Automotive News Report: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Will Have an Aluminum Body

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The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will feature an aluminum body to save weight, and will remain a body-on-frame vehicle, sources told the Automotive News this week.

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Because Chrysler won’t make the switch to unibody construction, the 2017 Wrangler assembly will likely stay in Toledo, Ohio. That means the company will likely produce more Wranglers for US dealers and for export.

On Tuesday, October 28, the day’s biggest mover was the Indian aluminum cash price, which saw a 1.1% increase to INR 122.50 ($2.00) per kilogram. After a 0.7% increase, the cash price of primary aluminum finished the day on the LME at $1,963 per metric ton. Following a two-day drop, the aluminum 3-month price increased by 0.1% on the LME to $1,966 per metric ton.

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Chinese aluminum prices closed flat for the day. The price of Chinese aluminum scrap remained essentially flat at CNY 12,250 ($1,995) per metric ton. For the fifth day in a row, the price of Chinese aluminum billet remained essentially flat at CNY 13,590 ($2,213) per metric ton. For the fifth consecutive day, the price of Chinese aluminum bar held flat at CNY 14,200 ($2,312) per metric ton. The Chinese aluminum cash price saw little movement at CNY 13,960 ($2,273) per metric ton.

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