The Toledo Assembly Complex is planning to have more assembly and less complex—Chrysler is due to add more employees so that production of Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited can increase.
Before we forget to mention, Wrangler sales in May 2012 set a monthly record. Like, more than ever before sold for that month.
Watch for Jeep dealerships to keep popping up in Europe. But watch only if you’re in Europe or planning to go to Europe. Otherwise we’re pretty sure your binoculars won’t be powerful enough.
That “baby” Fiat-sourced Wrangler is being called B-SUV by inside men.
Randy’s Ring & Pinion is now 30 years old.
Federal Mogul has developed an aluminum piston for hi-po diesel engines. It’s currently in the BMW M550d xDrive, which has a 124hp 3.0L engine.
Wish you could view a Miller owner’s manual via your smartphone? No prob: go to millerwelds.com/mobile.
Now through November, Flex-a-lite is celebrating its 50th with an anniversary tour across the U.S. There’s also a chance to win a trip for two to tour the company’s HQ, and there are gifts to be had at each stop. To see the tour schedule, head to flex-a-lite-blog.com and do a search for “50th”.
Source Interlink now has a corporate Facebook page. Like it, please; that’s our boss-man.
Mopar Nation is a new magazine from—you guessed it—Mopar. Check out moparnationmag.com to subscribe as well as to be as Mopar as you can be.
General Motors Design is 85 years old. As you might have surmised, it’s a division designing GM vehicles— for 85 years.
Apple and automakers are working together to figure out how to integrate Siri into voice control systems via what’s being called Eyes Free. You’d ask Siri something and never have to look at your phone. We have a friend who asked Siri to find the closest Chinese food and Siri replied, “I don’t even know you.” What could go wrong here?
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“Jeep is an asset to Chrysler that could really have a lot of upside. But they now need to localize these cars. Every competitor is localizing SUVs.”
—Bill Russo, former China chief for Chrysler, to Automotive News about the Jeep brand entering China. Imported Jeeps are selling, but the Grand runs about $91,064. Edmunds.com noted that the SRT8 is around $189,750.
Honeywell Turbo Technologies says that it expects there to be 3.2 million turbocharged passenger and commercial vehicles sold in North America this year. It was 2.2 mil last year.
Dodge Durango is dead Durango in 2016.
Which is America’s worst city for traffic? Honolulu, according to stats from the fifth annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard.
Americans are driving less. So says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and the Frontier Group. Younger generations are mostly to blame. As usual.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau found that 2011 looks like it’ll be a year of fewer vehicle thefts, which is also a recent annual trend. When it came to top 10 metropolitan statistical areas and theft, California stole the show, with 7 cities on the list. Number one was Fresno. That also was a trend; it ranked numero uno in 2010, too.
The World Health Organization is calling diesel engine exhaust an official carcinogen—something that causes cancer—for those who have heavy exposure, like truck drivers.
Win a ’12 Jeep
The Tierra del Sol Desert Safari Jeep sweepstakes is upon us—for a $4 donation per ticket, you have a shot at winning a Wrangler that’s been customized with oodles of accessories, including heavy-duty bumpers, Goodyear rubber, and a Warn winch. Go to tds4x4.com/jeep to get the scoop...and maybe a free Jeep.
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New Wrangler Freedom
The new ’12 Wrangler Freedom edition was designed with a nod to military, both Jeep’s past and those who have or are serving in the military. The Freedom comes in the colors you’d expect—if you’re slow, we mean red, white, and blue—and further specialties include a star decal on the hood and rear quarter-panels and exterior and interior badging that says “Oscar Mike”— military-speak for on the move. For every Freedom sale, Jeep is giving $250 to charities benefiting U.S. military members—Fisher House Foundation and I Support Foundation. Additionally, Chrysler gives a $500 cash allowance to military members interested in buying or leasing a vehicle from any of the Chrysler brands. The MSRP for the Freedom is $28,165 for the two-door and $30,670 for the four-door.
Things to Do With Your Jeep
September 1: 3rd Annual Club Challenge, Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park, Northern Michigan, rocksandvalleys.com
September 8: Basic Trail Guide Training hosted by Rausch Creek Off-Road Park, Tremont, Pennsylvania, rc4x4.org
September 8: Getting Started Off-Road Driving hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Hungry Valley SVRA, Gorman, California, 4x4training.com
September 9: Advanced Beginner Off-Road Driving hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, El Paso Mountains, Mojave, California, 4x4training.com
September 9: Winch and Recovery Training Class hosted by Rausch Creek Off-Road Park, Tremont, Pennsylvania, rc4x4.org
September 15: Level One Basic Off-Road Training 101 hosted by Rausch Creek Off-Road Park, Tremont, Pennsylvania, rc4x4.org
October 25-29: Ouchita Jeep Jamboree, Superlift ORV Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, jeepjamboreeusa.com
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