Toledo, Ohio – The one-millionth Jeep Wrangler JK model, a Rubicon, descendant of one of the most iconic vehicles in the world, rolled off the assembly line Friday at Chrysler Group’s Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex. Chrysler executives, plant employees, UAW representatives and supplier partners gathered at the end of the line to mark the special occasion.
Mauro Pino, Chrysler Group’s Vice President of Vehicle Assembly Operations, and Dan Henneman, Jeep Unit Chairman of UAW Local 12, drove the black 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, bound for a customer in Sarasota, Fla., off the final line to the applause of employees.
“Every Jeep Wrangler sold to customers around the world is born in Toledo, Ohio,” said Pino. “Since this facility opened eight years ago, the Toledo workforce has built every one of those million vehicles with pride, passion and a focus on quality. We all look forward to building the next million.”
Since 1941, Jeep – the original sport-utility vehicle – has represented freedom, authenticity, adventure and passion. From its start, the Jeep brand has continued to stay true to its heritage with a commitment to providing leading off-road capability in all of its vehicles. The enthusiasm held by Jeep team members and owners for the unique lifestyle made possible “only in a Jeep” is supported by vehicles that are known as the “original fun and freedom machines.”
“More than 600 UAW-represented workers at the Wrangler assembly plant come to work every day with a dedication unmatched in the industry,” said Zach Leroux, Plant Manager – Toledo Assembly Complex, Chrysler Group. “We all understand that we are the keepers of the Jeep legacy and we take that role very seriously. The entire team is humbled to be part of this milestone moment.”
Named after America’s most demanding off-road trail, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition takes its place as the most capable production vehicle ever. The limited-production vehicle is loaded with hardcore off-road equipment for its enthusiasts including all-new steel winch-capable bumpers with removable end caps, additional ground clearance, new rock rails and BF Goodrich KM2 Off-road Tires.
The 2013 Wrangler has garnered numerous awards, including Specialty Equipment Market Association’s Hottest 4×4 SUV; Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine’s 4×4 of the Year; Texas Auto Writers Association’s Mid-Size SUV of Texas; Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Award for Compact Utility Vehicle; Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Best Resale Value Award; Autobytel.com’s SUV of the Year; and Four Wheeler’s Four Wheeler of the Year Award.
By Newspress USA and Chrysler Group