Jeep cares about your Dog

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Having a large dog can be fun for chasing neighbors away you don’t like but when if comes for going on rides it can be a bit difficult to keep them safe and secure in one spot. The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee found a solution to that along with their Cargo Management System available they also added a folding pet enclosure to keep your your pet safe.

The tentlike enclosure clips into the floor of the Cherokee’s cargo area. The soft-sided pet compartment can be folded flat when not in use, and it comes with a carrying handle. Expanded to its full size, the enclosure takes up most of the cargo area of a Cherokee with the rear seats up. There’s plenty of room for a large dog, and the driver doesn’t have to worry about it jumping over the seats into the passenger compartment while the vehicle is in motion.

The pet carrier will be available this year as an accessory through the Mopar catalog, which carries a number of model-specific goodies, like first-aid kits, performance upgrades and even a tent that connects to a vehicle’s open tailgate.

 

The Dragon is Back

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Last year at the Beijing Auto Show the Dragon concept was introduced for the Jeep Wrangler and the response was so good that it will be available as a limited edition model in the U.S.

The special edition Jeep is a major nod to the Chinese culture. Chrysler said that the dragon symbolizes strength and power and is an “aspirational character normally associated with royalty.” Historians say that Chinese dragons are seen as benevolent creatures, not the monsters usually associated with Western fairy tales.

This is the most expensive model in the 2014 Wrangler line up starting at $37,090. The Wrangler is only available in black . The design includes a Dark Charcoal dragon decal that snakes along the hood and driver’s side of the vehicle. Other touches include a black spare tire cover with a dragon decal, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and Bronze Satin Gloss exterior trim.

The cabin gets a black-and-bronze theme with Satin Bronze dragon scales on parts of the interior, including the outer seat bolsters, center console armrest and steering wheel.

The 2014 Wrangler is equipped with the 285-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.

 

Jeep Launches “30 Miles of Freedom”

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Jeep has launched a social media campaign and they want you to bring back road trips.  A more fuel efficient road trip that is, the campaign is for their two vehicles Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot which delivers 30 mpg highway. The “30 Miles of Freedom” is a two phase competition that launched online in late August and will end in December with two consumers eligible to win either a new 2014 Compass or Patriot.

Here is how it works, consumers submit their ideal 30-mile road trip which must take place in the continental United States and must be up to/no more than thirty miles, from starting point to the end point of the final destination. Six finalists will be announced on October 7th – three for the Jeep Compass, three for the Jeep Patriot – to move on to the next phase. Those six finalists will be given the opportunity to take a Jeep Compass or Jeep Patriot on the ideal road trip they described as part of their submission. Each “30 Miles of Freedom” road trip will be filmed and submitted for voting. Final voting online of the videos by fans will take place from November 25 through December 7. The two vehicle winners will be announced by the Jeep Brand in early December based on online votes.

“’30 Miles of Freedom’ embraces the time-honored tradition of the American road trip, celebrating the freedom of the open road while extolling the virtues of finding adventure,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot are perfectly-suited to journeys near or far as two of the most capable compact SUVs in the market with fuel economy ratings of up to 30 miles per gallon.”

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Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition for Europe

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Jeep is never going to end their streak of special edition vehicles and with this one it is evident. Jeep introduces yet another cold weather inspired Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler Polar edition will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and you will surely not miss it with its signature Hydro Blue paint job. Based on the Sahara model, the Polar is inspired by extreme weather conditions found in Antarctic.

If blue isn’t your color than it is also available in Billet Silver Metallic and Bright White. Among the fancy paint job the Polar is also sporting new gloss black 18-inch wheels, a body color hardtop, and the mix of Mopar styling accessories. The interior features Pearl White contrast stitching on the seats and steering wheel, all new cluster overlay of white and blue, and than some.

Polar models are available in two door and four door models, and is powered by a 200-hp 2.8 liter turbo diesel. And if you were holding your breath for the model to be available in the U.S. than keep dreaming for it like the diesel engine as well.

2014 Jeep Cherokee configuration goes live

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee build-your-own configuration with pricing has finally gone live giving Jeep enthusiast a chance to create their own dream ride.  The prices range from lowest at $22,995 for the base Sport model to highest at $29,495 for the sleek Trailhawk that’s off road ready straight from the factory. And with those prices doesn’t include all the pricey options you can add on that range from interior to powertrain.

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Although the Cherokee is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in September, that doesn’t mean they still didn’t have some bumps in the road to get there. There is a problem with the new nine-speed automatic transmission and other parts of the drivetrain needing a little fine-tuning which delayed the official launch hosted by Chrysler.

Head on over to Jeep’s build-it-yourself website and have a look around.

Jeep: A car brand for rich and poor alike

We make a lot of assumptions about people based on the cars they drive. A driver in a new Mercedes-Benz has money. The person behind the wheel of a new Ford Fiesta may be middle or working class. But there’s one auto brand that has managed to attract people across the wealth divide. Car data shows that in new auto sales, Jeep does equally well among people who are making less than ten-thousand dollars a year and those who make over half a million.

The Orange County Dirt Devils, an off-roading group that volunteers on weekends to help clean up trails in the San Bernardino National Forest, seems to exemplify the data. Castulo Olivas, a member of the group who works in air conditioning, says that aside from the fact that they all drive Jeeps, he doesn’t have a lot in common with many of the people in the group.

“I know one guy is a pipeline inspector,” Olivas said. “Another guy works in a computer department, does IT. One person does medical sales. You know — heart valves and stuff. They have professions that require college and people that just work in a gas station. It doesn’t matter.”

If you look at car data based on income, it is stark. There are cars that rich people buy, cars that the middle class buys, and cars that poor people buy. But everyone buys Jeep. Jesse Toprak, an analyst for TrueCar.com says Jeep doesn’t have a lot of models, but it has them at both ends of the price spectrum — from $50,000 to less than $20,000. “You can literally lease some of these vehicles for under $300 a month,” Toprak said. “In many cases, if you live in a big city, your mass transit costs might be more than that.”

Toprak says maybe more than any other brand, Jeep capitalizes on it’s “cool” image. “It does give you that — hey, I’m not a mom driving a minivan,” Toprak said. Analysts say most Jeep owners never take their Jeeps off-road. But the point is — they could if they wanted to.

From Marketplace Morning Report written by Noel Kind

Chryslers $500 million investment for Jeep Cherokee

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Chrysler Group LLC showcased a $500 million investment on July 18, 2013 in its Toledo Assembly Complex.

The investment, which orignally was announced back on Novemeber 2011, is for the poroduction of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Chrysler executives believe the Cherokee could be the brand’s top selling model replacing the Jeep Liberty.

The invesment included:

  • 260,000 sq ft expansion of the plant’s body shop and state of the art, 26,000 sq ft Metrology Center
  • Add a second shift or about 1,100 jobs to the facility.

The remainder of the invesments was for other Chrysler facilities around the U.S.

The Jeep Cherokee is extremely important vheicle for Chrysler. It is the first vehicle that will have a new design with great high tech features also.

1943 Willys MB Celebrates its 70th Birthday

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After being sent to support the US Army in Sicily in 1943 the MB was finally returned home to Toledo, Ohio, its origninal production site.

Nearly seven decades in Italy, current owner Vittorio Argento, an Italian radio jornalist and history enthusiast, brought the Willys MB back for its 70th birthday.

Watch the video below.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Makes a Splash

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The new design of the Jeep Cherokee has everyone taking a second glance, rather the glance is a good or bad thing is up to you. No longer the classic “boxy” Jeep design that we have all come to recognize as the traditional look for the Jeep brand but a more futuristic feel with sharper features. And if you are a true Jeep lover you will know that there has not been a drastic change for two decades or so until 2002 when Liberty stepped in.

The Cherokee has a strong modern design that now features a sharp nose with slanted lights that are pulled back giving the Jeep a facelift. And as you can guess the interior matches as well with modern features with touchscreens that control all your tech needs is available on all models except the base models.

If controversy comes to mind than stop that thought from growing. Jeep wants to spread its reach further with this new upgrade to venture out into a new world and new supporters.

 

Come See Rugged Ridge at The 2012 Off-Road Expo

Visit Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge at this year’s Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire! Check out some of our newest products and promotions! The show is held in Pomona, CA from October 6th through the 7th. Find us at Booth# 4719 in Building# 4.

The expo offers you the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, and experts ever assembled in America. From off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, to motorcycles and ATV’s, to camping and adventure travel, you have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the most knowledgeable people in the off-road industry. With a full weekend of excitement and 10 acres of off-road vendors in one location, you will see everything that is going on in the dynamic world of off-road.