By David Thomas on August 7, 2012
The Toledo, Ohio, plant that assembles the Jeep Liberty will go idle next week and not resume its SUV operations until 2013 with an all-new replacement. During that time the plant will undergo $500 million in upgrades and an expansion, creating an additional 1,100 jobs.
In March we reported that Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told the Detroit Free Press that the new Liberty will "be a Trail-Rated, full-blooded Jeep that has its origins in the architecture of a sports car."
We can’t guess as to what this vehicle will be, but we do know the current Liberty is not right for today’s marketplace with a rough ride, outdated engine and slow sales. There are currently over 16,000 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs in Cars.com's national new car inventory with incentives as high as $3,000.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David