Fiat Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Line To Hit 500,000 Jeeps This Week

Dec 16, 2014 03:00 PM EST | Jordan Ecarma

After record demand for the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly line in Toledo, Ohio, is about to roll out its 500,000th Jeep for this year.

The plant is expected to reach the milestone of half a million Jeeps produced in one year sometime this week, Automotive News reported. The facility's production has been nearly double that of 2013.

CEO Sergio Marchionne challenged the Toledo plant to pass 500,000 vehicles this year as part of his plan to revitalize the company and sell more than a million Jeeps in 2014.   

The Toledo assembly line's busyness this year has only been second to Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., which is expected to build 25 percent more vehicles for 2014 than Fiat Chrysler's Toledo plant.

Following their lead, the next highest-producing facilities in North America are Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico; Toyota's Georgetown, Ky., assembly line; and Honda's facility in Marysville, Ohio.

In sales reports earlier this month, Jeep vehicles accounted for 25 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. for the first 11 months of the year. The Jeep Cherokee, Wrangler and Patriot models logged their best-ever November sales last month, according to Fiat Chrysler. The brand-new Cherokee was the company's highest-volume seller for the third month in a row.

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