Fiat Chrysler CEO talks about new Toledo-built Jeeps and the workforce

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DETROIT (13abc Action News) - With more than 75 years of success behind it, Fiat Chrysler re-tooled the iconic Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler for 2018.

The result of years of work is on display at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

At a Monday news conference, FCA chairman Sergio Marchionne said the next generation Wrangler will bring in a new generation of buyers with upgrades throughout.

Marchionne told journalists "We've preserved the uniqueness of Wrangler. We have not changed a darn thing in terms of what makes that vehicle what it is. All the other changes were made were things we owed to that vehicle. We have filled it with all kinds of new technology. It was too rough and primitive. We've changed that."

The roll out of the new Wrangler will be gradual with larger number of the in-demand vehicles arriving at dealer showrooms soon. The next big Jeep project will be a new pick-up truck.

Marchionne says the new vehicle will likely roll off the assembly lines in the second or third quarter of next year.

"I don't know what the name of the truck will be. That has to go through a process, and we haven't done that yet," said Marchionne.

When it comes to the men and women who work at the Toledo Assembly Complex, Marchionne had plenty to say, "You've heard me sing the praises of the Toledo workforce, and I don't know how to thank them. I was just looking at the production schedules from Christmas and it is amazing. The Toledo workforce has impeccable behavior and they go way beyond the call of duty."

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