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AutoWeek names Grand Cherokee “Best of the Best”

by Bill Cawthon on

Calling it the “most well-rounded, handsome and brutally capable Jeep in years,” The editors of AutoWeek have named the 2011 Grand Cherokee as their “Best of the Best” truck.

AutoWeek said, “Perhaps no single vehicle symbolizes the reborn Chrysler more than this off-roader. It’s capable, it builds on the long-held strength of the iconic brand, and in a new twist, it’s downright luxurious. Our staff gave it consistent high marks for the interior, which has been redone with pleasing soft-touch materials yet still exudes a rugged demeanor.”

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Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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