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Official: Chrysler investing $1.7B in Jeep Liberty replacement

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    Official: Chrysler investing $1.7B in Jeep Liberty replacement

    Filed under: SUV, Plants/Manufacturing, Chrysler, Jeep

    There will be a new Jeep model to replace the Liberty. It will be built at the Toledo North Assemby Plant, and the plan will include creation of a second shift that will augment the Ohio plant's workforce by 1,100-plus positions. The 2013-model Jeep SUV will be developed with a $1.7 billion investment from parent Chrysler, and that bankrolling includes a $500 million renovation to the plant itself to add 260,000 square feet to the body shop, upgrade the facility overall, and also implement a Metrology Center where quality will be put under a microscope by verifying key measurements to make sure fit-and-finish standards are being met.

    The plan, announced in Ohio by Chrysler Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne, gets underway before the close of 2011, and the second shift will begin in late 2013. It's more evidence that Marchionne is having success shepherding Chrysler and all its brands back from the brink. The Liberty replacement will ride atop a platform shared with Fiat, and the vehicle will be exported worldwide. Read the full announcement posted after the jump for more info.Continue reading Chrysler investing $1.7B in Jeep Liberty replacement
    Chrysler investing $1.7B in Jeep Liberty replacement originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Nov 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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