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Jeep News and Jeep Rumors

Posted in Features on December 14, 2015
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Jeep News & Rumors •The Jeep Renegade was named the 2016 Car of Brazil. It wasn’t deemed that by the government. It was by Autoesporte magazine.
•Here’s another award not from the government either: Best Buy Award, Jeep Renegade, Consumer Guide.
•Here’s another award not from the government either: Hottest 4x4-SUV for the 2016 Jeep Wrangler, SEMA Award. The award is for hottest-trending, accessory-friendly vehicles.
•Has there been a delay in the release of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk?
•Is there going to be a new program called Jeep Wave popping up on various models, entailing free maintenance, discounted accessories, VIP everything at Jeep events, and loan vehicles?

Industry News
•Rugged Ridge is going to continue with grants via its Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program throughout 2016. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to orgs helping the off-road hobby or that are following the “Create, Maintain, and Protect” motto. Introduction of this program was in 2013, and thus far it has awarded more than $60,000 to non-profit off-road organizations, such as Blue Ribbon Coalition, Stay the Trail, Off-Road Business Association, and Colorado OHV Coalition. Learn more at
•Winner of SEMA’s 2016 Best New Product Off-Road/4-Wheel-Drive category went to the Smittybilt Jeep JK Magnetic Trail Skin, which is removable armor.
•Lincoln Electric is investing about $30 mil into a new Welding Technology Center in Euclid, Ohio. It should open in 2017 and be at the ready to train welding educators and industry folks, plus veterans.
•Bridgestone is buying Pep Boys.

Auto Graphs
•Buying a new 2015 or 2016 SRT will now equal getting a one-day session at the Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving, seeing that it’s the official high-performance driving school of Dodge/SRT.
•There might just be a Ram-based SUV coming.
•Ram is definitely involved in a campaign to fight hunger via its involvement with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry and is asking Ram hunting enthusiasts to help give back. More info is at
•”Find Your Park, Love Your Park” sounds borderline creepy, but the heart is in the right place. The National Geographic Society and Subaru have launched a program with that name as an educational tool for fourth graders. Why only fourth graders? We don’t know, but you might also dig the info available to protect and preserve national parks at There are maps and other tools for learning. For your calendar notes: 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
•Speaking of Subaru, it probably has a three-row SUV coming in a couple years.
•Hello, history books: The Department of Transportation found that U.S. driving hit an all-time high: 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2015. June 2007 was the previous record at 1.5 trillion.
•Going hands-free is just as deadly as being handsy? AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety did the research to learn that “potentially unsafe mental distractions” can last for as long as 27 seconds after the act, be it changing music, using voice commands to send a text, dialing, or whatever, and could mean missing a stop sign or worse as your mind readjusts to reality.

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“The expectation for C-SUV is now very big. Renegade is comfortably above targets."— Dante Zilli, head of Jeep marketing in Europe, to Automotive News. C-SUV is the internal code name for the crossover replacing the Compass and Patriot.

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“The annual Easter Jeep Safari remains one of the most significant events on any Jeep enthusiast’s calendar. We’re extremely grateful to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers for continuing this iconic Jeep event, and we present our Wrangler Red Rock Concept as a tribute to them and the enthusiasts who attend the annual Jeep Safari and support our brand.”— Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand, about the 50 special-edition Red Rock Wranglers being produced for Moab 2016

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Two New Jeeps: 2016 Grand Cherokee Night and Wrangler Backcountry
Two new special-edition Jeeps in the house: the ’16 Grand Cherokee Night and Wrangler Backcountry. The Night means there’s notable black, including new 5Ten 20-inch rims, unique badging, and other stealthy appearance features. The Backcountry is a Sahara that’s been decal’d and has distinctive off-road bumpers, a new hood design, standard rock rails, a standard black hardtop, and 17-inch Rubicon wheels among its add-ons.

Reader Snap: Jeep Falling
“Thought you might like this one! My wife Joanne and I enjoying the fall colors on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada!”—Thomas Potter

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