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BU = Jeep Laredo?

Automotive News Europe has proclaimed that the small new Jeep to be produced in Italy will be dubbed “Jeep Laredo,” after some rumors had pointed to the name “Jeep Latitude.”  Note: the JackRatchett rendering is based on camouflaged spy shots.

Both Laredo and Latitude are used as trim names for various Jeeps. Some time ago, the Wall Street Journal mistook the trim name “Citadel” as the official name of the Dodge Durango, and something similar may be happening now.

Chrysler CEO told Automotive News in January that the new vehicle would not be named Jeepster, though at least two insiders claim that was the name used when it was shown in Italy.

The vehicle is due to be shown in March at the Geneva car show; its primary markets are expected to outside of North America. A co-developed (but expected to be very different) Fiat version will be shown in Paris, later in the year. Both will be made in the giant Melfi plant, with around 280,000 sales per year expected (divided roughly equally between the two).

Automotive News Europe also claimed that the Jeep will have all wheel drive as an option on the entire range (which is normal practice for Jeeps), while Fiat will restrict it to top models. Most expect the standard models to have relatively poor off-road credentials, while a single TrailHawk model will be equipped with skid plates, more suitable tires and wheels, a higher ground clearance, and other ways to give the Laredo née Jeepster capabilities similar to the KL Cherokee.  Original story at Automotive News Europe

Fiat 500L recall


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 Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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