Dispatch - September 2014
Jeeps News & Rumors. Autho graphs. Industry News
Jeep News & Rumors
The 2018 Wrangler with an aluminum unibody is the rumor.
The 2018 Grand Cherokee will get some redoing.
2016: 75th anniversary of Jeep.
The Compass got a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The SRT nameplate is downsizing its offerings, but so far, it seems the Grand Cherokee version is here to stay.
Jeep is sponsoring the UK version of Tough Mudder, that insane obstacle course for crazy thrill-seekers.
South Africa is getting a limited-edition Wrangler: the Conservation Edition. It’s been created with the Reserve Protection Agency, which protects endangered wildlife.
Is part of a former Jeep plant in Ohio poised to become a new jail?
In case you couldn’t tell, there’s a push to globalize the Jeep brand on an epic scale. And with the plans, it could mean plant expansions in the U.S. Probably not expanding with jails.
Bridgestone has named Waterloo Elementary in Monroe, Michigan, the winner of its Fuel the Cause contest, which will receive $25,000 to build a new playground.
Meanwhile, Cooper has engineered a Wear Square so that consumers can figure out the wear on their tires. There are five stages, from full square design to an exclamation mark when the tread is at the 1⁄16 of an inch stage (meaning, replace the tire). It’s currently available on the CS5 Touring tire.
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“Jeep spirit is something that we believe lives inside everybody. Our job is to reach inside and pull that spirit to the surface.”
-- Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand
Road Rage Cities
AutoVantage irritated a bunch of drivers in various cities to see which ones had the worst road rage. Or, it’s possible they simply surveyed people and looked at the data. Either way, the least courteous cities are Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Boston. Most courteous are Portland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Charlotte. Minneapolis and New York City are on the rise for becoming more courteous, while Houston is not setting a fine example.
Heard of this “Jeep”?
Changan Automobile has been around in China since 1862. In 1958, it says it produced the first jeep in China, called Changjiang.
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“Everything around me was twirling, debris, limbs. The Jeep comes off of the ground. I started to spin, and at that moment, I didn’t know what to do, but when it came back down enough that I could touch the ground, I sped out of the driveway into the highway.”
-- Andy Wallace to WCTI NewsChannel12 out of North Carolina after a tornado picked up his Jeep
There’s So Much Happening Here, Nothing Makes Sense
“Jeep Brand Teams Up With Epic Records and USA Basketball for New Summer Campaign Featuring Just-Released Music by Michael Jackson”
Boeing Phantom Badger Ready for Transport
The U.S. Navy has certified that the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle can now be transported within a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The Phantom Badger will be used for recon, search and rescue, direct action, and more. The vehicle that some are calling a Jeep, was developed alongside NASCAR engineers and did significant four-wheeling as part of its R&D. It features 35-inch rubber and a 240hp engine.
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Motorcycle fatalities are decreasing, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. But, it notes in its Spotlight on Highway Safety report that motorcycle safety hasn’t improved in 15 years.
Seems driving in Europe has gotten safer.
Hey, San Francisco -- you have the highest percentage of bike commuters, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Could there be truth to the whispers of a downsize Ram 1500, say, a 1000?
The Ford F-150 sold its 500,000th EcoBoost engine.
GM is building the new Performance and Racing Center for engine design and development. Should be good to go by mid-2015.
The official truck of the NHRA? Chevy.
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"This is why I stick to 90s Jeeps. Those new heeps are only mall reted." -Chris Greenwood - Facebook page