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Cherokees finally moving?

by David Zatz on

Reports from “superduckie” and others indicate that the Jeep Cherokee has finally been released from “hold” status. Observers estimated that thousands of the new vehicles have been stopped in their tracks and retained in huge lots while waiting for a firmware update. If true, dealerships in Michigan are likely to receive the Cherokee in the coming week. Delivery across greater distances can vary dramatically based on whether the company relies on rail or truck transportation.

While Chrysler could have released the cars and relied on dealerships to update the firmware, the company may have felt that not all dealers can be trusted to apply the patches, based on past experience.

Earlier reports suggested that most or all of the cars held up have been front wheel drive models; while Cherokee’s sophisticated four-wheel traction systems are a major selling point, the front drive models can still carry the vehicle’s other selling points, including sophisticated electronics, the nine-speed automatic, new V6, and comfortable, modern interior.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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