That Sahara-based Wrangler Moab model we recently told you about? This page has a photo of it. Highlight: The ’13 model, when equipped with a manual transmission and 3.73 axle gears, nets you a crawl ratio of 45:1.
That concept-based Grand Cherokee Trailhawk model we recently told you about? This page has a photo of it. The ’13 model, when equipped with a hood decal and accent stripes, nets you a hood decal and accent stripes. But there’s also some rocker armor, Goodyear Silent Armor tires with Kevlar, electronic rear diff, T-case with a real center diff lock, and a slightly elevated stance for 11 inches of ground clearance.
Jeep pickup: seriously. Talking heating up. Again. More. For reals.
We know someone must care about the Compass or else they wouldn’t keep making it, so if it’s you, know that the ’13 will make 30 mpg (158hp 2.0L inline-four World Gas Engine mated to five-speed manual). Yeah, that’s about all that’s interesting. We can’t bring ourselves to talk about the two new colors.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the Volusia County Beach Patrol is adding two Wranglers to its beach fleet. They’re among the vehicles replacing the current flock of Ford F-150s. “The idea is that the scaled-down vehicles will be less likely to be involved in accidents,” said the article. Blind spots seemed to be an issue. You know, on vast, open areas of sand.
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“Here, emotional videos will feature the unique personality of each Jeep model.”
—Jeep statement about its “brand stand” at the ’12 Paris Motor Show
Mopar: Argentina, Brazil, China, United Arab Emirates…those were new facilities. Now add Australia, Japan, and Russia. Mopar is secretly taking over the world openly.
The BLM approved the next step in the process of replenishing the salt part of the Bonneville Salt Flats. SEMA Action Network and the Save the Salt Coalition are among those you should majorly thank.
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It’s long. It says so right in the name.
Is that Ram Long-Hauler concept headed for production? What’s in a name? Everything: Ram 5500 Chassis Cab platform, Mega Cab, and an 8-foot bed.
TRW Automotive has developed EHS. Care to guess what that stands for? Forget it; you’ll never guess that it’s Electronic Horn System. The company says it’s activated when a person lays a hand on a conductive area on the steering wheel airbag cover. It could actually keep costs down due to not having moving parts like a regular honker.
NHTSA is giving $17.5 million in grant cash to states that have lawyered-up and created laws banning distracted driving.
Ford has an app to alert those with allergies that they are entering allergy territory. That must mean we are not far off from Kia developing an app that alerts about people passing wind. God willing, Kia. God willing.
Your welding needs satisf...
Your welding needs satisfied.
Hobart Welding Products has added an EZ Selector to help you narrow down which product is best for your needs.
Why do people want out of their lease? Swapalease.com says the number one reason claimed was they no longer needed their vehicle. We would have found this stat so much more interesting if the top answer was “body in trunk.”
James Bond is celebrating 50 years of Bonding, James Bonding, and Jaguar Land Rover is riding the coattails. Why? Rent a 007 flick, will ya already?
Automotive Misery Index: You had us at misery…Carinsurance.com, the mastermind behind the index, looks at geographical stats compared to ownership stats, and then lets you know your expected level of misery. In other words, where driving costs the most. Where fuel and insurance costs were least miserable? New Hampshire. Most miserable? Mississippi. It also has the highest number of uninsured drivers and s’s.
The French hate diesels. And judging by those French tourists at Disneyland, bathing. Why else would a couple politicians there be talking about a ban? On diesels, not bathing. We can think of no other reason without first doing journalistic research, and we’re kinda busy for that.
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Win a Built JK Unlimited for 3 Bucks? Yes.
This is the California Association of 4WD Clubs (Cal4Wheel) main fundraiser for the year: a Jeep JK. The funds raised from the raffle are used to fight land closures that affect all of us. Cal4Wheel started with a ’12 JK Unlimited Sport and it has such add-ons as a MetalCloak suspension, Advance Adapters Atlas II T-case, 35-inch BFGoodrich tires, Yukon Grizzly lockers, Poison Spyder Customs fenders, and a whole lot more. The Jeep will be raffled off at the annual Cal4Wheel convention in Rancho Cordova on February 16. You don’t need to be present to win, and tickets can be purchased online at www.cal4wheel.com/win-a-jeep-tickets.
Department of D’oh!
Back in the October ’12 issue, we mistakenly ran the wrong phone number for Ididit Inc. So, if you tried to call up the company for a new steering column and got local Michigan weather, our apologies. Here’s the correct contact information: Ididit Inc., 517/424-0577, ididitinc.com
Things To Do With Your Jeep
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Do with your Jeep to things.
December 1: Advanced Beginner Off-Road Driving hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, El Paso Mountain, Mojave, California, 4x4training.com
December 2: Getting Started Off-Road Driving hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Hungry Valley SVRA, Gorman, California, 4x4training.com
December 8: Sand Driving Clinic hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Oceano Dunes, Pismo, California, 4x4training.com
December 9: Winch & Recovery Clinic hosted by Badlands Off-Road Adventures, El Paso Mountains, Mojave, California, 4x4training.com
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