TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - It's the end of the line for Jeep Cherokee here in Toledo. The last Cherokee that will be made here is in the final stages of production. The Cherokee is being moved from the Toledo Assembly Complex to a plant in Belvidere, Illinois.
The shift will help increase Wrangler production in Toledo, and the Wrangler line-up here will eventually include a pick up truck too.
It takes about 10 hours to build a Cherokee. As of right now, the last one is expected to be finished late tonight or early Friday morning.
It's of course a bittersweet day for some of the workers, As the final Cherokee has moved through the assembly stations, workers have stopped to take a picture to mark the historical day.
As we've reported, about 3,700 workers from the Cherokee lines will be temporarily idled while the plant is re-tooled. Wrangler production is being moved into the Cherokee plant. That change will take about six months to finish. The move will help expand Wrangler production to meet the growing global demand for the iconic vehicle. The plant that is currently building Wranglers will be shifted to production of the pick up truck sometime next year.
Now for a little history on the vehicle . Production of this generation of the Cherokee started in Toledo in 2013. 13abc was in New York City when the new model was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.
As you may know, this was the second go-round for Cherokee in Toledo.The original model was built here until 2001, when Cherokee was replaced by the Liberty.After the Liberty was finished, Fiat Chrysler announced the replacement model would once again be called a Cherokee.
Cherokee production is ramping up in Belvidere right now. Production of the next generation Wrangler is expected in the 4th quarter of this year.