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Jeepster’s the name (Updated)

The new subcompact Jeep, developed in India and Auburn Hills, will be called Jeepster, according to multiple sources, including an Australian dealer who saw the car.

The name, taken from a classic Willys-Overland car intended to expand Jeep beyond farmers, postal workers, and a small number of enthusiasts, has been applied to at least one concept of the 1990s, and had been rumored for over a year to be attached to the “BU”-coded mini-SUV.

Jeepster was codeveloped with the Fiat 500X crossover, and is based on existing, but reportedly heavily modified, Fiat dimensions and architectures. The vehicle reportedly took longer than planned to create, as Jeep executives insisted on higher capabilities than the original plans could provide. Many observers expect it to at least match KL Cherokee’s off-road capacity, which has been praised by numerous off-road magazine writers.

The car is now expected to be unveiled in the Geneva (Europe) auto show during calendar-year 2014. It is to be built in Italy, at a Fiat plant, and sold mainly in Europe and Asia, with possible exports to North America as well. Brazil is expected to produce its own version. A Fiat four-cylinder diesel is certain to power the Jeepster in Europe and India, likely alongside a Fiat four-cylinder gasoline engine; powertrains for North America are still a matter of conjecture. It will not be the first Jeep to be built outside the United States and imported in; before Chrysler purchased AMC, Wranglers were built in Canada for seven years, rather than in Ohio.

Update: Chrysler has applied for a trademark on the Jeepster name in Europe. The company already owned the trademark in the United States, dating from 2006.

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?


NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma


Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

Johnson Clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma


Allen Johnson has secured his place in the Pro Stock Countdown to the Championship, the six-event series the determines the World Championships of drag racing. Johnson joins Erica Enders-Stevens, who clinched her spot last weekend. Participation is limited to the top ten drivers in each pro class. There were three different top qualifiers in Pro Stock: Johnson had the No....

Steckly scores in National 250


Three-time series champion Scott Steckly earned his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season Saturday in the National 250 at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, Quebec. Starting from the No. 2 spot, Steckly dominated the race in the No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge, leading for 202 of the 250 laps and beating Alex Guenette and the No....

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