Cherokee inspiration?


In their latest issue, Collectible Automobile magazine, normally known for its exhaustive, well-illustrated profiles of classic cars and its balanced approach to brands, has exposed the design inspiration for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee: the 1955 La Salle II roadster.

While La Salle was a General Motors brand, many of the design elements of the Jeep Cherokee appear on this beautifully restored roadster, as long as one flips it upside-down. Then the running lights appear above the headlights, the Jeep slots in the grille extend to the hood (they are chrome-ringed in both cases), and the headlights have brows just like those of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The “character line” of the La Salle is done in chrome and does not reach all the way across, but both have similar character lines between the headlights and crossing mid-grille. The lack of three rows of lights on LaSalle can be attributed to its lack of fog lights, a rarity in the 1950s.

If true, this link might indicate a future Cherokee roadster, perhaps to be named Jeepster, which would supplement the supply-constrained Wrangler as a “go-anywhere” convertible.

Note: This post is not to be taken seriously, but Collectible Automobile is. A high quality magazine which features fine photography and well-researched articles, Collectible Automobile has fairly pricey subscription rates, but usually has at least one Mopar vehicle per issue — the June 2013 issue featuring Chrysler’s quest for luxury in Australia, written by regional expert Gavin Farmer, who had access to many Chrysler Australia executives; it also had a spread on the first of the “second generation” Road Runners.

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What do you think of the “Chief” blue?

Jeep is set to launch a new color, “Chief,” according to James Mooney — who backed up his assertion with an image from the Jeep brochure available on-line.

The color hasn’t hit the Build & Price system yet. It seems to hearken back to the popular bright blues of the 1990s, but without the metallic glitter; similar colors were also available in the 1970s, and we have seen a 1920s Chrysler in a slightly more aquamarine,

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Mopar pushes for authentic parts


Mopar has started a campaign to inform owners of their right to request authentic Mopar collision parts.  The “Right to Request” ad is on Mopar’s YouTube page and at

Dealers and body shops are being sent guidebooks that show the superior fit, finish, performance, safety, and warranty coverage of OEM Mopar products.

Ross McGinnis, Vice President of Parts Sales and Field Operations,

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FCA inventory under control


FCA has gotten inventory levels under control in the US, according to Automotive News.  The company has 73 days of stock, versus GM’s 79 days and Ford’s 80 days. It’s above any major import’s inventory, but the wide range of pickups tends to swell American lots.

As the car market drops, dealers have 19,900 Chrysler 200s and 16,500 Darts on their lots;

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Rendering the Grand Cherokee

DarkSky envisioned a somewhat Range Rover-influenced 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, keeping roughly the same body shape but altering the front. This design makes the front end both more conventional and more aggressive, while separating it from the Cherokee and Compass alike.

This goes along, somewhat, with the photos recently seen on a Jeep display, assumed by many to be a Wagoneer. Once the size is corrected for,

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Where are Wranglers sold?

2015 Jeep Wrangler Altitude

The Jeep Wrangler is an American staple, but it’s sold around the world. Recently, as part of a recall, FCA revealed the sales distribution of the 2016-17 Wrangler.

The great bulk of vehicles — 182,743 — were sold or distributed to the United States. Around 10% of those, 18,011, were in Canada. Accounting for around 20% of the Canadian number were 3,087 in Mexico. Finally, 20,948 were sold outside North America — a bit over 10%.

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