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CommanderCommander Timeline, Jeeps in Sahara
Posted by mike on 2005/2/27 0:00:00 (933) reads

Wondering when you may see the Commander? Also check out Jeeps at at the movies this summer.

The guys over at have done a great job and posted a short summary of important dates in Jeep Commander history - despite the fact that there is virturally no "official" information about the vehicle yet. Here's some highlights:

June 3, 2004 - The Jeep Commander was shown for the first time at a private stock analyst's meeting in Frankfurt, Germany on June 3, 2004.

February, 2005 - First volume Pilot model Commander produced at Jefferson North Assembly Plant. Two are built during this month.

September 2005 - Estimated sales introduction date for the 2006 Commander

Check out this page for the full timeline.

Jeeps in Sarhara

In an article about alternative advertising methods for major car manufacturers on, some tidbits about the Jeep efforts were highlighted:

...the Chicago Auto Show, where Chrysler has set up what it says is the world's largest indoor test track. Consumers will be able to test drive Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep vehicles over a half-mile course at the show.

"What we're trying to do is to find ways to really connect to our customers in an experiential and interactive way," said Joe Eberhardt, executive vice president of Chrysler's global sales and marketing.

The Chrysler side of DaimlerChrysler AG had its first auto show test track in New York last year, which resulted in 36,000 test drives, with 8 percent of the drivers going on to buy a Chrysler product. Normally, only 0.5 to 1 percent of auto show attendees buy a vehicle, Eberhardt said.

Chrysler's Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee will appear prominently in the action movie "Sahara," starring Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey, opening in March. But Eberhardt added, "We're not in the business of writing movie scripts."

Here's the entire article.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mike
I saw the Jeep Test Track at the Chicago Auto Show.

It was nice, but the press should stop calling it a 'test drive'. It was not a test drive, it was a Test Ride.

That's all fine and dandy, but I refuse to be driven on a test track, when I have 140,000+ miles under my belt in the Captain's chair of a Jeep Wrangler.

By the looks of the 'Test Drivers', I probably have more miles under my belt than all of them combined.

It was a nice experience though, for non-Jeepers to get a glimpse of the Jeep's capability, and even I was impressed with the nearly 60 degree angle mini hill-climb.
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