• Chrysler and Fiat have made it official, marrying their names in a new moniker. The company will now be called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
• National Geographic Channel is said to be inking a sponsorship of the Grand Cherokee with regard to programming on the channel in the UK. It’s the biggest deal in the history of the channel -- and is worth seven figures.
• The Cherokee sold five times more than the Liberty in January 2013 versus January 2014.
• Looks like there’s a hip-hop group called Turquoise Jeep. Or as their full name looks to be, Turquoise Jeep No Affiliation with Chrysler Jeep Brand.
• Justforjeeps.com has launched Jeep apparel and Ts.
• Jeep’s lofty-but-maybe-not-so-lofty plan for 2014? Sell a million vehicles worldwide.
• The not-named-Jeepster new Jeep needs a real name soon. Nicknames like Baby Jeep and Junior Jeep are getting old. And somewhat uncomfortable.
• Baby Junior Jeep -- will it see the word Laredo?
• Word is that Jeep in China will build its own version of the Cherokee. Right now, the Toledo, Ohio-built Cherokee is shipped there. Watch for Brazil to have an assembly line for Jeeps starting in 2015.
• And the winner is: Toledo Assembly. It built more Jeeps than any other Chrysler plant in 2013.
• Australia got the Wrangler Freedom, the military-inspired model with the giant Oscar Mike badging, based on the Sport.
• Autobytel.com anointed the ’14 Grand Cherokee SUV of the Year.
• Europeans aren’t getting the EcoDiesel in the new Cherokee. Well, they are, just without he granola-crunching “Eco” part of the all-new 2.0L four-banger Multijet II’s name. It makes 170 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a new nine-speed transmission. The Cherokee also has a 2.0L Multijet II turbodiesel engine.
• The Patriot got a nod from Kelley Blue Book as the award winner of lowest five-year cost to own in its class.
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“While the new Jeep Compass can do some work off-road, it is more suited as a compact crossover SUV family hauler.”
-- Press release from Stettler Dodge
• How long ago did Ram and Cummins hook up? That would be 25 years. It was 1989, with the Ram (then Dodge Ram) 350 and 5.9L Cummins. It made 160hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
• Lincoln Electric and others got funding to benchmark metal-layering technology. Ultimately it’s about developing and accelerating additive manufacturing and 3D printing for global manufacturing competitiveness.
• Mopar provided some Hemis for the new King of the Hammers spec class called Every Man Challenge.
• Also having a new logo: Permatex.
• Enterprise -- ye of Enterprise, National, and Alamo rental agencies -- did a survey of car renter and owner preferences. Millennials (25- to 34-year-olds) like to drive their own vehicles. Hmmm, rental car company survey fail?
• The UK wants to halt cigarette smoking in the vehicle when kids are riding.
• The ’14 Ram 1500 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 4x4? It got its EPA rating: 19 city, 27 highway.
• According to Scenic America, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is paying more than $4.3 million to take down a digital billboard as part of a bridge reconstruction project.
• A study by the University of Utah issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety points to hands-free devices being as distracting as texting or emailing while driving. It’s all about the mental distraction.
• If you are in to having any reason to raise a glass, then raise yours for the 65th anniversary of the VW Beetle in the U.S. January 1949, if you’re bad at math.
• Ford’s ’15 F-150 is all-new, including a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine and military-grade aluminum alloys and fully boxed ladder frame. This meant about 700 pounds were lost.
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Chuck Danger Hays
Cool is not having to screw with enrichment levers and stalling out on off camber.
January 29 at 8:09 pm
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“I have historically been a free-market advocate, subscribing to the notion of ‘creative destruction’ advanced by the Austrian economist Schumpeter. This is the belief that inefficient companies need to be swept away to make room for progress, growth, and innovation.”
-- Sergio Marchionne,
Chairman and CEO of Chrysler,
to students at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Jeep Brings Back Altitude Models
A blacked-out exterior for a “stealth” look is the signature of the Altitude model of Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler. The limited-edition ’14 Jeeps will be available in the spring, joining the existing Compass and Patriot versions. The price to be seen in something implied as unseen is as follows for the 4x4 models: Cherokee: $26,995; Grand Cherokee: $37,290; and Wrangler: $35,395.
Where the Jeeps Are
May 16-18, 2014
Near Flagstaff, Arizona
Mormon Lake Lodge
180 exhibitors, driving course, seminars
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