Jeep News & Rumors
•Diesel Jeep and hybrid Jeep? Yes.
•A production Jeep that would cost more than $100,000? Yes.
•Broken record: In 2015, Jeep did just that in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region—an all-time sales record was set due to a 55.7 percent jump over 2014.
•Jeep satellite stores are being considered.
•Mike Manley, the head of Jeep brand, and the brand team won the Automotive Difference Maker award from The Detroit Free Press, said to be in part “because Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ recovery from Chapter 11 bankruptcy simply would not have been possible without the rapid global expansion of the Jeep brand.”
•The Wrangler Unlimited, Grand Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee SRT made their debut in India.
•aFe has bought Sway-A-Way’s line of high-performance off-road racing shocks (which includes Sway-A-Way and RaceRunner).
•Monroe is 100 years old.
•Tread Lightly! is funding 25 stewardship projects, which is part of the org’s 25th anniversary, 25 for 25 initiative, and Restoration for Recreation program. Trails, shooting ranges, hunting spots, campgrounds, and other recreational areas will benefit via trail resurfacing, recycling collection, cleanups, improvements, erosion mitigation, expansion, and more. Tread Lightly! members or its agency partners, such as clubs and the Boy Scouts, will run the projects.
•KMC Wheels has added Casey Currie to its team of drivers. He’ll be helping to design the Jeeps, too.
•Toyo is the official tire of the Anaheim Ducks.
•Champion Oil: Meet your 60th anniversary.
•Dick Cepek is keeping its sponsorship of B.A.S.S., including as sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series.
•Is Bosch heading into the power tool market?
•The EPA is pushing regulation that would stop the conversion of production cars designed for on-road use into racecars. More emissions “solutions.” SEMA is actively trying to fight this.
•Ram’s now got an off-road package for the 2500 4x4. It includes large fender flares, big front tow hooks, performance shocks, and five-link coil rear suspension. While we’re at it, the Power Wagon got a new look for 2017, looking more like the 1500 Rebel.
•Uber is giving a Bop It toy to drivers to give intoxicated riders as a distraction so that they don’t get aggressive with the aforementioned Uber driver.
•Fuel on demand? The WeFuel app means ordering fuel and paying through the app, then waiting for a special truck to deliver the fuel. It’s currently in parts of the Bay Area in California.
•Is Mercedes-Benz going to be accused of using defeat devices on the BlueTec just like Volkswagen?
•The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the 2015 National Bridge Inventory database, and the report about American bridges noted that 58,5000 are on the structurally deficient list. However, there were 2,574 fewer structurally deficient bridges in 2015 versus 2014. The most heavily used 250 deficient are mainly on urban highways, and California scored most of those.
“I think the important thing for us to reinforce is the fact that the Wrangler, in its new home in Toledo, will have additional production capacity available to try and meet demand on a global scale, and I think it’s important for us to have found a home for the Grand Wagoneer family, both the Grand Wagoneer and the Wagoneer in whatever shape they come.”—FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, according to The Detroit Free Press.
“6:20am getting ready for my first transport of what looks like another busy day.....JSJ was out in full force yesterday, getting doctors, nurses & police officers to hospitals & stations all over New Jersey, recovered massive amounts of stuck vehicles including a ambulance (twice in 10 minutes) a Huge thank you to all my Jersey Shore Jeepers!!! We rocked it yesterday & will rock it again today!!”—On Jersey Shore Jeepers (JSJ) Club’s Facebook. The club helped out (for free) more than 150 people during a January 2016 blizzard.
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Fake Wheeling in a Can, Courtesy of Jeep
Over at Jeep Germany (jeep.de), a solution for too much urban life came in the form of a “limited-edition emergency product specifically for use in suffering under-Adventure-withdrawal Jeeps” and “more and more Jeeps and their owners suffer from the consequences of urban existence.” It’s the Jeep Mud Mask—a can of “real dirt”—and by adding water and the “various ingredients such as water and leaves, you can empathize as quickly and easily the most diverse adventure looks.” Yeah, yeah, we used a language translator, but you get the gist. There were 75 cans of the Mud Mask available to win.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Edition Jeep Renegade
This ’16 Jeep Renegade is the Dawn of Justice Special Edition. Special colors, new 18-inch black wheels, a two-tone roof, and badging are among the special additions. It has an MSRP of $26,250.
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