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The Latest Jeep News - Dispatch

Posted in News on February 16, 2015
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Jeep News & Rumors
You officially have to say the Wrangler is hot—SEMA named it Hottest 4x4-SUV at its 2014 SEMA Show. Winners were based on booth popularity, aka best platforms for accessorizing aftermarket products. This is the fifth-consecutive win for the Wrangler.

Latin America? Meet the Jeep Renegade.

Lucky five? The Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo was the locale for the naming of its annual awards for Bests. This included the ’15 Jeep Grand Cherokee for SUV of Texas for the fifth year in a row. The ’15 Cherokee Trailhawk was named Compact SUV, and the Grand Cherokee Overland was anointed Midsize SUV. Midsize Luxury comes in the form of the Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4x4. In fact, the 3.0L EcoDiesel won Best Powertrain.

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The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel won 2015 Green Truck of the Year from Green Car Journal.

Truecar.com looked at voting patterns and vehicle choices and realized most red states want trucks and most blue states want cars.

Buying a Tesla? You’ll get what they’re calling a “happiness guarantee.”

Wondering which automaker the EPA claimed keeps having the biggest year-over-year MPG improvements? Nissan.

Fiat and Mitsubishi are thinking they have a great idea for a midsize pickup they can work on together.

For our international readers, check out terrein.nu. Sure, it’s written in Dutch, but the photos are a language we all can speak. Plus, the Interwebs have this thing called Google Translate.

Industry News
Want to wear a welding helmet designed by a student who is hoping for a career in science, technology, math, or engineering? Lincoln Electric can make that happen. It held a welding helmet design contest for students, and the winner scored manufacture of a limited-edition Viking 2450 Series auto-darkening helmet with the winning design. Get it at lincolnelectric.com.

Filson and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) have created the AEV Filson Edition Wrangler. You might recognize this partnership as the names behind the AEV Filson Edition Double Brute Cab in 2013. This Wrangler is based on the AEV JK350 package, with key components that include a 31⁄2-inch DualSport SC suspension, an available Hemi, a heat-reduction hood, a special front bumper, and 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains. Green paint with matching fender flares and hardtop like the Brute appear here as well. It starts around $64,000. Learn more at aev-conversions.com.

The winner of the SEMA Best New Product for 2015 in the Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive category was Bubba Rope for its Gator-Jaw soft shackle. Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge was a finalist with its Exo Top soft top and cargo-rack system. Factor 55 was as well with its ProLink Bridle, which replaces winch hooks via closed-system shackle mount locations for a centered single pull or two outer shackle locations for—you guessed it—a bridle setup.

This Dealership Buried a ’43 Jeep
Bay King Chrysler over in Canada opened a redo of its dealership and put something unique into its new foundation: a ’43 Jeep. It has the original serial number and allied markings, and the dealership covered it with triple-paned glass in order to allow customers to view it. As the powers that be put it, this Jeep is “an amazing piece of Canadian history and an integral part of our company. We remain fascinated.”

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“…active all-road, Wrangler-esque type of vehicle…”
—Buick-GMC VP Duncan Aldred to Edmunds.com on GMC planning a Wrangler-inspired (Wrangler rip-off?) SUV

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Where the Jeeps Are In 2015
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A Couple of Mopar Jeeps
Last issue, we gave you the spoiler peek at some Jeeps that Mopar had up its sleeve. Here they are.

Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance: This one sports a lot of Jeep Performance Parts items, such as push-button electric-locking Dana 60s, 4.88 gearing, a prototype 4-inch lift kit, (clocking in at 70:1 crawl ratio), a prototype flattop fender kit, tire carrier, and winch.

Jeep Renegade Frostbite: Once again, you’re super smart if you thought this might be snow-inspired. There’s a Mopar ski/snowboard roof rack and a rock guard.

Jeep Renegade Riptide: You are one smart cookie if you realized this is surf-inspired. Mopar blue’d it, used its brand of carrier racks, and dropped in teak floor mats.

Jeep Cherokee Dakar: They’re calling it the most extreme Cherokee, but we’ll bite our tongue. It has some Jeep Performance Parts equipment, such as skidplates, two-piece fuel tank, and rock rails. Prototype stuff includes a lift kit and leather seats.

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“We firmly believe that we have to downsize the engines that are going into the Wrangler, just in terms of displacements, and then increase the capabilities by putting turbos in and doing other things to that engine.” —FCA head Sergio Marchionne to Automotive News. The new Wrangler is coming in 2017.

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