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Grand Cherokee survives German moose test

After a Swedish magazine determined that the Jeep Grand Cherokee had failed its “moose test” (essentially, sudden swerves emulating the sighting and avoidance of a moose in the road), Chrysler accused the magazine of running the Grand Cherokee with more cargo weight than the listed capacity. A car failing the test provides a great deal of publicity to the magazine and allows them to run headlines insisting that the vehicle is “deadly” or “lethal.”

While the magazine claimed the test had been carried out properly, Chrysler representatives were told by a test driver that the Jeep was overloaded. The magazine denied it, but in subsequent tests was unable to get any Jeep Grand Cherokee to fail the test.

The German magazine Auto, Motor, und Sport (AMS) had already tested the Grand Cherokee and found that it passed the test without problems. The German magazine re-tested the Grand Cherokee after the Swedish test, using a test site sanctioned by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC). Course dimensions and layout conformed to International Standards Organization (ISO) specifications.

The avoidance event included releasing the accelerator pedal, provoking a load shift. AMS reported, “Whether loaded with 2 people on board or with the maximum permissible total weight, all four wheels maintained contact with the ground to the greatest possible extent. The tested Jeep did not demonstrate one-sided uplift or, let alone, tipping. This confirms the theory that the Cherokee in Sweden was overloaded.”

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was listed as a “Top Safety Pick” by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Shareholder vote tomorrow

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The Ordinary and Extraordinary Shareholder’s Meeting of Fiat S.p.A. kicks off tomorrow at 11:00 AM CET (5:00 AM Eastern). The main item on the agenda is one of the biggest changes since the company was founded on July 11, 1899: will Fiat no longer be an Italian company? Despite negative recommendations from some proxy advisors, industry watchers expect the merger of Fiat and Chrysler to receive the two-thirds majority needed for approval....

Ram alone in honest HD pickup ratings?

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After the recent discovery that Ford had been tossing out the spare tire, jack, radio, and console of its F-450 to make it (barely) fit into the weight rating of a class three truck (while increasing its payload slightly but cutting the base weight), Larry Vellequette of Automotive News noted that GM had started playing the same game on its own trucks to boost payload ratings....

California concept catches Italian eyes

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The Fiat 500L-Vans design concept on display this week at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, has attracted attention as far away as Milan, Italy. The surf-themed concept was featured in “Motori 24″, the automotive section of Milan-based Il Sole 24 Ore. Inspired by the original high-top shoe from Vans, a California apparel company first made famous by Sean Penn in the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the custom 500L features palm-patterned canvas upholstery, Vans logo stickers on the instrument panel and Vans Waffle Sole pattern on the pedals....

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