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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition

  • New Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition harkens back to Jeep brand’s military roots
  • Red, White and Blue Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition now available in Jeep showrooms
  • All 2012 Jeep Wrangler models powered by 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 285 horsepower, with fuel economy up to 21 mpg
  • $250 from each Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition sold to be donated to military charities
  • Chrysler Group LLC offers a $500 cash allowance to eligible consumers through its ‘Military Bonus Consumer Cash’ program
  • Jeep Wrangler sales up 34 percent in 2012 with all-time record in May
1946 Dg Power Wagon Commercial Prototype

1946 Dg Power Wagon Commercial Prototype

September 2, 1945: a date that will always stand out for those who lived it. On this day, the Japanese formally surrendered ending World War II, thus marking the end of a frighteningly bloody chapter in human history.

Following this, as American GI’s were victoriously returning home, they discovered that they missed the reliability and strength of their Army trucks. In hopes of finding a civilian duplicate to their wartime vehicles, they wrote to Dodge and implored that one be created. The result: The Dodge Power Wagon.

1946 Power Wagon

1946 Power Wagon

The Dodge brand proudly built the Power Wagon based off of the 3/4-ton Army truck’s chassis with a civilian cab and a redesigned 8-foot cargo box. It featured a 126-inch wheelbase chassis and a 230 cubic-inch flathead six-cylinder engine, a two-speed transfer case and a 4-speed transmission.

The Power Wagon, although redesigned several times, remained in production until 1980, when the following year the Dodge Ram took its place. The Wagon’s design and capability helped it to become the predecessor for most of the four by four trucks we see on the road and was eventually reborn as the Ram 2500 Power Wagon available again today.

1946 Dg Power Wagon Farm

1946 Dg Power Wagon Farm

The 2011 Power Wagon is available with an off-roader’s wish list of standard equipment, including front and rear locking differentials, electronic disconnecting front sway bar, 33-inch offroad tires, complete underbody protection, and a custom 12,000-pound warn winch.

2011 Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

2011 Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

Check out this video below of the 2011 Ram Power Wagon being put through the paces out in Moab, Utah during the Easter Jeep Safari. To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Dodge Journey

From the Chrysler Blog:

After Ram Truck and Jeep® Brands‘ big honors last fall from the Texas Automotive Writers Association, Dodge and FIAT brands held their owin in the 2011 TAWA Spring Roundup. Earlier yesterday, TAWA finished its annual Spring Roundup, and announced award winners in seven categories after reviewing 50 vehicles.

Family Car of Texas: 2011 Dodge Journey

The 2011 Dodge Journey is the “Swiss army knife” of family transportation, designed with loads of features families appreciate. Examples include a new, well-crafted interior, versatile seven-passenger seating and storage options and abundant safety features.

2011 Dodge Journey Interior

2011 Dodge Journey Interior

Journey also offers clever features that make family time on the road more enjoyable — like the new high-tech entertainment Uconnect Touch 8.4 infotainment screen.

2011 Dodge Journey with Uconnect 8.4

2011 Dodge Journey with Uconnect 8.4

For 2011, the Journey also offers a new world-class powertrain, the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired with a six-speed transmission to deliver 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and excellent fuel economy of up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Click Here to read more about the 2011 Dodge Journey

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Today we’re going to look a little bit into the history of Jeep vehicles, and how the whole thing got started. These Jeeps have come a long way to where they sit on Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Dealers‘ lots today.

1940 Willys Quad Original Pilot (J-0109)

1940 Willys Quad Original Pilot (J-0109)

In July 1940, the U.S. military informed automakers that it was looking for a “light reconnaissance vehicle” to replace the Army’s motorcycle and modified Ford Model-T vehicles. The Army invited 135 manufacturers to bid on production and developed a lengthy specification list for the vehicle, including the following:

  • 600-lb. load capacity
  • Wheelbase less than 75 inches
  • Height less than 36 inches
  • Smooth-running engine from 3 to 50 miles per hour
  • Rectangular-shaped body
  • Four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer case
  • Fold-down windshield
  • Three bucket seats
  • Blackout and driving lights
  • Gross vehicle weight below 1,300 lbs.
1941 Willys MA (J-0273)

1941 Willys MA (J-0273)

At first, Willys-Overland and American Bantam Car Manufacturing Company were the only two companies answering the call. Soon, however, Ford Motor Company entered the picture, and competition began among the three over which company would receive the lucrative government contract.

Each company delivered its prototype to the Army in the summer of 1940 and received approval to build 70 sample vehicles. The Army took possession of these vehicles in November 1940 at Camp Holabird, Md.

Each of the three designs exceeded the Army’s specification of 1,300 lbs., but the Army soon realized that limit was far too low and raised it for the next round of vehicles. Further testing and evaluation led to the Army’s selection of Willys vehicle as the primary manufacturer.

Jeep Willys MB (J-0272)

Jeep Willys MB (J-0272)

Willys MA/MB
With modifications and improvements, the Willys Quad became the MA, and later the MB. But the Army, and the world, came to know it as the Jeep®.

Some claimed that the name came from the slurring of the letters “GP,” the military abbreviation for “General Purpose.” Others say the vehicle was named for a popular character named “Eugene the Jeep” in the Popeye cartoon strip. Whatever its origin, the name entered into the American lexicon and, for a while, served almost as a generic title for off-road vehicles, while the Jeep itself became an icon of the war.

1941 Jeep CJ-2A

1941 Jeep CJ-2A

The Willys MA featured a gearshift on the steering column, low side body cutouts, two circular instrument clusters on the dashboard and a hand brake on the left side. Willys struggled to reduce the weight to the new Army specification of 2,160 lbs. Items removed in order for the MA to reach that goal were reinstalled on the next-generation MB resulting in a final weight of approximately just 400 lbs. above the specifications.

Click Here for a more in depth look at the actual Jeeps themselves. To see more pictures of the vintage Jeeps, simply click any of the photos in this post. Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

1949 Jeep Willys

1949 Jeep Willys

1947 Jeep Station Wagon advertisement. Roominess, comfort and safety were all solid selling points for the Jeep Station Wagon.

1947 Jeep Station Wagon advertisement. Roominess, comfort and safety were all solid selling points for the Jeep Station Wagon.

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