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.
The Jeep plant in Toledo, OH is where the famed Jeep Wrangler is built and will continue to be built as a new generation begins. This is also a location where much of the FCA profit sharing money will be spent when union workers receive their profit sharing checks this month. This comes at the same time as many tax returns are filed and tax refunds are issued as well, making it easy for the employees of FCA to put money back into their local economy and have the money to put down on a new vehicle that will be right for them to enjoy the ride wherever they need to go.
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.
Toledo loves Jeep. The plant in Toledo employs a good number of people and they’ve been very busy this year. The plant is on pace to produce 500,000 Jeeps for the first time in their history.
It’s great news for Fiat Chrysler, but it’s also incredible news for the automotive industry in general. Jeep has never been a bellwether for the industry when it comes to sales, but the increase in production and the flagship status that they’ve unexpectedly created for their new bosses has given a ray of hope that the trends of positive sales in the industry for the last two years will continue.
Most don’t think of the Jeep lineup of vehicle as luxury models, but they took the Grand Cherokee to a new level of luxury in 2015. More likely they are thought of as rugged off road capable machines that can tackle the outdoors and are enjoyed by those who are ready to head out camping or to the lake for a great weekend of fun. The Jeep Grand Cherokee for this new model year is one that has improved its technology and interior to be able to compete not only with the likes of the Toyota 4Runner and Volkswagen Touareg, but also with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. In addition to the interior improvements, the Grand Cherokee offers better on road performance than before without giving up any of it’s off road capabilities.
For the 2015 model, the Grand Cherokee SRT adds five horsepower to bring it up to 475 total horsepower as well as adding Active Noise Cancellation for the SRT and Summit models. Driving a Grand Cherokee offers a very enjoyable electrically assisted steering system which deftly shifts the weight and gives balance to the vehicle. The suspension, while made for the off road trails, performs exceptionally well on the road as well giving this SUV a great deal of driving pleasure from a very smooth ride. Add the quiet cabin to the mix and this SUV does really reach up toward the Luxury SUV segment and should gain some notice from the engineers at BMW and Mercedes-Benz.