The last Jeep® Wrangler (JK) was built at the Toledo Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, April 27th, 2018. In total over a span of 12 years, over 2.1 million JK models were built at the plant. The last was a white Rubicon Unlimited, which will be kept by the Jeep brand and become one of its show properties.
Since production began in 2006, the iconic Jeep model has been built as part of an innovative supplier co-location concept, in which the supplier partners build and manage key manufacturing process facilities within the footprint of the plant.
“This workforce has been working practically non-stop for the past several years to fulfill the dreams of Jeep enthusiasts around the world who want to go where only a Wrangler can take them,” said Chuck Padden, Toledo Assembly Complex Manager. “We take great pride in the role we have played in the history of this vehicle and the impact it has made in the Toledo community. We look forward to bringing that same commitment to the all-new Jeep truck.”
The new Jeep midsize pickup often referred to as the “Scrambler” although it has not officially been named yet, is set to start production in the first half of 2019. While the new Scrambler (codenamed internally as “JT”) will share many of its parts with the all-new Wrangler (JL), including a removable hardtop feature according to Autoblog.com. The JT will have its own unique frame with a longer wheelbase.
The rear suspension design is also unique to JT and very similar to that of the Ram 1500. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will continue utilizing that same manufacturing system working with supplier partners to produce the new Jeep truck. Kuka and Hyundai Mobis will remain the suppliers for the body and chassis, respectively.
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