July 29, 2005
Chrysler Group begins production of Jeep Commander
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Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group marked yesterday’s manufacturing launch of the all-new 2006 Jeep Commander at the Jefferson North (Detroit) Assembly Plant, which has been the home of the Grand Cherokee since 1992. Commander is the fourth model in the current Jeep brand lineup, along with the Toledo, Ohio-built TJ and Liberty.
Commander production marks the first time the Jefferson plant has had the capability to produce more than one model at a time. The plant will also begin production of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 in November.
The Chrysler Group is adding flexibility to all of its plants; the next two to become fully flexible will be the Belvidere, Illinois plant, where the Dodge Caliber production will begin in 2006, and the Sterling Heights, Michigan plant, which produces the Chrysler Sebring, and also the Dodge Stratus, which is no longer sold in Canada but is still available in the U.S. Next year, both plants will have the ability to produce multiple models.
The Commander required several specific modifications made to the plant; it is slightly longer than the Grand Cherokee, it has three rows of seats, and its unique sunroof over the second row required additional robots to insert the overhead glass.