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Jeep Goes Forward into the Past with Latest Moab Concepts

Seven concepts head out onto the trail.

by on Mar.30, 2017

The Jeep Switchback is meant to highlight the range of parts in the Mopar catalog.

Forget the Easter Bunny and all those chocolate eggs. If you’re an off-road fan, you know the real sign of spring comes with Jeep’s yearly trek out to Moab. And for the 51st annual Easter Jeep Safari, the Fiat Chrysler brand is blending together some future and some retro designs.

Among those looking forward into the past, the CJ66 pulls us back to the days of old by borrowing frame, body and components from a variety of different, classic CJ Jeeps – otherwise known as the Wrangler. The Grand One Concept, meanwhile, starts out as a 1993 Grand Cherokee before undergoing an extensive list of more modern modifications.

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“It’s truly a labor of love for the Jeep team to develop exciting, capable concept vehicles each year for Moab and the Easter Jeep Safari,” said Mike Manley, the head of Jeep Brand, as the seven new concepts were unveiled. “We look forward to the reaction and feedback from enthusiasts and our most loyal customers as these new Jeep concepts are put through their paces on the trails in Moab.”

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Jeep Shows Off Four Beijing Concepts, Plans to Launch China Production

Fiat Chrysler aims to gain momentum in world’s largest car market.

by on Apr.20, 2014

The Jeep Cherokee Urbane, one of four concept vehicles the maker is showing in Beijing.

Beijing Auto Show-goers will get a look at four new Jeep concept vehicles this week, vehicles the maker said are “uniquely designed for China,” the world’s largest automotive market.

But perhaps more significant is the news that parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has finally locked down a long-sought joint venture that will allow it to begin producing Jeeps in China for the first time in nearly a decade. The SUV brand was the first foreign maker into China but lost that Beijing production base after the break-up of DaimlerChrysler AG.

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The tie-up with China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group is a critical step for Jeep which has been pushing to expand its presence abroad in recent years. The maker sold 731,000 vehicles worldwide in 2013 and brand CEO Michael Manley recently announced a target of 1 million for 2014, well ahead of earlier plans.

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Baby Jeep Likely to Make Geneva Debut

New mini-ute key to Jeep’s grand, global aspirations.

by on Jan.29, 2014

The Jeepster is rumored to be making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Several spy shots, like this one of a mule undergoing testing, have turned up in recent months. Photo credit: Jim Dunne

Don’t be surprised to see the long-rumored “Baby Jeep” makes its world debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, according to a variety of industry sources.

Tentatively known as the Jeepster – a name first used by Willys-Overland back in 1948 on one of the first post-War Jeeps – the new model is expected to share its underlying platform with the new Fiat 500L. But don’t think the downsized ute will be just another soft-roader. Inside sources are confident that Jeep will offer a true, off-road capable model, much like the Trailhawk version of the new Jeep Cherokee.

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The Baby Jeep, whatever name is ultimately chosen, is expected to play a significant role in the brand’s future. Jeep set an all-time sales record in 2013, delivering nearly 790,000 vehicles worldwide. The maker has expressed a near-term goal of boosting sales to 1 million or more. And considering that compact crossovers are expected to become the industry’s fastest-growing segment globally over the coming decade, the Jeepster can’t come to market soon enough. (more…)