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Jeep Ready to Rock at Safari with Seven Concepts

Annual collection of fans in Moab getting an assortment of options.

by on Mar.11, 2016

What happens when you squeeze a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine into a Jeep Wrangler? You get the Trailcat and just in time for the annual Easter Safari.

Jeep plans to continue building its reputation for building uniquely, capable vehicles by offering, with a big assist from Mopar, seven new concept vehicles for the annual Easter Safari in Moab, Utah.

“Every year, the Jeep team looks forward to pushing the limits with new, exciting and capable concept vehicles for our most loyal enthusiasts at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, where we receive a tremendous amount of valuable feedback,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global.

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The portfolio of concept vehicles for the Moab show Fiat Chrysler plans to develop a pickup truck for the Jeep brand. While it hasn’t been announced officially no one around FCA’s U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, denies its coming. (more…)

FCA Readying for Operations for New Jeep Pickup

Maker adds new line to Detroit-area stamping plant.

by on Jan.25, 2016

The Comanche was a Jeep Cherokee-based pickup. While Jeep is expected to bring back a pickup, no word yet on the name.

This is a big week for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. as it is scheduled to release its final financial report for 2015 and Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce a re-organization of FCA’s U.S. manufacturing operations that will include production of long-awaited pickup truck from the Jeep brand.

FCA officials said last week that hasn’t detailed the plans yet, but they did confirm the Jeep pickup truck, which Jeep fans have been clamoring for since the old Chrysler Corp. pulled the Jeep Comanche off the market in the mid-1990s so it build additional versions of the very popular Jeep Wrangler, will be added to the Jeep product portfolio in 2017.

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Pickup trucks have been part of Jeep’s product portfolio going back to the late 1940s when Willys-Overland, then the owner of the Jeep brand, introduced the very first Jeep pickup, which remained in production until the mid-1960s. American Motors, which acquired the Jeep brand in 1970 also sold a Jeep pickup truck, starting in the early 1980s when compact trucks were popular. (more…)

VW, Jeep Again Looking at Options for U.S. Pickups

A resurgent midsize pickup segment could draw new contenders.

by on Mar.06, 2014

The current VW Amarok is not sold in the U.S. market and may be too small to import.

Only a few years ago, the pundits were writing off full-size pickups as dinosaurs set to vanish from the market. But last year they set their best sales mark since the crash of the U.S. automotive market.  Now, many analysts are starting to rethink forecasts predicting the demise of the midsize truck segment.  That apparently includes product planners for both Volkswagen AG and Jeep.

In recent years, the segment has dwindled to insignificance and key players like Ford and Chrysler have abandoned their entries. Ford actually developed a new version of its Ranger for global markets but decided against bringing it to the States.

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But with General Motors counter-programming, as it were, with the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models, might other manufacturers follow?

There are several who continue to consider their options, including both of the Korean carmakers, Hyundai and Kia.  But the makers most likely to take some action could be Detroit-based Jeep, and German giant Volkswagen AG — which already has an option available, the midsize Amarok pickup it sells in a wide range of overseas markets.

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