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Jordan May | Writer
Posted April 3, 2007
Photographers: Cascade Range

New Jeep Patriot Now in Production
Chrysler recently launched production of its tenth all-new vehicle this year as the first '07 Jeep Patriot came off the assembly line. Production of the all-new '07 Dodge Caliber began in January 2006 and was followed in May by the all-new '07 Jeep Compass. Flexible manufacturing is allowing Chrysler to bring its new vehicles to market more quickly, which has positively impacted production costs by a savings of up to 85 percent in some instances.

Based on the Jeep Patriot concept first introduced at the 2005 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, the '07 Jeep Patriot is a modern interpretation of traditional Jeep styling, according to Chrysler. The company indicates that the Jeep Patriot combines the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy, and price of a compact car or small pickup. Safety features, such as standard side-curtain airbags and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), add to the Patriot's tremendous value, and all-new Jeep technology gives the Patriot more capability than any other vehicle in its class, according to Chrysler.

The Jeep Patriot will be available in the United States and Canada in three drive configurations: front-wheel drive, Freedom Drive I (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode), and Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with Low range that provides true Jeep 4x4 Trail Rated capability).

For more information, visit www.jeep.com.

Tread Lightly! Online
The highly anticipated Tread Lightly! Awareness Course is now live and available online. The free, 30-minute interactive course covers essential outdoor ethics for motorized and mechanized recreation. It combines flash animation, voice-overs, hypothetical scenarios, and "knowledge checks" to make a well-rounded, entertaining learning tool.

"Nothing like this has ever existed for motorized recreationists," says Mary Van Buren, Tread Lightly!'s education and training specialist. "We're filling a void by giving everyone a chance to get a good, basic knowledge of how to play responsibly in the outdoors from the convenience of their own computer."

The course specifically addresses ATV riding, mountain biking, four-wheeling, off-highway motorcycling, personal watercraft driving, and snowmobiling. Land and water managers are also encouraged to consider utilizing the course as a requirement for groups seeking special-use permits or incorporating it into existing education programs.

To access the Awareness Course, simply go to www.treadlightly.org and click on the link titled "New Online Awareness Course."

Advance Adapters' Lucky Winner
Utah's Rick Winkler is the winner of the 5th Annual Atlas Giveaway. Rick entered the drawing at the 2006 Easter Jeep Safari, and his entry was dropped along with thousands of other entries from a two-story height into a hollow Atlas 'case below. Entries falling into the 'case were repeatedly dropped until only one ticket remained, being the last ticket in the 'case. The lucky enthusiast won a brand-new Atlas II transfer case.

To find out how you can enter the contest for 2007, check out Advance Adapters' website at www.atlas-tc.com.

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