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Jeep Teams Up with the World Surf League

Jeep Teams Up with the World Surf League

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Jeep Teams Up with the World Surf League! Jeep and the World Surf League have extended their partnership with the Jeep brand continuing as the official and exclusive global automotive partner of the WSL and the naming rights partner to the WSL Jeep Leaders Tour Rankings for the men’s and women’s Championship Tour. The partnership was first announced in May 2015 making the Jeep brand the first-ever exclusive automotive partner of the WSL and will continue through 2020 when surfing will debut as an Olympic Game in Tokyo.

“The Jeep brand embodies the spirit and soul of surfing and surf lifestyle, which makes this partnership so special,” said Beth Greve, WSL Chief Commercial. “We are incredibly excited to continue working together to bring amazing competitions, more must-see stories of the Jeep Leaderboard and showcase the WSL’s best in the Jeep Leader Jersey to our fans around the globe.”
 
“Extending our partnership with the World Surf League allows the Jeep brand to remain firmly immersed in a culture that shares a similar identity and core set of beliefs,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA – Global. “The convergence of these like-minded values – freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion – offers the Jeep brand the ability to connect globally with our fans and followers through on-site beach activations and live online streaming of worldwide surfing events over the next few years.”

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Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica Win in Ideal Vehicle Awards

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica Win in Ideal Vehicle Awards

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Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica Win in Ideal Vehicle Awards! Recently AutoPacific,a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm, released the annual winners in their Ideal Vehicle Awards. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was awarded “Best in Class Ideal Mid-Size SUV” while the Chrysler Pacifica was named “Best in Class Ideal Minivan.” The awards are based on responses from over 65,000 owners of new model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles across all major manufacturers. Owners were surveyed after 90 days of ownership and asked what changes they would make their vehicle in 15 categories, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, and more.

This marks the seventh consecutive year that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has won the Ideal Vehicle Award for Mid-Size SUV, with owners indicating that driving the model meets or exceeds their expectations. “The Grand Cherokee is a perennial best-in-class winner in AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Awards,” said George Peterson, President of AutoPacific. “Its excellent design, capability and breadth of the product offering contribute to Grand Cherokee’s award-winning ways.”

The Chrysler Pacific has enjoyed an outstanding year with awards, winning KBB’s Best Minivan Buy of 2017, Consumer Guide’s 2017 Family Vehicle Best BuyThe Most Fuel Efficient Minivan of All TimeWard’s 10 Best Interiors, and more. This marks the first year that the Chrysler Pacifica has won the Ideal Vehicle Image Award for the Minivan segment. “Chrysler’s new Pacifica minivan checks all the boxes a minivan owner desires. Pacifica is the minivan that most closely meets the expectations of its buyers,” said Peterson. “As the inventors of the minivan 35 years ago, the Chrysler Pacifica shows Chrysler designers, planners and engineers understand minivans best.”

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New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Set To Debut at LA Auto Show

New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Set To Debut at LA Auto Show

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New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Set To Debut at LA Auto Show! According to recent reports from AutoExpress, the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Rumor has it that this model might be Jeep’s first electrically powered model.

Mike Manley, Head of Jeep, said: “It really does move everything the Wrangler stands for forward significantly. You’ll be really surprised how far we’ve been able to move things in terms of capability, fuel economy, ride comfort, noise and all of those things. I’m very pleased with where it is.” 

Speaking to the publication in regards to reports on electrification, Manley explained: “This platform is future-proofed. Like everyone we have clearly defined plans for electrification of our vehicles. As you get into the 20s it’s impossible to have a balanced fleet without a wide range of electrification – we have those plans and we have the technology. You’ll probably hear more about electrification towards the end of this year.” 

In an interview at the Geneva Motor Show, Manley revealed that the next Wrangler will feature some form of hybridization. Asked directly if a hybrid would feature in the new range, he said, “Yes. We have continued our studies on hybridization for the Wrangler, and it’s a balance for us. Obviously there are loads of different hybrid technologies, from mild to 48v through to full battery-electric. For the Wrangler you need to strike the right balance; we don’t want to do something that will leave you stranded on a hillside. So for me, full battery EV is not a great fit. But hybridization works well with the brand because of the attributes that come with electric motors – not just the torque, but also the control.”

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Jeep Wins Big in the 2017 IntelliChoice Awards

Jeep Wins Big in the 2017 IntelliChoice Awards

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Jeep Wins Big in the 2017 IntelliChoice Awards! Recently, Toyota won in five categories in MotorTrend’s IntelliChoice Awards: The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Popular Vehicle; The 2017 Jeep Wrangler won the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Compact Utility; and The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Mid-Size Utility. As a plus the 2017 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van was named the 2017 Best Overall Value of the Year- Cargo Van.

The annual awards identify the vehicles with the lowest total cost to own and operate over the first five years of ownership, selected from nearly 2,300 domestic and import 2017 model-year vehicles. According to the website, “IntelliChoice’s BOVY awards represent the oldest and most recognized automotive data analysis focused solely on identifying vehicles that will cost significantly less to own than other vehicles in their respective class.” Motor Trend writes, “Jeep’s reputation for building capable off-road vehicles continues in the company’s current lineup. Vehicles such as the Wrangler continue to be successful, and the subcompact Renegade crossover fills out the bottom of the lineup.”

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the Fastest SUV

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the Fastest SUV

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the Fastest SUV! Recently, Jeep announced the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as the Fastest SUV ever. The new model offers 707-horsepower and can go 0-60 in 3.5 seconds thanks to its turbocharged 6.2 liter engine that generates an impressive 645 lb.-ft. of torque. It also features an enhanced front suspension with stronger control arms and coil springs, new brembo braking system, and an enhanced TorqueElite eight-speed automatic transmission. The new Trackhawk can tow about 7,2000 pounds and utilizes an advanced all-wheel drive system that controls a variety of performance modes such as: normal, track, snow, sport, and even towing functions.

In terms of the exterior, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk features Gloss Black headlights and “Black Chrome” exhaust tips and specific badging. Some improvement enhancing features include: dual heat extractors in the hood, a 1-inch lower ride height, and speed-rated Pirelli 20-inch wheels. For the interior, the model features Nappa leather, carbon-fiber trim, 200-mph speedometer, and a trackhwak-exclusive performance page section for the Uconnect touch screen that registers top speed, 0-60 time, and skid pad adhesion. The Trackhawk should be arriving this fall and according to the St. Louis Post Depatch, could cost nearly $70,000. 

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Ranks In KBB's Best Resale Value Awards

2017 Jeep Wrangler Ranks In KBB’s Best Resale Value Awards

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Ranks In KBB’s Best Resale Value Awards! Every year KBB released their Resale Value Awards, naming the best overall brand, the top 10 vehicles, and the best vehicles in their class. The winners are chosen based on resale value projections that utilize current vehicle data, sales data, market conditions for each vehicle, competition within vehicle segments, expectations of the future economy and the combined experience of Kelley Blue Book’s team of market and pricing analysts. The models that retain the most of their value over the first five months of new-vehicle ownership are distinguished from the rest by this award.

The editors at KBB explain the importance of the awards, “Over the first five years of new-car ownership, depreciation is the typical car owner’s biggest transportation expense. It’s bigger than the cost of fuel, the cost of maintenance or the cost of insurance. That loss in the value of your car will cost you thousands of dollars during your ownership period, but if you choose a vehicle with a strong resale value story, that cost will be much lower than if you pick a vehicle that plummets in value like a stone kicked off a cliff.”

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler placed fourth in the 2017 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars and was also named as the best Compact SUV/Crossover. The editors write: “The Jeep Wrangler is a living, breathing, trail-loving legend, as summed up in our most recent list of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000: “The only extra-rugged, body-on-frame SUV on this list isn’t just the best off-roader you can buy for less than $25,000, it’s one of the most capable and famous SUVs in the world. Combined with a removable top to let the outside in, the Jeep Wrangler is an equally good coastal cruiser and rock crawler. Excellent resale value is just a cherry on top. Remarkably, perhaps, all this freedom is still available at a starting sticker price of less than $25,000. Even a loaded Wrangler Rubicon is an impressive value at more than $40,000, given all its world-beating capability. The math is just as strong when it’s time to sell. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler isn’t just tops in the Compact SUV/Crossover segment when it comes to retaining value, it boasts the fourth best resale value of all the new vehicles on the market. Fun and smart is always an appealing combination.”

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Two FCA Models Named in KBB's Cost to Own Awards!

Two FCA Models Named in KBB’s Cost to Own Awards

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Two FCA Models Named in KBB’s Cost to Own Awards! Recently, Kelley Blue Book released a list of the vehicles with the Best Cost to Own and the Dodge Caravan and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won in their respective categories. Factors such as financing, insurance and state fees, plus the anticipated costs of fuel, scheduled maintenance and repairs, purchase price, and projected depreciation are all taken into account when determining which vehicles and  brands are highlighted. 

The 2017 Dodge Caravan won in the minivan category because, according to KBB, “The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is not a version of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, but the Dodge version of the van the Pacifica replaced in the Chrysler lineup. It’s still a solid choice for those who need 7-passenger hauling at a low price. And with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,500, the Grand Caravan can’t be beat. We don’t know how much longer the Grand Caravan will stick around now that Chrysler has the Pacifica in its fleet. But we do know that it’s an excellent long-term cost value.” 

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited topped the Mid-Size SUV/Crossover category because, “2017 is a hat-trick year for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This is the third year in a row that the 4-door midsize version of the Wrangler gets to take home our 5-Year Cost to Own Award. That means on a per-mile basis, the Wrangler Unlimited costs less to drive, insure and maintain than other midsize SUVs, and it’ll lose less of its original sale price over time. The Wrangler Unlimited, by its very soul, feels more comfortable off-road than on, a truth that’s reflected in the efficient minimalism of the Jeep’s roomy interior. Built to a purpose it serves so well, the Wrangler’s resale value is mighty — another low-cost-to-own assurance. A 2017 Wrangler Unlimited, which costs about $3,000 more than a 2-door Jeep Wrangler, starts around $28,000 and can easily reach over $40,000.”

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Jeep Pick-Up Delayed Until 2019

Jeep Pick-Up Delayed Until 2019

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Jeep Pick-Up Delayed Until 2019. We recently reported, “Jeep announced plans to introduce a compact SUV at the New York Auto Show in March and a pickup in 2018. The new SUV will replace the current Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, but will use one of their names. Mike Manley, CEO of Jeep, spoke on the confirmed Jeep Wrangler pick up, “Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup. For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.” Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed Monday that the pickup will be produced in Toledo, alongside the next-generation Wrangler, although no official statement has been released. Jeep has experimented with releasing a pick-up in the past through concept cars including, the Jeep J-12 (pictured left) produced for the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari off-roading event in 2012 and the Jeep Gladiator based on the Jeep Wrangler platform that debuted at the 2005 Detroit auto show.”

Recently CEO Mike Manley confirmed that the pickup, the “JL” Wrangler, will enter production in late 2019. According to Manley, Jeep may considering one of its historic nameplates for the pickup such as the Comanche, Gladiator, or original Willys Jeep Truck. Motor Authority reports that the Gladiator name will likely fit the concept truck. 

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40 Year Entrapped Jeep Getting Released This Week

40 Year Entrapped Jeep Getting Released This Week

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Lately, FCA has been winning so many awards with the innovative Chrysler Pacifica that we haven’t had much time to bring light-hearted news, but a 40 Year Entrapped Jeep Getting Released This Week! According to reporting from Mary Ann Brag for Cape Cod Times, an old Jeep Wagoneer is being unearthed after 40 years trapped in the Musnuff’s wind-blown and sand-filled garage in Truro, MA.

The Musnuff property, which includes the family house and a horse bar-turned-shed were both built before 1895 and sit atop a grassy dune, with the garage half-encased in sand.Basil Musnuff, whose mother owns the car, said the family had wanted to move the Jeep out of the garage for years but the town wouldn’t let them move the sand until now. Currently the town is shifting the dune near the Musnuff property to cover beach parking spaces, with the town asking for the removal of the Jeep as well.  Truro Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer said, “It should be moved for environmental concerns.” The Jeep is scheduled for removal on Friday, weather permitting. 

“Part of my memory of the place is that the Jeep was there,” said Musnuff, who began to visit the house in the late 1970s. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it driven. It really was the only reason they had it, so they could drive on the beach.”

 

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Jeep Unveils the 2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep Unveils the 2017 Jeep Compass

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Jeep Unveils the 2017 Jeep Compass! A few weeks ago we shared the first images of the 2017 Jeep Compass, but now Jeep has completely revealed the new model in a 13 minute video on Youtube. To give a little back story, we originally reported that Jeep was planning a new SUV to replace both the Compass and Patriot for 2017. It was later revealed that the redesigned Compass would replace the two models, which hadn’t been significantly updated in over a decade. The video clarifies more about the new model. In the beginning, an introduction to what the Jeep brand represents is shown before Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, comes out to speak to the audience saying, “Jeep is a very social brand. We don’t own it, our customers do. In fact, it still amazes me after all these years. Jeep is a fundamentally American brand and yet, it’s profoundly global. Awareness around the world is incredible.”

He had even more specifics to say about vehicle design moving forward saying that the redesigned front fascia that was originally introduced on the 75th Anniversary Grand Cherokee model has been extended across the full 2017 Grand Cherokee lineup. According to Manley, in 2016 the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass made up 25% of Jeep sales in the United States. Before introducing the 2017 Jeep Compass, Manley said, “We’re convinced that the world is ready for an urban explorer equipped to scale this global compact SUV market.”

Manley also revealed key production facts including that the Jeep is going to be made in four countries with a selection of 17 powertrain combinations (including 3 gas engines and 2 diesel engines with three different engines options). The Compass will be available in four different models: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk, with each having distinctive design cues. Watch the video below to learn more about the all new 2017 Compass:

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