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by David Zatz on

Karl sent us this image of the Austrian Jeep web site, which shows the “Jeep Wrangler Fiskal LKW.” By replacing the rear seats and rear windows with sheet metal, they convert the Wrangler into a commercial vehicle, which allows some buyers to avoid the country’s 20% value-added tax.  (In many countries, a steep “VAT” on non-essential items pays for health insurance and subsidized universities.)

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Karl wrote that the special edition of the Wrangler allows it to make the official list of VAT-deductible cars, making it much more attractive to corporate buyers. The drawback is that the vehicle is now a two-seater, without rear glass, making it an exceptional commercial van for extreme terrain or extremely poor weather, but impractical as a family vehicle.

It is apparently based on the standard two-door Wrangler — the image shown by Jeep Austria seems to be a modified image, not one of the actual car — and has a 2.8 liter VM diesel engine. It is not in the Build & Price system.

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