Jeep Cherokee still delayed, dealers restless

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But that’s at two months late for a strategically compact crossover SUV that expects will become its product.

Right now, I I could sell Cherokees and furious, said David a member of Chrysler’s national council and a dealer in Philadelphia. written some orders on pending cars that we coming and these people their cars.

U.S. new car and truck sales on for their best year 2007 and compact crossover SUV are one of the segments of the market. Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram are worried they are losing in the where Honda’s CR-V and Escape are dominating. They had a product in the segment since the Liberty was discontinued about a ago.

We are going to have a big of these Cherokees coming, Chuck Eddy, a dealer Youngstown, Ohio, and vice of Chrysler’s national dealer We are excited about ramping up and getting that hole

Chrysler actually built Cherokees as of Aug. 31 but hasn’t any to dealers.Because the plant in Toledo can as many as 800 Cherokees per day, the stacked up there could more than doubled by

The automaker is storing the Cherokees at lots across Toledo, from a site adjacent to its plants to at least two lots appear to be railroad depots.

Wednesday, dozens of Cherokees driven into a lot called South, a rail yard by Ann Arbor Railroad. Shuttle circled the lot to pick up drivers as dropped off the vehicles.

Chrysler has that the vehicles are getting a of their nine-speed transmissions developed by Chrysler and ZF Group and by Chrysler in Kokomo, Ind.

Company officials have dealers and the media that the can be resolved by a reflash of the software the gear-shifting commands.

What’s dealers is that the company has about the calibration issue at least May.

In late Chrysler said it had discovered a way to the calibration of the transmission and said would be in showrooms by September.

Chrysler laid off 500 workers for a in late September so it could production. The automaker still started shipping a Cherokee and say when shipments will

It’s complicated, Chrysler This is the world’s first of a highly technical nine-speed on top of that, it is being mated to two new and three complex 4-by-4 it said in a recent statement.

Impatient shoppers have of options

Chrysler hosted a program for the media a month ago Los Angeles. Journalists drove the through steep, winding roads and wrote dozens of reviews that are generating among buyers.

If those are impatient, they have of competing compact crossovers to

I worry that this guy we to a couple of weeks ago, or other guy that we talked to on Day weekend. will go buy another said Eddy, the vice of Chrysler’s national dealer

Many dealers say they be patient because it is far better for reputation if the company fixes the before people buy them.

I don’t want to sell 35 in a month and have 34 come to the service department the next Kelleher said.

But coming off other delayed product there’s growing concern Chrysler’s trouble with the is a symptom of a larger problem.

In the of 2012, sales of the Dodge began slowly because the of Darts the company was producing in Ill. had manual transmissions Americans prefer automatics.

last week, Chrysler decided to cut production of its Viper SRT car because sales have lower than expected.

Bob owner of Shuman Chrysler Jeep Ram in Walled Lake, Chrysler is just getting a bad rap for to improve quality. Shuman that other automakers work through issues they launch new cars.

Ford hit several snags in the Ford Fiesta in 2010 and the in 2011. Earlier this dealer shipments of the Lincoln MKZ delayed several months.

which has quality challenges before its 2009 bankruptcy, has modest improvement in several quality surveys. Under Chrysler has invested heavily quality improvement programs and has Fiat’s World Class process.

I think the Cherokee is to be a winner, Shuman said. I really think its delay the long-term success.

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