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CherokeeJeep to return to the Cherokee name?
Posted by nashman on 2011/11/16 17:47:09 (4134) reads

Chrysler/Fiat is investing 1.7 billion dollars in the replacement of the Jeep Liberty - and they may call it a "Cherokee":

Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said today that Chrysler plans to invest $1.7 billion to build its next generation Jeep SUV at an assembly plant in Toledo and may name the new vehicle the Cherokee.

Check out the full story from the Detroit Free Press.

CherokeeRiot Proof Cherokee
Posted by trevorj on 2011/6/22 2:25:49 (1955) reads

Reader "trevorj" submitted this news story - at first I wasn't going to post it, but I'm pretty sure we're all in agreement with his sentiments...

I hesitate to repost these embarrassing videos from Vancouver, but as we watch these morons, you can't help but think ... damn right.

Recession proof.
Depression proof.
Bankruptcy proof.
Now... riot proof.

CherokeeBill Proposed to Crush (literally) U.S. Cars with Crappy Gas Milage
Posted by mike on 2009/2/2 8:12:49 (3032) reads

From the "wait...really?" department comes this gem from the Specialty Equipment Marketers Association (SEMA, to mere mortals). It seems that some politicians are floating the idea of a bill that would provide cash for low-fuel efficiency vehicles, including Jeep Cherokees and Wranglers - in an effort to get them off the road, permanently.

It seems that they're looking to crush 4 million vehicles over the four years.

SEMA is spreading the word about all this craziness, in the form of a press release that outlines some of the reason that this is a bad idea, including:

  • Given the minimal $1,500-$4,500 voucher value, the program will lure rarely-driven second and third vehicles that have minimal impact on overall fuel economy and air pollution. This is not a wise investment of tax dollars.

  • The program will reduce the number of vehicles available for low-income individuals and drive up the cost of the remaining vehicles and repair parts. This is a basic supply-and-demand reality.

  • The program will remove the opportunity to market specialty products that are designed exclusively for the targeted pickups and SUVs, including equipment that increases engine performance and fuel mileage. Congress will be enacting a program to eliminate jobs and reduce business revenues in the automotive aftermarket.

  • The idea that the trucks and SUVs must be scrapped in order to save energy is irrational. The program's "carbon footprint" does not factor in the amount of energy and natural resources expended in manufacturing the existing car, spent scrapping it and manufacturing a replacement car.

  • The program fails to acknowledge driver needs, such as the ability to transport a family, tow a trailer or rely upon the performance, safety and utility characteristics associated with the larger vehicles. Instead, these vehicles will be destroyed.

  • There is no evidence that the program will achieve the goal of boosting new car sales or increasing fuel mileage. Many states have considered scrappage programs in the past as a way to help clean the air or increase mpg, but abandoned the effort because they simply don't work. The programs are not cost-effective and do not achieve verifiable fuel economy or air quality benefits.

  • The program will hurt thousands of independent repair shops, auto restorers, customizers and their customers across the country that depend on the used car market. This industry provides thousands of American jobs and generates millions of dollars in local, state and federal tax revenues.

CherokeeNew Diesel Jeep Cherokees Now Available! In the U.K., That is...
Posted by MarkH on 2008/8/4 20:54:00 (2319) reads

From Carscoop:

The all-new Jeep Cherokee has arrived in the UK where itís offered exclusively with a 177 HP 2.8-litre diesel engine and a choice of manual and automatic gearbox. Jeepís new SUV is available in only one equipment level Ė Limited Ė which includes standard ESP, Hill Descent Control, 17-inch alloy wheels and leather trim. Prices are set at £24,595 for the manual version and £25,595 for the automatic.

Check out the full story for plenty of photos and a list of standard equipment.

CherokeeVintage Jeep Ads
Posted by mike on 2008/2/14 14:28:00 (7215) reads

Step into the way-back machine by clicking on over to Hemmings Auto Blogs for some great old Jeep ads.

The ads are from 1960s era Farm Journals, and showcase the classic "real McCoy" Jeep as well as the "Jeep-and-a-half" Cherokee and Wagoneer.

CherokeeWrangler Print Ad - New York Wallscape
Posted by mike on 2007/11/2 8:05:00 (5171) reads

I just ran across this Wrangler ad on the Chrysler Media site - I had never seen it before so I figured I'd share it with everybody.

The ad is described as "New York Wallscape" which leads me to believe that it was displayed as a mural in New York City. If anyone can confirm this, I'd be most appreciative.

Cherokee'88 Cherokee Converted to 100% Electric
Posted by XJameson on 2007/4/19 7:45:38 (3341) reads

Found this interesting (and VERY thorough) website about a tired old '88 XJ (400k+ miles on two gas engines) being converted to a 100% electric vehicle. Very interesting, and a lot of great pictures!

So, for the Jeep conversion, I've decided to start off using flooded Lead Acids for my first pack simply because they are inexpensive and more tolerant of abuse then other battery chemistries. The main trade-off compared to AGMs (my second most likely choice) is that they won't provide the Jeep with race car performance or top speed. Also, they'll need to be cleaned and refilled frequently to ensure they have a long life. A fairly common brand of flooded lead-acid battery used in EVs is Trojan Batteries. This is the brand I've chosen to use as well. I'll be using the T-875 battery which has four cells for an 8 volt battery. However, this is no small battery, with dimensions of 10-3/8" x 7-1/8" x 10-7/8" and a weight of 63lbs! The goal is to have twenty of these for a total system voltage of 160 volts DC.
Check out the entire site.

CherokeeThe Patriot: the Cherokee Reincarnated?
Posted by mike on 2006/9/22 14:52:00 (5080) reads is running a nice article about the upcoming Jeep Patriot and how Chrysler Group is aiming the marketing sqaurely at former Cherokee owners.

Do you remember the Cherokee?

Jeep certainly hopes you do, and in a fond way. It's a big reason why this DaimlerChrysler division has added the Patriot to its ever-expanding range of sport-utility vehicles.

It's similar-looking to the Cherokee, intentionally so, but cuts a wider swath, from easy-going boulevard cruiser to rugged, range-rumbling off-roader. It joins the entry-level Compass and completely madeover Wrangler as Jeep's new-for-2007 entries. The Patriot/Compass duo is heavily based on the Dodge Caliber wagon and shares many of the same mechanical components.

For the Patriot, however, it's all about emulating the Cherokee, a squarish model that was created four years before Jeep was acquired from the American Motors in 1987. The Cherokee left in 2001, but legions of devoted fans still long for the old warhorse and its straightforward and boxy styling as well as its on- and off-trail capabilities.

Check out the full article.

What do you think differentiates the Patriot from the Liberty? Why would you buy one over the other? Let us know in the comment area.

CherokeeNew Jeep Plant Opening - in China
Posted by mike on 2006/9/14 8:29:40 (3468) reads


BeijingBenz-DaimlerChrysler Automotive Ltd, a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler and the Beijing Automotive Industry Corp, said it will open its new manufacturing facility in Beijing tomorrow.

The company has previously said it will produce the Chrysler 300C at the new plant in the Beijing Development Area, where Mercedes-Benz E- and C-class sedans will also be made.

Chrysler chief executive Tom LaSorda last year said total annual capacity at the facility will be 80,000 units, including production of the Cherokee Jeep and Mitsubishi cars.

CherokeeWanna Bet? Cherokee vs. Frozen Reservoir
Posted by mike on 2005/11/17 8:40:00 (4682) reads

While this isn't the usual type of article we post on this site, a friend of ours sent this over to us and it is just too good to pass up. A couple of South Korean dudes bet about $1,000 that one of them could drive his Jeep Cherokee across a frozen reservoir (with ice about 15cm thick).

Turns out he lost.

Check out this photos at Ernie's House of Whoop Ass.

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