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Jeep® Cherokee Plant Faces Another Round Of Layoffs In May!

Jeep® Cherokee Plant Faces Another Round Of Layoffs In May!​

Production Halt This Week As Well...​


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Stellantis’ Belvidere Assembly Plant has continued to face problems, since before the pandemic. The Illinois facility currently manufactures only one product – the Jeep® Cherokee (KL).

With lackluster sales on the global market (thanks to the introduction of Jeep’s own globally-built Compass), the ongoing semiconductor shortage, and being the second oldest Jeep vehicle (behind the Grand Cherokee WK2, which is continuing to be built in 2022), sales of the Cherokee have dwindled over the past few years.

 

bill burke

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Having leased two Cherokees over six years, this is a vehicle I like and it is reliable and near perfect for general suburban driving. At this point the Cherokee needs not only an update, but a complete re definition, distancing itself from Compass and reborn as a slightly longer, wider, RWD based small Grand Cherokee. If the Cherokee can emerge redefined and built as perhaps the first Jeep off the new Stellantis mid size RWD corporate platform in a factory to be shared with Challenger, Charger and Chrysler Airflow too perhaps, I see a future. Doing a refresh, building it on the same Compass architecture changes little and dooms Cherokee as a Compass clone for more money and little else. As good as my Cherokee V-6 AWD was almost seven years ago, it is aging, has to grow and become all new. Big draw would be that new inline six as an option. More room and cargo capacity is key. Too important to fail.
 

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Keep cutting all your employees down to 25yrs.Who is going to buy your product? Plus alot of talk, if it's not a SUV. good luck.
 

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