Jeep Earns the All-Time Sales Record for the Second Year in a Row

2014 Grand Cherokee

As a brand new year begins, Jeep is proud to announce they have achieved the all-time global sales record for the second year in a row. The Jeep Grand Cherokee model sold 255,005 models globally making it the highest number of Jeep models sold in 2013. Jeep has increased in sales for over four years now not only in the U.S. but across the globe.
Jeep vehicles sold 731,565 models in 2013 which is a four percent increase from 2012 and holds the record again this year for most sales. Jeep sales in the U.S. increased last year by three percent since 2012 selling 490,454 vehicles. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee sold over 25,000 models within the first two months of being brought into showrooms.
Your local Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep dealer has an extensive selection of new and used vehicles. Come out and test drive one today or browse our online inventory! Also, check out our service and part specials. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 Each Win AutoBytel.com Award

2014 Jeep Grand CherokeeAutobytel.com—“Your Lifetime Automotive Advisor”—has named its “SUV of the Year” and “Pickup Truck of the Year” award recipients. It should come as no surprise to anyone—it certainly doesn’t come as any sort of surprise to the staff here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram—that the respective winners of those awards are the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2014 Ram 1500. Both vehicles racked up numerous awards toward the end of 2013, and each continues to start 2014 off on the right foot with yet another important victory.

“For 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee embodies a readiness to head off into the hills as an affordable family hauler wrapped around class-leading interiors chockfull of the safety, technology and comfort features that set the Grand Cherokee at the top of the heap,” said Michelle Naranjo, editor-in-chief, Autobytel. “For the second year in a row, the award winning Ram 1500 continues to bring fuel efficiency and tech in a bold package to the value shoppers and accomplishment seekers who want to get the job done right.”

Autobytel praised the Jeep Grand Cherokee for its deep model roster, its expert-level refinement, and its hallmark off-roading prowess.  The Ram 1500 earned high marks for the new EcoDiesel V6 engine that drives it, as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission mated to it and the standard rear coil suspension that makes this Ram truck more responsive than ever.

Autobytel.com’s editors boast a combined 80+ years of experience behind the wheels of various vehicles, so their word is gold when it comes to what’s good in automotive.  This year’s Autobytel award winners were determined based upon the primary factors of innovation, design, and features.  In late 2013, the Ram 1500 was named Motor Trend’s 2014 Truck of the Year; the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was trail rated as having best-in-class 4×4 capabilities and won the Cars.com/USA Today Mid-Size SUV Challenge head-to-head against all other comers.

To test drive either of these award-winning haulers, stop in and see us at Rochester Hills today!

Setting up a Jeep Towing Hitch

Wondering how to properly set up a tow hitch? Have you never towed anything before? Unsure of how much is too much when towing? These are all great questions and concerns. Rochester Hills of Chrysler, Jeep in Rochester Hills, MI has compiled a few towing tips to make sure you safely set up a tow for yourself and others.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

First and foremost check your owners manual to find exact towing capabilities. The manual may consist of some acronyms, such as GVWR, GCWR, or GAWR. About.com has an informative page that explains what all of these acronyms and other towing terms mean.If you are unsure where to find the information or are not positive, call your local Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep dealership at (888)435-3039.

Next, check and look over all of your towing parts including the hitch and trailer to make sure nothing is rusty or out of shape. Once these are looked over, secure what you are towing. Make sure to drive about half the speed you normally do- remembering it takes extra time, space and power to stop, turn and change lanes.

Jeep has plenty of towing and hauling vehicles for your best tow that produce maximum towing fuel efficiency:

  • Jeep Compass: towing capabilities of up to 2,000 pounds
  • Jeep Cherokee: towing capabilities of up to 4,500 pounds
  • Jeep Patriot: towing capabilities of up to 2,000 pounds
  • Jeep Wrangler: towing capabilities of up to 4,200 pounds
  • *Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: towing capabilities of up to 3,500 pounds (Best-in-Class Towing)
  • *Jeep Grand Cherokee: towing capabilities of up to 7,400 pounds (Best-in-Class Towing)

These Jeep vehicles can tow anything from small trailers, motor cycles, boats, snowmobiles to large camping trailers and extra-heavy-duty. Look up towing state laws to make sure you are not breaking or violating any.

Chrysler to Introduce New Powertrain Technology

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Everybody wants to be the first to do something—the first to step on the moon, the first to build and fly an airplane. How about the first to produce a 9-speed automatic transmission? Well, it might not be as exciting as landing on the moon, but it is noteworthy.

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee goes on sale soon, it will feature two world’s first features: a 9-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive biased 4×4 system. You might be wondering, “Why do transmissions keep getting more gears?” The answer: efficiency.

A decade ago, having nine gears would not have improved efficiency—the added weight of the gears would have outstripped any gains in fuel economy. Today, however, powertrain engineers are finding new ways to eliminate weight and give vehicles the fuel-saving benefits of having more gears.

The Cherokee’s other new technology, the front-wheel-drive biased 4×4 system, will also increase efficiency. The system will primarily use front-wheel-drive and then deliver four-wheel-drive traction as needed, without any interaction from the driver.

Want more information on the history of automatic transmissions? Check out this nice timeline graphic from the New York Times.

What do you think; how many gears are too many?