Sergio Marchionne, FCA CEO, held a corporate media session at the 2017 NAIAS a few days ago and spoke at length about Fiat Chrysler's recently confirmed production plans in Toledo in addition to dropping a few tidbits about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) and the 2019 Jeep Pickup Truck.
Marchionne reiterated that FCA will be hiring an additional 700 or so workers at its Toledo Assembly Complex in connection with the production of the next generation Jeep Wrangler which will help ease current production constraints.
"We have been unable to satisfy the international demand because of the domestic demand. This is going to give us a chance to expand our international footprint, which is exactly what we wanted" said Marchionne.
The FCA boss also showed his enthusiasm for the new Wrangler:
"It's a perfect car. It fixes all the problems of the old car and it keeps the identity of the Wrangler."
As for the JT Jeep Pickup?
"It's built on a Wrangler base and that's all I need to say. People have been waiting for that vehicle for years."
Marchionne would not mention specifics on timing for the JT pickup but says it will likely be in 2019, indicating that the currently scheduled dates are still in flux.
To watch the full press conference, check out the two part video here: