This Jeep Wrangler was recently spied on Chrysler’s home turf (the headquarters tower is in the background). It appears to be a Jeep J8, a beefed-up Wrangler Unlimited assembled in Cairo, was created for fleet use by governments and other agencies, for use in demanding conditions; there is a high-roof ambulance version as well as the standard roofless and hard-top J8. The J8’s predecessor had two doors with the extended wheelbase, for a similar profile.
This particular model appears to be diesel powered, with rear leaf springs, according to reader “red_00xj,” who wrote that it is not a prototype but is here for engineering purposes. Further development on the J8 seems likely, based on the vehicle’s being kept around the CTC. This might indicate that the J8 has been selling well enough to merit investment, or that management believes there is a market for it, if they can develop the vehicle sufficiently.
With Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats just starting to reach owners, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing them hit the track in attempts to see what they can do in the hands of the public. Edinburg Raceway, in Texas, is working with a local Dodge dealer (Burns) and two Dodge Challenger Hellcat owners to try to [...]
Today, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne implied that the odds were against the Toledo plant keeping Jeep Wrangler production, despite a recent land purchase and the city’s long history with Jeep in general and CJ and Wrangler in particular. He did say that, if Wrangler was to find a new home, new product would be moved to the plant: … if the economic [...]
While it’s not on the official charts, we still expect a new Chrysler Town & Country to appear in calendar-year 2015, though it may not hit dealers until 2016. The Windsor plant is already being expanded and pilots are expected to start rolling off the line midyear. Chrysler’s five year plan shows a few launches for 2015: Refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee (we [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
Rumors from Windsor suggested first that the current “RT” minivan body would continue for some years alongside the new “RU,” and then that it would be dropped as soon as the new designs came out — in Chrysler form only. Sergio Marchionne has thrown some fuel onto the speculative fire, commenting today in Detroit that: Where is Reid [Bigland]? If it [...]