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“Moose Test” failure based on overload?

A Swedish magazine’s claim that the Grand Cherokee failed its “moose avoidance test” was, according to Chrysler, based on conditions unlikely to be encountered by owners — an overloaded vehicle put under sudden stress. The result was then hyped as being deadly, with a large photo that was picked up by automotive blogs, resulting in publicity for the magazine.

Update: According to Gualberto Ranieri, Teknikens Värld’s driver, Ruben Börjesson, admitted to overloading the car by 110 pounds.

The situation seemed similar to the Consumer Reports affair with Isuzu, where a vehicle that had passed the magazine’s tests was retested to bring failure, with different testing equipment than competitors (outriggers which Isuzu charged were partly responsible for the results).

The magazine had published photos of the Grand Cherokee “on two wheels as it performed an extreme maneuver in an overloaded condition.” They also published a video, titled “Jeep Grand Cherokee lethal in evasive maneuver.”

Chrysler engineers tried to reproduce the wheel-lift in a properly loaded vehicle, but were unable to do so. The magazine conducted the test in the presence of Chrysler engineers, using three Grand Cherokees in eleven separate runs, and were unable to reproduce it, either, according to Chrysler.

Late today, the magazine responded to Chrysler, with Web Editor Mattias Rabe saying they had not overloaded the Grand Cherokee. They put in five people and used sandbags in the luggage compartment to bring it up to the maximum cargo weight, he wrote. He did not explain why the Grand Cherokee was only “lethal” (nobody was actually hurt in the test) during their televised, photographed test, and not in the eleven runs conducted in the presence of witnesses.

A “Top Safety Pick” of the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 Grand Cherokee has standard stability control and roll mitigation. Teknikens Värld has also indicted the Mercedes A-Class in 1997, the Toyota Hilux in 2007, and the Skoda Superb in 2010. (Thanks, Edgardo).

Originally posted on July 9, 2012, at 3:50 pm.

Fiat 500L recall

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Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada. Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....

2015 300 spotted

Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.” Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....

Hellcat ring-tones

If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone. The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from  www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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