The 2014 Jeep Cherokee hasn’t even reached showrooms yet and now Chrysler has reportedly halted production at its Toledo, Ohio plant.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee hasn’t even reached showrooms yet and now Chrysler has reportedly halted production at its Toledo, Ohio plant. Chrysler has idled the second shift of workers at the plant that were hired to build the 2014 Cherokee. The shut down is expected to last two weeks, in which 500 works have been laid off.
Chrysler’s move is raising eyebrows, since its rare that an automaker adds a shift and then idles it so quickly. “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 stated.
Chrysler built 9,430 Cherokees by the end of August. “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.”
This is not the first time that we’ve heard of production delays/ issues concerning the 2014 Cherokee. It’s launch was already delayed while Chrysler ironed out the last minute tweaks to the nine-speed transmission.