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July 2013 Dispatch - Jeep News

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Jeep News & Rumors
The Cherokee is back! Meet the ’14 Jeep Cherokee. And, like when you meet someone who sounds good on paper, it’s all a little disappointing in person. Therefore, in this case, the heritage and awesomeness that was the old Cherokee is not here. More on this all-new Jeep soon, regardless of whether or not you want it.

2014 Not Cherokee Cherokee.

Mopar has launched a line of greaseable U-joints for Jeep (and Ram). Things like the wheel axle joints having a flush lube fitting in the bearing cup for easy access and more cross strength, as well as heavy-duty apps with cross trunions for bigger grease reservoirs are among the features.

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“This won’t be a great quarter, but the important thing is that we’re confirming our 2013 targets.”
—Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, to Bloomberg, regarding lessened sales in Europe and delivery issues for Jeep in the U.S.

Industry News
Miller Electric. Blue rebate. Save up to 15 percent on some welding equipment. It lasts through May 31, so hurry. Go to millerwelds.com/buildwithblue.

Go blue.

Sport Truck USA has snatched up JKS Manufacturing, which you know for having made the sway-bar Quick Disconnect system and other suspension products. Also under the Sport Truck USA umbrella are BDS Suspension, Zone Off-Road Products, and 4x4 Posi-Lok.

Continental has the ultimate backseat driver for you. Or front seat. Or is it actually in your lap? Either way, Continental has engineered a concept vehicle called Driver Focus, with a massive emphasis on safety technology (for you) and interior monitoring (of you). This includes something called “visual human-machine interface,” giving you a “virtual safety-focused companion.” It’s all about making sure you don’t F up the driving experience in an unsafe way, and it can compensate when you appear you might.

From the beefy department: Eaton has kicked off the Fuller Advantage Series of transmissions. The lineup of 10-speeds (both manual and auto) is headed for production in early 2014. Commercial vehicles will see better fuel economy, lower maintenance, and better shift feel.

Fuels Institute—it’s a new nonprofit setting out to focus on market issues related to fuel and the vehicles that use said fuel.

Alcoa scored the title of Most Admired Metals Company by Fortune magazine.

Auto Graphs
If you live in Louisiana, know that your state has been deemed most expensive place for car insurance, according to Insure.com’s annual study of rates across the U.S. Cheapest? Maine. Wicked pissah, Maine. Wicked pissah.

Don’t forget to mark July 12, 2013, on your calendar: it’s Collector Car Appreciation Day nationwide. We’re totally calling in sick. And we totally probably shouldn’t have said as much in the magazine.

Collector Car Appreciation Day. Represent.

Clinical Chemistry, the rag of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, said its scientific data revealed that cannabis can be detected in the blood of daily smokers for a month after the last hit. Or whatever the word for “hit” is in medicinal terms.

Smartphone breathalyzer? Yes, Breathometer is the name.

Retweeting—or retexting or whatever we’re doing after this colon: Uplifting news: “A median-income household can only afford the average-priced new car or light truck in one of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. (Washington, D.C.), according to research released today by Interest.com.”

A bill has been brought into the House of Reps to have the National Academies do a scientific assessment of how gas blended with 10-15 percent ethanol might impact gas-powered vehicles and rigs. It’s to take a closer look at how it might affect emissions, OBD, and fuel efficiency, among other things. It’s SEMA-supported legislation; the National Academies would have 18 months to do its studying, during which time E15-blended gas would not be available for sale.

By the way, if you’re in need of E85 fuel, the Renewable Fuels Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association have updated the free Flex-Fuel Station Locator app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and all Androids, which helps with route planning with E85 stations along the way, flex-fuel vehicle identifier (tells users whether their vehicles are flex-fuelers), a search by state, city, or zip for nearby stations, and more.

New Jeeps
New Jeep concepts from Mopar

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“The tension is good, exactly what we hoped for!”
—Ralph Gilles via Twitter on the new Grand Cherokee

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