Featured Jeep: 2006 Wrangler Rubicon (TJ)

November 18, 2008

From Clark in Florence, OR:

“Living on the coast the Jeep Rubicon is the only way to go. As you can see climbing up the sand dunes is no problem and you get a great view as well. What more could you ask for! Go Jeep…”


GM most likely out. Will Mahindra buy Jeep? Will Hyundai?

November 13, 2008

Now that GM is worrying about saving itself instead of merging with Chrysler, the future of the Jeep Brand has become even more uncertain.

From Freep.com:

“GM’s decision opens the door for other automakers to look at a deal for Chrysler — with Renault-Nissan potentially reemerging in that scenario — although Renault-Nissan’s chief executive has indicated a reluctance to spend in this economic climate.”

At this point it’s safe to assume that Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler will be split apart in some capacity.  To what degree we’re not sure of yet.  Hyundai Motor Co. has no entered the ring;

“Hyundai Motor Co. emerged as a possible suitor for Chrysler late Friday. Reuters reported that Cerberus has had talks with the South Korean automaker about a potential deal to acquire Chrysler’s Jeep brand and other assets. Hyundai reportedly denied interest, saying it lacked the capacity for such a deal.” (Freep.com)

According to NDTV Profit, things could shake out a little differently:

“Hyundai has shown some interest, though only in the Chrysler brand- which is where the idea of splitting the portfolio originated.”

NDTV has a lot to say about the possibility of Indian Company Mahindra & Mahindra buying Jeep & Dodge together.

“There could be another global acquisition brewing in the auto industry…with an Indian player in the fray.  Jeep and Dodge are the target and NDTV has learned that Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) could be in the mood to buy…  In the heels of collapse of merger talks between Chrysler and general Motors, M&M is likely to make a bid for parts of the Detroit based automotive giant Chrysler.  However sources indicate that M&M will most likely bid for the Jeep or Dodge lines of business as it would strengthen the Indian company’s UV capability.” (NDTV)

Jeep Sales for Oct. 2008. Two words: NOT GOOD.

November 6, 2008

Well, Chrysler LLC has announced their sales figures for October 2008.  Things aren’t looking very good for Jeep (or any Chrysler model) at the moment.  The Jeep Patriot is the one and only positive performer for the year, up 62% but still down -11% for 10/08 as oppossed to 10/07.  Jeep Grand Cherokee sales were down -24% in October as oppossed -37% on the year.  That may be due to both dropping gas prices and last ditch efforts to grab a lease.  Wrangler sales dropped -33%, bring their sales down -30% for the year.  The Jeep Liberty is down -40% selling 3,918 units during the time period.  The Commander improved to -48% sales difference, bringing them “up” to -54% on the year.  The ugly stepchild of the family is still the Compass.  This forgotten “Jeep” sold a measly 855 units for the October sales period for a -62% drop in vehicles moved.

These dismal totals bring Jeep sales down 105,017 units sold for a -27% drop in volume moved on the year.

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