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Jeep News and Rumors - Dispatch

Posted in News on June 20, 2015
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Least expensive vehicles to insure in 2015? put three Jeep vehicles on that list: Wrangler Sport, Patriot Sport 2WD, and Jeep Compass.

Kelley Blue Book’s listed its 10 Favorite New-for-2015 Cars at and included is the Renegade.

Kiplinger’s 2015 Best Car Value Awards: Best-in-Class midsize crossover is the Grand Cherokee.

And the Grand Cherokee was the top-selling vehicle in Australia in 2014, if you checkmark the large-SUV box.

Industry News

Goodyear is working on tires that can charge an electric vehicle during driving.

National Performance Warehouse bought Racer’s Equipment Warehouse.

MSD and Mallory are merging.

Poison Spyder Customs has been scooped up by Transamerican Manufacturing Group.

Rugged Ridge has a 2015 catalog of stuff for the ’07-’15 Wrangler JK. Go to and the catalog request page—It’s free.

Centerforce Clutches is holding a video contest called “Get Your Shift Together.” It’s about learning to drive a stick, and the winner snags a $500 gift certificate for Centerforce products. For info, go to or Centerforce’s Facebook page.

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“I just don’t think there is a business, marketing, or post-production plan that can pull it off. I suspect that whatever incredible advancement GM would make Jeep would either incorporate or simply pass on. So, GM, try it, but don’t think of it as a money maker. Think of it as an exercise of enjoyment.”

—From the comments section of “Community Question: Should GMC Offer a Jeep Wrangler Fighter” on

Auto Graphs

It’s official: Google Compare Auto Insurance. Starting in California.

GM is dumping the 100,000-mile powertrain warranty to 60,000 miles. Still five years, though.

Speaking of GM, the Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss: off-road suspension package, meaty rubber, and appearance items.

June 5-7 in Louisville, Kentucky, is the Unlimited Off-Road Expo. Test rides, products, an arena, and much more happenings. Go to for details.

The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014, nearly the same as that period in 2013. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—there were 4,735 deaths in 2013, but 7,516 in 1975, making for slow progress at safety, but progress.

An app that prevents wheel theft? RimTech is a wheel-tracking device with corresponding mobile app.

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Concept Jeeps from Moab

Staff Car
Cherokee Canyon Trail
Red Rock Responder
Jeep Chief

Want to see some new Jeep ideas sporting Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts? Then ye shall receive this sampling of some of the more interesting concept Jeeps created so far in 2015 by Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts.

Jeep Staff Car: A nod to military service vehicles, the open-air Wrangler has no B-pillars or doors. Military-style headlights, J8 front and rear bumpers, and 35-inch Firestone NDT military tires are some of what’s on tap.

Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail: The goal here is off-roadiness, and the decal proclaiming it 2015 Four Wheeler of the Year from our sister mag Four Wheeler would seem to attest to the Cherokee getting even better with performance parts. And that’s mostly the world of skidplates here.

Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder: It’s a support vehicle, so we’re digging a Wrangler with built-in drawers, side cargo boxes, and extra compartments, in addition to its beefy components and prototype off-road rock rails. And, um, is it a pickup?

Jeep Chief: Hello, ’70s! It’s based on the Wrangler and has a custom grille, slotted mag wheels, vintage paint, and more. However, we refuse to acknowledge the “surfer” theme and Hawaiian interior. We’ll just leave cool well enough alone.

Renegade Hard Steel Jeep Concept

Jeep and Mopar and the Fiat Style Centre created the Renegade Hard Steel Jeep based on the Trailhawk. The design project’s bodywork is called brushed steel livery. Brushed steel is inside, and the trailer has a touch-screen display—and a fuel door?

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“At this moment and time, I have higher priorities. That doesn’t mean to say that we don’t work on it, we’re not looking at it.”

—Jeep CEO and President Michael Manley about a pickup

Where the Jeeps Are

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Name of event: 2nd annual Offroading with Luke & Eddie Outer Banks Jeep Mutiny Date of event: September 10-13
City: Nags Head, NC
Why it’s cool: Family friendly

Name of event: Mass Mudders 19th Annual Family Style Pig Roast
Date of event: September 19
City: Gloucester, MA
Why it’s cool: Jeeps and aforementioned pig roast

Name of event: Cruise to the Show
Date of event: September 26-27
City: East Meadow, NY
Why it’s cool: 7-mile cruise and show

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