I know the headline is very vague and we have never been ones to promote “click bait”…but Jeep has actually halted production of the Jeep Gladiator.
Not for any structural or crazy problems…but simply because of the lack and shortage of microchips.
According to the Detroit News, “Stellantis NV’s Toledo South Assembly Plant in Ohio will halt production of the midsize pickup next week. It’s the first time scarcity of the semiconductors used in consumer electronics, including vehicles’ assisted driving functions, infotainment and heated seats, has stopped production of the Gladiator.”
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares last week told the Automotive Press Association the chip shortage is expected to extend easily into 2022. The demand created from the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the tight supply is expected to cost the industry $110 billion this year, according to consulting firm AlixPartners LLP.
Gecko joins the Jeep palette of vivid, special-run colors, which included Chief Blue and Nacho for the 2021 model year. Available for order on Wrangler since spring 2021 (ordering closes end of August 2021), Gecko can be ordered on Gladiator now until early October 2021.
“Customization is at the core of both Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator, and new colors and equipment allow the customer customization journey to begin at the factory,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. “Bold colors like Gecko Green give our customers the chance to stand out on the trails, while the tough Gorilla Glass windshield will help them bring their Jeep home unscathed.”
The Gecko Green exterior paint option is available for ordering now for a limited time on all Gladiator and Wrangler models and is priced at a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $245.