Jeep CEO Mike Manley was named 2013 Executive of the Year last night by the New England Motor Press Association while the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 4×4 added more awards to their already impressive collections.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee was named the “Official Winter Vehicle of New England” for an unprecedented third consecutive year. The Grand Cherokee was hailed for its unbeatable combination of all-weather on- and off-road capability, comfort, luxury, sophistication, build quality and value by the NEMPA jurors.
In addition, the 2011 Grand Cherokee earned the Wheels TV “Previously Owned Vehicle of the Year” award.
In presenting the Executive Award to Manley, NEMPA President Keith Griffin cited Jeep’s outstanding product lineup and its commitment to New England.
“During Mike Manley’s tenure, Jeep has enjoyed a renaissance applauded by both consumers – with ever-increasing sales – and by automotive writers, who have heaped awards upon the Grand Cherokee,” Griffin said. “Regarding Chrysler Group’s vehicle awards, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 4×4 are perfect winter companions. Congratulations to Jeep Grand Cherokee, our first-ever three-peat winner, for one of the most successful remakes of a vehicle in American history. And Ram 1500 4×4 is the benchmark of the full-size pickup segment with its refinement, capability and efficiency.”
NEMPA’s media members represent all six New England states. Once a year, more than 50 NEMPA members gather for their Winter Vehicle voting day. Vehicles are chosen based on how they meet specific needs of New England drivers during the region’s punishing winters.
Chrysler Group also recently picked up seven awards, more than any other automaker, from the Texas Auto Writers Association. The Grand Cherokee SRT was a winner there, as well, named “Performance Utility of Texas.”