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Ohio officials talking with Chrysler CEO about future of Jeep Wrangler production in Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio – Ohio’s governor and the mayor of the state’s fourth-largest city have talked with the head of Chrysler about the future of Jeep Wrangler production in Toledo.

The talks come after Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne (SEHR’-jee-oh mahr-kee-OH’-nay) indicated it’s possible that production of the next version of Jeep Wrangler could be moved. He told Automotive News last week that configuring and keeping the Wrangler assembly line in Toledo may be too costly if the new design includes an aluminum body.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) and Toledo’s mayor spoke with Marchionne on a conference call Sunday.

A statement from the mayor’s office says no commitments have been made, but both sides have agreed to keep talking.

Jeeps have been rolling off the assembly line in Toledo since World War II.