According to figures released this morning, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Wrangler both outsold the Ford Explorer in June. The Explorer, which has been the top-selling non-compact SUV, came in with 15,588 June deliveries compared to 16,626 for the Grand Cherokee and 16,165 for the Wrangler. Ford's official figures split out the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, which is marketed and sold as a different vehicle. However, even adding the PI Utility's 1,009 sales still leaves the Explorer behind the Grand Cherokee. For 2012, Ford sold 164,207 Explorers, while Jeep sold 154,734 Grand Cherokees, a fairly close run. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in production now, dramatically boosted the desirability of the V6 models by adding an efficient eight-speed automatic to aid acceleration, responsiveness, and fuel economy; that transmission is also standard on V8 and diesel models.
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