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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Jefferson North closing?

I saw this yesterday
http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php...llnews&id=1040
I knew the Newark plant where the Durango is made was closing in a couple of years but I didn't know Jefferson North was going to close. That is where the Commander and Grand Cherokee are made.
Did others know this? This pretty much all but confirms the fate of the Commander and Grand Cherokee on the current platform. It will be interesting to see where the new large platform Jeep and Dodge will be made.

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The link you posted just goes to an article about the upcoming board meeting.
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try again, It is at the bottom of the article about the end of the Viper
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Not sure how old the Jefferson north plant is... might be time for an upgrade and they might figure they can do it cheaper in a Supplier Park situation like the JK is built in. If they are closing Jefferson North then it would be nice to see them move the next generation mid/full size Jeep production to Toledo.
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Here...

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php...llnews&id=1040

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Chrysler will be closing the Connor Avenue facility.....Other plants to be closed include Jefferson North, which currently makes Grand Cherokees and Commanders; Newark Assembly, which makes the Durango and Aspen; and Detroit Axle, to be replaced by a Marysville plant.
The Durango will be built on an extended GC platform....same platform will be used for a "3 row Grand Cherokee" which will not be called the Commander
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Perhaps those of us that already OWN our Commanders should be happy rather then bitch. I know that unless mine should suddenly become a lemon (so far its been absolutely perfect) I have no desire to trade, sell or otherwise dispose of it for at least 10 years. By then, who knows what will be available. john
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By then, who knows what will be available. john
I'll keep mine until they bring back the Commander in 2030 with inverted wings for better in-air manueverability and they fix the auto-pilot and add the VTOL system standard.

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Everything I read lately about the end of the Commander mentions the "new boxier, bigger, 3rd row seat Grand Cherokee". Most descriptions sound to me like the redesigned 'Grand Cherokee' may in fact be an upgraded Commander with the name changed to Grand Cherokee. The Liberty has been redesigned to look more along the lines of the Commander. The design trend seems to be going in the Commanders direction. If the Commander becomes the Grand Cherokee, I think there should be a "Commander Edition" similar to the "Limited" and "Overland" editions.
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Whatever they name the next large Jeep I dont' really care. I do like the Commander name but if they call it a Grand Cherokee, Grand Wagoneer, Cherokee etc. I don't really care. I do care what it looks like though. Hopefully they will continue the boxy styling of the current Commander and it gets a little larger inside. The Grand Cherokee styling to me is boring and blends in to the rest of the crowd. Our Commanders stand out!
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Everything I read lately about the end of the Commander mentions the "new boxier, bigger, 3rd row seat Grand Cherokee". Most descriptions sound to me like the redesigned 'Grand Cherokee' may in fact be an upgraded Commander with the name changed to Grand Cherokee. The Liberty has been redesigned to look more along the lines of the Commander. The design trend seems to be going in the Commanders direction. If the Commander becomes the Grand Cherokee, I think there should be a "Commander Edition" similar to the "Limited" and "Overland" editions.
Finally someone gets it. It maybe called GC but the DNA will be Commander.

Tell me if you think the Trailhawk is more GC or Commander. I would say the latter over the former.
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