I don't think I can see Jeep over taking the Toyota, Chevy, or Ford. Those all have a 2 door 2 wheel drive version and Jeep lacks that. So as far as units sold Jeep will almost certainly be less than the others.
The Fords and Chevys have the commercial and municipal markets on their side as well. I don't think we will see many city, county or commercial entities sporting around in a Gladiator.
Great points. When you consider that Gladiator is the newest truck on the market, the only one that hasn't been on sale the entire calendar year, is only offered in ONE configuration, and is the most expensive truck in the class....when you consider all that it's pretty amazing that they've sold enough of them to already move into 4th place. The JT is doing just fine.Dealers adding mark ups also does not help Gladiator sales.
I think if consumers had brains between their ears, the the Glad would already have better resale than the Taco. The Taco is objectively the worst truck in the class. It objectively has the worst brakes, worst transmission, worst engine, worst frame, worst cargo box, and worst interior of any truck on sale in America in 2019. Yet, it's sales are #1. That just goes to show you that Kool-Aid is a powerful drink.I think within 5 years the Glad will have better resale then the Taco.
I'm still really not sure what I want, I've never owned either a Jeep or Ford, haven't had time to progress towards test drives yet as I just bought a house a few months ago and that's been consuming most of my time. Just been learning about the Gladiator here on this forum and slowly doing research about how I'd potentially go about purchasing one.If ride quality is paramount get the Ranger...but if everything else is important, get the Jeep.
They'd just expand the facility.FCA has stated they only have so much capacity on the gladiator, I think 100k per year. That means they'll have a hard time passing any of the trucks higher on the list as they don't have the capacity. Wrangler and Gladiator capacity is 300k per year in Toledo, and they've planned for 200k JL's and 100k JT's. Now I'm sure if demand for the Gladiator is higher and the JL lower, they can move some production over, but they'd have to move it all over to JT and stop making the JL completely to pass the Tacoma.
Yeah, that doesn't happen overnight. So I'd expect max of around 25k per quarter for the next year or two, if they hit that they might expand or trade off some JL capacity. Given they're at 16k for the first full quarter, they're already 2/3 of the way to their current max.They'd just expand the facility.
The live axle is what defines a Wrangler now that the JLU is basically the size of a freakin' 4Runner. If they lose that, they lose it's monopoly in the segment and it has to start competing with the 4Runner and the upcoming Bronco.Right because the Wrangler sales are so poor without IFS.
Get them up to freeway speeds and rough roads and it's night and day - the Tacoma is far more stable at speed. Totally agree on the AT though... they under-geared the truck and as a result it doesn't hold 5th or 6th well.Before buying my JT I test drove a Taco because these were my choices for what I wanted in a pickup. I dint notice much of a difference in overall ride quality between the 2.
What turned me off with the Taco was the tranny was searching for gears continuously.