In a world that has seen FCA dial back the brands and the models that it offers on the market one brand has continued to grow and will offer us more of what we want going forward in the future. That brand is Jeep and it’s not really any secret that FCA has put an enormous investment into what Jeep is and what it will continue to offer on the market in the future. To go along with the $1 billion investment being put into the Warren, MI and Toledo OH plants for the future of Jeep and what it will offer us.
If we didn’t want to see something amazing we wouldn’t have shows every year where companies can show off their creativity and what they have piling up in the back of their minds. The SEMA show is one of the most creativity driven expos on the circuit today and allows us to see just what some automakers and many upfitter companies are coming up with to put on the road. This is the show where we see vehicles that have more of what we want on them and some that are presented in ways that we many have never thought about.
Most of us look toward gasoline powered vehicles as the models we choose when it comes time for our family ride. Whether it’s a FWD sedan, a minivan or an SUV we tend to gravitate toward those that tend to give us the fuel mileage and price we’re looking for, but maybe the long haul is what you should consider. The history of diesel engines has been that these vehicles are typically more apt to last longer and give us the power and efficiency we want over time. One model in particular is the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel which is perfect for you and your entire family.
When an automaker brings back a vehicle after a long hiatus it’s often met with celebration and expectations of what the vehicle used to be. That might not be what we want to have when Jeep brings back one of the long gone but most admired names that have been part of its history. We’ve already been told the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will both come back to the Jeep brand but you shouldn’t expect to have the wooden sides and 1970s look that were a huge part of the signature look of these two vehicles, instead we will see something more.
In the cat and mouse game that is played between the media and automakers there has been once again photos of an upcoming vehicle leaked ahead of the debut. Does this really come as any surprise to anyone at this point? It sure doesn’t surprise me and the fact that we will get an up close and personal look at the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk at the New York Auto Show it seems to be more of a publicity ploy by Jeep than something that the brand would be concerned with. The leaked photos, however, are not the letdown.
Typically the title or description of Economy Car brings to mind the thought of a set of hamsters under the hood on bicycles or at least something close to that for power. Normally you think of these cars and shudder wondering what you have to compromise on in order to have a car that will be the commuter mobile for you to drive. While many economy class cars are not powerful and have a negative feeling associated with them it’s important for you to see there are some economy class cars that are actually great to drive; here are some for you to consider.
When you head to a car show you are certain to be amazed by the various nameplates you recognize that will show themselves in production later in the model year or after a couple years, but what can take you by surprise and bring your attention to a halt is an interesting looking concept car. Some concepts are so far-fetched there is no way they are ever going to make it to production, but in other cases you can certainly see the potential, especially if the car happens to address a need we as a society are facing.
Every manufacturer from Chrysler to Toyota puts millions of dollars into developing them and they rarely make it to your local new car dealership, but they’re still interesting to see at the shows. With that in mind, here are several great concept cars from a variety of years. Read more
It’s that time of year again where we come close to the end of a school year and many high school and college grads will get many great graduation gifts to celebrate their achievements and a transition to the next step of their lives. For those graduates some will receive vehicles as the graduation gift from parents or grandparents, but what are some of the top choices to give graduates in order for them to have a fantastic vehicle that won’t cost them an arm and a leg to either insure or operate. Read more
For a vast majority of us, we will never drive a car that is our own that has over 200 horsepower. There are a few reasons we are going to be left out of the high-powered class of vehicles. First of all, most of us will certainly scoff at the idea of spending the money on a car that offers a high horsepower number because the shear price tag turns us away. Second is the lack of need, what will this additional horsepower be for and where can we drive it, so with practicality in mind it just doesn’t make sense. Third is fuel mileage. Less power typically equates to better fuel mileage, making it an easy choice between the two as we don’t want to be pumping gas 3-4 times a week for our power hungry V8 beast.
Because of all these reasons doesn’t it make sense to have something fun to drive that falls in our range of driving? Certainly many car manufacturers feel that way and offer several models that are both fun to drive and fall in the under 200 horsepower club to give us the fuel mileage (at least most of them) that we desire. Read more
They’ve released the specs. They’re getting their dealers excited. Now, they have to renew the buzz that the vehicle has accumulated in the months preceding launch. Parent company Fiat needs to step up and get buyers to consider it over over popular competitors like the Nissan Juke, Ford EcoSport, and the new Honda HR-V.