|Jeep improves in initial quality, Commanders to be built in Austria, GC Hemi review|
Jeep Brand Improves in Initial Quality
J.D. Power and Associate's Initial Quality Study is out for 2005 and it is a positive showing for the Jeep brand. Jeeps went from 26th in 2004 up to 17th in 2005 - just barely below the industry average. Hummer and Nissan were the biggest positive movers in the countdown.
Lexus held on to the top spot, followed by Cadillac and Jaguar. The bottom three consist of Land Rover, Mazda, and Suzuki. Last year, Hummer was at the bottom of the pile.
European Commanders to Be Built in Graz, Austria
Autonews.com and AWKnowledge.com are reporting that the European version of the Jeep Commander will be built in Graz, Austria. Unfortunately, we can't show you a snippet of either article - they're both currently available to registered users only. Here's a tease.
CarConnection.com Offers a Glowing Review of the 2005 Grand Cherokee Hemi
Here's a snippet:
But the '05 Grand Cherokee stakes its claim to being the top dog in its segment on much more than just its bench-pressing (and reasonable efficient) HEMI engine. The rest of this vehicle's driveline is equally impressive - in particular, the latest generation of Jeep's Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system, available on top-of-the-line Limited models only. In addition to the two-speed transfer case and 4WD High and Low ranges you get with the standard Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system, Quadra-Drive adds front, center, and rear locking differentials with electronically controlled limited-slip axles. This, folks, is serious goods. It puts the '05 Grand Cherokee in the rare company of military-level off-roaders like the Land Rover LR3, the Mercedes G500, and the HUMMER H1. A HEMI-equipped Grand Cherokee Limited can tow 7200 pounds, too.
Other SUVs may have what you need, but Jeep bends over backwards to offer everything you might possible want.
Check out the entire article.