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Dispatch - July 2014

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Jeep News & Rumors
What do you think about Jeep adding a power retractable top to the Wrangler? Choose your answer wisely, since it’s possibly an option coming to the next-generation Jeep and to owners who are lazy as all heck. Or maybe it’s about convenience. Seems lazy.

Mopar already has accessories for the ’15 Renegade. More than 100 of them. None are Wrangler-themed face and body-redo kits. But they do include a Jeep Performance Parts lowering kit and after-cat exhaust.

Wait, Extreme Barbie Jeep racing? It’s racing off-road in a Barbie Jeep toy, like at the RBD event every year at Morris Mountain ORV area in Alabama.

Great news! The Jeep Cherokee was a finalist for 2014 World Car of the Year. Bad news! It didn’t make the cut to actual nominee.

The Wrangler X is now a model in Europe.

Four engineers behind the four-wheel-drive system on the ’14 Cherokee were awarded the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award. Patent No. 8172712, which they hold, was for the power transfer unit and associated components, specifically a reduction hub controlled by a range selector with High, Low, and Neutral settings.

Jeep is delaying launching in India. It’s an economic-climate thing. It’ll still happen at some point. Imports first.

Industry News
Royal Purple can help you get your arse to the SEMA Show. There’s a raffle to get there. All you have to do is visit Royal Purple’s truck and trailer display at participating events and you’ll be up for an all-expense paid trip. Rules and events are here:

SCT has acquired Bully Dog.

Mahle has a division dedicated to tool and equipment, and its name is Mahle Service Solutions.

The Dreamworks flick Need for Speed had an automotive consultant: MagnaFlow, which helped created the hi-po sounds.

VP Racing Fuels will be the official fuel of the ’14 TORC Off-Road Championship season.

Safelite AutoGlass, which does windshield replacements, recycled more than 1 million windshields in 2013.

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Rancho is partnering with the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA). ORBA was formed to promote and protect off-road recreation. Rancho has become a sponsor of ORBA.

Goodyear is retiring the Spirit of Goodyear blimp after 14 years. It has been the company’s longest continuous operated airship and will get a Guinness World Record for such.

Auto Graphs
Was your life dream to own a motorcycle that belonged to a pontiff? Too bad—the Harley-Davidson owned by Pope Francis has sold at auction for $327,000. He also signed a Harley-Davidson leather jacket, and that went for $77,485.

In just three days, Ram got more than 8,000 orders for the 1500 EcoDiesel truck. Yeah, this happens when you invent a half-ton truck with a diesel.

While on the subject of Ram, CASE Construction Equipment pulled the wraps off a unique Ram Laramie Longhorn 580 Super N Wide Track backhoe inspired by said Ram.

The ’15 Ford Expedition will have a 3.5L V-6 EcoBoost from the F-series.

Seems cops in various states dealing with the legalization of marijuana are pondering the issue of what the equivalent to a breath test will be for those DUIing Maui Wowie style. put together a list of the top 10 repair jobs in 2013. The tops in replacement were brake pads, followed by alternator, water pump, timing belt, and spark plugs.

Quote Without Story
“We put in as much Wrangler DNA as we could.”
-- Mark Allen, Jeep design, about the new Renegade, to Automotive News

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“If a driver says that it is not going to respect the robot because it’s just a machine, the robot is going to take that and there will be a ticket for him. We are a poor country and our government is looking for money. And I will tell you that with the roads the government has built, it needs to recover its money.”

-- Isaie Therese, an engineer, in an interview with CCTV Africa, according to the Washington Post. She is referring to the project involving two robots, more than 8 feet tall, replacing police officers to direct traffic and pedestrians in Kinshasa, the capital city of Congo

Jeep Renegade, Not Jeep Jeepster
That “baby” Jeep? It has a real name now: Renegade. And it’s a ’15 model. The Trailhawk 4x4 version has standard Jeep Drive Active Low (there’s also Jeep Drive Active, a full-time system, too), which has a 20:1 crawl ratio; coupled with Selec-Terrain with Rock mode (only the Trailhawk has this mode). To push its Trail Rated–ness, there’s been a bump in ride height as well as the addition of front and rear tow hooks and skidplates.

The fascias have also been optimized for approach and departure angles, while Hill Descent Control and 19 inches to spare for water fording. The 1.4L Multiair Turbo is worth about 160 horses and 170 lb-ft of torque; the 2.4L Multiair2 Tigershark sees 184 ponies and 177 lb-ft of twist. Independent suspension exists with a MacPherson setup in front, and the Renegade is the first to have the Koni frequency selective damping strut system at either end.

And a big notable is the available nine-speed auto transmission. It can be mated to the diesel or the 2.4L MultiAir gas engine.

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Reader Quote Without Story: Renegade Edition:

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