July 29, 2009
From Ben in Pretoria, South Africa:
210’000 km on the clock and it still outperforms several other vehicles. Picture taken on Christmas Day 2004 in the Langeberg Mountains Western Cape. 650 meter climb over of 5 km. What I like most of it is it’s superb performance both off-road and on the freeway.
Beautiful! – JW
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July 23, 2009
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.”
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July 9, 2009
From Timothy in Houston, TX:
“It’s more fun to drive than an H2, and the dog seems to like it better than the beach!”
For a Lab to like ANYTHING more than the beach is saying something. Of course,we can see why if you’re letting him drive your Jeep. -JW
As much as we love them, our four legged friends can make a mess of our Jeeps. Proctect your Jeeps interior with Seat Covers, Jeep Seat Towels, Jeep Beach Towels, and the Jeep Wrangler Cargo Liner. Then get out there and have fun!
July 3, 2009
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.”
Full article here.
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.
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