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Dispatch - January 2015

Posted in News on November 24, 2014
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Jeep News & Rumors
• From January to July 2014, Jeep sold 392,390 vehicles in North America. Do you know how much more that is over the same period in 2013? That would be 44 percent. Whoa, comes to mind.

• Jeepspeed is set to have a new racing series in 2015. Meet: Wrangler Desert Trophy Series. Sanctioned by Best in the Desert, the events consist of the Mint 400 in Vegas in March, the Silver State 300 in Northern Nevada in May, and the BlueWater Desert Challenge in Arizona in October. Learn about it at

• From the Jeep safety department: Chrysler has set up a new office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

• Is the Jeep Renegade gonna be renegone soon?

Automotive News reported that Jeep cut prices of the Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SRT in China on account of a report that it had been the subject of an antimonopoly probe by Chinese regulators.

• There’s a new online joint selling Jeep merch’, but this one is a bit on the unique side: It’s run by 14-year-old twins. was started by Peter and Alex Ackerman from Boston. Inspired by the Jeep wave, they went about starting a business and grassroots campaign to get the word out. They even give a portion of their sales to, which helps those affected by the Boston marathon bombing.

Industry News
• The ’14 SEMA Annual Market Report found that in 2013, sales of aftermarket/specialty parts was $33 billion, which was a 6.7 percent increase over the previous year. has been redesigned to become science-based.

• National Performance Warehouse now owns Engine Rebuilders Warehouse.

• Cummins hit 40 years in its Jamestown Engine Plant in New York.

• AEM sent us a formal note about the legality of its racing products. Racing being the key word, as in, not for street use. The meat of the letter is what we wanted to share with you: “Some AEM Performance Electronics products may be used solely on vehicles used in sanctioned competition, which may never be used upon a public road or highway, unless permitted by specific regulatory exemption (visit the “emissions” page at for state-by-state details). It is the responsibility of the installer and/or user of this product to ensure that it is used in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This policy only applies to installers and/or users who are located in the United States, however, customers who reside in other countries should act in accordance with their local laws and regulations.”

• Bushwacker has created the inaugural Founder’s Award, which it will hand out at the ’14 SEMA Show in November. It’ll be about acknowledging a truck builder’s passion and commitment. The winner behind the SUV/truck will get a custom trophy and $1,500. Learn more here:

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“I have no doubt that Land Rover will come into the fight with a product. They are an incredibly well-known brand on a global basis. It would be incredibly naive of me to not watch Land Rover very closely.”
—Head of Jeep, Mike Manley, to

Auto Graphs
• Hey, the new unnamed Goodyear blimp now has a name: Wingfoot One. It’s the first new-generation airship made by Germany’s ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik. It’s been about 70 years since a Goodyear airship got a major structural design redo.

• Universal Technical Institute (better known as UTI) has expanded its Daimler Trucks North America Finish First training program to Lisle, Illinois. Students in Finish First, which also is at the Avondale, Arizona, campus, learn suspension, brakes, steering, electrical, HVAC, and more. Go here:

• Also: Bosch has set up an educational scholarship and employment grant program through UTI. The gift was $50,000.

• NHTSA’s got the early estimates of traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2014. Around 6,800 people died in crashes. That’s actually a decrease of close to 4.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013.

• Not at all on a related subject: NHTSA has released its first proposal for vehicle-to-vehicle communication requirements in light-duty vehicles. Look for 2020 as the year when things will be the law.

• October 1993 was a milestone in the history of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Technically, it’s when the bridge got its last section and the arches were complete. Since 1938, the National Park Service has been paving the Natchez Trace a small section at a time. This info is all courtesy of

• Are we soon going to have a map courtesy of geologists that will show where sinkholes are most likely to happen anywhere in the U.S.?

• Ford has decided to build the second largest solar carport in the Midwest.

• According to a J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study, consumers are not too satisfied with the quality of their vehicle’s multimedia system. The study found that built-in voice recognition is ranked higher than wind noise for most reported problem. Bluetooth was next, then that wind issue, then navigation complaints.

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“The idea is there would be no physical stop or yield signs on the side of the road, but they would be inside the vehicle.”
—Alexandria Nobel, masters student at Virginia Tech Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which is working with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on moving posted traffic signs to a dashboard screen to automatically alert the driver.

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Have an event in 2014? Let us know! Remember, the magazine needs a couple months notice. Tell us about it so we can help put the word out. And be sure to follow these steps:

• Name of event:
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• Why your event is cool in five words or less:
• Have a high-resolution photo from a previous event? Feel free to send it to us and we might just include it.
• Send the info and photo to:
• Make your subject line: Where the Jeeps Are

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Jeep Chix: Simply put, this is about girls and Jeeps. Or Jeeps and girls. Either way, send us a photo of a girl(s) with a Jeep. Tell us who she is, what year/make/model of Jeep she’s with, and where the photo was taken. The more detail, the better.

Stuck/Rolled/Flopped/Oops Jeep: Did you roll? Did you get stuck? Is your Jeep four legs to heaven? Is it 4-feet deep in mud? Buried in the snow? If your Jeep had a gnarly or questionable moment, we want to see the evidence. Tell us what year/make/model your Jeep is, what went wrong, and where it took place. If there’s someone in the photo, tell us who it is. We want the story about what happened and how you made it unhappen. The more detail, the better.

Vintage Jeep: We dig new Jeeps, but we really dig vintage Jeeps and photos from back in the day are what this is about. For example, maybe you had a family member serving in the military and have a neat photo of that person with a Jeep. Maybe your family road-trip vacation when you were a kid took place in a Jeep and you have the photo to prove it. We’re essentially looking for vintage, like it says, but not a vintage Jeep doing its thing today. We want old-timey. Don’t worry if the photo is grainy or black-and-white—that reeks of vintage. Tell us the year/make/model of Jeep, the year the photo was taken, who is in the photo, and the circumstances. The more detail, the better.

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