TOLEDO -- Strong sales of the Jeep Wrangler and Liberty are prompting Chrysler Group to keep the Toledo Assembly complex running over the Christmas holidays.
Workers who volunteer to forgo the break between Christmas and New Year's will operate the complex's two plants.
"Because Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Liberty demand around the world is very high, this plan will allow the company to satisfy a portion of that demand," Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said. She said the Wrangler plant will operate with only one of its normal two shifts.
The two Toledo plants will be the only Detroit 3 assembly plants running between the holidays, spokesmen for the automakers confirmed.
Through November, U.S. sales of the Wrangler were up 29 percent to 111,045, with 24,900 units in inventory on Dec. 1, a 67-day supply; Liberty sales were up 36 percent to 60,523 units, with 9,700 units in inventory on Dec. 1, a 46-day supply.