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Concept/DemonstrationNew Jeep Concept Vehicle - the Treo
Posted by mike on 2003/10/21 0:00:00 (1759) reads

DaimlerChrysler unveils a radically different kind of Jeep

Hardcore Jeepers, you may want to just skip this story - or go grab some Tums.

DaimlerChrysler used the Toyko Motor Show to introduce a new concept vehicle - the "Treo" - a zero-emission offroad vehicle.



Multiple Web sites are covering the vehicle, here's a snippet from TheCarConnection.com:

A fuel-cell powerplant with zero emissions is anticipated by the design, as is an electric powertrain that would give the Treo all-wheel drive. The classic Jeep seven-slot grille is in evidence on the stubby nose; the rear seats fold flat to allow a third passenger or a mountain bike to ride in back.

Tiscali Motoring has the following:

Inside, the Jeep Treo provides space for three passengers or 'two-plus-gear' in a cabin that creates an open feel in what is actually a fairly compact vehicle. Underneath, Treo is based on an all-new platform designed to utilise drive-by-wire technology and a zero-emission fuel cell - or some other advanced powerplant of the future - along with an electric-drive powertrain that gives Treo full-time four-wheel drive capability.

"The Treo is a vivid new interpretation of where the Jeep brand could go in the future using the freedom of fuel cell technology. It truly exemplifies the idea of 'fluid imagination' thinking in a stunning, unexpected package," said Trevor Creed, Chrysler Group's Senior Vice President of Design. "Jeep Treo has a form and a presence that challenge the brand's traditional dimensions, but in the end, can still be viewed as being authentically Jeep."

Here are some links for further photos and information:

TheCarConnection.com
Tiscali Motoring
AutoWeek.com
AutoTom.com (an Asian site with lots of pictures of the Treo)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rocdawg
here is my comment: looookouwwwwwwt!!!! return of the flying pirahna!!!!!!! will make a nice christmas gift for the futuristic barbie collection.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: A concerned taxpayer
I think it's time for folks to start writing to their US Senators and Congressman about the terrible way in which Diamler is mis-managing Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep into bankruptcy and oblivian.

All of us taxpayers are going to wind up footing a pretty massive bill for retraining, lost income tax revenues, and pension gurantees to the hundreds of thousands of Chrysler Group employees who are in danger of losing their jobs due to Diamler's bad management.

Some pretext needs to be found for the U.S. Government to step in and force Diamler to sell the Chrysler group before it's too late. Perhaps some behind the scenes work with the judge hearing the Kerkorian lawsuit could be done to encourage the judge to order the sale or seizure of Chrysler group from Diamler. Maybe the U.S. Department of Justice needs to get involved in a criminal investigation of the outright fraud Diamler's Deiter ("it's a merger, ja dats vot it ist") Schremp has admitted to during the takeover of Chrysler.

What exactly happened to the $7.5 Billion in cash Chrysler had on hand at the time of the fraudulent takeover by Diamler?



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Marlon
Ugh. First the Liberty, not producing the Dakar (in time), now this? Not only do I feel like throwing up right now, I think I'm going BLIND.

Someone needs to knock some sense into these people!!! Either spin off Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep, or sell it to someone who understands!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: NorthWest
Why can't Jeep make the Dakar, why is there no extended version of the Wrangler? Look no further that this waste of time.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OR Bruce
A Portland dealer had a Grand Cherokee (one) at $18,995 in the paper today, or $8900 off list. Incentives are highest for the GC, followed by the Liberty, least for the Wrangler. There's no competition for the most rugged Jeep. It's hardest to compete with soft roaders.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my second comment...
Is that a big snazzy racing wing in the back?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Marlon
Ugh...

First the Liberty

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeep501
Is "Treo" a German slang term for "revolting"? This thing should run on vomit.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Noah
All I can say is- If I got a free one- I would bring it straight to a Rubicon Jamboree. How far would that thing make it on the Rubicon? Do they need testers? HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

::Gathers everyone in a funeral mass to the death of good Jeep design::

I drive an 89 XJ ... this thing is like... more of a bad "BJ". It's ugly, you have no feelings for it... it's like a desperate "take what you can get" ... thus the Jeep BJ.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: LES
I'M SORRY DID SOMEONE SAY THAT WAS A JEEP????????
WHAT THE^$%^#$ IS WRONG WITH THE WATER @ JEEP HQ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????SOMEONE'S SMOKIN SOMETHING RAUNCHY!! THAT'S JUST UNFIT FOR A "JEEPER'S" EYES!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: BulletBob
My first thought was the movie "The Fly". Looks
like they took a normal Jeep and crossed it with
some sort of insect via a transportation chamber.

Take off the grille and its an unscale "Doodle Bug" 1958 BMW Isetta. Unreal.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dan Fischer
here is my comment
This Treo is so bad I had to write. The treo fails in every way a concept vehicle should inspire the viewer. Other than the thought of an alternative fuel off road vehicle (which I would like to see), this is exactly what most Jeep owners (and potential owners) are hoping the Jeep brand will never become. The treo is a bad dream or a bad joke.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Here is my comment
Good God someone please get Jeep and Dodge out of DC's hands, haven't they done enough damage already.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich again
hate to catch one of those wing lights on a tree...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dillinger
I'm laughing so @!$#$% hard right now, I can hardly see my monitor....
DCX ups the ante every time they release a piece of crap.... They need to stop trying to dig themselves out already.

New slogan is in order...

DAIMLER (silent)chrysler.... we put the "fun" in dysfunctional...


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OR Bruce
Well, I took two Tums right away. I'd like to think this is just something to attract attention in Japan, where it takes a lot. Per Autoweek, it was introduced against an Anime cartoon background, which is where it belongs. I can't say I've liked much of anything Jeep has shown lately, though, other than the Stretched Wrangler, and Dakar, which was years ago. It's taken me a long time to get used to the Liberty. I can live with the looks of my Grand Cherokee, but I sure prefer straightforward Jeep styles like the XJ, Wrangler, and Dakar.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: G Peer
thats just gay!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: silver yj
here is my comment :this thing looks like something out of the jetsons or maybe a car for a 16 year old girl, but as far as it being a jeep; it just doesn't make sense!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: The nazies need to be shot
How is that an off-road ready rig? ? ?

A Jeep? *pukes*

*Pukes some more*

*and more*

I can't remember anything
Can't tell if this is true or dream
Deep down inside I feel to scream
This terrible silence stops me

Now that the war is through with me
I'm waking up I cannot see
There's not much left of me
Nothing is real but pain, now

Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please God wake me

-Metallica (this is how they feel about DC taking over Jeep.)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Wyatt
here is my comment

Looks like one ugly bug!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Steve
Just another example of the morons in marketing
that have no clue what people that buy jeeps
really want.Maybe one of them will read this and get a clue before its to late but I doubt it.

List of things JEEP OWNERS WANT !!!!!


1.NO IFS, NO IFS,NO IFS!!!!
2.NO JELLY BEAN MOMMY MOBILES!!!!
3.DEATH OF THE LIBERTY!!!!
4.RETURN OF JEEP TO AMERICAN OWNERSHIP BEFORE ITS
TO LATE TO SAVE IT.
5.GET A CLUE GUYS BRING JEEP BACK TO WHAT IT WAS
BEFORE ITS TO LATE OR IS IT ALLREADY TO LATE ?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: James Hash
My eyeeeeeessss!!!!!!!!! Oh, make the pain stop!!!! WTF is THAT?!? That's gotta be the surest sign yet of the "End Times". Jeep's finished....

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: pc
An "interesting" concept; but, why is it that simplicity is so rarely understood? I wish jeep would instead look to it's enviable past and perhaps resurrect the classic CJ5 or Dakar and provide a variety of fuel efficient up-to-date diesel options.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OIIIIIIIO
HEY DC! Stop goofing around with this stupid stuff. Sit down and design us a
Jeep that is simple, straight forward, and rugged that looks, drives and performs like a Jeep is suppose to. If that seems like rocket science to you guys, please hand in your two weeks notice and give someone else a chance.
The more truck like the better, leave the panty waist car like SUV's to those panty waist sissies from Toyota and Honda. Surly there must be somebody
at Jeep who has a clue. Anybody.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: oh no
Look out Hummer!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeffrey Benentt
here is my comment: Don't even show me this crap! Please!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKEN
Consider this an open plea to all auto manufacturers in the world. Somebody,
anybody, please buy the Chrysler group from Daimler. As a Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge enthusiast I would think that anyone else could do a better job with these American automotive icons than DC. Please hurry while thay are still a viable entity.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Rusty Nail Jeeper
Just more evidence that Diamler doesn't have what it takes to make it in the North American - Asian auto market.

Here's hoping that Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep can survive these dark times and that the Dr. Strangelove's at Diamler don't kill off too many jobs between now and thier inevitable bankruptcy and sell off of Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep.

That a company in the deep financial trouble that Diamler is in would waste money designing this absurdity would be astonishing if not for the fact that it is after all, Diamler.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Rusty Nail Jeeper
Just more evidence that Diamler doesn't have what it takes to make it in the North American - Asian auto market.

Here's hoping that Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep can survive these dark times and that the Dr. Strangelove's and Diamler don't kill off too many jobs between now and thier inevitable bankruptcy and sell of Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep.

That a company in the deep financial trouble that Diamler is in would waste money designing this absurdity would be astonishing if not for the fact that it is after all, Diamler.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Wyatt
here is my comment

It looks like the alternative fuel was nuclear and the radiation caused the poor Jeep to mutate into some strange creature.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: MalcomXJ
There's good news and there's bad news.

The bad news is that this thing is useless and ugly.

The good news is that it has zero chance of making it into production. The Tokyo Show is reknowned for the introduction of outrageous boutique concept cars. It's meant to garner attention. Merely a flight of fancy.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Erik
Not good, not good.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Nuthin against concepts or fuel cells, but why the outrigger wheels, and wings?
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