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Jeep Building Patriot/Compass Replacement in Brazil

New crossover making debut in Brazil instead of New York Auto Show.

by on Mar.11, 2016

The replacement for the Jeep Compass and Liberty will bow in Brazil instead of New York as originally planned.

The replacement for the Jeep Patriot/Compass was scheduled to make its debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, but instead will debut in Brazil, where it will be produced, according to officials.

Mike Manley, Jeep’s global chief, said the yet-to-be-named small crossover will be built at its $1.8 billion assembly plant in Pernambuco, Brazil. Production is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

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The plant, which is one of Jeep’s most modern facilities, currently produces the Jeep Renegade, the Fiat Punto and Fiat Toro in January. It has the capacity to produce 250,000 vehicles annually. (more…)

Five CUVs Flunk New Overlap Crash Test; only Subaru Forester Rated “Good”

Test designed to replicate real-world crashes.

by on May.16, 2013

The Subaru Forester was specifically designed to meet the new small overlap crash test.

Five popular small crossover-utility vehicles failed the new overlap crash test designed to simulate an impact with a pole or other narrow object — one of the more common sources of highway fatalities.

Only the 2014 Subaru Forester passed the test, earning a “good” rating from the trade group the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport landed an “acceptable” rating.

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Among the vehicles to fail the test, earning a “poor rating,” were the recently updated Ford Escape, the Jeep Patriot, the Buick Encore, the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson. The Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V were among those compact crossovers to earn a “marginal” rating.


Jeep Compass Gets New Look, New Direction

Jeep Patriot gets a temporary reprieve.

by on Jan.14, 2013

The 2014 Jeep Compass adopts a style more in keeping with "big brother" Grand Cherokee.

A quick search of the web reveals a wide range of opinions about what Jeep has in store for its two smallest models, the Compass and Patriot.  And there’s good reason.  They’re actually two takes on the same platform, one designed to look like a fairly conventional SUV, the other a crossover.

Contrary to some forecasts that the one or both models would vanish or be replaced by the 2014 model-year, it seems they’re due to stick around, at least for now. But the changes being revealed at this year’s North American International Auto Show would suggest that the Jeep Compass is the most likely to remain in the line-up long-term.

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“We knew that Compass and Patriot needed work to take them into the future,” explains the brand’s chief executive Michael Manley.

Both undergo some notable changes for 2014, and they will share a new PowerTech 6-speed automatic gearbox that replaces the previous CVT transmission, and which will help the two compact crossovers achieve an EPA-rated 30 miles per gallon on the highway.


Big Changes in Store for Jeep

Brand to revive Grand Wagoneer, share Fiat platforms.

by on Sep.11, 2012

The new SUSW platform from the Fiat 500X -- a concept version shown here -- will provide the starting point for a new subcompact Jeep model.

Chrysler’s grand turnaround plan is “on track,” according to CEO Sergio Marchionne, who told that, if anything, the maker is moving faster than he had anticipated during the a day-long session in November 2009 when the company’s long-range turnaround plan was revealed.

But some of the biggest changes are only just falling into place as new products, such as the Dodge Dart, come to market. Much of the maker’s future strategy will depend – like Dart – on developing platforms that can be shared between Chrysler and its Italian partner, Fiat SpA.

That includes a range of new and updated offering that are in the works for the Jeep brand, arguably the strongest marque in the maker’s U.S. line-up.  An all-new version of the Liberty – which recently ended production – will make its reappearance at the January 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will share a Fiat-based platform.

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Also on tap is the return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer which will add a new three-row model to the Jeep line-up.  Designed to serve as seven-seat competition for various General Motors and Ford full-size sport-utility vehicles, it will slot in where the ill-fated Jeep Commander was targeted a few years back.


First Look: Dodge Dart

Automaker resurrects an old name for new compact with Italian bones.

by on Jan.09, 2012

The Dodge Dart is the brand's critical new entry in the compact segment.

Two thousand eleven was a huge year for Chrysler, but the automaker knows that it has to fill a huge hole in its lineup to succeed.

With that in mind, the automaker’s Dodge brand resurrected the Dart nameplate, putting it on a new compact which replaces the unloved Caliber in its lineup.

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Dodge President and CEO Reid Bigland said Chrysler increased sales by 43 percent in 2011, the largest increase for any automaker and far above the 11 percent recorded by the industry as a whole.

Dodge leaned on Italian partner Fiat for the the Dart’s platform which comes from Alfa Romeo.