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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-23-2013, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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2014 Jeep Cherokee Production Temporarily Halted


The second shift of workers assigned to build the 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio have been temporarily laid off as many 2014 Cherokees have yet to be released to dealers.

Chrysler says that the layoff affects about 500 workers, who will be out of work for about two weeks. ”We have been producing vehicles since the end of June and have now built the critical number of vehicles we need to stock dealerships once containment is released,” Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson told Automotive News. ”We will temporarily idle the second shift so as not to put additional strain on our logistics partners to get these vehicles into the hands of customers as quickly and efficiently as possible upon release.”

Chrysler says that it has produced 9,430 Cherokees as of the end of August, but they haven’t released any to dealers yet. A software fix, acording to the company, needs to be performed on every vehicle before they are ready to be sold.

A union official told the Toledo Blade that there is “not a problem with the vehicle,” though previously CEO Sergio Marchionne announced that the Cherokee would be delayed due to a problem with the new nine-speed transmission.

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Interesting how they would just lay off workers responsible for a new project like the Cherokee.

so the issue with the nine speed transmission hasn't been fixed yet?
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Can't say for sure, but from the article it sounds more like a furlough than a layoff. Sounds like now that they have the programming for the tranny correct they are distributing it out to the rest of the already built cars.
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Can't say for sure, but from the article it sounds more like a furlough than a layoff. Sounds like now that they have the programming for the tranny correct they are distributing it out to the rest of the already built cars.

That is my take on it as well. I think they are running out of storage space and are reducing production until they start shipping.

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On the plus side of this, over 9000 cherokees have been produced so we shouldn't expect any delays on our part for now, and maybe for the next month or two. How fast can they really get rid of just over 9000 cherokee's?
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It just depends how many deposits the dealers have accepted for the orders. I don't think they will get rid of the 9000 that easily but sure there might be some left over.
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I hope they ship the pre-sold units first.
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I said this in another thread, but tons of websites are running with the Detroit Free Press article where they claim to have spoken to workers at the Toledo Plant and are reporting that the new Cherokee has transmission problems. Lamestream media at its finest. Just because they need to flash a software update.
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It just depends how many deposits the dealers have accepted for the orders. I don't think they will get rid of the 9000 that easily but sure there might be some left over.
it is the cherokee after all, depending how well the promote it and distribute them they could go through the 9000 in a good amount of time. we'll just have to wait on first month sales stats
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I hope they ship the pre-sold units first.
Just read up on one person saying they have to wait 6-8 weeks for their pre-sold unit, which is ridiculous. They should be making a serious effort to get pre-sold units out ASAP.
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