by David Zatz • Posted on January 6th, 2014
A Swedish magazine, which two years ago made waves by claiming that the Jeep Grand Cherokee had failed its “moose test” (sudden swerves emulating the sighting and avoidance of a moose in the road) after allegedly overloading the SUV by 150 lb, has now completely cleared the 2014 Grand Cherokee in a new test.
A car failing the test provides a great deal of publicity to the magazine and allows them to run headlines insisting that the vehicle is “deadly.”
In 2012, Chrysler representatives had been told by a test driver that the Jeep was overloaded. The German magazine Auto, Motor, und Sport (AMS) had already found that the 2012 Jeep passed the test, and re-tested it afterwards to be sure. AMS reported, “Whether loaded with 2 people on board or with the maximum permissible total weight, all four wheels maintained contact with the ground to the greatest possible extent. The tested Jeep did not demonstrate one-sided uplift or, let alone, tipping. This confirms the theory that the Cherokee in Sweden was overloaded.”
Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld issued a press release in which they reiterated their claims of “dangerous behavior,” claiming to have repeated the tests with different vehicles, and implying that Jeep engineers had tampered with any vehicle that passed. Still, for the 2014s, they used 6,501 pounds of payload, with summer tires and the 3-liter diesel, and claimed responsibility for the Jeep’s passing the test without problems.
In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers.
This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....
San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday.
Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger.
According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....
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....
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....