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.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]