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Jeep News and Jeep Rumors

Posted in News on April 7, 2017
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Jeep News & Rumors

•OK, do not rush to the panic room when we tell you that Jeep is delaying its long-awaited pickup. Again. The plan now is for later in 2019, and rumor is it will reuse a name that’s already been in the Jeep family. Any guesses?
•Which vehicle scored the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own award from Kelley Blue Book in the midsize SUV/crossover category? If you guessed a Jeep, then you’re reading the right magazine. Specifically, it was the ’17 Wrangler Unlimited. The award considers brands/vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs for the first five years of ownership. View the complete list here: bit.ly/2kndjtc.
•Do you think there could be anything legit to the squawk about GM buying Jeep (or all of Fiat Chrysler, more pointedly)? Wait, stop laughing: Fiat Chrysler really does want to Netflix and merge with someone.
•Limited-edition Desert Hawk is in the UK in Renegade form.
•Jeep came in second in the 2017 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. And we mean second from last place. Oh, Jeep. The study took a look at problems reported by owners over a 12-month period. The number of problems per 100 vehicles equaled where the dependability factored in. For perspective, Lexus topped the list for dependability with 110 problems per 100 vehicles. Jeep had 209, which wasn’t as bad as the DFL, Fiat, with 298. See the winners and losers here: bit.ly/2mQdliQ.
•The Compass now has access to more than 90 authentic Mopar accessories.

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Industry News

•The 14th annual Truck and Jeep Fest presented by 4 Wheel Parts is going on through August 2017 in select states. You’ll find custom Jeeps, product demos, discounts and giveaways, and tons of stuff to buy onsite. Get the details here: bit.ly/2o8gJ8i.
•Most admired tiremaker? It’s Goodyear for the fifth year in a row, according to Fortune magazine. The Most Admired List is: “The definitive report card on corporate reputations,” according to the rag. This includes innovation, social responsibility, management quality, and financial soundness. Goodyear ranked No. 1 in the motor vehicle parts category, and ranked high in several other categories as well. See the list here: for.tn/2ktsght.
•Jeep Jamboree USA’s official navigation partner is Magellan. That’s two years in a row. Go to jeepjamboreeusa.com for event info.
•The exclusive tire of the Nitro Circus Live U.S. tour is Yokohama. Go to nitrocircus.com for tour dates.
•Hey, Yokohama again: Yokohama Rubber, which is the parent of Yokohama Tire, turned 100 in 2017.
•Tire Rack’s Street Survival teen driving program is all about teaching skills—including maneuvers and maintenance—and 2017 will mark the 15th year and 1000th school. Get the scoop at streetsurvival.org.
•90 years in 2017? Prestone.
•Stage 8 has a new website with more product info and eye candy: stage8.com.
•Westin Automotive had also redesigned its Internet of things: westinautomotive.com.

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Photography: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Photography: USDA.gov

Auto Graphs

•In our last issue of Jp, we brought you the lion edition of Safaris Gone Bad. This time, it’s pachyderm versus people. According to the Daily Mail, the locale of an incident was Kruger National Park in South Africa, where an elephant chased a tourist vehicle more than 1.5 miles. Just saying…the uprising has begun.
•Great news if you live in Los Angeles. If it feels like you spend all your time sitting in traffic, it’s because you are. The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard ranked traffic congestion in 1,064 cities and 38 countries globally, and LA topped the list with “drivers spending 104 hours in congestion in 2016 during peak time periods.” Moscow was next, followed by New York, San Francisco, and Bogota, Columbia. Check it out here: inrix.com/scorecard/.
•The 2017 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety has to do with states lacking or exceling at safety laws. The best states are defined as having “11 to 15 laws including both primary enforcement seat belt laws, or 9 or more laws including both primary enforcement seat belt laws and an all-rider helmet law.” The best was Rhode Island with 12. The worst was South Dakota with two laws. Get the scoop here: saferoads.org/roadmaps/.
•From sharetrails.org: “National Conservation and Recreation groups today unveiled innovative joint recommendations in support of sustainable recreation management practices across nearly 250 million acres of national public lands. Recognizing their shared values and commitment to the collaborative process, The Wilderness Society (TWS) and BlueRibbon Coalition/sharetrails.org (BRC) are encouraging and supporting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in its efforts to conduct and complete comprehensive travel and transportation management planning for all of its units.”
•You can thank AAA for this fun fact to unload during lulls in conversation: Over the past five years, U.S. drivers coughed up $15.4 billion (with a B) in rust repairs from de-icing stuff, like salts and solutions.
•Guess what might next be used to replace the petroleum-based filler in tires? Think food waste, such as tomatoes. Researchers at Ohio State University may have stumbled upon a way to turn eggshells and tomato peels into replacements for carbon black. Read what they’re up to here: bit.ly/2nAZADb.

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It became important to get rid of this Jeep. The town is going to be moving sand off of the east side of the Ballston Beach parking lot and, once the pavement is uncovered, removing pavement and restoring the sand.”—Emily Beebe, assistant health and conservation agent in Truro, where a Jeep Wagoneer had been buried under a sand dune in Cape Cod for 40 years. And for many of those years, the owner and town had tried to figure out how to remove it from the shed that housed it, according to the Boston Globe. It had been covered by a sand dune that had shifted due to winds and tides (Check out the pic here: bit.ly/2nhm7l7)

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This is really going to change a lot for me.”—19-year-old Derrick Taylor, according to newsday.com, who had been walking 10 miles to work for his job at UPS. A group of his coworkers pooled their money together to buy him a Jeep Cherokee

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This pic came from Richard Major of Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania, taken in Philadelphia at the cancer center at Temple University Hospital. “Getting chemo treatment, waiting for bone marrow transplant to put this in remission and get back to wheeling.” You are in our thoughts, Richard! See you on the trails again—soon!

Now, where do you read Jp Magazine? Well, if you read it in a unique or cool location, we want to see a photo of that, and don’t bother with a toilet photo, please. The photo should show you, the magazine, and the location, all in one. Email the photo and information about you to jpeditor@jpmagazine.com with the subject line, “Jp on Location.” Show and tell! Answer these questions for us in your email:

Your name
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We Need Your Stuck or Broken or Military Jeep!

We want your Jeep for our Sideways department! Here are ways you can get your Jeep in in Jp Magazine!
Your broken parts or broken Jeep: Did you have an epic snap, blow-up, or breakage? How about an insane trail repair? Photo or it didn’t happen.
Stuck/Flopped/Rollover: Send us your four-wheeling mess.
Vintage and Military Jeep: We like old-timey and military things, like with your father or grandfather or even modern service.
Jeep Road Trip: A photo from your best road trip that took place in a Jeep. The Jeep needs to be in the photo in a landmark location. Like the Travelocity gnome.

Follow this format:
Your name and your city/state
Year/make/model of your Jeep/military Jeep
Where the photo took place
Describe what we are seeing in the photo/other info we may need to know
Why the photo means a lot to you/lesson learned/your takeaway

In addition to the words, here are the photo requirements:
--JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file.
--1,600 by 1,200 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device).
--No PDFs or other formats. We just can’t use them in the magazine. They won’t reprint.
--Email the materials to jpeditor@jpmagazine.com with the subject line, “Sideways.”

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Where the Jeeps Are

Have an event? Let us know! Remember the magazine needs about four months of advance warning. Just follow these steps:

Name of event
Date(s) of event
City/State of event
Name of venue (if applicable)
Website for readers to learn more about your event
Why your event is cool in five words or less
Have a high-resolution photo from a previous event? Feel free to send it to us and we might just include it.
Send the info and photo to: jpeditor@jpmagazine.com
Make your subject line, “Where the Jeeps Are”

5th Annual Jeep Spring Fling at CAVA Winery
May 6, 2017
Hamburg, New Jersey
springflingcava.com

Adopt-a-Trail Work Day, trail maintenance
May 6, 2017
Kansas Rocks Recreation Park
Mapleton, Kansas
ksrockspark.com

Blue Mountain Jeep Alliance Jeep Fun Fest
May 20, 2017
Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Hamburg Field House
bmja.org

North American XJ Association Reno Run
May 26-29, 2017
Carson City, Nevada
naxja.org

Grand Mesa Jeep Club Rock Junction and Rocky Mountain Off-Road Expo
May 31-June 3, 2017
Grand Junction, Colorado
gmjc.org

Various Training Classes, including Wilderness First Aid, OAUSA Summer Fest/Field Day, Getting Started Off-Road Driving, Starting Rockcrawling
June 2017
California
4x4training.com

Willys Jeep Rally
June 2-3, 2017
College Corner, Ohio
Huston Woods Lodge
mw-willysjeep.com

Mountain Havoc
June 2-4, 2017
Purcell Trench Ranch
North Idaho
mountain-mafia.com

North American XJ Association NACFest
June 22-24, 2017
Longmire Meadow Campground
Naches, Washington
naxja.org

North American XJ Association Cherokee Crawl
July 7-8, 2017
Black Mountain Off Road Park
Harlan, Kentucky
naxja.org

North American Outlaw 4 Ultimate Shootout
July 21-23, 2017
Purcell Trench Ranch
North Idaho
mountain-mafia.com

Summer Off-Road 101 Course
July 22, 2017
Kansas Rocks Recreation Park
Mapleton, Kansas
ksrockspark.com

North American XJ Association ColoradoFest
July 23-30, 2017
Buena Vista, Colorado
naxja.org

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