Category: Jeep

Jeep press release All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade Most Capable Small SUV Expands the Brand’s Global Portfolio  All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade marks the brand’s first entry in the small SUV segment  Renegade Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class 4×4 Trail Rated capability with class-exclusive Jeep Active Drive Low, which includes 20:1 crawl ratio and Jeep Selec-Terrain [...]

Off-roading in a 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Mitch Claw, Jeep Vehicle Line Engineer (VLE), drove with Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, in the new Jeep Cherokee around Canyon Ranch in Southern California. Is the 2014 Jeep Cherokee everything Jeep wants it to be? Claw directs Hammond over a rugged loop of the hot, dusty off-road course that has seen such [...]

Robert Walker, Chrysler group Chief interior designer

Robert Walker, Chrysler group, Chief interior designer, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the Jeep Cherokee interior design. What are some of the designs Walker and his team fought for in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee? Where did the design cues come from? How many interior designs are there and what are [...]

Mike Manley and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Michael Manley is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jeep Brand and the Lead Executive for International Operations at Chrysler Group LLC. In addition, Manley is a member of Fiat S.p.A.’s Group Executive Council (GEC) where he serves as both Chief Operating Officer (CO O) of the Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Operations Group and Head [...]

Chrysler Group’s interior designer, Klause Busse

I love the way Chrysler Group’s interior designer, Klause Busse thinks and designs. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) I talked to Busse about Jeep’s interior designs. Busse showed me pictures of Italy’s stratovolcano, Mount Vesuvio (Vesuvius) and the Grand Canyon. What others may see as a picture of beautiful landscapes, Busse sees [...]

Chrysler’s Ralph Gilles on SRT

Ralph Gilles is the President and Chief Executive Officer – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC and the Senior Vice President – Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC. Giles talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the SRT. What does SRT mean? What is the difference between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Jeep [...]

Michael Manley, CEO of Jeep, took the time to talk with me  at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is not only better than the previous Grand Cherokee, but is a competitor to its competition. Even Manley admits that they have had to raise the bar, benchmarking their Jeep against [...]

Is Chrysler making money in Canada? Will the big incentives continue? How competitive does Nardelli see Chrysler’s labor front? Which types of vehicles are best suited for Canada’s marketplace? How has the rise in the Canadian currency changed the game for Chrysler?

This is part of a 30 minute interview with Jim Press, Chairman and Vice President of Chrysler. General Motors, Daimler & BMW had a working relationship, even sharing engineers, to create the two-mode hybrid. Since the break-up of Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler who gets to use the two-mode hybrid and what happened to the engineers? Where [...]

This is part of a 30 minute interview with Jim Press, Chairman and Vice President of Chrysler.  Press talked about which products Chrysler would be getting rid of and whether he thought Chrysler would be gaining or losing share next year.