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Jeep’s 707-hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Revealed

Set to debut in NY alongside Dodge Demon.

by on Apr.10, 2017

The most powerful SUV on the market, the 707 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning a high-powered preview at the New York International Auto Show later week, the Euro-American automaker set to debut two of the most powerful vehicles ever to roll off an American assembly line.

While FCA is waiting for its Wednesday news conference to provide complete details about the Dodge Demon, the muscle car it has been teasing in recent weeks, the maker did pull the covers back on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

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In what might actually seem something of an understatement, Jeep chief Mike Manley suggested that with its 707-horsepower V-8, the Trackhawk delivers “astounding performance numbers.” But Manley also stressed that the new Jeep is more than just the SUV equivalent of a classic muscle car, promising it also offers “luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology.”

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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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Is This Concept Toyota’s Answer to the Ford Bronco?

Japanese maker confirms plans to debut FT-4X at New York Auto Show.

by on Mar.29, 2017

Toyota drops a hint of what it has coming at next month's New York International Auto Show.

Rumors have been buzzing since last autumn, when Toyota registered the new trademark, FT-4X. What might that be used for? The initial inklings suggested it would likely show up on a light truck, perhaps the replacement for the old FJ Cruiser, dropped after the 2014 model-year.

The Japanese maker is now confirming a concept using that badge will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next month, and from the teaser image accompanying that terse announcement, it’s safe to assume the show car will be some form of utility vehicle.

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But what type of ute does Toyota have in mind? A “soft-roader,” ala the RAV4, seems unlikely. The betting would suggest that the new Toyota FJ-4X will be a serious off-roader, perhaps even something opting for a body-on-frame design, that would take aim at the likes of the new Ford Bronco or next-generation Jeep Wrangler.

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First Drive: 2017 Jeep Compass

All-new crossover lives up to Jeep's off-road reputation.

by on Feb.27, 2017

The 2017 Jeep Compass replaces the previous generation model as well as the Patriot.

Any vehicle carrying the Jeep nameplate is expected to maintain the brand’s reputation for off-road capability even when chances are it is going to spend most of life on city or suburban streets, local highways and maybe on an occasional gravel road.

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass certainly maintains the brand’s character. The 4×4 Trailhawk version of the Compass will certainly wade over rocks with the best of them and even 4×2 version of the can ford a shallow river with ease and style.

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The new Jeep compact crossover utility vehicle is now replacing the older version of the Compass and the Patriot, which were more or less grafted onto the Jeep model line several years ago thanks to some clever work by engineers and designers. As crossover vehicles became steadily more popular, the Compass and Patriot accounted for a substantial chunk of the sales the compact CUV segment even though purists insisted they really didn’t have an authentic Jeep pedigree. (more…)

Jeep Sales Likely to Flatten This Year

Retooling in U.S. may cost some sales while China, Brazil expected to be strong.

by on Feb.22, 2017

FCA is moving production of the Jeep Cherokee from Ohio to Illinois as part of its production overhaul.

After a long run up in sales, Jeep sales in the United States will probably be flat or down slightly this years as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. pulls back from sales to rental car fleet and moves through a series of new product launches that require closing key plants for model changes.

However, Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand, also said that the Jeep brand could still post a modest sales increase in Europe, China and South America, particularly in Brazil.

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In China, for example, sales of Jeep branded vehicles increased by 131% last years to more than 147,000 vehicles. Manley said he expects another big increase in Jeep sales in China this year since it will have three different vehicles, the Cherokee, the Renegade and the new Compass, available for Chinese customers. Jeep will also have the capacity to build 350,000 units in China and could build more as demand increases. (more…)

FCA Laying Off 3,200 Employees in Toledo as Plant Transformation Begins

Marchionne's master plan being put into action.

by on Feb.16, 2017

FCA is moving production of the Jeep Cherokee from Ohio to Illinois as part of its production overhaul.

This story has been updated with new information.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to lay off more than 3,000 hourly workers as moves into the next stage of its manufacturing transformation, shifting car production to plants outside of the U.S., and allowing U.S. plants to build the company’s more profitable trucks and SUVs.

FCA expects to temporarily lay off 3,200 workers starting in April as it begins $700 million retooling of a plant in Toledo, Ohio, to build the next-generation Wrangler.  The workers will be laid off for up to six months, according to documents the company filed with the city and the state, and reported by the (Toledo) Blade.

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The layoffs were not a surprise, Jodi Tinson, an FCA spokesperson, told the Detroit Free Press. The plant currently produces the Jeep Cherokee and needed to end Cherokee production in Toledo in an adjacent plant and prepare for production of a new Wrangler there.  (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Latest to be Charged With Rigging Diesel Emissions

Automaker’s stock price tumbles in wake of EPA allegations.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The Ram 1500 turbodiesel has won a number of awards since its 2015 introduction.

Barely 24 hours after the U.S. Justice Department announced a $4.3 billion settlement with Volkswagen AG in connection with the German maker’s diesel emissions scandal, the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of rigging its own diesel engines to illegally pass emissions test.

The agency said the so-called defeat device technology “appeared to cause the vehicles to perform differently when being tested” than when in use in real-world conditions. That was the same thing the EPA, in September 2014, charged that Volkswagen had done. Since then, VW has paid out close to $25 billion in fines and penalties related to the scandal. And FCA stockholders, apparently fearing a similar financial hit, sent the maker’s stock tumbling in the wake of the latest revelation.

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“This is a clear and serious violation of the Clean Air Act,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides from the vehicles, threatening public health by polluting the air that we breathe.”

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FCA Shuttering Toledo Cherokee Plant to Prep for Wrangler

Maker continues plant re-organization efforts.

by on Jan.03, 2017

FCA is moving production of the Jeep Cherokee from Ohio to Illinois as part of its production overhaul.

Fiat Chrysler N.V. is preparing to shut down production of the current Jeep Cherokee as soon as April in what will be a crucial step in preparing for the introduction of next generation Jeep Wrangler and the long-rumored Jeep pickup.

The shutdown of the Cherokee plant in Toledo, one of the most valuable in the FCA production system, has been in company’s plans ever since FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne announced a sweeping re-organization of the company’s production plants.

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The transformation started last fall when FCA halted production of the Dodge Dart at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois. In December, the Belvidere plant also stopped building the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass, which will be replaced this spring by an all-new replacement built in Mexico, while the FCA assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, also stopped building the Chrysler 200 in December. (more…)

Jeep Compass Blazes New Path for Small Utes

New global SUV offers five powerplants for world markets.

by on Nov.17, 2016

The new Jeep Compass sets the bar higher for the influx of new small utes flooding the market.

Automakers are flocking to the small sport-utility segment, but Jeep continues to set itself apart from the pack with its newest iterations of the Compass that bowed at the L.A. Auto Show.

A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.

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“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. (more…)

A $140,000 Jeep?

SUV brand wants new Grand Wagoneer take on luxury competitors directly.

by on Oct.10, 2016

Would you pay $140K for a Jeep? FCA may be planning on it when it re-introduces the Grand Wagoneer in 2018.

How much would you be willing to pay for a fully loaded, full-size SUV? We’ve seen the new Bentley Bentayga push over the $250,000 mark, and there are several versions of the Range Rover not far behind. But a $140,000 Jeep?

The ute arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is getting close to the long-awaited revival of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and it’s apparently looking to move the full-size model significantly up-market compared to where the Jeep brand competes today.

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How far up? “Pushing the car up to $130,000 to $140,000 may be possible,” Jeep brand boss Mike Manley tells Britain’s Auto Express, though he cautioned that, “We need to establish Grand Wagoneer in its own right first.” (more…)