Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wranger in high demand

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According to an article on AOL Autos, Chrysler is having trouble keeping up with the demand of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Wranglers.

The story says the demand for Wrangler comes from a few things: More people shopping for cars, easier credit terms and design upgrades. Because of their popularity, finding a good deal on a Wrangler is currently next to impossible.

And with tax season here, dealers know people are wanting to shop for vehicles.

As for the Grand Cherokee, Chrysler officials said in the story that 25-30 percent are selling for more than $40,000, with some selling for more than the MSRP.

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Driver ejected from vehicle after epic jump fail

In the video below, a driver and his passenger attempt a steep jump in a Toyota that results in the driver being ejected from the vehicle.

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Panda Monster Truck was built by Fiat on a Jeep floor

Fiat isn’t often a brand you think of when you wanna go off road. But this fully-operational monster truck combines a Panda 4×4 with a Jeep CJ7 4200 floor panel, and stands at 153 inches tall, 149.6 inches long and 98.4 inches wide.

Multiple media outlets have reported that the monster truck version of this Fiat Panda 4×4 will appear in a TV commercial and tell the story of four friends who set off for a weekend in the mountains. The commercial will only air in Europe, and is scheduled to debut in 2013.

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Production of diesel Grand Cherokee confirmed by Jeep

Jeep has announced that is will reveal a diesel version of the Grand Cherokee at the 2013 North American international Auto Show next month in Detroit.

The vehicle is already offered in Europe, but the U.S.-version will have a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel that produces 190 HP at 4,000 rpm and 324.5 lb.ft. of torque at 1,600-2,800 rpm and 241HP at 4,000rpm and 405.7 lb.ft. at 1,800-2,800 rpm.

Fuel economy specs haven’t been announced for the U.S. model.

Last week, GM threw out the idea that it may produce a diesel version of one of its compact pickup trucks. With automakers pushing to meet fuel efficiency standards of the government, do you think it’s possible we’ll see more diesel-powered vehicles?

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Part of Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition sales go to military charities

Jeep announced that it will donate $250 from each sale of its new 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition to Military charities.

According to Jeep’s president and CEO, Mike Manley, “The Jeep is a tribute to the brave men and women that have served.”

The vehicle is also eligible for Chrysler’s Military Bonus Consumer Cash program, which offers a $500 allowance to “active military, active military reserve, retired military (honorable discharge and 20 years of service, and retired military reserve (honorable discharge and 20 years of service required). They also said that honorably discharged veterans are eligible within 6 months of discharge date.

The vehicle comes with three paint options, Deep Cherry Red Bright White and True Blue. It sits on 17’’ aluminum wheels painted in Mineral Gray, and on the front doors, it a badge labeled “Oscar Mike,” which is “on the move” in military slang.

It also comes in 2 and 4WD configurations, and starts at $21,445 with a $995 destination charge. It’s currently available at Jeep dealers.

Cops catch Jeep driver illegally passing on sidewalk

UPDATE: The driver of the Jeep was fined $250 in court costs and has had her license suspended for 30 days. According to newsnet5.com, she must also stand at the intersection where she got caught and wear a sign that says, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” She has been ordered to wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. today and Wednesday.

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A few weeks ago, we showed you a video of a BMW doing a burnout on a public street and getting caught by a cop. You can see that video by clicking here.

And now in Cleveland, Ohio, a driver in a Jeep was caught passing another vehicle illegally … by driving on the sidewalk.

According to newsnet5.com, a bus had been stopped to pick up a handicapped child, and the mother of the Jeep driver said the bus took “an inordinate amount of time,” and her daughter was trying to get to school. The mom also said in the story that her daughter was trying to give the bus plenty of room.

Apparently, that’s not the first time the Jeep driver has done something like this. She was notorious for recklessly driving around the bus, and police had been notified by the bus driver to be on the look out.

You can see in the video that a cop was waiting for her on the next street over after she passed the school bus.

The children on the bus cheered as they saw the blue lights flash behind the young driver. “Justice has been served,” the bus driver is heard saying.

From the YouTube Description:

Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver captured video of a female motorist driving on the sidewalk to avoid stopping for the bus loading and unloading children. The driver was caught on cell phone camera Tuesday morning. Cleveland police released the driver’s name late Tuesday afternoon. She is 32-year-old Shena Hardin, of Cleveland. Hardin was not arrested, but cited for not stopping for the school bus. CMSD driver Uriah Herron is credited by supervisors for his quick thinking to nab the driver on camera. The driver’s sidewalk detours appear to be a daily occurrence. “We had a very conscientious driver for 30 years. He really cares about his children and he took the extra step that this doesn’t happen again,” said CMSD Bus Manager Eric Taylor. The incident happened at East 38th Street between Superior and Payne Avenue.

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Jeep could release new Gladiator pick-up model

Last week we learned that Jeep’s Liberty model would soon be discontinued, but could a new pick-up model be taking its place?

According to windingroad.com, Mike Manely, president of Jeep, hinted that the company is excited about the idea of a Jeep pickup and that it would make a decision to build such a vehicle “pretty soon.”

A few of the rumors reported include calling it the “Gladiator,” with the possibility of it becoming the next generation of Jeep Wrangler. The model could be rolling into showroom floors as soon as this year (pretty doubtful), or even 2015.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigates Jeeps

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the power steering system of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. They received three complaints from owners that have occurred within the past two months.

Two of the complaints are from owners who said that the power steering system caused an engine bay fire. According to one driver, this 2012 Jeep Cherokee was traveling down the road at about 50 miles an hour when they noticed smoke in the rearview and side mirrors. They pulled over, got out of the vehicle and flames were coming from underneath the hood.

The second complaint of a fire in the engine compartment didn’t result in a complete loss of the Jeep, but the driver had taken note of power steering fluid his driveway.

The third complaint came from a driver who said the Jeep lost all power steering assist, which could increase the chances for an accident.

The Jeep isn’t under a recall yet, but more than 100,000 vehicles could be affected.