But it's taking action to get answers.
Earlier this week, we reported about an unusual situation at Jeep's newly-built Detroit Assembly Complex - Mack factory. Stellantis was hit with an air quality violation not long ago by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) because of a "persistent and objectionable paint/solvent" that's affecting local residents. In short, something stinks and people are angry. State officials gave Stellantis, Jeep's parent company, until this past Monday to respond to the violations and provide some answers.
However, getting to the bottom of things will take time and expertise. That's why Stellantis has hired a third-party engineering firm to investigate and determine what's causing the smell, which is reportedly coming from the paint shop.
The automaker sent Michigan state officials a four-page letter "detailing some steps it has taken" so far. The investigation will be completed by January 9, 2022 and will be shared with the necessary parties. Until then, Stellantis is continuing its own investigation. It has also set up a special hotline specifically for the residents if and when they have more issues.
n addition, factory management has begun a monitoring program that runs "several times a day" to further assist in tracking down the odor's cause. What won't be happening is a factory shut down. The Mack Ave. facility builds the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L, one of the off-road brand's most important money-making models.
The three-row Grand Cherokee had long been in the works and it's finally happening, though some say it's a little late to the game. We say better late than never. Like the standard two-row Grand Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee L has gone upmarket. Long gone are the days of primitive Jeeps. Today, buyers want and expect luxury, and Jeep aims to deliver.
If the new Grand Cherokee still isn't premium enough, there's the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer that's aimed directly at the likes of the Cadillac Escalade. Above all, Jeep and Stellantis are doing what needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible to resolve the situation.