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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1987
A Times article (March 10) mentioned that the name "Jeep" came from a comic-strip character of the 1930s named Eugene the Jeep. The way I understood it, Jeep came from the initials GP. They were short for "general purpose," which was the Jeep's official designation in the armed forces. JOHN SIMONS Los Angeles
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April 19, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Each spring, the small town of Moab, Utah, gets overrun with Jeeps. They come in every size, shape, and color, and they come by the thousands. The draw is the annual Easter Jeep Safari, a gathering of Jeep fanatics that is now in its 48th year. The event was created by the Moab Chamber of Commerce, but these days it's run by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, a local club that promotes trail maintenance and responsible off-roading. PHOTOS: Highlights from the Easter Jeep Safari The draw is nine days of off-roading on public trails outside Moab that are considered some of the most picturesque -- and challenging -- in the country.
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AUTOS
October 30, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into the 2012 Jeep Liberty SUV for a possible fire risk in the driver's door. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received two reports of fires from consumers, with at least one person injured as a result. The probe covers 79,252 Jeep Libertys. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled?   In both instances, the fires allegedly started near the driver's door power window switch.
AUTOS
April 19, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
A world away from the bright lights and frantic rush of the current New York Auto Show, Jeep is using a very different venue to show off its latest concept vehicles. And it's getting them dirty too. Jeep used the recent Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, to unveil six new concepts to the public. The collection was made up of three lifted, painted and modified Wranglers, two new Cherokees looking to flex their off-road muscle, and a diesel Grand Cherokee. The six prototypes had bolted to them a huge variety of custom parts that Jeep -- and its Mopar aftermarket group -- are considering for production.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Jeep fell victim to a Twitter account hijacking Tuesday, joining Burger King, whose profile was taken over Monday and made to look like McDonald's. [Updated 2:55 p.m. Feb. 19: MTV was also believed to have been hijacked, but the TV network has said on its Twitter account as well as BET's that the hack was fake. ] The Twitter page for Jeep was changed to look like that of Cadillac's after Jeep's profile picture was replaced by the logo of its competitor. "We got sold to @Cadillac because we caught our employees doing these in the bathroom =[. " said a tweet sent from the hijacked Jeep account that included a picture of pain medicine.
NEWS
November 2, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - President Obama accused Mitt Romney of frightening auto workers for political gain here Friday as he tries to turn concern about the future of the auto industry into votes for his reelection. In a gymnasium filled with 4,000 supporters, Obama hammered Romney for television ads suggesting Jeep jobs may be on their way to China. Union leaders report that workers at the Toledo plant have been calling to find out if they're losing their jobs. “You don't scare hardworking Americans just to scare up some votes,” Obama said.
AUTOS
October 2, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Jeep is recalling nearly 92,000 of its Grand Cherokee SUVs to fix an issue with the vehicles' warning lights and instrument panel. The recall affects 91,559 Grand Cherokees in the U.S. from the 2014 model year, according to Jeep's parent company, Chrysler Group. Another 41,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and abroad are  affected. At the center of the recall are a series of warning lights that turn on at random while the instrument panel experiences a blackout, Chrysler said in a statement.
AUTOS
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
This Jeep's been studying abroad. The hardy American brand -- owned by Italian automaker Fiat -- used Tuesday's 2014 Geneva Motor Show to unveil the all-new 2015 Renegade compact crossover SUV. The small, boxy crossover will slot below Jeep's popular, budget-oriented Patriot in terms of size. But expect it to target a more premium buyer who might also look at quirky models like the Kia Soul or Nissan Juke. PHOTOS: Jeep's all-new Renegade "The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand's portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe," Mike Manley, Jeep's chief executive, said in a statement announcing the vehicle.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
This is not your grandfather's Jeep. The 2014 diesel Grand Cherokee Summit points the brand in a very different direction than its beginnings as a bare-bones World War II gadabout. The same can be said for this new version's $57,000 price tag. Today's Jeep comes with trinkets that were beyond fantasy in the 1940s, including adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled leather seats and an adjustable air suspension. The hope is that goodies like these will draw buyers out of sport utility vehicles from established German luxury brands and establish Jeep as a competitor in the cut-throat, $50,000-plus arena.
AUTOS
June 18, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
Two weeks after refusing a government request to recall roughly 2.7 million Jeep sport utility vehicles for alleged fire risks, Chrysler has cut a deal with regulators. The nation's third-largest automaker announced Tuesday that it would address the problem by installing a trailer hitch on the SUVs to "better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts. " On June 4, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for a recall after determining that at least 50 people had died in fires after rear-end collisions.
AUTOS
April 2, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Chrysler Group is recalling almost 650,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles sold in the U.S. during the the 2011-14 model years to fix a problem with the brakes. It will recall another 200,000 of the vehicles sold in other countries. In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker said some of the SUVs may have a corroded center shell of the brake booster that will allow water to seep in. If the water freezes in a cold climate, the braking ability of the vehicle can be diminished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The 22-year-old driver of a speeding Jeep that went off Interstate 8 and down a steep embankment was killed but a passenger and baby survived, the CHP said Thursday. The woman was driving a Jeep at a "high rate of speed" Wednesday night in the Alpine area of eastern San Diego County when it swerved to avoid a slower-moving vehicle. She lost control of the Jeep as it went off the freeway and down about 150 feet of steep embankment, the California Highway Patrol said.
AUTOS
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
This Jeep's been studying abroad. The hardy American brand -- owned by Italian automaker Fiat -- used Tuesday's 2014 Geneva Motor Show to unveil the all-new 2015 Renegade compact crossover SUV. The small, boxy crossover will slot below Jeep's popular, budget-oriented Patriot in terms of size. But expect it to target a more premium buyer who might also look at quirky models like the Kia Soul or Nissan Juke. PHOTOS: Jeep's all-new Renegade "The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand's portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe," Mike Manley, Jeep's chief executive, said in a statement announcing the vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Four men were shot and wounded in a suspected gang-related attack in South Los Angeles, police said Tuesday night. The men were sprayed with gunfire when a car described as a burgundy Jeep Cherokee drove by, the Los Angeles Police Department said.  The condition of the victims was not immediately known. They were believed to be between 45 and 50 years old, Officer Norma Eisenman said.  She said the men were in front of a home in the 400 block of West 89th Street when the Jeep passed by shortly 6 p.m. In the last six months, at least 203 violent crimes and 404 property crimes have been reported in the Vermont Vista neighborhood where the shooting took place, according to the Times Mapping L.A. database . ALSO: Justin Bieber: Authorities defend response to egging allegations Kelly Thomas case: D.A. could face political fallout from acquittals 4.4 earthquake near Fontana packed a big punch, resident says Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
NATIONAL
December 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Sunday was supposed to be a snow day, a chance to play in the rugged, isolated area known Seven Troughs near Lovelock, Nev. But more than 48 hours later, two adults and four children remained missing in the subzero cold and snow as rescuers resumed their aerial search Tuesday morning. Temperatures in the remote section of northwest Nevada, about 100 miles from Reno, have fallen to as low as minus 16 degrees Fahrenheit. On Tuesday, the temperature was expected to fall below zero again.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By David Lazarus
S.C. purchased a used Jeep from a Torrance dealer. It had about 50,000 miles on it. Five weeks and 4,000 miles of driving later, the Jeep developed transmission problems -- a major and costly repair. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions S.C. returned to the dealer, saying he didn't think he should be facing such a serious fix so soon after buying the vehicle. The dealer disagreed. Does California's "Lemon Law" apply in such cases? And what should S.C. do?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1987
Simons is right on both counts. Eugene the Jeep did grace a 1930s cartoon, "Popeye the Sailor," and was a cute little character who went around saying, "Jeep, Jeep!" in reply to anything said to him. Simon is equally correct in his definition of the quarter-ton vehicle that the Army labeled a quarter-ton GP truck in 1940 (there is a famous picture of one climbing the steps to the Capitol). The only added information I am able to offer comes from a knowledge of the times and the usual way of GIs to invent acronyms--nicknames--for just about everything.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1997 | THAO HUA
An 18-year-old man died after he was tossed from a jeep while standing in the back seat of the vehicle, police said Thursday. Steven Searcy of Yorba Linda was traveling with four friends, ages 19 to 21, on Country View Drive about midnight Tuesday when the driver made a left turn onto Mountain View Avenue, hurling Searcy onto the pavement, Brea Police Sgt. Tom Flenniken said. "Searcy was standing in the back of the jeep and he fell and hit his head," Flenniken said.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
This is not your grandfather's Jeep. The 2014 diesel Grand Cherokee Summit points the brand in a very different direction than its beginnings as a bare-bones World War II gadabout. The same can be said for this new version's $57,000 price tag. Today's Jeep comes with trinkets that were beyond fantasy in the 1940s, including adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled leather seats and an adjustable air suspension. The hope is that goodies like these will draw buyers out of sport utility vehicles from established German luxury brands and establish Jeep as a competitor in the cut-throat, $50,000-plus arena.
AUTOS
October 30, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into the 2012 Jeep Liberty SUV for a possible fire risk in the driver's door. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received two reports of fires from consumers, with at least one person injured as a result. The probe covers 79,252 Jeep Libertys. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled?   In both instances, the fires allegedly started near the driver's door power window switch.
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