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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Several rumors have surfaced the Internet last week regarding Fiat who will invest about $1.1 billion in a brand new assembly plant in Russia that will build Jeeps and other vehicles. This factory is reported to have an assembly capacity of 120,000 units / year. The Italian automaker reached last year a preliminary agreement with Russia’s Sollers group in order to form a $3.3 billion venture for assembling Jeeps, along with other cars. This deal involved creating a new plant in Naborezhnye Chelny, but the deal fell through at the beginning of this year.

Fiat has not given up and this time they want to do it on their own, with a little help from the Russian Ministry of Economy. Despite the fact that the new plant will be built in Nizhny Novogorod, which is the HQ of the important Russian automaker GAZ, there are no plans of a partnership in the near future, although in the past there were some negotiations but nothing went official.

According to Russian analysts, Jeep will have a hard time to obtain a niche in Russia’s saturated market, although the brand has a powerful global recognition. The number o Jeeps that were sold in Russia in the last few years is very low. In 2010, Jeep managed to sell only 809 units in Russia, according to the Association of European Businesses, as opposed to Land Rover that delivered 10,000 cars.

Fiat will also have to think about the price tag of these vehicles, taking into consideration that there is some fierce competition coming from the cars made in Korea and China.

Source: Inside Line

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2011 Jeep Liberty Jet

One of the objectives of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance is to increase Jeep sales in Europe, which is the biggest export market for the brand. They aim pretty high taking into consideration that this year Jeep will most likely sell only 25,000 units, but their objective is to increase that figure to 125,000 cars by 2014. The company is hoping to accomplish this by bringing new smaller SUVs in Europe, along with updated versions of some of their current models.

One of the new cars that Jeep will introduce in Europe is going to be a baby Wrangler, which will be manufactured in Toluca, Mexico and will be sold also in North and South America by 2014. A brand new compact SUV will replace the Compass/Patriot models and it will be built at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant in Italy. Most likely, it will share a platform with a similar sport utility vehicle that Alfa Romeo is developing; a car that will be sold in the U.S. Alfa’s model should be out towards the end of next year, while the Jeep will most likely be offered in both front-wheel drive and AWD configurations.

In addition, Jeep will also bring the updated version of the European-spec Cherokee, dubbed Liberty in North America. It will be available with an AWD system (FWD is not of the equation yet) and should hit the dealerships in 2013. Under the hood it will feature Fiat-sourced engines, including a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 170 PS.

Source: AutoNews via WCF

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European-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee

The American automaker Jeep has recently announced its plans to introduce a V6 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine for the European-spec Grand Cherokee. The new engine is going to be built by VM Motori and will benefit from the MultiJet II technology. There will be two versions of this engine; the entry-level one will offer 188 hp (190 PS / 140 kW) and 324 lb.-ft (440 Nm) of torque; while the more powerful one will produce 237 hp (241 PS / 177 kW) and 406 lb.-ft (550 Nm) of torque. The engine will be able to do 28.3 mpg (8.3 liters / 100 km) and will have CO2 emissions of 218 g/km.

In other news, Jeep will introduce the 70th Anniversary Edition Compass, Wrangler and Wrangler Limited at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Both of the Wranlgers will have an exclusive exterior with brushed aluminum sill plates, 18-inch aluminum rims and special badging. Inside the cabin, the car will feature Dark Olive seats with perforated leather inserts, Berber floor mats and a satin-chrome trim.

The Compass will ride on 18-inch aluminum rims and will benefit from Dark Slate seats with perforated leather inserts, Berber floor mats and a premium infotainment system with GPS navigation.

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2011 Jeep Liberty

When the resources of a certain car manufacturer are limited, common sense suggests that these funds are diverted to the model that will bring home the biggest part of the bacon. For this reason, it shouldn’t come as a surprise for most of you that the Grand Cherokee got the biggest part of the pie and the large number of sales demonstrates that. For the other models down the food chain, like the 2011 Liberty, the changes are somewhat unnoticeable.

The Jeep Liberty was heavily updated in 2008 and the 2011 model is just a mid-cycle refresh although the car deserved something a little more consistent. As a matter of fact, Jeep says that only four changes have been brought and one of them is a new selection of paints. In our opinion, more important than these new three paint colors are the small interior changes of the Liberty. One of these updates is the new steering wheel which not only looks more attractive, but at the same time is more functional. The new design of the leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel comes with high quality materials and more optional controls.

2011 Jeep Liberty

Except for the new steering wheel, the 2011 Liberty can be purchased with a new optional touch screen infotainment system that has been reprogrammed. Besides the new minor significant changes, the system now sports Garmin-based navigation support which is way better than the previous model.

The last change of the model is the optional package, dubbed “Jet”. This one is available for the Sport and Limited models and offers four additional color options, 20-inch chrome rims, blacked-out headlight surrounds and a chrome trim. Inside the cabin, the Liberty sports a 9-speaker premium audio system, one-touch windows, leather trim for the aforementioned steering wheel, heated seats and optional gray leather seating.

2011 Jeep Liberty

Except for these changes, the 2011 model is identical to the 2010 one, sporting the same 3.7-liter V6 power unit linked to the same 4-speed automatic gearbox. In addition, the car can be fitted with the same optional part- or full-time four-wheel drive systems. Probably for the next model, Jeep will introduce the all-new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine along with the new 8-speed automatic transmission. There is a chance that Jeep will wait until 2014 when Fiat will launch the Liberty-replacement, it is a very bad idea in our opinion but who are we to judge?

Without making any changes to the mechanical part, it means that the 2011 Liberty drives exactly like the old one – like a sport utility vehicle. It will lean a little bit in turns due to the off-road tuned suspension and for being a rather tall vehicle. The steering is not as communicative as you might have hoped but it will do the job quite nicely. While driving the car on speedways you will definitely hear the road and wind noise that can get a little bit annoying. The now archaic 3.7-liter power unit offers some torque at low speeds thanks to the off-road tweaked gearing; it will run out of power once you hit the gas pedal harder. The 4-speed automatic transmission tries to keep up and does a surprisingly good job.

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Taking the Liberty off-road is where you will love it the most. With a 30.1-degree departure angle, a 28.7-degree approach angle and 9.5 inches of chassis ground clearance, the Liberty is fully capable of tackling anything you throw it. Either you select the Command-Trac II part-time four-wheel drive system or the Selec-Trac II full-time four-wheel drive system; you will definitely have a low-range transfer case that offers a 2.72:1 ratio for some of the most serious crawling capabilities.

Although Jeep didn’t change many things about the Liberty, the good parts are still there. Despite the fact that it offers little comfort, the 2011 Liberty is still a worthy off-roader, capable of handling any type of road.

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This year Jeep turns 70th and for this occasion they have decided to offer anniversary editions for all of their models. In our opinion, the Jeep is one of the trademarks of American automotive, starting with the World War II jeeps and ending with the road models like the legendary Grand Cherokee. The Jeep brand was born with the sole purpose of making military-spec vehicles and ended up in our suburban car lots after70 years of history and seven owners.

1941 Willys MA

The first important vehicle made by Jeep was the 1941 Willys MA. In July 1940, the United States military inquired 135 automakers to bid on a vehicle that would later on replace the very popular yet outdated Model T’s and the motorcycles that made up the fleet of the army. According to the requirements, this vehicle had to have a weight of less than 1,300 pounds, four-wheel drive (with a 2-speed transfer case), and a wheelbase of max 75 inches and be able to carry 600 pounds. To this request, three automakers responded and these were Willys, American Bantam and Ford. The vast majority of the Bantams and Fords went to the British and the Soviets as part of the Lend-Lease program that was ongoing. From all of the three, the Willys was by far the most successful.

1943 Willys MB

Also during 1941, the United States Army decided that a standardized single vehicle would be more cost-effective. Although Willys won the contract, Ford was responsible for making the new requested vehicle, which was in fact an improved version of the aforementioned MA model with fewer weight restrictions, dubbed MB. The Ford engineers were the ones that pinched pennies by stamping out a slated grille although the Blue Oval’s original design had nine slats. The popular 7-slat grille found on the civilian-spec post-war Jeeps was created so that the Willys could be able to copyright the design. Some say that the “Jeep” name also comes from Ford, whose first military-spec vehicle was dubbed GP – General Purpose. After World War II, the Blue Oval sued Willys for the name, but without any success.

1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A

Although the war was over, Willys thought that there still was a viable market for the MB jeep, especially for rural farmers as well as mountain-dwellers that wanted a rugged vehicle that was capable of handling rough terrains. They took the MB and they added civilian-style lightning, a spare tire, a tailgate and a windshield – the Willys CJ – Civilian Jeep was born. For the first series of the product, the company used MB parts for the CJ. Between 1944 and 1986, more than 1.2 million units were sold, despite the fact that the ownership of the company changed for several times. The vehicle was replaced by the popular Wrangler model after 42 years of activity.

1948 Jeepster

Introduced in 1948, the Jeepster is probably the omen of today’s SUVs – sport utility vehicles. Designed by Brooks Stevens, the vehicle was quite a looker in our opinion. Compared to the CJ series, the Jeepster was not a true off-roader, mostly because the first models were only rear-wheel drive. Although the figure sales were rather disappointing, there are many crossovers and SUVs nowadays that borrowed a couple of things from the Jeepster (made between 1948 and 1951).

1957 Jeep FC-170

In 1957 Jeep introduced the FC-170, a truck from the FC Series – Forward Control. Although it had the traditional Jeep grille, the truck looked more like a life-size Tonka toy, not very appealing to the eye. It was available in many body styles: from fire trucks and tow trucks to delivery vans.

1984 Jeep Cherokee

In 1984 Jeep rolled out the iconic Cherokee, designed by Renault and AMC. This vehicle is fully responsible for the SUV hysteria. Although there were other SUVs back in the early 80s, the Cherokee was the first one that was appealing thanks to its Quadra-Link suspension and the unibody frame. In addition, it had a curb weight lower than other cars belonging to this segment. To understand how popular the car was, it remained in production until 2001 with few changes in between. Initially, it was supposed to be discontinued after the launch of the Grand Cherokee, but due to its success, there was a period when both models were available.

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Another popular model was the Grand Wagoneer. Introduced in 1963 and discontinued in 1991, everyone had one during the 80s. During its 28-year production run, there were only a few changes brought to it, making it the longest-produced vehicle in North America. Even the 1991 model still had an AMC-designed V8 carbureted engine.

1994 Jeep Wrangler

Launched in 1994, the Jeep Wrangler is the perfect vehicle for driving in the sun. It became popular thanks to its comfortable ride and its great looks. It was good both on- and off-road.

2009 Jeep Compass

The spiritual successor of the above mentioned Jeepster is the Compass model. This vehicle is quite different from other models launched by Jeep, featuring a front-wheel drive for the base model and sharing its platform with the Dodge Avenger & Caliber, Peugeot 4007 and the Chrysler Sebring. Some consider it to be one of the worst Jeeps ever made, truly not worthy of the badge name.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

We saved the best for last, the Grand Cherokee is probably the finest SUV money can buy nowadays and the new one is like the phoenix bird, rising from the ashes of a failed Chrysler. Despite the fact that the company was very much in trouble, Jeep managed to create one hell of a SUV. Although during the last of the Daimler Chrysler years the Grand Cherokee shared a few parts with the Mercedes ML SUV, it was and still is a great SUV. The newest model is offered with an optional hi-tech air suspension along with a selector knob that will adjust the vehicle’s dynamics for various types of terrain.

All things considered, Jeep is one of the important brands of the automotive industry, offering some of the best jeeps and SUVs on the market, for decades and decades.


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2011 Jeep Compass

For the 2011 model of the Compass, Jeep offers a new sophisticated styling, a bundle of standard features and improved fuel efficiency ratings. The new redesigned car borrows the styling cues of the recently launched Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV’s fuel economy is 28 mpg, making it one of the most efficient sport utility vehicles at the moment.

Inside the car, the engineers at Jeep equipped the car with new high quality materials and soft touch points. For providing an improved handling and ride performance in all weather conditions, the 2011 Compass has an upgraded suspension and steering. The new model comes with more than 30 safety features, like the standard ESC – Electronic Stability Control, Hill-start Assist, electronic roll mitigation as well as side-curtain air bags that cover all of the rows. For the 2011 model, Jeep offers the Trail Rated 4×4 capability with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package.

According to the president and CEO of the Jeep Brand at Chrysler Group, “with the new 2011 Jeep Compass, we’ve applied the premium design cues of our award-winning new Grand Cherokee. Combined with new interior appointments, and refinements to the suspension and steering systems, Jeep Compass provides consumers the ultimate combination of styling, capability, fuel economy, efficiency, safety and value in the important compact-SUV segment.”

As far as the design is concerned, the 2011 Jeep Compass features new front fenders, a redesigned hood, brand new headlamps, a new fascia plus an updated grille that now features a small dose of chrome around the Jeep badge. For this new model, the engineers at Jeep added a band of protective cladding which will fend off the debris while driving in difficult weather conditions or off-road.

The back of the car was also updated; it now features a fresh new rear fascia, LED tail lamps (for the Limited model) and a new body-color rear spoiler. In addition, for the 2011 Compass, Jeep designed a new set of roof rails that have a slimmed down appearance as well as a small amount of brightwork. The car comes as standard with 17-inch aluminum rims and for the Limited model, customers can get the 17-inch aluminum wheels or the imposing 18-inch aluminum or chrome-clad wheels.

As far as the interior is concerned, the 2011 model sports new soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface, a redesigned Jeep steering wheel that has integrated controls for the cruise control, audio as well as other functions of the car. The 2011 Compass is equipped with new cloth interior with premium cloth bucket front seats. As standard on all models, the Compass is equipped with speed control, door locks, a new backlighting for the door switches, windows and power mirror controls.

Some of the most important features of the 2011 Jeep Compass include the following: SIRIUS Satellite Radio + navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link, a premium audio sound system that has 9 Boston Acoustic speakers, liftgate speakers, illuminated cup holders and the Uconnect media center with iPod interface. The standard features of the Compass include power locks, power windows, keyless entry, power/heated exterior mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning and sunscreen glass. As an optional, customers can get the All-weather Capability Group that includes 17-inch all-terrain tires made by Goodyear, daytime running headlamps, tow hooks, engine block heater and all-season floor mats.

The Freedom Drive I is a four-wheel drive system that is available full-time and has a lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the capability to handle low-traction conditions and difficult weather. The FD I is recommended for day-to-day use, including slick conditions that come with light snow and rain. The system also sports a lockable center coupling which gives drivers the capability to put the car in four wheel drive lock mode in order to handle sand, deep snow as well as other low-traction surfaces.

2011 Jeep Compass

The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package features a second generation continuously variable transaxle with low range that is activated when the off-road mode is activated by the driver. In addition, the package includes aluminum wheels, 17-inch all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, tow hooks, manual seat height adjuster, fog lamps and a one-inch raised ride height. This package is recommended for moderate off-road conditions that require occasional wheel lift and rock or log climbing and steep grades.

The standard power unit that equips the 2011 Jeep Compass is a 2.0-liter capable of developing 158 hp (117 kW) and 141 lb.-ft of torque, linked to the CVT2 – continuously variable transmission. With this engine, the car will do 23 mp in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, with the 5-speed manual gearbox. A more powerful engine is the 2.4-liter that offers 172 hp and 165 lb.-ft of torque. The power unit has VVT – dual Variable Valve Timing on both exhaust and intake camshafts, helping to optimize the torque curve on all speeds, producing not only more power, but also offering an efficient fuel economy and a smoother ride. With the 2.4-liter engine linked to the 5-speed manual gearbox, the Compass will 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The car is capable of 2,000 lbs of towing.

Regarding the exterior colors available for the 2011 Jeep Compass, customers can choose from one of the following: Pearl Coat, Mineral Gray, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Clear Coat Charcoal Gray (limited), Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat and Blackberry Pearl Coat.

The car is manufactured at the Belvidere assembly plant located in Belvidere, Illinois. The 2011 Jeep Compass begins delivers this month.

Other new models rolled out by Jeep besides the Compass model; include the Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Liberty and the Wrangler / Wrangler Limited. Jeep sells all of these vehicles outside the United States, and all models are available in right-hand drive and with diesel and gasoline powertrain options, in order to attract a vast array of customers that are looking for an off-roader like the Jeep.

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is probably the most popular SUV in North America and the 2011 model managed to grab the attention of many people in the business, including the guys over at that were able to have a road test with this living legend SUV. The production planners at Jeep said with the occasion of the launch that no more than 5% of the Grand Cherokee buyers take the car offroad. This is somewhat of a sad story as the Cherokee was built to go where other normal cars fail. Ever since it was originally introduced back in 1992 at the Detroit Auto Show where I went through a plate-glass window, it was advertised as a car that can take you anywhere.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the result of a 5-year development at Daimler Chrysler, then at Cerberus ownership and it was finished under the Italian management of Fiat. Although Chrysler had a bad 2009, they still have a few aces up their sleeves, like the Ram and the Ram Heavy Duty pickups. The 2011 Grand Cherokee is based on the same architecture of the Mercedes M-Class and benefits from a very modern running gear. In comparison with the live axle of the outgoing model, the 2011 version benefits form an independent multilink suspension.

For those of you that want to get this model you should know that it is available in a wide array of configurations. All of the trims are fitted with the standard V6 3.6-liter engine that is capable of outputting 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm and a decent torque of 260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm. This engine is an improved model of the older generation that offered 210 hp and 235 lb-ft. The Laredo X, as well as the Limited and the Overland can be equipped with a more powerful 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that offers 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The only available gearbox is a 5-speed automatic and all the trims can be either rear wheel drive or four wheel drive. With the V6, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is capable of towing up to 5000 pounds and with the Hemi, it can tow 7400 pounds.

The three 4×4 systems have the same names as the previous generation, but they have been tweaked and updated in order to be more efficient. The basic 4×4 setup is the Quadra-Trac I and is available exclusively to the Laredo configurations. It uses a single-speed transfer case that has a 50/50 torque split front/rear as well as electronic brake-based torque that is shunting from side to side. Available with the Laredo X models and above, the Quadra-Trac II comes with a 2-speed transfer case that has a 2.72:1 low range. It is capable of transferring 50% of the torque to the front wheels or 100% to the rear ones, depending on the available traction. The Quadra-Drive II is available only for the Hemi engine is standard on the Overland trim level and optional on the Limited and Laredo X configurations. The Q-D II (there is no Q-D I) offers an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential.

Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II setups come with the Selec-Terrain knob, which is positioned on the center tunnel and will permit the driver of the Grand Cherokee to choose from one of the five different programs for various conditions: auto, sport, rock, snow and sand/mud. The car can be equipped with an air suspension, on all models except the base Laredo. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 8.1 inches of ground clearance in normal. With the Off-Road I it offers 9.4 inches and with the Off-Road II it offers 10.7 inches of ground clearance. The park mode will lower the Grand Cherokee by 1.5 inches, which will make it easier for loading people or various objects. The aero mode will reduce the height of the car by 0.6 inches, improving fuel efficiency when travelling with speeds above 60 mph.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The older generations of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were not that bad to drive but the fact that they had cheap plastics inside the cabin, made them less desirable in comparison with other competitors. The level of the finish and fit is very high with the 2011 model, offering soft plastics in comparison with the cheap insertions used for the older generations. The car now has a decent leather quality, real wood trim (for the Overland trim level only), but the design of the door panes looks a little bit outdated. The seats of the Grand Cherokee are very comfortable and the cabin is still very quiet at speeds of 80 mph. The Overland trim level offers a buttery stitched-leather dash which looks very stylish and is very nice to feel.

The wheelbase of the 2011 model is 5 inches more in comparison to the outgoing generation and at its 114.8-inch, it is just about the same as the Mercedes ML. The increase of the wheelbase can easily be found at the rear seats where the occupants have now more space to relax, 3.1 inches to be more exact. A rather unusual fact is that although the 2011 model is 3.7 inches wider, 0.5 inches were lost in the front and rear seats. The 1.4-inch decrease in the front legroom is not noticeable so there shouldn’t be any problems. The cargo volume measure now 36.3 cubic feet behind the second row and if you fold it, you will have 68.3 cubic feet to play with. These figures are 1.8 and 0.9 more in comparison with the previous generation.

Some of the most important standard features of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee include the cruise controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sirius satellite radio, heated side mirrors and auto headlamps. The Laredo X (and above) is offered with leather upholstery, heated front seats, backup camera, subwoofer and 18-inch rims. The Limited offers in addition, Bi-Xenon headlamps, heated second-row seats and others. The Overland gets navigation, interior upgrades and many more.


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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

According to the estimates made by Bloomberg, the light vehicles sales in November in United States reached a monthly record for this year, thanks to the fact that the demand for American trucks and sport utility vehicles rose considerably. The official sales figures will be released on Wednesday, but we already know that they are probably about 12.2 million units sold in November, according to the average made by eight analysts at Bloomberg.

It is estimated that the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Group LLC, have increased their sales by 20% or even more, according to some estimates. General Motors’ sales also may increase with 13%, which raised more than $20 billion from preferred and common shares in an initial public offering this November.

According to Jessica Caldwell who is an analyst for research at, “domestics sales will be up by a huge number this month, with a lot of it coming from strong truck and SUV sales”. These SUV and trucks have better sales figures because “as it gets colder, plus we’ve seen higher demand in the last few months as gas prices have been stable for some time.”

Ford sold 30% more F-Series pickups this October while the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV manufactured by Chevrolet, increased sales by 41%, according to the info published by Autodata Corp., a research company based in New Jersey. The Chevrolet Equinox SUV sales went up too, with 75%, according to General Motors.

According to Autodata, the monthly sales in United States have stayed above the 11 million mark since March, but in comparison to the annual average from 2000 to 2007, they went down by 30%. The Commerce Department stated on November 23rd that the United States economy has expanded at a 2.5% annual rate in the third quarter of 2010.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Vice-president of industry trends at, Jesse Toprak, stated that the General Motor sales may benefit from its recent IPO. He estimates that the manufacturer sold 13% more cars in this period. On November 17th, the owners of GM (including the United States Treasury Department), sold shares at a $33 price tag each. Toprak said that “If you see the company performing, the stock price holding up, and perhaps GM posting another profit in the fourth quarter, that adds to brownie points with consumers.”

Analysts approximate that the Ford Motor Company has increased its sales by 21%. The company’s shares reached on November 15th the $17 level, which is the highest closing price since the beginning of 2004 (January 8th). With a net income of $6.37 billion until September, Ford is the world’s top-earning automaker, the most for the company since 1998.

As far as Chrysler is concerned, sales most likely rose by 26%, according to the estimates made by analysts. The company is controlled by Fiat S.pA. and reported an $84 million third-quarter loss on November 8th. Chrysler raised its full-year operating profit forecast to approximately $700 million.

A Chrysler dealer in Glen Mills by the name of David Kelleher said that the mood of customers is “exceptional”. He affirmed that with the introduction of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, allowed him to have a better November than the usual. “I have traffic in my showrooms. I have very, very positive customer attitude right now toward our products. It’s a strong month for November.”

The Japanese automaker Toyota might be the only one with less United States sales, with a decrease of approximately 3%. This is most likely due to the fact that the company, who is at the moment the world’s largest automaker, recalled approximately 16 million cars from the entire world due to various technical problems.

Other estimates made by analysts say that Honda sold 24% more cars and Nissan approximately made 16% more car deliveries this November. In comparison to 2009, this November had 24 selling days, which is one more than last year.

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Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of Fiat and Chrysler announced that he is very happy with the new generation Grand Cherokee market success (including Europe) and that Fiat is currently looking into creating new SUVs based on Jeep’s platform. Launched in June, the 2011 Grand Cherokee is selling extremely good (October sales are up 291 percent compared to October 2009) and expectations are also high for the new Dodge Durango, which is based on the same platform and will go on sale next month.

Marchionne said he is very happy with the Jefferson North assembly line results and added that Fiat considers using the Grand Cherokee platform for a future Maserati SUV to compete the German rivals Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5 and the Mercedes Benz ML Class.


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Chrysler has decided to shine the upgrade light on another one of the Jeep models, after introducing the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the refreshed 2011 Wrangler.

Now, the 2011 Jeep Patriot can finally boast a lot of much-needed upgrades. You will find slight styling tweaks, more interior features and a few new customization options.

First off, the front fascia has been restyled, sitting much lower than before. The grille is now color matched to the exterior, while the fog lights have been repositioned. 17-inch wheels can be fitted to the new Patriot, while its exterior can be had in more color choices.

On the inside, the entry-level crossover has received a lot of upgrades, in order to finally make it more attractive. The door panels have received soft touch materials, the seats are wrapped in a new type of fabric, backlighting has been added to the doors while the steering wheel now has audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls.

Under the sheet metal, Jeep says it has revised the suspension and steering systems, while the 4×4 models have received an extra inch of ground clearance.

Overall, the 2011 Jeep Patriot was in serious need of upgrading, and Chrysler did a pretty good job.


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