With the weather being bad enough to postpone the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) Winter Vehicle Awards testing twice in the past three years, it’s no surprise to learn the group decided to announce its most recent honors in May. Of course, it’s also no surprise to learn that the Grand Cherokee was named the Official Winter Vehicle of New England for 2013. After all, the Jeep flagship won the award in 2011 and 2012, and the 2011 model scored again this year as Previously Owned Vehicle of the Year. And a four-peat certainly wouldn’t be out of the question, since the Jeep Grand Cherokee will add further unmatched advantages for the new selling season.
The reborn 2014 Jeep Cherokee was just introduced at the New York International Auto Show in March, but it’s already conquering new territory. That was clear as soon as it hit the stage at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show in China in April, wowing the crowds in advance of its retail launch in that country later this year. The site of the all-new Cherokee’s first international appearance was no accident.
One of the most iconic names in Jeep’s long history will be back in business come the third quarter of the year. That’s when the all-new 2014 Cherokee reaches dealerships. The Cherokee will feature an unparalleled combination of off-road performance, on-road efficiency, world-class style and cutting-edge technologies—like the first nine-speed automatic transmission in the midsized SUV segment.
With the kickoff of the 47th annual Easter Jeep Safari just a few days away, so are the debuts of five new Wrangler concepts. The quintet is headed toward the Safari’s site in Moab, Utah, right now, and will showcase some of the latest goodies from both Mopar and the Jeep Performance Parts catalog.
The annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, draws the hardest of the hardcore Jeep fanatics. This year, they’ll be rewarded with a first look at a flagship designed just for them: The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept. The vehicle was developed to be the most extreme Grand Cherokee to ever hit the road — or leave it.
Even as the U.S. auto industry continues to gather strength, it looks like another challenging year for companies selling to the European market. Well, most of them anyway. Jeep is coming off a year in which it lifted European sales by almost 20 percent and set an all-time global sales record with more than 700,000 international deliveries. The brand has now reloaded its lineup with the Euro premieres of three more vehicles.
Jeep fans knew Chrysler planned to continue their beloved Liberty — no one could guess in what form. While sales figures of the compact SUV have been slow but steady, the Liberty was in desperate need of a heavy refresh, if not an outright redesign like the much larger Grand Cherokee.
It turns out that the best-priced 4X4 in America is pretty good when it comes to minimizing overall ownership costs, too. In fact, that vehicle—the 2013 Jeep Patriot—was the this year’s “5-year Cost to Own” award winner, leading the Compact SUV/Crossover segment in Kelley Blue Book’s annual ratings of ownership costs five years after purchase. According to the experts on the KBB.com website: “Jeep’s most value-oriented vehicle offers a taste of the adventurous lifestyle for which the brand is known. With its Freedom Drive II option, the Patriot also offers a degree of off-road capability for when those adventures leave the pavement behind.”
The most capable compact SUV in the country will soon be capable of providing a more refined driving experience than ever before: When the 2014 Jeep Compass reaches dealerships in the second quarter of this year, it will offer a cutting-edge six-speed automatic transmission designed to optimize fuel efficiency, improve performance, and reduce both unwanted noise and ownership costs.
After finishing 2012 by setting an all-time annual sales record—with 141,669 deliveries that marked a 16 percent increase over 2011—the Jeep Wrangler kicked off 2013 on a high note as well: Autobytel.com, one of the country’s leading online sources of vehicle info, has named the 2013 Wrangler its “SUV of the Year.”