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post #21 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 10:04 AM
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Admittedly, Vellequette's evidence is largely circumstantial at this point. The primary point he cites is the fact that FCA is pushing back production of the Jeep pickup to 2019 as one reason—the delay, he says, is due to the fact that the new truck (internally code-named JT) is too long for the existing paint shop at the carmaker's Toledo, Ohio, factory.

That alone wouldn't be reason enough—after all, it only stands to reason that a Wrangler with a five-foot bed would be longer than one without. On top of that, however, Vellequette points out that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has already begun considering bringing Ram production in Mexico back to the U.S. if Donald Trump throws down one of those import tariffs he's been threatening. The Wrangler's Toledo, South factory—which has proven capable of taking on additional volume better than many plants—could be a good place to crank out those trucks...and since Jeep already sells pretty much every Wrangler it makes, pushing the pickup to the Ram's chassis would be a good way to spread out the costs of converting the factory.
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I heard FCA might want to merge with GM as one and with the way things are shaping up under the Trump Administration there's an increased chance of that happening, in a situation like it might be some JL production duties handed off to GM. Maybe no need to go Mexico?
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It would be easier for the assembly plant if it produces two versions of the same chassis rather than a pair of different ones. But would that not affect how the Wrangler pickup will perform off road if they share underpinnings? Ram pickups can go off-road, there's no denying it but they are no Wrangler.
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FCA does want to merge with GM but GM doesn't want to merge with FCA lol. I heard FCA and Volkswagen group might be able to get something going on though?
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FCA does want to merge with GM but GM doesn't want to merge with FCA lol. I heard FCA and Volkswagen group might be able to get something going on though?
But that's just from information they're wiling to tell us. Much easier to deny than confirm, confirming brings on a lot of questions, turning down the option stops all questions and speculation on the spot.

What we should do is monitor what the Trump Administration decides to do and how car makers react, the first will be how GM manages its production facilities, that will be the teaser for the bigger picture.
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Last I heard in regards to FCA and the likes is that they'll be bringing the Ram Pickup production into the US so the shifts are being made. The big three have already made confirmations that they'll be spending a good amount of money bringing production to the US from Mexico.
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post #27 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 09:32 AM
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This is all circumstantial right now, but would anyone be interested in a Jeep pickup truck with Ram capabilities? The one pictured in the article is the new Ram rebel, so that may be the one the Scrambler could share a platform with?
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This is all circumstantial right now, but would anyone be interested in a Jeep pickup truck with Ram capabilities? The one pictured in the article is the new Ram rebel, so that may be the one the Scrambler could share a platform with?
Why would FCA want to do that? Sounds like it could do more damage than good or at least result in them not diversifying their truck portfolio enough. Diversification in any market is key and its what Jeep likely was meant to play on with the JT/Scrambler coming to production.
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Firstly... what would be a Jeep pickup truck with Ram capabilities...? Explain what Ram capabilities are exactly.
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post #30 of 56 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 09:12 AM
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The Ram Rebel does have that air suspension feature what can lower or raise the ride height with a push of a button. Seems like it'll be handy in a Wrangler pickup when you're going off road and need to make adjustments on the fly.
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