FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is sinking $1 billion (about £800 million) of investment into two of its US car plants - the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan and Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio - with the aim of increasing production capacity to meet demand for SUVs and trucks.
The investment includes retooling and modernisation at Warren and Toledo. An additional 2000 jobs will be created and the move will consolidate the USA’s position as the global manufacturing hub for the flagship Jeep products.
The new body-on-frame Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be produced at Warren, with the as-yet-unnamed pick-up due to be made at Toledo. With the next-generation Wrangler due to be produced at Toledo, the new pick-up will be based upon that vehicle’s underpinnings.
A business case for the return of the storied Wagoneer model name has been in existence for many years, but the significant global growth of the Jeep brand in the past couple of years has finally given FCA chiefs the confidence to commit to the new vehicles.