Jeep News for 7/30

July 30, 2008

Jeep Still Strong As Chrysler Slumps

“At this point, it’s hard to say what positive value Chrysler has,” said Gerald Meyers, chairman of the former American Motors Corp., which owned Jeep until Chrysler snapped up AMC in the late 1980s. “But Jeep is worth a lot — it’s the sole clear-cut jewel in their crown … that can be isolated and sold as a unit, without being much concern if Chrysler survives or not.”

Full story from DetNews.com here.

We had posted that Chrysler may be in trouble a few days ago. The Jeep Brand is very strong and still has a huge following, but will need to evolve along with our collective driving habits. It remains to be seen if Chrysler will sell the brand to free up cash or put the hard lean on Jeep in order to survive.

Chrysler to Quit Leasing Business

“I see this as indicative of some financial difficulty … banks may not be willing to lend Chrysler money on the same favorable terms as in the past,” said Aaron Bragman, automotive research analyst at Global Insight Inc. “It’s very risky to leave the leasing business up to a third party. Some customers will go to competitors and they will lose volume.”

Customer Concerns

Chrysler Financial is ending its leasing programs, raising questions:
Q: I currently lease, will I be affected?
A: No, current lease terms are unchanged, and vehicles should be returned to dealers as normal.
Q: If I still want to lease a Chrysler vehicle, can I?
A: Yes, but you or your dealer will have to make arrangements through a third-party bank.
Q: Will my monthly payment go up on my next lease?
A: Possibly, it’s expected that third-party banks will offer competitive terms, but there may be less incentives for leasers.
Q: If I buy, will I pay more per month?
A: Chrysler says no, but you may be paying off your vehicle loan for five or six years.

More after the jump.

Chrysler, Jeep, & Dodge Middle East Enjoy Half Year Sales Boost

“Despite economic gloom affecting the world automotive market, Chrysler International- Regional Center Middle East is bucking the trend with 2008 half-year sales up by 31%, compared to the first six months of 2007”

Read the full story here.

These numbers may be a little deceiving as there was a lot of room for growth, but it’s good to see sales going well where the gas is still cheap!

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2 More Hot Items for the Jeep Wrangler JK

July 30, 2008

A couple of weeks back, we filled you in on the 5 must have accessories for the Jeep Wrangler JK. After reviewing this entry, we realized we left out two scorching hot sellers.

Many new Jeep owners are looking to take their doors off for Summer & we’ve got just the product to help you do it.  The Jeep JK Mirror Relocation Brackets by Rugged Ridge allow you to mount your factory mirrors onto the frame of your JK & up the level of Jeep freedom as you head down the open road sans top & doors.  The kit is made from powder coated steel for a long life & added durability and includes a filler plate if you choose to put the doors back on once in a while.  We can barely keep this one in stock during the summer!

If you’re like most Jeep owners then getting outside and getting dirty is a big part of your life.  The terry velour Jeep Seat Towel by iNSYNC helps protect your Jeep from sweat, beach sand, UV rays, dirt and every day wear and tear.  This item is perfect for right after the beach or as a seat protector for your favorite ride-along dog.  The simple design & easy on/easy off installation make this product a no-brainer if you’re into the outdoor lifestyle.

For other Jeep Accessories check out:

JeepWorld.com


Is Chrysler Kaput?

July 24, 2008

Chrysler doesn’t have a single big-selling model in its entire inventory of passenger cars. The only profitable asset the company still has is its Jeep brand (a small miracle, that, given the Patriot/Compass/Commander albatross hanging around its neck).”

The rest of the story from the American Spectator here.

Would this be good or bad for Jeep? Share you thoughts below.


Jeep Patriot is the Least Expensive SUV to Own

July 23, 2008

Just read over at istockanalyst.com that the Jeep Patriot is now the least expensive SUV to own according to Edmunds.com. Even with gas prices shooting through the roof, there are those of us that still require an SUV for certain life needs. Read the full story here.


Operation Red Dragon: Marine’s Jeep under resoration while he’s deployed

July 21, 2008

York County, MD:

“20 year old Lance Corp. Cale Adams deployed to Iraq in March.  While he is gone, he asked his mother to collect some parts for his old, beat up Jeep, he plans to restore when he gets home.
However, Sue Adams is taking that request one step further.  She is raising money to have Cale’s 1995 Jeep, he calls “The Dragon” completely restored by the time he comes home.
Operation Red Dragon is an effort to raise the 20 thousand dollars needed to add all the bells and whistles to make the vehicle a Jeep lovers dream.”

Story here

& here’s a link to Cale’s Jeep Makeover Myspace page if you’d like to help make Cale’s dream a reality.  They’ve raised around $8500 so far.  Let’s help to give him a great welcome home.


Featured Jeep: 2001 Jeep Wrangler (TJ)

July 17, 2008

From Mike & Jenn of Fernley, NV:

We love the fact that it can take us places that no other vehicle can. We can experience it together as a family, which makes it more exciting and adventurous. Our 2 1/2 yr old daughter loves going off road & laughs hysterically at and all bumps and dips. It’s a blast!”


Jeep News for 7/14/08

July 14, 2008

photo courtesy of Car & SUV

New Jeep J8 for Serious Off Roading

The Jeep J8 multi-purpose vehicle made it’s first appearance at a consumer event during Euro Camp Jeep 2008 in Northern Germany. The J8 marks the Jeep brand’s return to commercial and military vehicle production with a thoroughly modern vehicle designed to meet the needs of both non-government organizations and government agencies.

More on the Jeep J8 here.

Chrysler Plans Electric Vehicles

Chrysler LLC’s answer to the much anticipated Chevrolet Volt could be three to five years away, the Free press has learned. The Auburn Hills automaker launched a special division within the company last fall called ENVI–pronounced like “envy”–to bring electric-drive vehicles and related advanced-propulsion technologies to market.

Is an Electric Jeep in the works?

Tennessee Woman Wins Jeep in Video Game

Jessica Garrett, 31, of Hendersonville, just struck…silver. As a first-time player of Silver Strike Bowling, America’s hottest coin-operated video game, she’s scored the ultimate trophy: a 2008 Jeep Wrangler, valued at $23,000.

More on the lucky winner here.

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