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Jeep News and Jeep Rumors

Posted in News on August 3, 2017
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Jeep News & Rumors

•J.D. Power. More ratings. This time, the 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study, which focuses on problems experienced by owners in the first 90 days of ownership, per 100 vehicles. Jeep didn’t end up leading any of its segments in highest ranking. It also wasn’t a highly ranked brand. Didn’t show up under plant quality awards either. But it did beat out Subaru, Audi, Mazda, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Jaguar, and Fiat when it came to bottom-of-the-list rankings. See the full list here: bit.ly/2s3wSd8.
•The ’18 Jeep Wrangler: Can’t get enough already? Quadratec has already launched a page dedicated to the new JL that’s still on the DL. You’ll find info about how it’s likely to be outfitted as a production model (Diesel engine? Power soft top? Glass panel?), design info, drivetrain presumptions, and much more. The JL page is at bit.ly/2vfVEK3.
•Winner of “Strangely Named Event”: The Jeep Compass Recalculating Tour. It was a chance for European Jeep fans to check out the new Compass before it hit dealerships, and it traveled from Vienna and Berlin to Valencia and Italy. Oh, the automaker explained itself though: “The tour is themed around Jeep’s new ‘Recalculating’ TV campaign, which shows that anyone’s road through life can take the most surprising turns—a concept that perfectly sums up the adventurous spirit at the heart of every Jeep and the core values that have shaped the all-new Compass.”
•$52,800—in U.S. currency—is the starting price for a new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon in the U.K.?
Autotrader.com has turned 20, so what better way to celebrate itself than with a list of the “top 10 most-searched cars on the site and compared the current versions to their 20-year-old former selves.” Got that? The Jeep Wrangler made the grade.
•Jeep is keeping its global partnership with the World Surf League.

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Industry News

•Quadratec has added soft top products from MasterTop to its artillery.
•Hankook Tire is renewing its partnership with Disabled American Veterans (DAV), which provides free services to veterans, and has also started Hankook Heroes to honor American veterans. Go to hankookheroes.com for more.
•Wilwood has done a voluntary recall of some of its master cylinders. Go here to check yours: bit.ly/2tdk711.
•Pirelli is in a three-year partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team.
•Over at Pro-MECH (pro-mech.us), there’s a four-week tech training program called TechSpedite. That’s right, four weeks. It’s intensive training.
•CURT Group is acquiring United Welding Services, for its storage and truck accessories. And in case you noticed that, yes—CURT has added “Group” to its formal name.
•Federal-Mogul has a gear store at buyfmgear.com. You’ll find shirts, hats, and other things, including for the Champion brand.
•New partners? Hella and ZF, to focus together on sensor tech, like radar systems and front cameras.
•Yokohama has teamed up with Horsepower Adventures. Yokohama is the Official Tire for the off-road-driving experiences in the Baja peninsula. Check it out at horsepoweradventures.com.

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Auto Graphs

•Sounds like France is going to get rid of gas and diesel vehicles by 2040. Watch for electric and hybrids to be among the acceptably correct (and only) choices.
•Also getting rid of engines? Volvo. Seems that by 2019, the automaker is going electric-centric.
•Did you drive around looking for a parking spot today? INRIX did a study of the big cities and learned that Americans are spending 17 hours a year looking for parking, which equates to $345 per driver in fuel and emissions. Or…$73 billion a year.
•There’s a new limited-edition Ram: The ’18 Tungsten, a luxo-luxo version of the pickup. It’ll start at $55,120.
•Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Bob “Weatherman” Steinberger has passed away. He was well known for providing recovery services in desert races and radio relay at Baja races.
•#goals—and in the case of Pizza Hut, the goal is to hire 3,000 new delivery drivers per month through 2017.
•Ford is behind the name GoBike, a bike-share deal launched in the San Francisco, East Bay, and San Jose, California, areas. By the end of 2018, the plan is for there to be 546 stations and 7,000 bikes.
•Is the future going to be tire-wear warnings? And in the form of printed sensors? Electrical engineers at Duke University think so, having created a cheap, printable sensor that utilizes metallic carbon nanotubes to keep an eye on tread depth.
•The Wienermobile has now spawned the Wienermini, Wiener Rover, Wiener cycle, and Wienerdrone.
•The 2017 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report figured out the cities with the safest drivers. So, where? Kansas City. Right behind them was Brownsville in Texas. You can check out the other cities at prn.to/2sSQW5I.

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“When hagfish become stressed, they secrete a slime, which can be seen in the photos on the vehicles and on the highway, police said.”
—From an article on washingtonpost.com about a truck that overturned and had been hauling eels

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The Most Stolen Vehicles—Are Jeeps On the List?

Short answer: Yes, Jeeps. Long answer: The National Insurance Crime Bureau does an annual list called Hot Wheels, which reveals the 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S., based on info given from law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center. In 2016, the ’00 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee were the 10th most stolen vehicles.

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Jeeps are Cheap to Insure

When it comes to learning which are the least expensive vehicles to insure, we turn to insure.com, which pulled quotes, punched numbers, and sorted out the mess so that you (and we) didn’t have to. The top 10 was riddled with Jeeps—the Renegade Sport came in at No. 2, while the Wrangler Black Bear took third. The Compass snagged 5th, while the Cherokee Sport and Patriot Sport found themselves at 7th and 8th, respectively. In fact, insure.com said Jeep set a brand record by taking over 50 percent of the top 10 spots. You can see the also-rans here: bit.ly/1BQVAPQ.

How American-Made is Your Jeep?

Cars.com released its annual American-Made Index (AMI), which analyzed assembly/domestic-parts content. Ranked at No. 2? The ’17 Jeep Cherokee. And in the No. 1 spot? Jeep again—the ’17 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Said cars.com: “Their domestic-parts content were among the highest figures cars.com observed in this year’s AMI: 74 percent for the Wrangler, 75 percent for the Wrangler Unlimited, and 70 percent for the Cherokee. All engines and nearly all transmissions for the Wrangler and Cherokee hail from the U.S. The Wrangler is assembled in Toledo, Ohio; the Cherokee also was built in Toledo until April 2017, when production moved to Belvidere, Illinois.” See the complete list here: bit.ly/2tEpcyR.

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In 2017, Sierra Trek Turned 50 Years Old

Back in 1964, a small group of four-wheelers came up with the idea of creating a fundraising event for the newly formed California Association of 4WD Clubs. It would need to be a first-rate venue similar to the then-famous Jeepers Jamboree on the Rubicon. The chosen route was a long-abandoned wagon road from Cisco Grove, California (near Truckee), to the shores of Meadow Lake and the 1860’s mining camp of Summit City. The event was called Sierra Trek, and it would become one of the West’s premier destinations for family fun, great food, and some of the best trails in the country. And in 2017, the Sierra Trek turned 50 years old! Check out photos, recaps, and history, plus watch for news about the 2018 event, at cal4whcom/events/sierra-trek.
—Chris Collard

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Where Do You Read Jp Magazine?

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:
Where you’re from:
Where the photo was taken:
What you’re doing/why you’re at that location:
Photo requirements are JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file at 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device). It probably goes without saying that your copy of Jp Magazine should be seen with you in the photo.

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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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Photography: Niagara Area Jeep Club

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. Photo requirements are JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file at 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device).
Send the info and photo to: jpeditor@jpmagazine.com
Make your subject line, “Where the Jeeps Are.”

Niagara Jeep Fest 2017
September 16, 2017
Antique Flea Market property
Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada
facebook.com/jeepfestniagara

Badlands Off Road Adventures
Various Training Classes, including Getting Started Off-Road Driving, OAUSA Borrego Fest, and Death Valley Adventure
October 2017
California
4x4training.com

Creepy Crawl Halloween Event
October 21, 2017
Kansas Rocks Recreation Park
Mapleton, Kansas
ksrockspark.com

Off Road Consulting Woodland Adventure
October 27-29, 2017
Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Rausch Creek Off Road Park and Weiser State Forest
Coal Township, Pennsylvania
http://bit.ly/2eKorgQ

Motor Trend OnDemand
Catch these shows on The Motor Trend OnDemand channel this month.

Sept 22 LIVE! Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Sept 22 Best Driver's Car
Sept 22 Auto Mundial
Sept 22 FIM Motocross World Championship, France
Sept 23 LIVE! DTM Championship, Red Bull Ring
Sept 23 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Red Bull Ring
Sept 23 LIVE! FIM Speedway World Championship, Sweden
Sept 23 LIVE! VNL Endurance Racing, Nürburgring
Sept 24 LIVE! ADAC GT Masters, Hockenheim
Sept 24 LIVE! British GT Championship, Donington Park
Sept 24 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Red Bull Ring
Sept 24 LIVE! Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Sept 25 LIVE! European Le Mans Series, Spa
Sept 25 Goodwood Revival, Goodwood, UK
Sept 26 Dirt Every Day–Episode 69
Sept 28 Hot Rod Garage–Episode 57
Sept 28 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, Sachsenring
Sept 29 Roadkill–Episode 70
Sept 29 Auto Mundial
Sept 30 LIVE! Blancpain GT Sports Club, Catalunya, Spain
Sept 30 LIVE! EuroFormula Open, Monza
Sept 30 LIVE! International GT Open, Monza
Oct 1 LIVE! Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Barcelona
Oct 1 LIVE! Blancpain GT Sports Club, Catalunya, Spain
Oct 1 LIVE! EuroFormula Open, Monza
Oct 1 LIVE! International GT Open, Monza
Oct 2 Ignition–Episode 184
Oct 3 The House of Muscle–Episode 12
Oct 4 Modified–Episode 5
Oct 5 Ferrari Challenge Europe, Silverstone
Oct 5 FIA World Rallycross, Germany
Oct 6 Auto Mundial
Oct 6 FIM Motocross World Championship, Great Britain
Oct 7 LIVE! EuroFormula Open, Jerez
Oct 7 LIVE! FIM Speedway World Championship, Poland
Oct 7 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Bathurst 1000
Oct 7 LIVE! VNL Endurance Racing, Nürburgring
Oct 8 LIVE! EuroFormula Open, Jerez
Oct 9 Engine Masters–Episode 27
Oct 9 British Touring Cars Championship, Silverstone
Oct 11 Head 2 Head––Episode 95
Oct 13 LIVE! Formula D, Irwindale, Ca
Oct 13 Auto Mundial
Oct 13 Real Road Racing, Scarborough Gold Cup
Oct 14 LIVE! DTM Championship, Hockenheimring
Oct 14 LIVE! Formula D, Irwindale, Ca
Oct 14 LIVE! Intercontinental Challenge Series, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Oct 14 LIVE! Pirelli World Challenge, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Oct 15 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Hockenheim
Oct 15 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship, Hockenheim
Oct 15 LIVE! Pirelli World Challenge, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Oct 16 Ignition–Episode 185
Oct 16 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, Hockenheim
Oct 16 Real Road Racing, Scarborough Gold Cup
Oct 18 Modified–Episode 6
Oct 19 Roadkill Garage–Episode 23
Oct 19 Ferrari Challenge Europe, Imola
Oct 20 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Gold Coast 600
Oct 20 Auto Mundial
Oct 21 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Gold Coast 600
Oct 21 LIVE! VNL Endurance Racing, Nürburgring
Oct 23 LIVE! European Le Mans Series, Portimao
Oct 23 British Touring Cars Championship, Brands Hatch
Oct 24 Dirt Every Day–Episode 70
Oct 26 Hot Rod Garage–Episode 58
Oct 26 Porsche Carerra Cup Australia, Sandown

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