifica.


Five reasons to check out the Jeep Rubicon

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is an impressive automobile. It looks great and handles well off-road and on. Plus it comes with an array of impressive options. They include a low range transfer case, 6 cylinder engine, 31 inch tires on cool rims, front and rear air lockers and Dana 44 axles on both the front and the rear. The following are five reasons people should take a closer look at the amazing Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

1. It’s Fun To Drive

If you’re looking for a vehicle you can have a great time driving, check out the Jeep Rubicon. This vehicle is designed with fun in mind. Its powerful suspension and high ground clearance means whether you enjoy mudding or your recreational activities takes you far off-road, the Rubicon is the perfect vehicle for it. Plus its responsive handling means this go anywhere, do anything vehicle is almost telepathic in its response to the driver’s commands. The vehicle is also durable enough to handle whatever adventures you can dream up.

2. It’s Versatile

No matter what you want to do, you can do it in a Jeep Rubicon. It looks just as good taking the family to dinner or a night out on the town as it does zipping over hill during off-road excursions. The vehicle also get good gas mileage in city and highway driving, and is maneuverable enough to zip in and out of traffic or tight parking spaces in the city. It can also double as a shuttle to take teens to and from games, recitals or anywhere else and look cool doing it.

3. It Holds It Value

As soon as you drive off the lot, the value of many vehicles drop like a stone and keep on falling. The Jeep Rubicon is different. This vehicle has an avid following in the used automobile market because of its durability, style and versatility. That means after you have had your epic adventures, you can still get a pretty penny from someone else that wants to explore the great outdoors in a Rubicon. This gives you plenty of coin to invest in your next vehicle. A new Rubicon? You should check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep to see what is new with the Rubicon.

4. It’s Easy To Work On

Whether you want to upgrade your options, add a few more bells and whistles or make minor repairs, working on the Jeep Rubicon is a breeze. There is easy access to all of the vehicle’s systems, and because it’s a Jeep, there are lots of great add-on aftermarket products available for people wanting to customize it. You don’t need an engineering degree to add your upgrades. All you need is the tools and the ability to follow written instructions.

5. Lots Of Power And Torque

If you are looking for a vehicle with great power and climbing ability, then you want the Jeep Rubicon. With its sane center of balance, perfectly sized stock tires and 6-speed manual transmission this vehicle is capable of making just about any vertical climb you’re brave enough to attempt.



Just when people thought the news about the 2017 Jeep Compass couldn’t get any better, the company has released details about its engine. At the recently completed 2016 LA Motor Show, Jeep shared additional information about the Compass’ powertrain and technology that will make it top the Renegade and rival the Volkswagen Tiguan. Jeep buyers worldwide will be able to choose from five engines, two diesel and three petrol, and three different gearboxes.

The 2017 Jeep Compass’ entry-level petrol engine is the same 138 bhp 1.4-liter MultiAir 2 turbo used by the Renegade, the new Compass’ smaller sibling. The company hasn’t indicated which engines will be available in the UK, but many insiders think it will be the 1.4-liter. U.K. buyers will be able to pair that engines with one of three gearboxes. On 4×2 models, the standard will be the six-speed manual and buyers have the option to choose a six-speed automatic transmission. The 4×4 models will all have a nine-speed auto box. In other markets around the globe, buyers can also choose the 2.0-liter Tigershark unit or the 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 destined for the US market. The 2.4-liter engine should sport plenty of power, and you can find out for yourself in a few months at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Jeep’s two diesel engines being offered on the 2017 Compass include the 1.6-liter MultiJet engine that comes mated with a six-speed manual transmission and a 4×2 drivetrain and the 2.0-liter MultiJet. Those selecting the 2.0 liter MultiJet engine can have it as a 4×4 model that comes with a nine-speed gearbox or choose one of the cheaper 4×2 versions that are available.

The 2017 Compass will have a five inch infotainment screen as standard equipment. However, buyers will also have the choice to upgrade it to either a seven-inch or an 8.4 inch display. The seven and 8.4 inch versions feature touchscreen interfaces that have built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 8.4 inch option has multi-touch gesture support allowing users to tap, pinch or swipe it just like they would a smartphone.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be offered to buyers in four different trim levels. They are the Sport, Limited, Latitude and the Trailhawk. The Trailhawk models will come with the enhanced permanent 4×4 setup which offers a terrain selection system with five modes. They include hill descent control, Rock Mode, as well as a low range setting. The 2017 Compass will also have unique new bumpers that provide better approach and departure angles, tow hocks, skid plates and a ride height that’s slightly raised.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be built at the new Jeep plant located in Pernambuco, Brazil. The price of the vehicle in the Brazilian market will be the equivalent of about $30,000. There is no word yet from the company about what the 2017 Compass will cost when it is released in the UK and other worldwide markets. Using the Brazilian pricing model, it appears that the 2017 Compass will be very affordable. That means you can go wherever your adventurous mind and versatile, nimble Jeep Compass takes you without having to bust your budget.