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Will Wrangler lose its open top?

by David Zatz on

Congress or the NHTSA may end the “convertible exemption,” which allows automakers to have less rollover protection in open-top cars and trucks. This has direct implications for the Jeep Wrangler, which is on a long refresh/replacement schedule, and is already facing possible changes in engine, transmission, suspension, and the greater use of aluminum in the body.

Suspension engineer Bob Sheaves, who has worked on past Jeep Wranglers, provided some answers to tough questions about how Jeep can prepare for this issue, and how likely it is that law changes might result in the Jeep Wrangler getting a fixed roof — and how the company could work around the problem. For more, see the full article.

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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