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Whether you want a big one a small one a squat one or a tall one, automakers can provide just about any kind of crossover vehicle you desire. These days there’s really something for every person, purse and purpose.
Two’s company but three’s a crowd. More may be merrier in certain situations but undoubtedly not in every circumstance. Sure, having more flavors of ice cream to choose from or more paid vacation time is like hitting the jackpot at your local Native American tribal casino. Bingo was indeed his name-o.
As you know, (or at least you should) our (usually) weekly feature Ask AutoGuide is all about helping readers in need (or for our own amusement). People require vehicle-buying advice and we provide guidance (it’s in our name after all). Give and receive, that’s how it works; it’s just like Christmas except Old Saint AutoGuide shimmies down the chimney 52 times per year not just once in late December.
Have you been anxiously waiting for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee? In spite of long delays the company is finally getting its act together and the new compact SUV should start to arrive at dealerships over the next 10 days.
Flight is an amazing thing. You can board a jet in Pittsburgh at breakfast time and dine on escargot in Paris for dinner. Never in human history has mankind been able to travel so quickly. It took Christopher Columbus months to cross the Atlantic, now we accomplish the same feat in as few as eight hours; the whole process is as routine as flipping on a light switch or cleaning up a murder scene.
It’s unwise to purchase a home without having a qualified expert give it a thorough going over, why should new cars be any different? Top-to-bottom, front-to-back, inside-and-out, the 2014 Subaru Forester is on the receiving end of AutoGuide’s weekly Five-Point Inspection.
Last week was a lot like the British ocean liner Lusitania; it got sunk, but this time around it wasn’t the Kaiser’s fault. Instead of falling prey to a German U-Boat it was torpedoed by the New York Auto Show.
In an industry which has recently seen generally negative news regarding sales figures, Jeep is bucking the trend. Global sales for this purely SUV brand are up by 41 per cent, while in the US, sales grew by 44 per cent.
However, that is nothing when compared to the growth the brand has enjoyed in Europe in 2011. In Germany for instance, sales have grown by 124 percent, and in Italy by 117.6 percent. In France they are up by 71.7 percent and even in economy stricken markets like Spain and UK, sales grew by 21.2 and 18 percent respectively.
On a whole, European sales for the Jeep brand have swollen by 61.8 percent. This is certainly great news for the brand and its investing partners.
“The increase in Jeep sales in Europe is evidence that Chrysler Group’s integration with the Fiat Group is clearly working,” says Mike Manley, President and CEO, Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Much of the Jeep brand’s success in Europe can be attributed to a strengthened dealer network, as well as a roll-out of new Jeep models for the European market – including the incorporation of Fiat’s fuel- and emissions-saving MultiJet II technology on the new 3.0-liter CRD engine that powers the Grand Cherokee.”
If Jeep can continue on this upward swing, it can become the most popular North American import brand in Europe.
Indian-owned British car firm Land Rover is about to launch their new Range Rover Evoque in the North American market in a few months time. However, these days almost everything is available in extra-large sizes (especially fast food servings) and hence Land Rover is already planning for a extra-large version of its baby-SUV to not only appeal to a wider demographic (no pun intended), but also to bridge the gap closer between it and the Range Rover Sport.
Being referred to as the Grand Evoque at the moment, this model will be around 12-inches longer with half the space going towards extending the rear-seat legroom and half going towards a longer cargo bay. It will also gain about 4-inches in height over the standard Evoque.
Land Rover is predicting that such a model will be especially appealing to North American and Chinese buyers, where bigger is still considered better.
Not many technical details are currently available, but expect the same 2.0-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine being offered in either as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive package.
Considering Range Rover Sport prices start at around $60,000 and the Evoque will be priced closer to $40,000, expect the Grand Evoque to split that difference clean in half.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Range Rover, parent company Land Rover is launching the most opulent SUV in its history, with the Range Rover Autobiography Black Limited Edition.
Buyers may not be able to say that name three times fast, but the Autobiography Black Limited Edition will let buyers be swaddled in the monochromatic hue, with black exterior paint, “diamond turned” 20″ alloy wheels, a chrome grill, and a special interior with either red or ivory accents to accompany the black leather appointments. The Autobiography Black logo is embossed on the rear- armrest, key fob, door sills, and the owners manual cover, while black lacquer adorns the dashboard, center console and door panels.
The Autobiography Black comes with all the top bells and whistles, including a 1200 watt harmon/kardon stereo system, heated and cooled seats and Range Rover’s Jaguar derived 5.0L supercharged V8 putting down 510 horsepower. The Autobiography Black will retail for $122,950, ensuring its exclusivity as the top Range Rover.
[Source: Car and Driver]