Jeep Wrangler based truck spy shots!

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The long-awaited Jeep JT Truck is making progress! Previous spy shots of the Wrangler based pick-up showed what appeared to be Ram truck bedsides, now we are seeing a (at least close to) production bed for the new Jeep truck. Check out the full story on AutoBlog.com.

WRANGLER FORUM RELEASES NEW, SHARPER JL RENDERINGS – Four Wheeler Network

Wrangler Forum Releases New, Sharper JL Renderings

Written by Edward Sanchez on Four Wheeler Network

Just yesterday, we showed you a set of grainy renderings from the JL Wrangler Forums. Today, we have more detailed renderings that show much greater detail of the vehicles. While these are highly detailed renderings, and not actual photographs, they give us our best look yet at the next-generation Wrangler. Read More… on Four Wheeler Network

 

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Jeep® and Mopar Brands Reveal New Concept Vehicles for 51st Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept

Jeep® and Mopar Brands Reveal New Concept Vehicles for 51st Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari

  • Jeep® Grand One celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Grand Cherokee ZJ
  • Jeep Safari delivers optimal views for all passengers while providing protection from the elements
  • Jeep Quicksand is a hot rod-inspired Wrangler built for sand dunes
  • Jeep Trailpass delivers Compass Trailhawk capability with added utility and cargo
  • Jeep Switchback boasts added capability with 4-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles
  • Jeep CJ66 makes its Moab debut, fusing a trio of vehicle generations and fueled by a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI® Engine Kit
  • Jeep Luminator delivers the ultimate in lighting performance
  • Vehicles showcase a variety of Jeep Performance Parts available to enthusiasts
March 30, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® and Mopar brands have once again teamed up to develop a variety of vehicles that will debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, April 8-16. Now in its 51st year, the Easter Jeep Safari is attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of serious off-roading on some of the country’s most well-known and challenging trails.

“It’s truly a labor of love for the Jeep team to develop exciting, capable concept vehicles each year for Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “We look forward to the reaction and feedback from enthusiasts and our most loyal customers as these new Jeep concepts are put through their paces on the trails in Moab.”

An array of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts were used on this year’s collection of concept vehicles. The Mopar brand is responsible for developing, building and ensuring that all Jeep Performance Parts meet rigorous specifications and with 4×4 capabilities in mind, enabling Jeep owners to further enhance their stock vehicles.

“Jeep and Mopar have teamed up over 15 years to create unique, fun and highly capable concept vehicles for the popular Easter Jeep Safari in Moab,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “These concept vehicles are a perfect example of how off-road enthusiasts can use Jeep Performance Parts to personalize and enhance the already outstanding Jeep capability, allowing them to face the toughest trails in the world.”

The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles include:

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep Grand One

Jeep Grand One
The Jeep Grand One celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Grand Cherokee with a modernized spin on a classic 1993 ZJ.

On the exterior, the Grand One concept features custom 18-inch lace-style wheels, high-clearance fender flares, extended wheelbase, trimmed fascias and a subtle wood grain treatment on the body.

The Jeep Grand One concept includes 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires, front and rear axles equipped with selectable locking differentials and a 2-inch suspension lift.

Inside, the interior continues the celebration of the original Grand Cherokee with ’90s-inspired materials and touches, a durable bed liner applied to replace the carpet and accessorized with an old-school car phone.

The Grand One is powered by a 5.2-liter V-8 engine, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep Safari Wrangler

Jeep Safari
The family-focused Jeep Safari concept is all about bringing the outdoors in while keeping the doors and roof on, with a special emphasis on giving the backseat passengers a great view.

This high-tech, Wrangler-based concept features a translucent hard-top roof panel, two-level aluminum cargo rack with incorporated drone, a raked windshield, boatsided rocker panels, LED headlamps, and custom LED tail lamps and parking/turn lamps.

The Safari’s unique “windoors,” made of lightweight aluminum and clear vinyl, are hinged so that they open like a cabinet, making the entrance to the vehicle particularly unique. The doors feature zipper openings to let in fresh air.

Inside, the two rear bucket seats are rotated outboard, making it easier for rear seat occupants to view out the side of the Safari. The custom interior includes an instrument panel-mounted iPad, adding to the high-tech vibe.

Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Safari include a front and rear Dana 44 axle equipped with selectable differential lockers and 2-inch lift. Overall body length has been reduced to make the Safari more nimble on the trails.

The Jeep Safari also includes 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires on custom 18-inch wheels, custom full-length skid plates, steel front and rear bumpers, integrated on-board air system, upgraded brakes and unique cold air intake.

The Jeep Safari is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep Quicksand Wrangler

Jeep Quicksand
Created for enthusiasts who love the sand life, the Jeep Quicksand is a loud, fast and fun hot rod.

The Quicksand concept is powered by a Mopar 392 Crate HEMI® engine with eight-stack injection, mated to a six-speed Getrag manual transmission. A “peekaboo” cutout in the hood and gasser-style downturned open headers add to the vintage hot rod feel.

This Wrangler-based concept features a longer wheelbase, with trimmed front and rear body and a chopped hard top and windshield. An open top and open windows allow for full enjoyment of Quicksand’s sound and wind-in-your-face freedom.

Inside, the minimalist interior features red accents, two front low-back bucket seats, flat aluminum door panels, tilt-out windshield glass and a chrome roll bar.

While the Quicksand was made for wheeling in sand, its off-road credentials ensure that it is fully capable in any terrain. Its staggered tire setup (a trait never before included on any Jeep concept) features 32-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires in the front and 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires in the rear, and coilover shocks, all on 18-inch vintage “kidney bean” alloy wheels.

The Quicksand concept also features a Warn winch concealed in a front-mounted Moon tank. A recovery rope is located in the rear, replacing the traditional drag racer’s parachute.

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep Trailpass Compass

Jeep Trailpass
Based on the all-new Jeep Compass, the Jeep Trailpass concept vehicle takes the Compass Trailhawk a step further for an extreme off-road adventure.

A 1.5-inch lift kit and 18-inch wheels with a unique pocket accent on Continental TerrainContact all-terrain tires increase the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Trailpass concept. Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Trailpass include a Jeep roof basket, cross rails and rock rails.

The Trailpass exterior features Gloss Black side mirror caps, a custom hood graphic, side stripes, tinted headlamps and tail lamps, and a Mopar/Thule roof basket with roof bag and traction mats.

Inside, the Jeep Trailpass includes custom Katzkin leather seats and armrest, body-color bezel accents and Jeep Performance Parts all-weather floor mats.

The Jeep Trailpass is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep Switchback Wrangler

Jeep Switchback
The Jeep Switchback concept vehicle is equipped with an assortment of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate in off-road performance.

Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Switchback include a front and rear Dana 44 axle, a 4-inch lift with Remote Reservoir Fox shocks, heavy-duty cast differential covers, 10th Anniversary steel front and rear bumpers, Rubicon winch, grille, winch guard and cold air intake.

An axle-back exhaust, 17-inch concept wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires increase the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Switchback.

The Switchback exterior features a concept hood and half doors, topped off with a concept “Safari” hard top and roof rack system. The Switchback’s exterior also includes Jeep Performance Parts high-top fender flares, Mopar black fuel door and tail lamp guards, and Jeep Performance Parts swing gate hinge reinforcement and oversized spare tire carrier.

The Switchback’s advanced lighting systems ensure superior visibility in any trail conditions, with a concept LED off-road windshield light bar, concept LED off-road A-pillar lamps, LED tail lamps, and Jeep Performance Parts LED headlamps and fog lamps.

The Jeep Switchback’s interior features Katzkin leather seats, body-color bezel accents, concept sport bar grab handles, spray-in bed liner on the floor and Mopar all-weather mats. The cargo area also features a Mopar swing gate storage rack with first aid and roadside safety kits.

The Jeep Switchback is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep CJ66 Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep CJ66

Jeep CJ66
Take a Jeep Wrangler TJ frame, hang a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body on it, add in Wrangler JK elements, power it all with a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit-enabled 5.7-liter HEMI and you have the Jeep CJ66.

The narrow-bodied Jeep CJ66 concept, which made its debut at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas in November, harnesses the 383 horsepower of the 5.7-liter HEMI engine with a six-speed manual transmission. A Mopar 345 Crate HEMI engine cover shelters the powerplant and a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust bump up its off-road performance a notch or two. Front and rear Mopar Dana 44 Crate axles help the Wrangler easily crawl over rocks and boulders.

The Copper Canyon-colored body stands out proudly, riding high on 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires wrapped around functional, Jeep Performance Parts 17-inch beadlock wheels and paired with a 2-inch lift kit. A concept two-way air system lets off-roaders quickly air up or air down tires to the desired pressure. Oversized, concept fender flares offer defense against trail obstacles at the front and rear, with added protection delivered by Mopar 10th Anniversary Wrangler JK Rubicon Bumper Kits, Jeep Performance Parts skid and front bumper plates and concept Jeep Performance Parts rock rails.

The Copper Canyon skin is highlighted on both sides with a custom matte black CJ66 graphic stripe that runs along the side of hood. The concept hood, bezel and latch also are matte black, along with the iconic seven-slot Jeep grille and bezels of the Wrangler JK headlamps. Mopar LED amber fog lamps and a Mopar Warn winch augment the CJ66’s off-road capabilities. The custom, race car-inspired fuel filler cap is shifted to the inside fender wheel well.

Looking out from the cropped windshield, the driver and passenger are perched in custom Dodge Viper seats featuring concept seat risers. The cockpit is surrounded by a custom-built roll cage, while a bikini top netting offers shade and cover from the elements. A Wrangler JK center console and shifter, Mopar instrument panel gauges and Mopar all-weather mats complete the interior.

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept Jeep Luminator Wrangler

Jeep Luminator
The Jeep Luminator reigns supreme in off-road lighting performance, with a full arsenal of advanced lighting features designed to deliver superior visibility on the trail, jointly developed with the Automotive Lighting division of Magneti Marelli.

This Wrangler-based concept features magnetic underbody rock lights, powerful 7-inch LED projector bi-function headlamps, unique LED tail lamps, A-pillar-mounted high-powered LED spot lights, upper bumper LED auxiliary lighting with cornering fog lamps controlled by the steering angle, and low-profile integrated overhead LED auxiliary spot lights protected behind the windshield. The Jeep Luminator also includes LED versions of the standard 100 mm fog lamp and grille-mounted turn signals unique to the Wrangler.

On the Luminator’s hood is a scanning LED light bar module with active spot and dynamic following technology, which delivers spot lighting to avoid wildlife or hazards on the trail ahead. On the rear, the center high-mount stop light acts as a scouting/trail lamp with four-color LEDs for trail rides, indicating stop (red), 1-3 miles per hour (amber), 3-25 mph (green) or providing rear flood lighting (white).

Other features include a roof-mounted solar panel, a drone landing pad with lighted drone and removable spare tire storage case, and a capacitive touch interactive display on the driver’s side rear window linked to GPS and internet services.

Mopar Underground 2017 Concept

All-New 2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep® Compass: An all-new global compact SUV delivering unsurpassed 4×4 capability, world-class on-road driving dynamics, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains and premium styling

  • Most capable compact SUV ever with the most advanced 4×4 systems in its class
    • Jeep® Active Drive
    • Jeep Active Drive Low
  • Premium, distinguished, authentic Jeep exterior styling includes open-air dual-pane sunroof
  • Interior includes sculptured forms, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology
  • FCA’s “small wide 4×4 architecture” combines best-in-class capability with exceptional on-road driving dynamics
  • 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for markets around the world
  • North American models powered by the fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg)
    • Engine stop-start (ESS) results in increased fuel efficiency
  • Choice of three transmissions:
    • Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4×4 models
    • Six-speed automatic transmission for 4×2 models
    • Six-speed manual transmission for 4×2 and 4×4 models
  • Fourth-generation Uconnect system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability
  • Packed with more than 70 available advanced safety and security features
  • Built in four countries for consumers all around the globe
Auburn Hills, Mich. Nov 17, 2016  –  The all-new 2017 Jeep® Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.

“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”

The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

2017 Jeep Compass

Best-in-class off-road capability with two leading 4×4 systems
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4×4 systems, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel:

  • Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system
  • Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.

Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU), in order to provide 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems instantly engage when 4×4 traction is needed.

Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk
For those who seek adventure off the beaten path, the Compass Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:

  • Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 20:1 crawl ratio
  • Selec-Terrain with exclusive Rock mode
  • Increased ride height of almost one inch, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks
  • Unique fascias with 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle and a 34-degree departure angle
  • Hill-descent Control
  • Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires
  • Up to 19 inches of water fording
  • Up to 2,000-lbs. towing capability

Superior on-road driving dynamics
FCA’s “small wide architecture,” a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.

Compass boasts a rigid foundation. The upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure, and it is designed and built with an extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. More than 65 percent high-strength steel is used for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency.

Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains
A total of five engines – three gasoline and two diesel – will be offered, depending on the market worldwide. In North America, the proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg).

2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2
Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA‘s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve-actuation system. The advanced technology engine produces 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the choice of three transmissions in North America:

  • Class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission for 4×4 models
  • Six-speed manual transmission (4×2 and 4×4 models)
  • Aisin six-speed automatic transmission for 4×2 Compass models

Class-exclusive nine-speed transmission
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output and for aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The nine-speed transmission is standard on all Jeep Compass 4×4 models.

Six-speed manual transmission
All-new 2017 Jeep Compass 4×2 and 4×4 models are equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. This proven transmission features a 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio for fuel efficiency at faster speeds. Thanks to its first-gear launch ratio of 18.4:1, the gearbox delivers quick acceleration with smooth, precise shift quality.

Six-speed automatic transmission
Available on Jeep Compass 4×2 models, the Gen III six-speed automatic transmission features a 6.635 ratio spread and a 3.502 final-drive ratio for a responsive, enjoyable drive.

Authentic Jeep design with premium features and open-air freedom
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass features a premium, sculptural design aesthetic. The exterior design is expressive and emotional with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions. The all-new compact SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep design cues. Jeep designers gave the legendary seven-slot grille a fresh look by setting each of the individual chrome slots in a Gloss Black field. Headlamp bezels featuring a black outline add personality and attitude to the front of the all-new Jeep Compass.

The exterior of the 2017 Jeep Compass features a traditional clamshell hood with a double break line and center bulge.

A fast, dramatic roofline and muscular fenders and shoulders create a stunning profile. The available Gloss Black painted roof adds a unique, premium appearance in the compact SUV segment. An available dual-pane sunroof provides the largest opening possible, connecting Jeep drivers and passengers to the outdoors and open-air freedom.

A standout feature of the rear of the Compass is its unique LED tail lamps. Slim and rectangular in shape, the tail lamps flow into the liftgate for a commanding yet premium appearance instantly recognizable as a Jeep Compass on the road or trail.

For added consumer convenience, the 2017 Jeep Compass features a power liftgate helping ease cargo storage.

2017 Jeep Compass
Upscale interior design boasts premium features and technology
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass interior design showcases a premium interior highlighted by sculptural surface elements and precise technical detail.

The trapezoidal center stack bezel is a characteristic Jeep design cue and sports a color and finish that complements the interior choice. The center stack houses the 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays. The center console neatly integrates the functional features of the Jeep Compass, including gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking break, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.

The driver’s cockpit is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display (DID) instrument cluster. The available full-color 7-inch DID – the largest in the segment – displays information that the driver may configure for easier access while driving. The Jeep steering wheel with integrated audio, voice and speed controls enables drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and attention focused on the road ahead.

Clever and thoughtfully designed storage solutions are abound throughout the cabin, including a stylish mesh side pocket in the front passenger footwell that can hold a notebook or tablet device, and an inventive multi-level rear cargo floor.

Advanced technology that delivers thorough use of all-new infotainment systems
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass offers four new Uconnect systems for North America (Uconnect 5.0, 7.0, 8.4 and 8.4NAV), delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features that drivers and passengers desire, including the segment’s largest full-color LED instrument cluster.

The new lineup includes easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster startup times and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics.

New Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is equipped with the Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV systems and includes the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

Apple CarPlay
Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the vehicle’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimized for traffic conditions and more, while staying focused on the road.

Android Auto
System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.

Drivers and passengers also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services that provide real-time information.

More than 70 available advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were paramount in the development of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, which offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features. Consumers can drive with confidence as Compass includes “safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. Available features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

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Jeep® Introduces Two New Renegade Models

2017 Jeep® Renegade Deserthawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Deserthawk
  • New 2017 Jeep® Renegade Deserthawk limited-edition model to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Deserthawk model, inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions, builds on Jeep Renegade’s rugged appearance and best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability
  • 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude, featuring unique ‘blacked-out’ exterior, also makes first appearance
  • Renegade Altitude available in Jeep showrooms later this month; Renegade Deserthawk available in January

November 10, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Two new Jeep® Renegade models will make their debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, providing customers with two new and unique special editions for the most capable small SUV on the market.

“These two new Jeep Renegade models help to extend our popular small SUV’s continued global success since its launch last year, and to provide customers with the choice of two distinctive and unique special editions,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the best-in-class capability of the Renegade Trailhawk and combines it with a unique look and additional features that include rock rails and a towing package – all inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions. For customers looking for an edgy and aggressive appearance, the Jeep Renegade Altitude offers just that, building on the popularity of the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup.”

The new 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude model arrives in showrooms later this month, while the Renegade Deserthawk model arrives in January.

Jeep Renegade Deserthawk
The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk takes the Renegade Trailhawk’s rugged appearance and best-in-class capability a step further with exclusive features and functionality inspired by the desert – an extreme location where the legendary capability of Jeep vehicles is best expressed.

Available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or Deserthawk-exclusive Mojave Sand, the Jeep Renegade Deserthawk features fully painted 17-inch black wheels, exclusive hood and rear body panel decals, rock rails and Trailer Tow Group. Inside, the Renegade Deserthawk features an exclusive interior with black leather seats, Light Frost stitching and accents, all-weather floor mats and cargo tray mat.

The Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, like the Renegade Trailhawk, delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio; Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode; 8.7 inches of ground clearance; skid plates; signature red front and rear tow hooks; up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation; Hill-descent Control; up to 19 inches of water fording; and up to 2,000-lb. towing capacity. The Renegade Deserthawk comes standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, ParkView rear backup camera and 7-inch full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display.

Arriving at dealer showrooms in January 2017, the Jeep Renegade Deserthawk limited edition will be available for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,140.

Jeep Renegade Altitude
Joining the other Altitude models across the Jeep lineup, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude features a unique “blacked-out” look with a distinct, aggressive flair. Available in all exterior colors, the Jeep Renegade Altitude features 18-inch Gloss Black wheels with Gloss Black accents around the exterior, including the front and rear badges, grille rings and tail lamp rings.

Inside, the Renegade special edition’s blacked-out theme continues with a black interior, black premium cloth seats and High Gloss Black finishes. Metal Diamond accents are found throughout on key touch points, such as the shifter knob and door handles.

The Jeep Renegade Altitude, based on the Renegade Latitude model, is available with either a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, or a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The Renegade Altitude comes with a variety of standard features, including ParkSense rear backup camera and Keyless Go.

Arriving at dealer showrooms later this month, the Jeep Renegade Altitude model will be available starting at $22,390 U.S. MSRP.

Jeep Renegade
The Jeep Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class, off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, two fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The 2017 Jeep Renegade starts at $17,995 MSRP (not including destination).

2017 Jeep® Renegade Limited
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk
2017 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk

Jeep® Wrangler Earns Seventh Consecutive ‘Hottest 4×4-SUV’ SEMA Award”

Jeep® Trailstorm Concept

Jeep® Wrangler Earns Seventh Consecutive ‘Hottest 4×4-SUV’ SEMA Award, Dodge Charger Takes Inaugural ‘Hottest Sedan’ Honors

  • Popular vehicles for Mopar personalization earn pair of awards at 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas
  • Jeep® Wrangler most Mopar-modified vehicle: 98 percent feature one Mopar accessory
  • Dodge Charger also a hot choice for customization with nearly 150 Mopar parts and accessories available
  • Mopar SEMA exhibit features modified Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Charger among 14 total Mopar-customized rides, hundreds of Mopar products
November 1, 2016 , Las Vegas – The Mopar brand isn’t alone in choosing the Jeep® Wrangler and Dodge Charger as perfect canvasses for customization. At the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show Awards Breakfast on Tuesday morning, Jeep Wrangler was recognized as “Hottest 4×4-SUV” on the trade show floor for the seventh consecutive year, while Dodge Charger took home inaugural honors as “Hottest Sedan.”

Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global, attended the breakfast to accept the two SEMA Awards. The brand’s booth at SEMA features Mopar-modified Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Charger vehicles among a total of 14 customized Mopar rides and hundreds of Mopar products in the brand’s 15,345-square-foot exhibit.

“The SEMA Show and SEMA members play a critical role in identifying the hottest trends and rides in the vehicle customization industry, which is why winning a SEMA Award represents an important recognition for our company,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “Enthusiasts customize vehicles they love and feel passionate about, and we at Mopar are lucky to have such a great portfolio of vehicles within the FCA umbrella. FCA vehicles are the perfect canvas for our accessories and performance parts.”

Jeep Wrangler is the most Mopar-modified vehicle, with nearly all Wrangler owners customizing their ride with at least one Mopar accessory or part. On average, U.S. customers spent more than $850 in personalizing their Jeep Wrangler vehicle, up from $700 the previous year. For the Dodge Charger, Mopar has nearly 150 accessories and performance parts available to personalize the world’s only four-door muscle car.

Mopar has also established 11 Mopar Custom Shops in four different countries to enable owners to personalize all FCA US vehicles even before they are delivered.

“Jeep is one of the most accessory-friendly vehicles available, having won the SEMA Award as the ‘Hottest 4×4-SUV’ repeatedly,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Given the vehicle’s versatility as a daily driver and for off-road use, it comes as no surprise that the Jeep remains so popular among the automotive community.

“The Dodge Charger is an iconic vehicle among muscle cars and is an example of how an already great vehicle can be made even greater through personalization and customization. There are hundreds of products available for consumers to enhance the performance and styling of their Dodge Chargers.”

The SEMA Awards, launched in 2010, have become the SEMA Show’s definitive OEM award, shining a light on the hottest vehicles that showcase and launch aftermarket parts. For more information on the SEMA Show, visit www.SEMASHOW.com.

FCA US Reports October 2016 U.S. Sales

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FCA US Reports October 2016 U.S. Sales

  • Ram Truck brand sales up year-over-year on strength of pickup truck and van sales gains
  • Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Jeep Patriot record sales increases in October, compared with same month a year ago
  • Dodge Journey full-size crossover sales up 17 percent versus same month a year ago
  • Jeep and Ram Truck brands take home the most awards of any manufacturer at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA)

November 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 176,609 units, a 10 percent decrease compared with sales in October 2015 (196,898 units).

FCA US retail sales were 135,808 units in October, while fleet sales were 40,801 units. Retail sales represented 77 percent of total sales, while fleet sales were 23 percent.

Ram Truck brand sales were up 12 percent in October as the Ram pickup truck posted a 7 percent gain and sales of the Ram ProMaster van increased 92 percent. Two Jeep® brand models – the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Patriot – turned in year-over-year gains for the month with sales of the Grand Cherokee increasing 9 percent. Sales of the Dodge Journey full-size crossover and the Fiat 500 were up year-over-year in October as well, with the Journey recording a 17 percent sales gain.

Ram Truck brand sales are up 11 percent calendar year to date through October compared with the same 10-month period in 2015. Jeep brand sales are up 10 percent calendar year to date as well.

Jeep Brand
Jeep brand sales were down 7 percent in October compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – were up 9 percent in October, versus the same month in 2015. In addition, Jeep Patriot sales increased 2 percent year over year in October. Jeep brand sales are up 10 percent calendar year to date compared with the first 10 months of last year. Four Jeep brand models earned TAWA awards at last month’s Texas Truck Rodeo. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon won the Off-road SUV category; the 2017 Jeep Cherokee was best Compact SUV; the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee won Mid-size SUV, and the 2016 Jeep Renegade earned best Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle. In addition, the Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel took home the Green ALV award at last month’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.
FCA US LLC Sales Summary October 2016
Reflects New Methodology
       Month Sales Vol % CYTD Sales Vol %
Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
Compass 6,207 6,787 -9% 79,123 54,979 44%
Patriot 9,510 9,369 2% 105,549 99,035 7%
Wrangler 14,469 15,632 -7% 163,096 172,887 -6%
Cherokee 13,531 17,533 -23% 171,877 177,874 -3%
Grand Cherokee 17,867 16,405 9% 171,793 158,084 9%
Renegade 7,242 7,979 -9% 84,494 44,492 90%
JEEP BRAND 68,826 73,705 -7% 775,932 707,351 10%
200 2,843 9,066 -69% 51,802 147,602 -65%
300 3,051 4,311 -29% 47,091 44,121 7%
Town & Country 529 12,286 -96% 58,455 74,371 -21%
Pacifica 7,758 0 New 43,330 0 New
CHRYSLER BRAND 14,181 25,663 -45% 200,678 266,094 -25%
Dart 2,407 6,520 -63% 39,674 74,840 -47%
Avenger 0 22 -100% 44 1,279 -97%
Charger 6,792 8,936 -24% 79,062 81,519 -3%
Challenger 4,127 5,288 -22% 55,268 57,516 -4%
Viper 62 61 2% 509 582 -13%
Journey 11,912 10,198 17% 89,858 92,233 -3%
Caravan 11,563 13,524 -15% 114,295 78,907 45%
Durango 4,651 5,134 -9% 57,744 51,253 13%
DODGE  BRAND 41,514 49,683 -16% 436,454 438,129 0%
Ram P/U 43,891 41,042 7% 404,977 374,579 8%
Cargo Van 0 9 -100% 21 2,155 -99%
ProMaster Van 4,500 2,349 92% 31,044 21,574 44%
ProMaster City 1,052 925 14% 13,701 6,294 118%
RAM BRAND 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11%
Giulia 0 0 New 7 0 New
Alfa 4C 23 58 -60% 434 569 -24%
ALFA BRAND 23 58 -60% 441 569 -22%
500 1,276 1,180 8% 12,879 21,269 -39%
500L 119 290 -59% 2,920 7,044 -59%
500X 783 1,994 -61% 10,047 6,164 63%
Spider 444 0 New 1,875 0 New
FIAT BRAND 2,622 3,464 -24% 27,721 34,477 -20%
TOTAL FCA US LLC 176,609 196,898 -10% 1,890,969 1,851,222 2%
    Total Car & MPV 40,994 61,542 -33% 507,645 589,619 -14%
    Total UV’s 86,172 91,031 -5% 933,581 857,001 9%
    Total Truck & LCV 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11%

Method of Determining Monthly Sales. FCA US’s reported vehicle sales represent unit sales of vehicles to retail customers, deliveries of vehicles to fleet customers and to others such as FCA US’s employees and retirees as well as vehicles used for marketing.  Most of these reported sales reflect retail sales made by dealers out of their own inventory of vehicles previously purchased by them from FCA US.  Reported vehicle units sales do not correspond to FCA US’s reported revenues, which are based on FCA US’s sale and delivery of vehicles, and typically recognized upon shipment to the dealer or end customer. As announced on July 26, 2016, FCA US has modified its methodology for monthly sales reporting as follows:

  • Sales to retail customers by dealers in the U.S. are derived from the New Vehicle Delivery Report (“NVDR”) system and are determined as the sum of (A) all sales recorded by dealers during the month net of all unwound transactions recorded to the end of that month (whether the original sale was recorded in the current month or any prior month); plus (B) all sales of vehicles during that month attributable to past unwinds that had previously been reversed in determining monthly sales (in the current or prior months).
  • Fleet sales are recorded as sales upon the shipment of the vehicle by FCA US to the customer or end user.
  • Other retail sales are recorded either (A) when the sale is recorded in the NVDR system (for sales by dealers in Puerto Rico and limited sales made through distributors that submit NVDRs in the same manner as for sales by U.S. dealers) or (B) upon receipt of a similar delivery notification (for vehicles for which NVDRs are not entered such as vehicles for FCA employees).

Jeep Brand Kicks Off Month-long Support of the Movember Foundation

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Helping to Change the Face of Men’s Health, the Jeep Brand Kicks Off Month-long Digital, Social and Experiential Initiative Supporting the Movember Foundation

  • Jeep brand encourages its fans, followers and owners to ‘Grow a Mo, Show a Mo’ and take the Move Challenge to raise funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation
  • Fans can enter the Jeep Movember contest between November 1 and November 30 for the chance to win a new 2016 Jeep vehicle by posting photos using #JeepStacheContest hashtag on Twitter and Instagram in support of the Movember Foundation
  • Additionally, for every #JeepStache post on Twitter and Instagram, the Jeep brand will donate $1 to the Movember Foundation (up to $15,000)
  • The brand will make its exclusive Jeep ‘Stache by Carstache accessory moustache available for sale at www.jeep.com/movember and in dealerships across the country, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Movember Foundation

November 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® brand is proudly joining forces with the Movember Foundation to generate awareness and to raise funds in support of men’s health. The Movember Foundation encourages men to Grow a Mo for 30 days, to take the Move Challenge or to host an event throughout the month of November to benefit the cause. Through its alliance with the organization, the Jeep brand will launch a month-long comprehensive campaign across its digital, social and experiential platforms focused on galvanizing the brand’s global audience to support the Movember Foundation.

“As the only global charity focused solely on men’s health, the Jeep brand’s alliance with the Movember Foundation gives us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on a very important issue,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “We’re encouraging our fans, followers and owners across the globe to ‘Grow a Mo, Show a Mo’ by purchasing one of our Jeep ‘Stache by Carstache accessories to affix to their vehicle and by taking the Move Challenge to support the Movember Foundation. We’re also giving consumers the opportunity to help raise funds and awareness by posting photos with their ‘stache on Twitter and Instagram, in addition to a social contest that will give one lucky fan the chance to win a new 2016 Jeep vehicle.”

Video: Mike Manley Q&A, Running Footage of Jeep Vehicles, Outtakes/Bloopers, Mike Manley Shaving for the Cause

For every #JeepStache posted on Instagram and Twitter throughout this month, the Jeep brand will donate $1 (up to $15,000). As part of its year-long 75th anniversary digital and social initiative “My Jeep Story,” the Jeep brand’s November “story” will also shine the spotlight on the Movember Foundation. Additionally, fans can enter the Jeep Movember contest for the chance to win a new 2016 Jeep vehicle. To enter, fans must post a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #JeepStacheContest between Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 30. Submissions will be evaluated on creativity, originality and quality of submission, as well as how the photos fit the Movember theme.

The brand is also galvanizing its broad network of dealers, owners, fans and followers in support of this important cause by encouraging its global community to stand with them to fight the many health challenges men are confronting today. The Jeep brand’s exclusive Jeep ‘Stache by Carstache accessory moustache for fans to “Show their Mo” is now available for purchase at Jeep dealerships throughout the country, as well as online at www.jeep.com/movember. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Movember Foundation. Fans can also donate by joining an existing team or by starting their own on the Jeep network by clicking here.

One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. (Symbolically, the prominent seven-slotted Jeep Wrangler grille design is used to represent the statistic, with one of the seven painted white). All around the world, fathers, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young, before their time and for no biological reason. To address this issue, since 2003 the Movember Foundation has empowered millions of men and women to join the global men’s health movement, raising more than $710 million and funding more than 1,200 breakthrough men’s health programs in 21 countries for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. More information can be found at Jeep.com/Movember.

About the Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. We run awareness and fundraising activities, with the annual Movember campaign in November being globally recognized for its fun, disruptive approach to getting men to take action for their health. During Movember, men and women around the world raise funds by growing or supporting a moustache, getting physically active or by hosting an event. Not only do these commitments raise vital funds, they also generate powerful and often life-changing conversations. Millions have joined the movement, raising $710M to help fund more than 1,200 men’s health projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

We have one goal: to stop men dying too young.

Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past four years, has been named a Top 100 best NGO by The Global Journal. For more information, please visit Movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)3 charity.

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Six Mopar-customized Creations Take Center Stage at SEMA 2016

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Six Mopar-customized Creations Take Center Stage at SEMA 2016

  • Mopar creates six new modified vehicles for 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas
  • Dodge Shakedown Challenger unites old-school muscle, modern styling to form new Mopar HEMI®-powered creation
  • Jeep® CJ66 fuses trio of vehicle generations, fueled by new Mopar power
  • Dodge Durango Shaker concept bolts first-ever Shaker hood on Dodge brand’s SUV
  • Ram Macho Power Wagon customizations include concept sliding lifestyle RamRack
  • Ram ProMaster Pit Stop a “refreshing” Mopar-modified spin on Ram Commercial’s customizable full-size van
  • Chrysler Pacifica Cadence concept marches to paddleboard beat, calls on complement of accessories from Mopar portfolio
  • Mopar brand’s SEMA footprint includes 14 modified vehicles, 24 parts displays, hundreds of Mopar parts in 15,345-square-foot exhibit
  • Mopar SEMA press event can be viewed live at https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2016
  • Press event will feature reveal of exciting new Mopar-powered products at 7:26 p.m. Eastern Time/4:26 p.m. Pacific Time

November 1, 2016 , Las Vegas – The Mopar brand is debuting six modified vehicle creations at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 1-4. Mopar production and concept products have been used to transform Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram vehicles and to demonstrate the Mopar brand’s capacity to help owners bring to life a unique, personalized version of their ride.

“The Mopar customized vehicles speak to our ability to assist owners in creating a ride that fits the blueprint of their individual lifestyles,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “Our SEMA lineup highlights the parts and accessories we have available to bring vintage Mopar vehicles roaring to life, fuel family fun for all, equip off-roaders for trail adventures, and so much more. Our job at Mopar is to help customers to enhance their current rides, but also inspire our sister brands and customers to have fun, push boundaries and imagine new customization possibilities for the exceptional portfolio of FCA vehicles.”

Including the six vehicles built specifically for the 2016 SEMA Show, a fleet of 14 Mopar-modified rides will fill the brand’s 15,345-square-foot display. A small portion of the vast Mopar portfolio will be showcased, including 24 parts walls and hundreds of Mopar products.

The annual Mopar press event, a tradition at the SEMA Show, will take place at its usual 7:26 p.m. Eastern Time/4:26 p.m. Pacific Time start on Tuesday, November 1. The event will include a special reveal of new Mopar-powered products. The press event can be viewed live via https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2016.

Jeep CJ66
Take a Jeep Wrangler TJ frame, hang a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body on it, add in Wrangler JK elements and fuel it with new Mopar-powered products set to be revealed later on Tuesday at the Mopar SEMA press event, and you’ve got the Jeep CJ66. The unique cocktail of three Jeep vehicle generations demonstrates that new Mopar power applications are also available for those more at home on the trail than the street.The narrow-bodied Jeep CJ66 harnesses horsepower with a six-speed manual transmission. A Mopar engine cover shelters the powerplant and a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust bump up off-road performance a notch or two. Front and rear Mopar Dana 44 Crate axles help the Wrangler easily crawl over rocks and boulders.

The painted, Copper Canyon-colored body pops, riding high on giant 35-inch BFG all-terrain tires paired with a two-inch lift kit. The BFGs are wrapped around functional, Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 17-inch beadlock wheels that assist the rubber in negotiating the off-road, with custom beadlock rings painted to match the body color. A concept two-way air system allows off-roaders to quickly air up or air down tires to the desired pressure. Oversized, concept fender flares offer defense against trail obstacles at the front and rear, with added protection delivered by Mopar 10th Anniversary Wrangler JK Rubicon Bumper Kits, JPP skid and front bumper plates and concept JPP rock rails custom cut to fit the Wrangler CJ body.

The Copper Canyon skin is highlighted on both sides with a custom matte-black CJ66 graphic stripe that runs along the side of hood. The concept hood, bezel and latch are also colored matte black, along with the iconic seven-slot Jeep grille and bezels of the Wrangler JK headlamps. Mopar LED amber fog lamps and a Mopar Warn winch, with a fair lead adapter to guide the winch cable, augment the CJ66’s off-road capabilities. The custom, race-car-inspired fuel filler cap is shifted to the inside fender wheel well.

Looking out from the two-inch cropped windshield, the driver and passenger are perched in custom Viper seats featuring concept seat risers. The cockpit is surrounded by a custom-built roll cage, mandril-bent to match the windshield surround. A bikini top netting offers shade and cover from the elements. The center of the custom steering wheel, stamped with the special 50th Anniversary Moab Easter Jeep Safari logo unveiled by the Jeep brand earlier this year, reveals the CJ66’s Moab-inspired origins. A Wrangler JK center console and shifter were imported, with Mopar instrument panel gauges and Mopar all-weather mats completing the interior.

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Jeep® Grand Cherokee Wins Green ALV Award

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Jeep® Grand Cherokee Wins Green ALV Award, Ram 1500 Rebel Earns Best Value Off-Road Award at 13th Annual Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition

  • Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel wins “Green ALV” category
  • Ram 1500 Rebel wins “Best Value Off-Road” category
  • More than 50 athletes and outdoor enthusiasts evaluated the vehicles and voted for the winners
October 26, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel took home the Green ALV award while Ram 1500 Rebel earned Best Value Off-Road honors at this year’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.

The 13th annual Carspondent.com “Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” awards competition was held at San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona.

A panel of national and local media, including Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) members, spent the first day of the competition evaluating cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks. The second day brought more than 50 athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country to evaluate the same vehicles.

“Individuals with active lifestyles don’t want the vehicles they drive to limit where they travel, or the amount of gear they can carry,” said Nina Russin, ALV co-founder. “Ram Truck and Jeep proved that their vehicles perform equally well on- and off-road and offer spacious, configurable cargo areas that fill the squares for buyers who like to venture off the grid, carrying their bicycles, kayaks and camping equipment with them.”

The Active Lifestyle Vehicle competition is unique because it’s the only annual awards program where outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and the automotive media come together to pick the winners. The evaluation process includes navigating an off-road course and on-road driving, too.

The ALV awards were co-founded by Bob Babbitt, a member of the Ironman Hall of Fame, and Jim Woodman, longtime journalist, triathlete and founder of Active.com, as well as Nina Russin, longtime distance runner and auto journalist.

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JEEP RECALLS 2016, 2017 WRANGLERS FOR IMPACT SENSOR WIRING HARNESS – Four Wheeler Network

Written by Edward A. Sanchez and originally posted on the Four Wheeler Network, go here for the full story.

2015 Jeep® Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is issuing a recall for 182,743 2016 and 2017 Jeep Wranglers to replace wiring that may disconnect in some collisions, causing the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to fail to deploy in an accident. The company is unaware of any injuries or accidents as a result of the issue. The defect was discovered during a routine safety test conducted by the company. Rear More…

Vegas To Reno Survival Of The Fittest For Jeepspeed Racers

 

Vegas To Reno Survival Of The Fittest For Jeepspeed Racers

Vegas To Reno Survival Of The Fittest For Jeepspeed Racers

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Merely finishing the Best In The Desert series’ Vegas to Reno race (V2R) is tough enough, but Jeepspeed racers were battling tooth and nail for every inch of the 644 miles. The General TireJeepspeed series presented by KMC Wheels and Premiere Automotive is known for stiff competition and affordable racing. At V2R, caution was thrown to the wind, competitive drive took over. The entire course was either covered in choking silt or littered with sharp rocks and boulders. This year’s event would take place over two days, with an over-night stop in Tonopah, Nevada. The break in action gave crews a chance to make repairs and drivers to catch their breaths. It also allowed a reversal of fortunes for some.  Jeepspeed had a good turn out with Cherokee, Wrangler, TJ, Comanche, Ram, Grand Cherokee, and 4 door Wrangler JK’s in the lineup.Jeepspeed, Jimmy Perry, General Tire, Premiere Automotive, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs

In the General Tire Jeepspeed Challenge class, the top two points leaders Skyler Gambrell and Tim Martin were showing the speed they have used to gain all those points. Gambrell drove the Coan Brothers red Wrangler to the class lead after day one. He caught and passed Rick Randall after Randall got stuck in deep silt. “We set off into the dust knowing there were bottlenecks in the silt beds ahead,” said Gambrell, “Race mile 6-12 had some of the gnarliest silt I have ever fought through. With a lot of luck I was still within the collision light of Randall as we headed up in the hills out of the silt. I managed to squeeze past him when he got stuck in a super silty 90 degree left hander and was first on the road at about race mile 20. I had no other excitement through the rest of the day but there were lots and lots and lots of silt beds and the blinding dust that comes with it. I made it to Tonopah 1st in class with about 30 minutes lead on a hard charging Randall.”

On day two, Perry Coan took the wheel with Gambrell riding in the right hand seat. Day two became a three-way battle for the lead between Coan, Randall, and Martin. “Somewhere past pit 9 we had a fuel pump issue,” Gambrell continued, “I decided to put a new pump on. While swapping pumps, Randall made his way past. We set off again with fuel pressure and time to make up! Unfortunately, our fuel issue was not resolved; it turned out to be a heat and altitude issue. We ended up dousing the pumps in cold water and it would spring back to life. I was out of the car a total of four times on day 2 monkeying with the pumps.”

“After a fuel stop at pit10, we pulled out of the pits about 4 seconds in front of Martin. We both left the pits neck and neck and shockingly saw Randall pulled over a couple miles out with the hood off. We were back into the physical lead with Martin right behind us. We had about an hour time cushion from day 1 so we kept our head down and clicked off mile after mile of clean running. We made it across the finish line at dusk with a class win in Jeepspeed! We are so stoked to keep a solid season going. We had no flats, and no issues other than the fuel pump. Thanks to Jeepspeed, Clive, Mike, and everybody else! Our General Tires and KMC Wheels were as tough as can be; we finished on the same four that we started with.” Gambrell finished an amazing 85th place overall.

Jeepspeed, Skyler Gambrell, General Tire, KMC Wheels, Vegas To Reno

In contention for the win, Rick Randall was actually driving wounded. He was trying a different air filter on day one and it collapsed in the housing. It choked off the engine causing his truck to die in a corner; the same one that allowed Gambrell to make his pass. The silt that flowed over his hood also got sucked through the intake and into the engine. After hundreds of miles, the grit inside the engine wore out the piston rings causing a lack of compression and stopping him dead in his tracks.

With Randall out, it became a race between Coan and Martin on day two.  “We had as close to a perfect race as you could get,” said Martin, “The truck was getting hot in all that deep silt on day one. We had to pull over a couple times to let it cool, but never got out of the truck. We figured that since we lost time on day one we would not be able to chase the leaders down on day two so we ran our own pace. We were surprised when we caught Randall and Coan at pit ten. A mile later Rick was pulled over and they had their helmets off. (Usually a sign that they will be there awhile). It was now a two truck race. We knew Pee Wee (Coan) was driving but both he and Skyler are very fast. It was very dusty until we got close to the finish; then it was rocks, rocks, and more rocks. We wanted to chase them down but decided it was better to finish on the podium than to break in the final miles.”

Tim Martin, Jeepspeed, Vegas To Reno, JAZ Products, General Tire, KC Hilites, Bink Designs

Finishing third was first time racer John Grewell. He used to pit for a Trophy Truck team and always wanted to get behind the wheel. He met Jeepspeed’s Mike Barnett who helped him locate a race Jeep and make the purchase. With strong support from Jeepspeed sponsors General Tire, KMC Wheels,Premier Chrysler Jeep of Placentia, T&J Performance, Rock Krawler, Synergy, Currie Enterprises, G2 Axle & Gear, Howe Performance, KC Hilites, King Shocks, Rubicon Express,SmittyBilt, and Rugged Radios, it makes it easy to get started.

Jeepspeed, John Grewell, KMC Wheels, Currie Enterprises, General Tire, Vegas To Reno

“I had very little seat time before the race but I had 644 miles to figure it out,” said Grewell, “The first ten miles of the course were just crazy. It looked like a war zone with trucks buried and rolled over everywhere and a thick layer of dust hanging over everything; the silt was unbelievable. We got through that but hit a corner a little too fast and rolled onto our top. We had to wait for a Best in the Desert official to turn us back over; that ended our day. We got it all fixed in Tonopah and were ready to go on day two. We had no radio communications so we couldn’t talk to the crew. We got to the last miles of the course and knew we were running third so we just wanted to make sure we made it to the finish. We had no flats the entire race except to one of our chase trucks. Going into one of the pits, the chase truck got two three flats from the rocks. We were out until 3:00 am trying to find them. We are anxious to go to Parker even though we’ve never been there and have no idea what it’s like.”

In the General Tire Jeepspeed Outlaws class, Mike Bragg and Billy Bunch were mixing it up for the win.
“We finished with all of our body panels on the first day when others were getting stuck in the silt,” said Mike Bragg, “We came up on that big mess and went way around it. We ran good all day at a steady pace. We were 15 minutes from the finish when we had to stop and swap the fuel pump. Day two the course was completely different. It was faster and a lot more fun.

Mike Bragg, General Tire, Mopar, Jeepspeed, KMC Wheels, Bink Designs, Vegas To Reno

At mile 490 there was a UTV blocking the course. We stopped and got stuck ourselves. We got out and parked on the side so we could get all our gear together. It was like quicksand; just the vibration of the engine running would make us sink. We sunk to the axles and it took three hours of digging to get out. We went so deep we could smell Chinese food. We had to stop at the next pit to get tires because we aired down to get unstuck. It was getting dark so we fired up our new KC Hilites LED light bar on the bumper. At dusk when the dust is hanging, it’s really hard to see. The KC’s really lit things up. Bunch got past us when we were stuck so we tried to run him down. We caught him and had a time advantage from the day before but we wanted to be first to the line so we passed him.” Not only did KC Hilites help Mike Bragg see where he was going, but they put up a nice 500 dollar bonus for all Jeepspeed class winners.

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“That was some of the most intense racing I’ve seen in 35 years of racing,” said second place in Jeepspeed Outlaws Billy Bunch, “It was the roughest Vegas to Reno in years. I was amazed anyone who didn’t have four wheel drive could get through there. In the first miles of the course I must have seen 20 some cars upside down, stuck or buried. The silt would stick to your visor. Once it was on there, you couldn’t get it off. It was like someone was standing on the hood with a snow shovel scooping silt through the windshield. Our radiator got packed full of silt and the motor started to shut down. Day two was rocky. We knew Bragg was coming but he already had time on us from day one. We knew he would stay on top in the Outlaws point standings but we are leading the Wrangler Cup points so we had to finish; we let him go and wondered if he would break. I think we have the most superior car out there but the driver is getting old. I just turned 73 and it takes a little longer to recover after a race. It’s going to take me a week after this race.”

Billy Bunch, Jeepspeed, General Tirem KMC Wheels, Jeep Wrangler, Vegas To Reno, Off Road Racing, Bink Designs

With the brutal Vegas to Reno race in the rear view mirror, the Jeepspeed series heads to Parker, Arizona for a two day sprint race October 6-9. For information about the Jeepspeed racing series go towww.jeepspeed.com.

Mike Bragg, Best In The Desert, Vegas To Reno, Bink Designs, KMC Wheels, General Tire

There you will find additional info, deals on some attractively priced race Jeeps, Jeepspeed news, rules, forums, race results, videos and much more. Go to the Jeepspeed forum and you can read in-depth race reports from many of the Jeepspeed teams.

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About Jeepspeed
The Jeepspeed series is a competitive, cost effective series that has pitted Jeep vehicles against each other on challenging desert courses since 2001. Unlike the more expensive spec racing classes, there is no obligation to purchase your race vehicle or parts from the series organizer. You build your own vehicle the way you like as long as it fits within the rules. Jeepspeed offers the most fun and closest racing in the desert today. Jeepspeed series is supported by General Tire, KMC Wheels,Premier Chrysler & JeepKC Hilites, Currie Enterprises, King Shocks, Rugged Radios, Rubicon Express, G2 Axle & Gear, Smittybilt, Rock Krawler Racing Developments, Poly Performance,Synergy Manufacturing and Howe Performance.

About General Tire
For 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of ARCA; Best in the Desert Racing Series; Major League Fishing; King of the Cage; Lucas Oil – Off Road Racing Series, Late Model Dirt Series, Pro Pulling League, Modified Series, Drag Boat Racing Series and ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series; Expedition Overland; FreestyleMx.com Tour; Zero One Odyssey; and Spec Tire of JeepSpeed. Team GT supports athletes: CJ Hutchins, Jim Beaver, Jeff Proctor, Chase Motorsports, Doug Fortin, Jim Riley, Camburg Racing, Lee Banning Sr., Bryan Folks, Jerett Brooks and Stan Shelton.

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About KMC Wheels
KMC is redefining performance on and off  the asphalt with innovation, style, and a relentless pursuit to confront possibility. We are for the rule-breaking, game-changing individuals who defy conventional
thinking in motorsports and use machines to pull off  the impossible.

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Jeep® Brand Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Commemorative Wrangler 75th Salute Concept Vehicle

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  • Unique commemorative Wrangler 75th Salute concept celebrates the Jeep® brand’s history and legendary military heritage
  • Wrangler 75th Salute concept showcases rugged functionality highlighted with heritage design cues first seen on original Jeep military vehicles
  • Built on the 75th Anniversary of July 15, 1941: the date Willys-Overland Motor Co. was awarded the U.S. government contract to build the first Willys MB
  • New Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept built on the same assembly line in Toledo, Ohio, that has produced Wrangler for decades
  • Based on a Wrangler Sport model, powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a six-speed manual transmission
July 15, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Since 1941, the Jeep® name has symbolized a unique family of go-anywhere, do-anything vehicles – first developed for military use, and after 1945, continually adapted for a wide variety of civilian applications. The Jeep brand is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016, and to mark the occasion, a commemorative one-of-a-kind Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle is being created today as a tribute to the brand’s legendary history and military heritage.

“We are creating this unique Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle in celebration of the brand’s legendary history, and to demonstrate that 75 years later, today’s iconic Jeep Wrangler is instantly recognizable and clearly connected to the original Willys MB,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Since they were first produced in 1941, Jeep vehicles have been the authentic benchmark for off-road capability, having mastered more terrain, led more adventures and provided drivers more freedom than any other vehicle before or since.”

The “function over form” of the original Jeep military service vehicles is evident in this unique concept vehicle. The Wrangler 75th Salute concept – a modern interpretation of the Willys MB – is based on a two-door Wrangler Sport and highlights rugged functionality with heritage design cues, including the absence of B-pillars and doors. The exterior features an olive-drab color scheme that was first seen on military vehicles 75 years ago and is present throughout the Wrangler 75th Salute concept.

Features, including 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 32-inch military non-directional tires, hood latches, a rear-mounted spare tire, steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks and low back canvas seats, echo the original military Jeep vehicles. Other features include custom wood hood blocks and side mirrors, as well as bronze commemorative fender badges.

The Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle is built on the same assembly line that has produced the Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, for decades, and is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

About Jeep’s Military History
In July 1940, the U.S. military informed automakers that it was looking for a “light reconnaissance vehicle” to replace the Army’s motorcycle and modified Ford Model-T vehicles. The Army invited 135 manufacturers to bid on production and developed a lengthy specification list for the vehicle, including a 600-lb. load capacity, wheelbase less than 75 inches, height less than 36 inches, smooth-running engine from 3 to 50 miles per hour, rectangular-shaped body, four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case, fold-down windshield, three bucket seats, blackout and driving lights and a gross vehicle weight below 1,300 lbs.

At first, Willys-Overland and American Bantam Car Manufacturing Company were the only two companies answering the call. Soon, however, Ford Motor Company entered the picture, and competition began among the three over which company would receive the lucrative government contract.

Each company produced prototypes for testing in record time. The Army took possession of these vehicles in November 1940 at Camp Holabird, Maryland. Each of the three designs exceeded the Army’s specification of 1,300 lbs., but the Army soon realized that limit was far too low and raised it for the next round of vehicles.

The Army issued the next round of contracts in March 1941. Bantam was to produce 1,500 Model 40 BRC vehicles, Ford would build 1,500 modified and improved GP Pygmies and Willys would build 1,500 Quads. Further testing and evaluation led to the Army’s selection of the Willys vehicle as the standard.

With modifications and improvements, the Willys Quad became the MA, and later the MB. But the Army, and the world, came to know it as the Jeep. In 1941, the Willys MB began rolling off the assembly line straight into the heat of battle and the rest is history.

About Jeep Brand
Built on 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

Chrysler, Jeep® Most Improved Brands in J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS)

Dodge Challenger, Chrysler Town & Country Lead Their Segments

  • Chrysler and Jeep® most improved brands in initial quality
  • Dodge Challenger leads Midsize Sporty Car segment in initial quality for third consecutive year, fourth time in six years
  • Chrysler Town & Country is highest ranking Minivan in quality study, Dodge Grand Caravan ranks second in segment
June 22, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler and Jeep® are the most improved brands in J.D. Power’s 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) with both brands improving their initial quality scores by 20 percent from last year’s study.

For a third consecutive year and for the fourth time in six years (2011, 2014-16), Dodge Challenger ranks at the top of the Midsize Sporty Car segment.

FCA US minivans also performed well in the study. Chrysler Town & Country ranks highest among Minivans in initial quality with Dodge Grand Caravan taking second place in the segment.

“Our commitment to quality is starting to show results as Chrysler and Jeep make strong improvements in initial quality, but there is still much work to do,” said Scott Garberding, Head of Quality, FCA – Global. “My colleagues and I are focused on continuing the positive momentum created so far as we look to earn and maintain the trust and loyalty of customers across all our brands.”

IQS is based on responses from more than 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study asks customers to identify issues with their vehicles’ design, as well as defects.

“Dodge Challenger continues to impress new owners year after year with the muscle car now leading the Midsize Sporty Car segment in initial quality for the third straight year and the fourth time in six years,” Garberding added. “Chrysler and Dodge minivans continue their leadership position in the segment by taking the top two spots in initial quality.”

The Dodge brand’s Challenger muscle-car arsenal for 2016 is reloaded as the most complete model lineup with 10 trim levels, ranging from the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat to the 305-horsepower, 30-mpg, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6-powered SXT model. All 2016 Dodge Challenger models are designed and engineered for world-class precision and outstanding performance.

Challenger previously achieved the highest IQS ranking among Midsize Sporty Cars in 2011, 2014 and 2015, as well as being named a segment leader in the J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM in 2014 and 2015.

The IQS study, now in its 30th year, is based on a 233-question survey conducted between February and May 2016.