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.
Recreational Groups Petition for Land Access
The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) led a coalition of recreational access groups in entering the latest lawsuit challenging recreational access to the California Desert Conservation Area in Southern California. The latest suit filed by anti-access groups opposes the West Mojave Plan (WEMO plan) and the Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Management Plan (NECO), which encompass a significant amount of the land in Southern California managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The CA4WDC, along with the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) and the United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), has filed a motion to intervene with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in response to the lawsuit.
Dennis Porter, attorney for the CA4WDC, states, "The recreational groups seek to participate in this lawsuit to defend the right to legitimate recreational access to the Mojave Desert."
The BRC's public lands director, Brian Hawthorne, adds, "BRC is excited to be a part of Cal 4's intervention. This is an important case, not only to our members in Southern California, but also because of its potential to affect route designation planning in other areas."
Hawthorne also notes that the combined legal expertise available with the three recreational groups is impressive.
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organizational and business members.
For more information on the lawsuit and other land-access issues, log on to the BRC's website at www.sharetrails.org. Information can also be found on the CA4WDC's site (www.cal4wheel.com) and the UFWDA's site (www.ufwda.org).
Win the ORBA Toyota FJ Cruiser - Cascade Range
During this coming June at the 4Wheel Parts Truckfest, ORBA will be giving away its brand-new, fully loaded '07 Toyota FJ Cruiser to one lucky winner. The vehicle is equipped with products from DeMello Offroad, Donahoe Racing, K&N, MasterCraft, Power Tank, Warn, BFGoodrich, and many more.
To enter the contest, simply give ORBA a call at (661) 323-1464 or send a check made out to ORBA to 1701 Westwind Dr., #216, Bakersfield, CA 93301. One ticket will cost you $10, three tickets will cost you $20, and ten tickets will cost you $50. Don't miss this opportunity!