Chrysler recently announced that they are bringing back the Jeep Cherokee, but in name only. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the replacement for the Jeep Liberty. Rugged isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when we see these pics. What do you think?
It’s that time of year again! Whether we like it or not, Winter is on the way. Is your Jeep ready for all the foul (or wonderful, depending on your perspective) weather that’s headed your way? There are a couple of must-have’s for your Jeep in regards to protecting your vehicle’s interior from all the snow, slush, water, salt, and sand that our roads and parking lots can send its way. Start off with the all-weather Jeep Floor Mats . With great options from Mopar, Weathertech, and Rugged Ridge, www.JeepWorld.com has your Jeep’s Floors covered. See this list below for mats to fit your model Jeep vehicle:
Jeep Wrangler Floor Mats, Grand Cherokee Floor Mats, Jeep Liberty Floor Mats, Compass Floor Mats, Jeep Patriot Floor Mats, Commander Floor Mats, and even Jeep Cherokee XJ Floor Mats are a great way to protect your vehicle’s interior and extend the life of your Jeep!
Another must for interior protection is the Jeep Cargo Tray. An awesome way to protect your Jeep’s cargo area, these heavy duty trays are a must for anyone who lives in a Winter Weather Climate and enjoys an outdoors lifestyle. Available for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Commander, Compass & Patriot, and Wrangler. An extra-thick and rugged Cargo Tray by Weathertech is available for the Cherokee XJ, if you’ve still got one of those bad boys on the road.
For those of us who think Winter is wonderful (count me in as one of those fools), we’ve got a full line up of Jeep Ski and Snowboard Racks to fit your vehicle and help you transport your skis and snowboards to the mountains. We happily offer both roof-mount and spare tire mount options as rack solutions for your Jeep.
From the Sacremento Bee:
“On Nov. 4, we’ll get our first look at Chrysler’s future.
That’s the day Fiat plans to reveal its 5-year plan for the Chrysler Group, which includes Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. Fiat owns 20 percent of Chrysler and effectively controls the automaker…
Fiat has a strong motivation to get Americans to buy more diesels as an alternative to hybrids, in which it has little expertise. In addition, the diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs Chrysler built during its alliance with Daimler have a loyal following.
Watch for Fiat to promote its diesels for Jeeps and Dodge and Chrysler passenger cars.”
Freep.com ran a story today citing an anonymous source that states Fiat CEO Sergio Marchione is planning cuts for certain Chrysler models that use crossover platforms, selling them only under one of the brand names. Workers at one Toledo plant are concerned that Marchione will cut the slower selling Dodge Nitro creating job cuts in an area that is already hurting economically.
“Marchionne has ordered U.S. executives to come up with model cuts so a particular car or truck is sold only under one of the company’s three brands, Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep.
At the 2.1 million-square-foot Toledo North Jeep plant, which makes the Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty midsize sport utility vehicles, workers are worried that Marchionne will cut the slow-selling Nitro to focus on the Liberty.”
From Business Week:
“A recent shuffle of Chrysler Group’s design team could be just what the company needs to effect a quick turnaround after bankruptcy, industry analysts say. The automaker has promoted three men from within to head design for its Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands.”
“Mark Allen, 46, was promoted to head of Jeep design from his previous position of chief of Dodge and Jeep truck design.
Jeep has the most going for it in terms of design, analysts say. Allen’s prime directive will be to preserve and evolve the iconic Jeep look that makes the Wrangler a continued sales success relative to other models in the line-up. “Don’t try to make Jeep what it’s not,” Hossack says. “Don’t be selling these little crossover SUVs that won’t go over anything other than wet grass. Make a Jeep a Jeep.”
Allen is very familiar with Jeep’s design heritage, having worked on the 2007 Liberty and 2006 Wrangler. And he certainly has experience with trucks that can tackle more than a damp lawn, after helping craft the 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty, 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2008 Dodge Dakota.”
The Toledo Blade is ran a story yesterday about supply vs. demand in regards to the Jeep Wrangler. Due to a 7 week shutdown on plants that produce the iconic vehicle, dealers are having a difficult time keeping up with customer requests.
“Jerry Snodgrass probably could sell a dozen Jeep Wranglers today – that is, if he had any to sell. But the general manager of Baumann Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Fremont is in the same predicament as many other Jeep dealers nationwide. That is, plenty of demand for the Toledo-built Wranglers but few, if any, to sell following the seven-week shutdown of vehicle production by Chrysler Group LLC. “I am completely out of Wranglers. I’ve got a salesman looking up at me right now asking me, ‘When are we going to get more Wranglers?’•” Mr. Snodgrass said yesterday. The company announced yesterday, as other automakers revealed their June vehicle sales figures, that last month it sold 4,810 Wranglers, down 28 percent from the same month last year. But sales may have slumped because dealers ran out of Wranglers. Chrysler had just a 38-day supply of Wranglers as of June 1, compared with a typical industry average of 60 days or more. Sales of the Toledo-built Jeep Liberty, by contrast, were 3,815 units last month, off 24 percent from a year ago but with a more plentiful 65-day inventory supply. For the first half of the year, Wrangler sales are up 5 percent from a year ago, while Liberty sales are down 42 percent.”
Time for Chrysler to crank up production and get the people their Jeeps. Let’s face it, Jeep is the strongest of the Chrysler line-up and will continue to do well as the economy climes slowly out of the recession.
Check out our all new Jeep Wrangler Wheels section for awesome Mopar and Rugged Ridge Wheels.
From Lauren in Ballston Spa, NY (She’s practically our neighbor!) :
“I haven’t taken it off road yet, but this is my first car and I’ve been obsessed since I got it. My father and two friends also own Jeeps and we’re currently planning on taking a trip up to the northern Adirondacks with this long caravan of jeeps to go off roading with. Time for the shiny red thing to see some dirt!”
We can’t knock you for having a shiny Jeep (too much). She looks great, not to mention that new body style is pretty cool. Be sure and send us some pics of your trip up to the mountains. Have fun! -JW
Check us out for a wide array of Jeep Liberty Accessories. We’ve got everything from Chrome Accents if you’re into “blinging” out your ride to the necessary Jeep Liberty Floor Mats and Jeep Cargo Trays to protect your vehicles interior.
From Shane in Salt Lake City, UT:
All my life I’ve wanted to live in the mountains and own a Jeep. In the last year both of those dreams have come true. I am amazed a what this thing can do in the Utah mountains!
Congrats on both counts, Shane! Jeeps are made to be used in the mountains.