Posted by mike on 2012/5/21 12:13:16 (23430) reads
Chrysler Group is recalling about 68,000 Jeep Wrangers in the U.S. for a problem that has lead to fires in some cases.
In 2010 Wranglers with automatic transmissions, a skid plate -- a metal plate located under the transmission -- can trap debris. Due to a change in the exhaust system for 2010 models, the skid plate is close to the vehicles' catalytic converter.
To fix the problem, Wrangler owners will be asked to bring their vehicles to a Jeep dealership to have the skid plate replaced with a skid bar. Owners will be notified as soon as parts are available to make the change.
Posted by mike on 2012/4/24 16:16:08 (23863) reads
On the heels of the popular Jeep® Wrangler Call of Duty: MW3 and Arctic models – and in response to Wrangler enthusiasts' continued desire for limited-edition vehicles – Jeep is introducing its new, 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Altitude edition. The Wrangler Unlimited Altitude is the latest Altitude model in the Jeep lineup, following the introduction of the Grand Cherokee, Compass and Patriot Altitude models last month.
Based on the 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara model, the Altitude edition offers Jeep enthusiasts a Wrangler with a unique appearance that includes a body-color hardtop combined with a variety of black-gloss exterior appointments, and a distinctive black-and-red interior theme.
"With sales up more than 30 percent year over year, Jeep Wrangler continues to show the special place it has in the hearts and minds of the American public," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "One of the many things Jeep enthusiasts love is the series of limited-volume, special-edition Wrangler models we produce. The new Wrangler Unlimited Altitude builds on the previous models and delivers consumers yet another fun and distinctive Jeep vehicle straight from the factory.
"With a production run of only 4,500 units, we expect the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude to sell out very quickly," Manley added.
Jeep Wrangler sales were up 43 percent in March 2012 versus March 2011, and are up 30 percent for the year (through March). The new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude edition arrives in Jeep showrooms next month.
Posted by mike on 2012/4/3 10:01:34 (22075) reads
Chrysler recently debuted a new Wrangler ad, a follow-up to the Clint Eastwood "Halftime in America" ad. Via The Toledo Blade:
In a blog post on Chrysler's Web site, Olivier Francois, the automaker's chief marketing officer, wrote that the ads were intended to be "stories of hope and encouragement."
It's a very different type of ad for the Jeep brand - what do you think?
Posted by nashman on 2012/4/3 9:55:52 (28106) reads
Creativity never ceases to exist, for those who need a Jeep pickup but can't afford the Mopar cost, there's an American made alternative: the Crewbed...
Check it out at Detroit News.
Posted by lynnmcguir on 2012/2/25 14:21:45 (1680) reads
Thanks to Lynn for submitting this story!
Edmunds Inside Line has a nice writeup (and some great photos) of the initial portion of a long-term test drive of the Mopar Pre-Runner Suspension on a 2012 Wrangler.
The change is transformative on Saddleback's fire roads, where it soaks up washboard and big water bars with equal ease. I can bomb around without feeling like a random bump or hole will send the Jeep skittering sideways.
Posted by driggs30056 on 2012/2/2 19:32:13 (3631) reads
One of the first Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Mopar conversions has been completed and is ready to hit the road or trail. Shelby Motors in Champaign picked up the finished product and Dennis Riggs (also a CJ-8 owner) drove the vehicle back to the showroom.
This is probably the first time I'm linking to a Facebook page, so be sure to check out all the details.
Posted by nashman on 2012/2/2 19:29:10 (2348) reads
From The Toledo Blade:
Chrysler Group LLC will try to relieve some of the pressure on its Toledo Assembly plant’s busy Wrangler line by adding 25 workers per shift to produce an extra 100 vehicles per day, union officials said Tuesday.
The second half of the article is where things really get interesting... Regarding the yet-to-be-announced Liberty replacement:
As for the Toledo-built Jeep Liberty, production is still expected to end sometime this year, and officials say a replacement model will be in showrooms next year. The automaker has kept specifics of that model close to the vest. Aside from its originating from a Fiat platform, little has gotten out. Mr. Manley wasn’t eager to change that.
“It’s such an important vehicle for us, we have to get it right,” he said.
In Jeep enthusiast circles, there’s been concern and debate over whether the replacement will give up its off-road bona fides for a more carlike ride to appeal to international buyers.
To that question, Mr. Manley fired back one of his own.
“Let me ask you a question,” he said. “Do you think Grand Cherokee’s a Jeep?”
That’s rhetorical, of course. In Jeep’s eyes, the new Grand Cherokee stays true to the company’s spirt and go-anywhere capability while adding to its quality and on-road manners.
“I think we did it successfully with Grand Cherokee,” he said. “We will do it successfully with the Liberty replacement. As always, I listen to our Jeep customers, we respond to them, and we try to produce vehicles they’re very happy with and expand the Jeep family.”
Posted by davesoukup on 2012/1/5 7:53:15 (1402) reads
If sales of the JK-8 pickup kit are any indication, there is a bit of pent-up demand for a Wrangler-based pickup. Sales of the aftermarket kit are higher than originally projected:
Mopar plans on supplying as many JK-8 kits as it can to dealers, though given the size of each package, it's proving difficult for them to carry a large amount in stock. "The kit is too big and too complex to have too many on the shelf," remarked Gorlier. That said he's enthusiastic about the response so far. "It's exciting for an aftermarket product."
Check out the full story on Autoguide.com.
Posted by mike on 2011/12/13 11:43:44 (3302) reads
It appears that the stellar sales of the Wrangler and Liberty aren't slowing down one bit, as Chrysler is actively looking for employees to work the holiday shifts. AutomotiveDiscovery.com reports:
The only automotive plants that is going to keep running from the Detroit Three is the ones in Toledo, Ohio. It is the birthplace of the Jeep brand and Toledo’s wealth is rising and falling with the successes and failures of Chrysler’s off road marque, and this year, the automobile manufacturer is going to be seeking out volunteers that will continue assembling their hot selling Wrangler and Liberty SUVs.
Posted by mike on 2011/12/2 14:31:00 (4585) reads
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was recently named the Four Wheeler of the year by Four Wheeler Magazine:
"The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon owned nearly all aspects of off-road testing during our annual 'Four Wheeler of the Year' competition," said Four Wheeler Editor John Cappa. "The grueling 1,000-mile trek put each contending vehicle through its paces in several on- and off-road environments, including high-speed graded roads, jagged rocks, shifting sand dunes, and more. The universal do-all capability of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon allowed it to outperform the other competing 4x4s, making it our 2012 Four Wheeler of the Year award winner."