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MiscellaneousJeep Brands Breaks Two-Million Facebook Fans
Posted by mike on 2012/2/26 14:21:00 (7009) reads

From a Chrysler press release.

The Jeep® brand is celebrating a major milestone today as its Facebook page has reached over 2 million fans. The brand is the first domestic automotive brand to hit the 2 million mark on Facebook, outpacing the next closest domestic brand by approximately 700,000 fans.

"On behalf of the entire Jeep brand team, I would like to extend a personal thank you to our consumers – and literally millions of fans – for their continued loyalty and support," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "We are proud of our 70-year history and all that the Jeep brand has accomplished along the way. Jeep vehicle owners are unlike any others; from those who embrace the 'Jeep wave' to those who look forward to helping a fellow off-roader along the trail, there is a sense of community and passion among Jeep owners that makes our brand unique."

The Jeep brand Facebook can be viewed at\Jeep.

MiscellaneousAwards Keep Piling Up for Jeep
Posted by mike on 2012/2/9 8:32:46 (5143) reads

(from a Chrysler press release)

Jeep® Wrangler and Grand Cherokee – the pillars of the Jeep brand – continue to earn accolades from opinion-leading media outlets. The vehicles recently captured four more awards:

  • Kelley Blue Book Total Cost of Total Cost of Ownership – Mid-size Sport Utility award: 2012 Jeep Wrangler

  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best Resale – Truck-based SUVs: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport

  • MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award – Best Large Utility: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee (shared with Dodge Durango)

  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance Worth a Look – Mid-size and Large Crossovers: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

"We're delighted that the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee have received this recognition from these influential, opinion-leading media organizations," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "These awards are especially meaningful because they focus on the customer. The MotorWeek award is specifically chosen from the buyers' point of view, while the awards from Kelley Blue Book and Kiplinger's focus on value for the customer – which Jeep vehicles consistently deliver."

These four new awards for Jeep vehicles are in addition to the following recognition received by the Jeep brand and its vehicles so far in 2012:

  • Polk Automotive Loyalty Award – Most Improved Loyalty to Make: Jeep Brand

  • Autobytel 2012 SUV of the Year: Jeep® Wrangler

  • Overland Journal 2011 SUV of the Year – North America: Jeep Wrangler

  • U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars for the Money – Off-Road SUV: Jeep Wrangler

  •'s Play Car of the Year (Off-Roaders and Sun Lovers categories): Jeep Wrangler

  • The Fast Lane Car's ( Top-10 2012 Most Fun to Drive Cars: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

  • 2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, Convertible Under $40,000 Recommended: Jeep Wrangler

  • 2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, SUV Under $30,000 Recommended: Jeep Wrangler

  • 2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, SUV Under $30,000 Recommended: Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Consumer Guide Recommended Buy: Jeep Grand Cherokee

MiscellaneousHalftime in America Commercial
Posted by mike on 2012/2/6 7:39:21 (2716) reads

SuperBowl XLVI had its share of great moments, but this 2-minute Chrysler commercial narrated by the greatly-in-need-of-a-lozenge Clint Eastwood generated a good deal of buzz. From Chrysler's media site:

Sometimes a secret kept is so much more effective than when it all leaks out. Oh sure, there were stories about who the talent would be, but the real story was the message, and that held until the spot aired just before the second half kickoff. Whether you've already seen the spot that aired during the 2012 NFL Championship game, or this is your first time, we think the combination of the message of hope, optimism and can-do spirit, and the powerful delivery by a unique talent, is just what the country needed. Afterall, how many times has a team come back in the second half?

MiscellaneousVideo: 2012 Jeep Jamborees Details
Posted by mike on 2011/11/18 8:22:55 (5385) reads

Our friend Pearse over at recently posted this quick video about their upcoming 2012 Jeep Jamboree season. For anyone considering a 2012 trip, this is a must-watch!

MiscellaneousJeep 2014 Lineup Leaked?
Posted by MarkH on 2011/11/1 18:51:00 (3103) reads is reporting that the 2014 model year lineup for the Jeep brand has been leaked, and it looks like there's going to be some big changes coming down.

Jeep will introduce a new B-segment compact crossover or SUV by 2014, according to a new product plan document that leaked out of the Auburn Hills, Michigan, automaker’s offices.

Be sure to check out the full article, which includes a image of a chart showing potential Jeep vehicles through 2014.

MiscellaneousNew Issue of JPFreek Online Magazine
Posted by mike on 2011/9/14 9:18:10 (2257) reads

The August/September 2011 issue of JPFreek online magazine is out and, as usual, is jam-packed with plenty of great content for anyone with even a passing interest in the Jeep brand or outdoor adventure.

I haven't managed to get through the entire 46-page issue yet, but I did check out the article and slideshow about the "Beartooth All American Road" in Montana (why have I never heard of this road until now?)

As usual, there's gear reviews, photos from recent Jeep-related events, and plenty of quality content.

MiscellaneousJeepNewsNow Podcast Episode 5: 2012 Wrangler
Posted by mike on 2011/8/24 14:27:15 (2999) reads

Join Mike Anello, Frank Ledwell from, and Pearse Umlauf from Jeep Jamboree USA as they discuss some of the recent news in the Jeep community. On this episode, among other things they discuss the 2012 Wrangler, the 2012 Grand Cherokee price drop, and Jeep brand social media.

Five (Six!) Stories
Bantam Jeep Festival world record Jeep parade - 1,400 vehicles in the parade, approximately 35,000 spectators
2012 Grand Cherokee gets a price cut
2012 Wrangler announced - Shares 3.6L Pentastar V6 (285hp) and 5-speed transmission with GC, 21mpg
AEV’s $75K Wrangler
JPFreek Adventure Magazine Reader Survey, , Sneak peak of August issue
The Jeep brand and social media YouTube, Twitter: @jeep, Facebook, Make History photo collage

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Jeep Jamboree Laurel Highlands - Farmington, PA - 9/15/11
Jeep Jamboree French Lick, Indiana - 10/6/11

Picks of the week
Mike - DIY gadget car mount from office supplies
Pearse - 2012 Wrangler
Frank - 2012 Wrangler and the NEMO sleeping bag test program

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MiscellaneousChrylser Providing Jeep "How To" Videos for New Owners
Posted by mike on 2011/8/15 8:27:00 (1489) reads

I just noticed a series of videos on The Jeep Channel on YouTube designed for new owners. The videos range in topics from the key fob to four-wheel drive (as seen below). There are currently a total of 21 videos available for the 2011 Jeep Liberty and a similar number for the 2011 Patriot, and 2011 Wrangler (I wasn't able to locate any 2011 Grand Cherokee how-to's).

The videos are organized by playlist - this url gets you to a list of all playlists.

MiscellaneousChrysler Adding 1,100 Jobs to Jeep Toledo Assembly
Posted by mike on 2011/8/14 15:47:00 (1368) reads

As reported by The Detroit Free Press, despite the country's economic state, things are looking up for Chrysler as they announced 1,100 new jobs at their Toledo Assembly:

The Auburn Hills automaker is planning to invest about $365 million at its Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro SUV plant, city documents show. Experts say the investment is for the next-generation Liberty based on a Fiat platform. However, the plans depend on the approval of tax incentives by Toledo and two school districts.

"This project is ... going to put many of the parents of our students to work," said Bob Vasquez, board president for Toledo Public Schools, who will vote on the tax proposal Tuesday.

The new jobs would bring the total of future manufacturing jobs announced this year by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to more than 11,100.

MiscellaneousBantam Jeep Festival Has World Record Jeep Parade
Posted by mike on 2011/8/13 15:47:43 (1961) reads

As discussed on JeepNewsNow Podcast Episode 4 and as reported by, the Bantam Jeep Festival in Butler, PA set a world record for the biggest Jeep parade in history. 35,000 people saw over 1,400 Jeep vehicles participate in Friday's parade:

It was the Jeep Parade, the kick-off event for the Bantam Heritage Jeep Festival going on all weekend. Butler's mayor estimated there were 35,000 people at Friday's event.

The festival honors the 70th anniversary of Bantam Jeep, which was created in Butler.

Famous for its role in World War II, the little car has become a favorite with today's drivers. The brand Jeep also has evolved into a whole line of cars that were evident in the parade Friday.

The festival was spearheaded by Jack Cohen, executive director of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau. The bureau organized and was the initial sponsor of the event.

On Friday evening, more than 1,400 Jeeps of all makes and models from across the country rode from Butler Community College on Route 8 to the heart of downtown Butler.

Congrats to everyone involved!

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