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Dispatch - November 2013

Posted in News on October 10, 2013
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Jeep News & Rumors
• Tofu Jeep: The ’14 Cherokee employs a special body sealer that helps with weight savings and sustainability. It just so happens to be a soy-based thing (an acoustic foam in certain areas of the vehicle’s structure), rather than more commonly used petroleum-derived foam.

• A guy named David Judd Nutting, who is a designer, engineer, and inventor, has written a book called Secrets to the Creative Mind: Become the Master of Your Mind. He claims that “no one is born a genius, but everyone has genius inside of them,” and the book is said to help unlock that potential. We only bring this up because he designed the original Grand Wagoneer. Maybe read it so you can design something more genius than the Patriot.

• Is an SRT-brand Cherokee around the corner?

• Now playing in South Carolina: The ZF Transmissions Gray Court is where eight- and nine-speed auto transmissions for Chrysler will be produced.

• Third time’s the…third time. For three years running, AutoPacific, an automotive research group, has called the Grand Cherokee the best-in-class midsize SUV. This was for the 17th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

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Industry News
• What are the most popular auto parts to buy online? has that answer. It took a look at what replacement parts were purchased by customers from June 2012 to June 2013, and radiator was revealed as number one. Also nabbing spots in the top 10 were catalytic converter, air filter, O2 sensor, control arm, and fuel pump.

• We got a note from BDS Suspension and Zone Offroad that talked about how the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requires electronic stability control as standard equipment and that as of August 2012, aftermarket products must be compliant with the part about driver control during evasive lane-change maneuvers. The company told us, “BDS Suspension and Zone Offroad, however, have been on the industry forefront working towards independent verification of all applicable suspension kits to show compliance with the new standards. Currently many of the Jeep, Dodge, and Ford suspension kits have been verified compliant and other applications continue to be tested periodically.”

• Quaker State is holding the Defy My Ride sweepstakes. Go to and enter for a chance to win not only a Shell fuel card or racing gloves signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., but also a modified ’72 Corvette.

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“Unlike any other aftermarket company, our accessories are designed and tested by the same designers and engineers who created our premium SUV.”

—Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar, regarding the fact that it now offers more than 100 accessories for the ’14 Grand Cherokee

Auto Graphs
• Want to tow with the Ram EcoDiesel? Its towing capacity has now been rated at 9,200 pounds. says the best times to buy a vehicle include the end of the day, the end of the quarter or month, the end of the model year, and funky-weather days.

• Ford is offering the ’14 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas. It’s the only 1/2-ton with CNG/LPG capability right now.

• While we’re on the subject of Ford, Henry would have been 150 years old in 2013, and the Blue Oval is going nuts with national and international celebrations. In fact, July 30, 2013 was deemed Henry Ford Day in Michigan. Go to for loads of info.

• Was renting a car from Hertz and smoking a cigarette while inside it on your bucket list? Sorry—the company’s fleets just went smoke-free.

• The Petersen Automotive Museum is reportedly selling some cars in its collection in order to help pay for a redesign/redo, inside and out.

• George Barris has been inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. You know him as the mastermind behind the Batmobile and other TV/movie car stars.

• The U.S. Census Bureau says the first-ever car advertisement showed up in the July 1898 edition of Scientific American for the Winton Motor Carriage. The headline read “dispense with a horse.”

• The Chevy Bow-Tie symbol has turned 100 years old.

• A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that teen girls are more likely to use phones and other electronics while driving than teen boys.

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New Goodyear Rubber
Goodyear has taken the wraps off a new tire called Adventure (birth name: Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure). It has a particularly noteworthy ingredient: DuPont Kevlar. The layer of Kevlar-ness takes it up a notch in the rugged department. Meanwhile, the rest of the tire includes open shoulder blocks, traction ridges, and special compound and edge designs for extra traction off road, but also for wet and slick surfaces on road. Durawall Technology is also featured, to keep the sidewall as slice-and-dice resistant as possible. The Adventure is available now, with a total of 44 sizes on tap by the end of 2013. A Pro-Grade version also will be available for ½- and ¾-ton trucks that see a lot of major hauling or towing; two layers of Kevlar and a heavy-duty steel belt package separate this version.

What Happened to Jp’s Website?
Over at, big things have been happening. We’ve become part of the Four Wheeler network, which means not only do you have access to Jp’s diverse and awesome content, but you’ll also be able to easily peruse that of our sister mags, Four Wheeler, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 4-Wheel Drive & Sport Utility, Mud Life, and Off-Road.

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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.

This month’s burning questions: Christian Pete Verne
Favorite chip? Lay’s. Don’t particularly like chips. Doritos.
Favorite shoes? They’re for indoor only, but my L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasin slippers. Don’t necessarily wear shoes. Flip-flops or barefoot. Especially while welding.
Favorite way to spell Jeep? Flattie. Only one way to spell Jeep. Willys.
Favorite Jp editor? That smart, handsome, bald guy. Only one Jp “editor.” I plead the Fifth.

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