Chrysler announces Jeep EV electric vehicle.

September 25, 2008

It looks like Chrysler will be releasing one of their electric vehicle models in the US in 2010.  Let’s hope they make it the Jeep EV in the US.

From the Chysler LLC Press Release:

Chrysler LLC announced today that the Company and its ENVI organization have new production-intent, advanced electric-drive technology packaged in three different vehicles – one for each of its brands, Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge.

Chrysler will select one electric-drive model to be produced in 2010 for consumers in North American markets, and European markets after 2010. Additionally, approximately 100 Chrysler electric vehicles will be on the road in government, business, utility and Chrysler development fleets in 2009.

The Company said that it is well into the development of advanced, production-intent electric vehicles, and that it will apply electric-drive technology to its front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and body-on-frame four-wheel-drive platforms in the next several years.

Jeep EV
The Jeep EV development vehicle is a Range-extended Electric Vehicle that provides a glimpse into the future of a “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” vehicle with renowned Jeep Wrangler capability.

The Jeep EV combines Wrangler’s unmatched off-road capability with the ultimate “Tread Lightly” mindset by providing nature ambassadors with the ability to roam the planet and take care of it at the same time.

The Jeep EV Range-extended Electric Vehicle uses an electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery system, and a small gasoline engine with an integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. The 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor generates 400 N•m (295 lb.-ft.) of torque. With approximately eight gallons of gasoline, the Jeep EV has a range of 400 miles, including 40 miles of zero fuel-consumption, zero-emissions, all-electric operation.

“We are also exploring four-wheel-drive, in-wheel electric motors to demonstrate the full reach of ENVI’s advanced electric-drive technologies,” said Rhodes.

The instant high torque of the electric-drive motor and the ability to precisely control each wheel independently results in off-road capability ideally suited for the Jeep brand, without compromising on-road driving capability.


Chrysler to offer employee pricing for “Key Customer Groups”

September 18, 2008

In another move to clear out some inventory and boost sales, Chrysler is offering special employee pricing for “Key Customer Groups” according to MarketWatch.

“Chrysler LLC is offering eligible military personnel, returning lessees, supplier and affiliate employees the opportunity to purchase a new Chrysler, Jeep(R) or Dodge vehicle for nearly the same price that a Chrysler employee pays.

Through Sept. 30, eligible participants can visit their local dealer and receive one employee discount number toward the purchase of a new Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle. The discounted price is the employee price (printed on the factory invoice), plus a $200 program fee. All relevant incentives can be combined with the discount.
“We’re extending employee pricing to these key groups to offer our best and most competitive deals of the year,” said Michael Keegan, Vice President – Volume Planning and Sales Operations, Chrysler LLC. “This additional purchase offer, combined with our special finance deals and current incentives, will help create more affordable deals and keep our most loyal customers in the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge family.”

Featured Jeep: 2004 Wrangler (TJ) Columbia Edition

September 12, 2008

From Chelsea of Langford, BC Canada:

I love my Jeep because although it’s stock, it can still do things and go places that other lifted vehicles can go. It almost feels like it gives that extra umph when we’re off road, cause it knows we’re gonna have some fun! It’s an amazing vehicle, hasn’t even got stuck yet!”

I can’t believe you didn’t get stuck in that mud!  Good on ya!

Chrysler will introduce 7 new models in 2010

September 11, 2008

According to the, Chrysler LLC executive Jim Press announced that Chrysler will be introducing 7 new models in 2010 during a speech to the Automotive Press Association.

The auto executive, who left Toyota Motor Corp. a year ago to join Chrysler, also promised big changes for the privately held automaker, including a technology that he said will transform the automobile.

Specifically, Chrysler will introduce seven new models for 2010, some of which would include advanced drive systems, Mr. Press said.”

He also went on to praise the Jeep Brand and at least gave lip service to the fact that the Jeep brand has strayed a bit too far away from it’s loyal base in recent years.  This sounds like a step in the right direction.

“The Jeep brand must not be devalued by less-rugged vehicles that don’t live up to Jeep’s off-road image, Jim Press, Chrysler LLC vice-chairman and president, told a roomful of auto writers yesterday.

“We need to keep it a genuine Jeep image, we can’t dilute it by trying to sell out the volume of the brand on ‘faux’ Jeeps. We want to return to our roots and have trail-rated authentic Jeeps that have value,” Mr. Press said during a speech here to members of the Automobile Press Association.”

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UPDATE!  We noticed that this entry from Sept. 2008 is currently seeing a lot of traffic. This is just a reminder that an awful lot has changed since it was written and this plan is most likely delayed.

Jeep Sales Still Down; Chrysler Releases August Sales Figures

September 10, 2008

Chrysler LLC reported last week that sales of new Jeep vehicles fell -44% for this August selling period as opposed to the same period last year.  The Commander (-66%), Grand Cherokee (-61%), and Compass (-56% ) had the worst performance overall, while the Wrangler (-32%), Patriot (-21% ), and Liberty (-14%) faired slightly “better”.  Jeep sales are down -24% YTD compared to 2007.

Featured Jeeps: 1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ / 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sahara TJ

September 4, 2008

From Christina in Vars, Ontario, Canada:

My husband has wanted a Jeep forever. We bought a 1990 YJ that needed work…. but he was still proud of it. We just bought a 2007 Sahara Unlimited, I haven’t seen him since… Ok, a bit of an overstatement but close! We like everything about it the best!”

Now just trade in that sedan in the garage for another Jeep and you guys will be all set.

Is this the end for the Jeep Liberty?

September 4, 2008

Jeep Liberty or Dodge Nitro to be phased out, officials say.

Nameplates will be merged by 2012 model year

“Chrysler LLC officials yesterday confirmed that they will phase out either the Toledo-made Jeep Liberty or the Dodge Nitro sport utility vehicle by the 2012 model year. Steven Landry, vice president of North American sales, told industry analysts that the slow-selling Nitro and its near-twin, the Jeep Liberty, would be merged behind one nameplate within three years.

“If you put sales of Liberty and Nitro together, it’s doing what we want it to do,” Mr. Landry said while discussing the poor August sales of the two vehicles.”

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Most people are saying that the Dodge Nitro will be the one to go.  There seem to be a lot more of the Jeep Liberties on the road than the Nitro, then again we’re not out there looking for Dodges.

As Chrysler’s “Project Genesis” continues it’s cost cutting measures, expect to see either the Jeep Compass or Patriot go by the wayside as well.

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