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Nearly 745,000 Grand Cherokee, Liberty SUVs Recalled for Defective Airbags

Last Week, Chrysler Group announced that it will recall about 745,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs because of faulty airbags. The recall applies to 2002 to 2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002 to 2003 Liberty models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a part of the airbag control module may not work properly and could deploy the front and side airbags without warning while the vehicle is being driven. Seatbelt pretensioners could also be triggered if the ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Model News

Investigation into Jeep Fires Expanded

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded and upgraded its investigation into the cause of fuel tank fires in about 5.1 million Jeep SUVs built between 1993 and 2007. “NHTSA said it has records of 15 fatalities and 46 injuries in crashes that included fuel-tank failures,” reports The Wall Street Journal. NHTSA’s investigation is probing into claims that it’s more common for certain Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Liberty models to catch fire when ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, NHTSA, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty

Diesel Engines Becoming Increasingly Popular in the U.S.

Vehicles equipped with diesel engines are becoming more popular as American consumers are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and maybe aren’t thrilled with the prospect of buying an electric or hybrid car. Diesel engines are about 30 to 35 percent more fuel-efficient than a similar-sized gasoline engine, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. They also produce a lot more torque than gas engines, making them feel faster and more powerful. “Surveys show the proportion of American car shoppers willing ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Diesel engines, diesel

Electric Jeep Grand Cherokee Headed to the Detroit Auto Show

An all-electric version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2012. The electric Grand Cherokee is the work of Amp Electric Vehicles, a company that has previously fitted electric drivetrains in SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox and Mercedes-Benz ML. The New York Times reports that Amp also plans to announce pricing and introduce its first dealer at the Detroit Auto Show. “Steve Burns, president of Amp, said in a telephone interview ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Auto Shows, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Model News, electric cars, Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler Group Confirms Diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee

Earlier this year, rumors circulated that the Jeep Grand Cherokee would be available with a diesel engine. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group LLC and FIAT, confirmed those rumors to Automotive News, and said that a diesel Grand Cherokee will be available in 2013. Car and Driver says that potentially, additional European Chryslers with diesel engines will be sold in the United States. “As such, we think it’ll be offered in the Chrysler 300 here, and perhaps its Dodge ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler, FIAT, CAFE, Ram 1500, diesel

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