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August 2013 Dispatch - Jeep News

Posted in News on July 1, 2013
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Jeep News & Rumors
• A Jeep museum in Toledo, Ohio. A rumor we can get behind.

Home of Jeep.

• From now until November 13, you have the opportunity to win a ’13 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The giveaway will happen during the ’13 Jeep Jamboree USA series. Visit Falken Tire’s Facebook page (

• When the ’14 Cherokee debuts in China, it will go by the name Zi You Guang. Some are saying that translates to “Liberty Light.” We did a lame attempt at Google Translator and were told “Concept of Freedom.”

• Jeep Australia is using director Bobby Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber) to direct its Jeep Compass ad, “Every dog has its Jeep, too,” the follow-up to “Every dog has its Jeep.” Or as the website headlined: “A urinating, dry-humping dog is the star of the new Jeep campaign….”

Industry News
• Bilstein is holding a contest—enter to win one of three customized vehicles (OK, you probably only are interested in the Ford F-150, but there’s also a BMW 335i and Ford Mustang GT). You have until October 7 to win, so get the scoop at

• Holley, Hooker Headers, and NOS are celebrating their anniversaries—110, 50, and 35, respectively—and you can score free stuff by visiting

• If you made it to Moab this year, you might have seen the feat of strength performed by Mac’s Tie Downs ( Owner Colin McLemore tied down his own Jeep using a wheel net system. The trailer was lifted by a crane, dangling 20 feet above via Mac’s straps; that went on for five solid days.

Just hanging around.

• Yokohama is a Stadium SUPER Trucks Series sponsor. That’s the Robby Gordon off-road racing series.

• Falken Tire is the official tire of Tread Lightly!.

• Mickey Thompson received the Shav Glick award, given to those in the industry who made a valuable or distinguished contribution in California.


• Edelbrock is 75 years old now. Go to and you might win something, like a custom Ford Mustang. Technically not “like,” but actually that.

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“The market very much likes SUV vehicles, so it’s a great market for Jeep.”
—Jeep CEO Mike Manley to Automotive News about the new Cherokee going on sale in China. It already sells the Grand, Compass, Patriot, and Wrangler there.

Auto Graphs
• The VIN on ’13 Rams sports an R rather than a D for the fifth letter. That means Dodge is dead in this regard.

It’s official.

• Speaking of Ram, there’s word that Chrysler may add the V-6 EcoDiesel to every brand under the umbrella.

Diesel for everything.

• Rumor has it the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will create a special crash-test rating based on senior drivers.

• Do Chevy Camaros remind you of your youth? Then step into this time machine: The Z/28 is back as a ’14 model.

• Speaking of Chevy, it teamed up with Myspace on a project. We didn’t read beyond that, because it was so cutting edge and hipster, it was more than we could handle. You know, ten years ago.

• There’s a special edition of the ’14 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, the creatively named ’14 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition. It’s mostly appearance stuff. There’s also a chance to get a Shelby Raptor from Shelby American—it’s about $18K over the cost of the pickup.

• Michigan is the top state for automotive manufacturing jobs, according to the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and IHS. Ohio is next.

• The Dubai Police has added a Lamborghini to its fleet of cop cars.

• Reminder: The annual Collector Car Appreciation Day nationwide is July 12, 2013.

Outstanding Trails for 2013
By now you probably know the drill: BFGoodrich and Tread Lightly! have been naming trails to its Outstanding Trails program in the U.S. since 2006. More than $115,000 in grants has been awarded in order to support trail conservation, and for 2013, clubs maintaining the following trails will each get $4,000 toward their continuing efforts:

TDS, over 50 years strong.

• Dutch John Trail in the Uwharrie National Forest: This trail is in North Carolina.

• Kansas Rocks Recreation Park: This is a not-for-profit park.

• Truckhaven: It’s where Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari takes place in California.

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*As seen on Jp’s Facebook page

Jp Staff Gets Naked
Want to learn more about the people who put together your favorite Jeep magazine? Agreed, you don’t. But some of you have been asking questions, so in each issue, we’ll answer those, no matter how weird they—and you—are. Send your question to with the subject line, “I Need to Know.” We were going to make that subject line “Get Naked,” but we have enough of those already in our spam folder.

Not-a-steal Steal-J.

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