Jeep http://michiganradio.org en Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-officials-change-their-minds-will-go-forward-jeep-recall <p>It was called a "<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130617/BUSINESS0103/306170146/chrysler-jeep-nhtsa-recall-grand-cherokee-liberty">rare and risky</a>" move to refuse a recall after the government requested it, but it seemed Chrysler was poised to do just that today.</p><p>Now, <a href="http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=14433&amp;mid=2">the automaker says</a>&nbsp;executives have "resolved their differences" with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will voluntarily recall the vehicles in question.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:05:59 +0000 Mark Brush 13113 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler officials change their minds, will go forward with Jeep recall Chrysler putting $20M into northwest Ohio plant http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-putting-20m-northwest-ohio-plant <p><a href="http://www.chrysler.com">Automaker Chrysle</a>r plans to put close to $20 million into one of its northwest Ohio plants.<br><br>Chrysler says the work at the machining plant just outside Toledo will go toward new equipment and tooling. The investment won't bring any new permanent jobs though.<br><br>The spending will increase capacity for a torque converter for the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee.<br><br>The plant near Perrysburg makes torque converters and steering columns for several Chrysler plants in the Midwest as well as Canada and Mexico.<br>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:16:54 +0000 Associated Press 12311 at http://michiganradio.org Jeeps to be built in China, Chrysler and Guangzhou announce deal http://michiganradio.org/post/jeeps-be-built-china-chrysler-and-guangzhou-announce-deal <p>At the North American International Auto Show today, the Chinese-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group, or <a href="http://www.gaig.com.cn/2011/english/">GAC Motors</a>, announced plans to build Jeeps to sell in the Chinese market.</p><p>GAC Motors is a state-owned automobile business located in the city of Guangzhou in southern China.</p><p>More on the announcement from Brent Snavely of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130115/BUSINESS03/130115048/Guangzhou-Chrysler-announce-deal-build-Jeep-China">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:12:03 +0000 Mark Brush 10783 at http://michiganradio.org Jeeps to be built in China, Chrysler and Guangzhou announce deal Stateside: Contrary to recent ad, Jeep will stay in the U.S. http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-contrary-recent-ad-jeep-will-stay-us <p>As the year’s Presidential Campaign comes to a close, both parties focus on Chrysler’s future plans concerning Jeep.</p><p>In a recent ad, Governor Romney claimed Jeep had plans of moving its production to China, a claim that was soon refuted by the company.</p><p>David Shepardson, the Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief, talked to Stateside to help clarify the confusion surrounding the ad. According to Shepardson, the ad acts more as a reflection of the race’s desperation than a document of the auto industry’s future.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:13:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9694 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Contrary to recent ad, Jeep will stay in the U.S. Feds expand investigation of Jeep Wrangler fires http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-expand-investigation-jeep-wrangler-fires <p>DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators have expanded an investigation into Jeep Wrangler fires.</p><p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking Chrysler for information about Wranglers from 2007 through 2012.</p><p>That is an expansion of a probe that began March 28, and focused on vehicles from the 2010 model year.</p><p>Chrysler makes Jeeps. It sold more than 532,000 Wranglers from 2007 through March.</p><p>The government says 23 Wrangler owners have complained about fires. Complaints say four people were hurt and two houses were damaged. Three of the injuries were minor burns.</p><p>Chrysler had no immediate comment on the expanded probe Wednesday. It has said the Wrangler meets or exceeds all safety standards and has an excellent safety record.</p><p>An investigation can lead to a recall. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:40:27 +0000 The Associated Press 7004 at http://michiganradio.org Feds expand investigation of Jeep Wrangler fires Jeep signs major deal with Italian soccer team http://michiganradio.org/post/jeep-signs-major-deal-italian-soccer-team <p>Jeep has signed a three-year, $45 million&nbsp;marketing deal with an Italian professional football club.&nbsp;</p><p>The agreement could help the brand make inroads in Europe, where SUVs are&nbsp;uncommon.</p><p>The Jeep logo will soon appear on the backs of the jerseys worn by the Italian soccer team Juventus.&nbsp; The team will also get Jeeps for club use.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon says it&rsquo;s an aggressive marketing ploy that will almost certainly boost Jeep&rsquo;s brand awareness in Europe.</p> Sun, 08 Apr 2012 21:50:37 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6954 at http://michiganradio.org Jeep signs major deal with Italian soccer team Government steps up Jeep Liberty air bag probe http://michiganradio.org/post/government-steps-jeep-liberty-air-bag-probe <p>DETROIT (AP) - Federal safety regulators have stepped up their&nbsp;investigation into Jeep Liberty air bags after 50 people reported they were hurt when the air bags inflated without a crash happening.</p><p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started&nbsp;investigating Liberty SUVs from the 2002 and 2003 model years in&nbsp;September. It was upgraded to a full engineering analysis last&nbsp;week.</p><p>Documents on the agency website say Chrysler and regulators have&nbsp;gotten 87 complaints of air bags going off by surprise. Nearly 387,000 vehicles are under investigation.</p><p>Drivers reported burns, cuts and bruises.</p><p>Safety regulators say the air bag computer may fail due to an&nbsp;electrical voltage spike.</p><p>The company says no incidents have happened in vehicles made&nbsp;after March 19, 2003. But regulators say Chrysler can&#39;t explain&nbsp;that.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:00:45 +0000 The Associated Press 6001 at http://michiganradio.org Government steps up Jeep Liberty air bag probe Toledo Jeep plant gets big investment as Jeep goes global http://michiganradio.org/post/toledo-jeep-plant-gets-big-investment-jeep-goes-global <p>Chrysler plans to invest&nbsp;$1.7 billion&nbsp;dollars in a new Jeep&nbsp;program, that will first roll out a&nbsp;replacement for the current Jeep Liberty.&nbsp;</p><p>The new Jeep is intended for&nbsp;a&nbsp;global market.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The investment includes a $500 million&nbsp;re-tooling of the Jeep Liberty Assembly&nbsp;plant in Toledo.&nbsp;</p><p>The investment means 1,100 new jobs at the Jeep Assembly Plant starting in 2013.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the new Jeep should help tap growing overseas markets, like China, the world&rsquo;s largest car market.&nbsp; He says the Jeep brand is already taking off in Europe.</p><p>&quot;I have similar expectations for Jeep especially in the eastern part of Europe &ndash;&nbsp;Russia,&quot; Marchionne told a&nbsp;group of reporters after a press conference at the plant.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;It &nbsp;(Jeep) is&nbsp;best brand that Chrysler owns, by far.&quot;</p><p>The new SUV&nbsp;could still bear the Liberty name.&nbsp; Marchionne says there could&nbsp;be at least one other &quot;top-hat&quot; built onto the new platform, and&nbsp;eventually, the plant could build up to four different models of Jeeps.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The new Jeep will combine a Fiat chassis, or underlying platform with&nbsp;a Chrysler design and engine. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 22:59:24 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5030 at http://michiganradio.org Toledo Jeep plant gets big investment as Jeep goes global