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CompassTwo of My Favorite Things: Jeep and DMB
Posted by mike on 2011/6/25 3:11:06 (1846) reads

I've been a long-time fan of many things, but near the top of the list are two things: Jeeps and the Dave Matthews Band. Coincidentally, a press release dropped into my inbox this morning announcing that the Jeep Compass is the exclusive automotive sponsor for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan mini-tour this summer. The tour kicks off this weekend in Atlantic City, NJ and continues to Chicago, New York City, and the Gorge (Washington state). From the press release:

The Jeep® brand announced today that the 2011 Jeep Compass will be the exclusive automotive sponsor for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, which begins its four-city tour in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26. The Dave Matthews Band Caravan is a three-day event featuring the Dave Matthews Band as well as an array of diverse musical talent performing on multiple stages. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the "Jeep Journey to Stardom" road tour experience featuring the Jeep Compass. Along with its sponsorship of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, the Jeep brand will partner with emerging artists as they begin to embark on their journey in the music industry.

"By tapping into music partnerships such as the Dave Matthews Band Caravan and emerging artists enables us to introduce the Jeep brand and its product portfolio to a new audience," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "This sponsorship is a unique way to facilitate a widespread conversation and expose consumers to the 2011 Jeep Compass."

CompassConsumer Reports Unimpressed with 2012 Compass and Patriot
Posted by mike on 2011/6/22 2:22:47 (2098) reads

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Consumer Reports magazine is "unimpressed" at the "mediocre" 2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot.

For months car shoppers have heard that Chrysler has redesigned, re-engineered or at least touched up its vehicles to make them more appealing and competitive. But are they worth buying?

Well, the answer varies widely from one model to the next, according to Consumer Reports, a magazine known for no-nonsense assessments of new vehicles. In a broad review of Chrysler’s lineup released today, the magazine’s car testers said Chrysler, which includes the Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands, has improved, but still has a long way to go.


But testers were “unimpressed” by the Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger and Journey, and Jeep Compass and Patriot, Compass, Journey, and Patriot, summing them up as “mediocre.”

CompassVideo: New Compass Commercial, "Spa"
Posted by mike on 2011/5/10 10:34:36 (1899) reads

Chrysler keeps on churning out commercials for their lineup of Jeep vehicles. New this week is a commercial titled "Spa" for the 2011 Jeep Compass.

To some, water and dirt turn into mud. To others, an obstacle.

So, is this closer to a true "rally" vehicle? Is it worthy of the Jeep nameplate?

CompassNew Jeep Compass Advertising Campaign
Posted by mike on 2011/3/1 8:57:55 (2544) reads

From a Chrysler press release

The new 2011 Jeep® Compass is an evolution of a legendary bloodline. It was born, heart and soul, from the core Jeep brand values of freedom, adventure, 4X4 capability and iconic beauty.

Even with such a deep-rooted family tree, the Jeep Compass has emerged as a bold spirit capable of carving out its own destiny and taking on a personality that is youthful, free and embodies a brave American spirit. It is that confidence, independence and freedom that are captured in the new advertising campaign called, "Bloodline." The new advertising campaign makes its debut this evening on local and national broadcast channels across the country.

"The new 2011 Jeep Compass boasts stunning new styling, with cues coming directly from the brand's premium icon – the Jeep Grand Cherokee," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Because Compass and Grand Cherokee share this premium design – while offering legendary Jeep capability – our new 'Bloodline' campaign makes perfect sense, and allows us to demonstrate that Compass is a progressive, fun-to-drive vehicle targeted to consumers that share the passion of the Jeep brand."

"Bloodline" showcases the Jeep Compass as it masters both urban and off-road adventures – staying true to the brand's legendary heritage. The campaign also features the illustrious bloodlines of father-daughter athletes, Muhammad and Laila Ali and father-son actors, James and Scott Caan, all of whom have ascended to greatness in their own right.

CompassChrysler Says Jeep Compass Will Lead Way in Expanding Sales Outside U.S.
Posted by tdrouill on 2011/1/12 17:56:00 (1869) reads

Bloomberg is reporting that the Compass will lead the way for the Jeep-brand's worldwide expansion.

The SUV, updated to resemble the larger and higher-priced Jeep Grand Cherokee, should appeal to non-U.S. drivers who prefer smaller vehicles, said Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand and Chrysler’s international organization. The new Compass will make its auto-show debut in Detroit on Jan. 10.

Chrysler has said it wants to more than double its sales in Europe and South America to almost 200,000 this year, in part by taking advantage of Fiat’s distribution network. Jeep accounts for half of Chrysler’s deliveries outside of North America and sold 13,050 Compasses in those markets last year, a 26 percent gain from 2009, said Todd Goyer, a Chrysler spokesman.

The Compass “will really fuel growth for us in the international markets, coming in underneath, hopefully, an equally strong reception for the Grand Cherokee,” Manley said in an interview late last year.

CompassA "Grand" New Jeep Compass
Posted by mike on 2010/12/13 13:16:53 (2550) reads

Chrysler announced the 2011 Jeep Compass today with the headline, "A 'Grand' New Jeep® Compass".

The new 2011 Jeep Compass has a distinct family resemblance to the all-new, premium 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

With a new hood, new front fenders, new fascia and new headlamps as well as a new grille that has been detailed with a small dose of chrome surrounding the traditional seven slots found on all Jeep vehicles, the new face of the Compass features a more serious, yet sophisticated, appearance. Forward lighting performance is improved with the use of quad reflector headlamps, and the fog lamps are now high output projector lamps. Adding an element of muscle, the hood has been enhanced with a subtle power bulge. The result is a vehicle that projects an attitude that is much more serious and conveys the Compass’ capability in all weather and driving conditions.

New brightwork throughout the exterior lends an upscale touch without compromising the off-road performance of the Compass. A band of protective cladding has been added for 2011, serving to fend off debris when driving in challenging weather conditions or off-road, and providing a new appearance.

Check out the full press release and photos.

Compass2011 Compass Revealed
Posted by trevorj on 2010/12/3 6:51:36 (2344) reads recently published some spy photos of the 2011 Jeep Compass.

... we now have several very clear images of precisely what the next Jeep Compass will be. It is incredibly clear that Jeep is hoping to borrow some of the successful DNA from the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee with the new front fascia, particularly the slatted chrome grille. The hood was also redesigned, rounding out a completely new front-end.

Although the side profile has remained the same – as to be expected from a mid-cycle refresh – the rear of the vehicle was also cleaned up. The tail lamps are now much cleaner in their design and convey a higher sticker price than the outgoing model. Likewise, the bumper design is much more in line with the premium style of the big brother Grand Cherokee, and not as gimmicky as the 2010 Compass’. Calls Compass One of the Decade's Worst
Posted by mike on 2009/9/3 8:59:46 (2126) reads

The Jeep Compass was named the 3 worst car sold so far this decade, according to

In order to be considered as one of the most-improved or worst cars of the decade, a car had to be sold at any point in the 2000s; some of these models were only on the market for a few years, while others are still being sold today.

Worst Cars of the 2000s:

Whether poorly executed, ill-conceived or downright dreadful to look at, the 10 cars listed below stood out to the editors for all the wrong reasons.

10. Pontiac Aztek
9. Daewoo Anything
8. Isuzu VehiCROSS
7. Jaguar X-Type
6. Pontiac Sunfire
5. Cadillac Catera
4. Toyota Echo

3. Jeep Compass (2007-present): The Compass doesn't belong in the Jeep lineup, a brand known and respected for its off-road ability. It's a soft-roading poseur, and not a good one at that.

2. Chrysler Sebring
1. Smart ForTwo

CompassChrysler Announces Details of 2009 Jeep Models
Posted by mike on 2008/9/3 9:20:29 (3613) reads

Redesigned interiors for the Patriot and Compass are among the biggest changes for the 2009 Jeep lineup addressing one of the leading complaints about the most fuel-efficient vehicles of the Jeep brand. In addition to refined instrument panels and consoles, changes have also been made to the insulation and exhaust in order to mitigate engine and road noise levels in the interior.

The 2009 Commander and Grand Cherokee gain an additional engine option - a 5.7L HEMI with variable valve timing and multi-displacement system - both aimed at providing better mileage and performance.

While the Liberty gains some chassis tweaks, for the most part, the Wrangler remains unchanged.

Check out the full press release after the jump.

CompassAutoblog Refuses to Hate the Compass
Posted by mike on 2008/8/28 14:50:00 (1878) reads

Autoblog just published a review of the 2008 Compass, and despite the fact that they were prepared to hate it, they came away with a feeling that with a few improvements, it has some hope:

We had heard rumors of the lackluster interior quality in the Compass, and perhaps it was our low expectations that had us thinking it wasn't really that bad. Granted, the plastics that cover the dash and door panels are rock hard and unpleasant to the touch, but the construction and build quality seemed fairly solid. Those truly concerned with any quality issues will be glad to know that Jeep is offering a refreshed interior for the 2009 model year. We did like the dash layout, which is simple and well organized, and we loved the storage compartment on the dash in front of the passenger seat. We also found the cloth seats to be extremely comfortable and supportive. Oh man, are we starting to like this thing?

We still enjoyed our time in the Compass more than the nay sayers had us believing we would. Its smooth ride and decent handling make a compelling argument for a car-based Jeep, as does its excellent fuel economy. While we think the "modern styling" can use some work, we see the Compass as a vehicle with lots of potential, some of which is realized in the Patriot. But if Jeep tweaked the "modern styling", added a little extra power and vastly improved the interior quality, it would have an excellent small CUV on its hands. Unfortunately, those are some IFs big enough to drive a Jeep through.

Be sure to check out the entire review for plenty-o-photos and thoughts about their Sunburst Orange Pearl Compass.

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