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New Look for 2014 Dodge Durango

Grand Cherokee’s forgotten brother gets some key revisions.

by on Mar.28, 2013

The Dodge Durango update is more substantial than it might first appepar.

This could be a critical week for the Dodge Durango, the three-row sport-ute making its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week.

Though based on the same platform as the wildly popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango has been the forgotten ute among parent Chrysler’s extensive line-up of SUVs and CUVs, so the 2014 redesign could determine whether the Dodge Durango has much of a future.

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Like the newly updated Grand Cherokee, the Dodge offering gets a number of important updates for 2014, and though it’s not as extensive as the major transformation it went through in 2014, Dodge brand President Reid Bigland insists it is nonetheless, “fundamentally an all-new vehicle.”


First Drive: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Diesel power to the people.

by on Feb.25, 2013

Jeep makes some unexpectedly significant updatest to the Grand Cherokee for 2014.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee landed among the three finalists for North American Truck of the Year. And though the SUV didn’t win the coveted trophy it clearly clicked with potential buyers, helping drive a dramatic increase in sales

So, as the 2014 model-year approaches, it might seem like there’d be little reason to pay much attention when Jeep announced it is updating the Grand Cherokee once again. Three years in, that’s normally the time manufacturers come up with minimal cosmetic and technical changes that the average buyers would barely even notice.

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Not in this case.  While true, Jeep hasn’t gone back to square one, there are some surprisingly significant changes – from the basic electric architecture to the powertrain options, as well as exterior design details — coming for the 2014 model-year that justify a closer look by reviewers and a serious re-think by potential buyers.


Chrysler Won’t Kill Plant, Marchionne Tells Obama

Fiat CEO defends controversial bailout, says it created jobs.

by on Jul.30, 2010

Jefferson North, one of the few inner city plants remaining, is in a strongly Democratic district.

More than 1,500 UAW-represented employees at Chrysler Group’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit welcomed U.S. President Obama to the home of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee today.

The President visited the plant a little more than a year after Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy because of billions of dollars in taxpayer support as part of his mid-term election year push to sell Democratic industrial policies to angry and skeptical voters.

Turin-based Fiat with the help of taxpayer money gained control of Chrysler in the process. Sergio Marchionne is now CEO of both groups.

During the visit, Marchionne announced that the nearby suburban Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) would not be closed, as he originally said as part of Chrysler’s post-bankruptcy business plan, but rather it would stay open beyond 2012. A second shift of about 900 workers will also be added in early 2011. To support that operation, suppliers will add nearly 500 jobs it’s estimated.


President Obama to Visit Detroit Area Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet Volt Plants Today

Renewed push defending auto bailouts, touting job creation.

by on Jul.30, 2010

Without intervention a million jobs would have been lost, according to a new report.

President Obama will visit the Jefferson North plant of Chrysler in Detroit where Jeep Grand Cherokee models are made and then stop by a nearby General Motors plant in Hamtramck where the Chevrolet Volt hybrid will be built.

At both stops, and another next week at a Ford Explorer plant in Chicago, the President will promote the taxpayer programs that saved or created “Detroit Three” automaker jobs.

The unpopular bailouts and how much of the more than $80 billion used will be returned are one of many contentious election-year issues.

Both Chrysler and General Motors of course received billions of dollars in taxpayer financing to allow them to emerge from bankruptcies last year. And Ford Motor Company received billions to retool its plants.

As a result, the Administration will claim that the 2,800 jobs at Jefferson North and the 1,100 employees at Hamtramck, among thousands of others, were saved by the unpopular loans, which now has U.S. taxpayers as the majority holder in GM, with a substantial position in Fiat run Chrysler.

Ahead of the trip the Administration released a new study on the auto industry. It said that in the year before the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies, the companies lost almost 340,000 jobs.  In the year since then, 55,000 jobs have been added to these companies.

“If we hadn’t stepped in when we did, most observers believe at least a million jobs would have been lost,” said Ed Montgomery, the head of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers.

“While there is still a long way to go, the report points out that the companies are also showing positive signs of financial performance. In the first quarter, all of them made operating profits. That’s the first time that’s happened since 2004,” said Montgomery.

Chrysler Recalls 2010 Models for Ignition Failures

Key can be removed when the vehicle is not in park.

by on May.18, 2010

An electrical switch, but really a mechanical problem as the solenoid binds.

Chrysler Group is recalling more than 40,000 model year 2010 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Charger, Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram Vehicles. These vehicles may have been built with a defective wireless ignition switch (WIN) module that sticks.

The result could be that the key could be removed from the ignition switch prior to placing the shifter in park. Chrysler says this could result in unintended vehicle movement and could increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect and, as required by law, replace the WIN module free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2010.

Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V200000.

Sneak Peak: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The large and the small of it on display at New York auto show "Press" conference.

by on Apr.08, 2009

Oops, I said what camry or cameo appearance/

Oops, I said what - Camry or cameo appearance?

As Chrysler LLC Vice Chairman and President Jim Press stepped out of a Fiat 500 this morning, he quickly said that he wasn’t announcing anything, but the 500 was “making a Camry, err, cameo appearance with us just so you can imagine the possibilities. Take a look at the whole car is the size of a hemi engine.”

After that initial stumble, the former Toyota executive went on presenting his sales pitch for why the Fiat deal made sense for Chrysler. Press also said that the employment levels at Chrysler are now at 1934 levels as a result of taking out $3.8 billion in costs and cutting manufacturing capacity by one-third.

The real reason Press was there was to show signs of product life after the President’s Auto Task Force said Chrysler couldn’t survive as a stand alone company. Indeed, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee that made its world debut today demonstrates that proposition. Grand Cherokee is based on the Mercedes-Benz ML platform but it will be built in Detroit, Michigan, the traditional site of grand Cherokee assembly.

The unusually early debut is an attempt to prove that Chrysler has a future.

The unusually early debut of Grand Cherokee is an attempt to prove that Chrysler has a future.

This premium SUV has a heavy-set, high waist line look, devoid of Mercedes styling clues, an all-new interior, an all-new V-6 engine and a three different four-wheel-drive systems. No prices were announced this far ahead of introduction but Press said it will be “volume priced.”

The new 3.6-liter V-6 engine, no matter what its take rate in the Grand Cherokee where the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also offered, will eventually replace seven versions of an older, less fuel efficient design currently in service in other Chrysler family vehicles. It offers an 11% fuel economy improvement in the 4600-pound Limited version, and an estimated 16 mpg on the EPA city cycle.  

Jeep, arguably, invented the premium SUV segment with the introduction of the Grand Cherokee in 1993. More than 4 million sales later, and with seemingly as many competitors, Jeep is trying to market an extremely sophisticated off-road vehicle in a wounded segment where only 25% of its current owners ever venture off-road.

Click Here to Subscribe to TDBNonetheless, there’s a new Quadra-Lift air suspension that delivers off-road capability, along with the new Selec-Terrain system that allows the driver to choose the drive system that best matches on- or off-road driving conditions. Quadra-Lift has five height settings for optimum ride performance ranging from 8.1 inches of clearance during on-road driving; two off-road settings that add 1.5 inches or another 3 inches of ground clearance for a total of 11.1; a “park’ mode that lowers the vehicle 1.5 inches from the on road height, and a “aero” setting that lowers the vehicle 0.6 inches from normal ride height. Aero Mode is controlled by vehicle speed and adjusts for optimal performance and fuel economy.

The Selec-Terrain’s dial allows the driver to choose from five driving conditions, including sand and mud; sport; snow; rock and automatic, where the dial will no doubt reside all the time for most suburban drivers.

Outside of North America – available in 86 countries — Grand Cherokee is one of Chrysler LLC’s best-selling vehicles. In 2008, diesel models counted for almost 50%.  The new SUV will offer a 3.0-liter diesel form Mercedes-Benz, and left-hand and right-hand drive versions.