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July 15, 2010
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Base price: $30,995 Price as tested: $43,500 Powertrain: 3.6-liter, 60-degree V-6, liquid-cooled, variable valve timing, DOHC, sequential multiport fuel injection, 4x4, five-speed automatic Horsepower: 290 at 6,400 rpm Torque: 260 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm 0 to 60: 8.6 seconds Fuel economy: 16 city/22 highway (4x4) Final thoughts: Rugged but cushy off-roader
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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.
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NATIONAL
October 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The government is stepping up its investigation into the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee because the hoods may open unexpectedly while the vehicles are moving. Nineteen people complained about the problems, but no injuries or accidents were reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation covers 262,135 vehicles. NHTSA began a preliminary inquiry May 17 that covered the 1996-98 Grand Cherokees.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Many actors are finding easy money in doing voice-over work for radio and television commercials. But it is very unlikely that anyone landed an easier gig than Al Pacino, who didn't lift a finger to get a plum voice-over spot with Chrysler Jeep. The unmistakable voice of Pacino can be heard in the new television commercial touting the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the spot, Pacino is giving an inspired speech about how life is a "game of inches. " If it sounds familiar, it is. The speech comes from a pivotal scene from the 1999 Oliver Stone movie "Any Given Sunday," which stars Pacino as an aging football coach.
AUTOS
August 6, 2003 | Steven Cole Smith, Orlando Sentinel
Jeep continues to sell more than its share of Grand Cherokees, despite two things: One, competition has increased significantly since the vehicle was introduced in 1992. And two, the Grand Cherokee hasn't had a complete redesign since then. It received a pretty extensive freshening for 1999, but even that was five model years ago. Compared with the competition, the Grand Cherokee is playing on the Senior Tour. That said, it is still one of my favorite sport utility vehicles.
BUSINESS
May 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chrysler Raises Prices on Some Models: Citing increased costs, Chrysler Corp. said it raised prices of some of its best-selling vehicles, including its Jeep Grand Cherokee, LH mid-size sedans and minivans. Chrysler raised the suggested retail price of the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision by $200 and hiked prices by $100 on its minivans and the Grand Cherokee sport/utility vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1997
I enjoyed "The High and Mighty" by Larry Gordon (March 14), even though we have one of those dreaded SUVs (a Jeep Grand Cherokee). When I was driving to work in my low-to-the-ground car, I had similar thoughts about the behemoths in front of and behind me. I even considered campaigning for a law to keep them in the right (or truck) lanes. Now I am one of them. We got the Jeep to help us get to our mountain cabin through winter snow, after we got stuck in our Audi Quattro. Sometimes, that extra clearance helps.
BUSINESS
October 1, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE
Advertiser: Chrysler Corp. Agency: Bozell Worldwide, Detroit Challenge: Launch a remodeled version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the second-best-selling sport-utility model. The Ads: Seven television commercials make extensive use of outdoor scenes showing the Jeep navigating rugged terrain and twisting mountain roads. In one ad, a herd of zebras run single-file alongside a moving Jeep Grand Cherokee to hide from a lion lurking on the opposite side.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler unit on Thursday cut prices on next year's models, including a $2,000 reduction on the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in an effort to increase sales and depend less on discounts. The reductions average 0.9%, or about $199 a vehicle, and include a $1,200 markdown on the 2002 Chrysler 300M car. Chrysler is betting that a lower base may draw more customers who compare prices on the Internet, which usually doesn't show all the discounts.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Many actors are finding easy money in doing voice-over work for radio and television commercials. But it is very unlikely that anyone landed an easier gig than Al Pacino, who didn't lift a finger to get a plum voice-over spot with Chrysler Jeep. The unmistakable voice of Pacino can be heard in the new television commercial touting the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the spot, Pacino is giving an inspired speech about how life is a "game of inches. " If it sounds familiar, it is. The speech comes from a pivotal scene from the 1999 Oliver Stone movie "Any Given Sunday," which stars Pacino as an aging football coach.
AUTOS
January 14, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
All the power and toughness of today's Grand Cherokee, now in a less-thirsty diesel formula. That was the gist of the inaugural press conference for the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, with Jeep opening the event Monday morning with the the unveiling of its overhauled large-SUV lineup. The Grand Cherokee joins only a handful of SUV's sold in the U.S. with a diesel, most from luxury marques including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. PHOTOS: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Also new is an eight-speed automatic transmission on all Grand Cherokee models, also to boost fuel economy.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Federal safety regulators have opened a safety investigation into Chrysler-built pickup trucks and SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 12 complaints about rear wheels locking up in 2009 through 2010 model year Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks. Eight of the complaints reported wheels locking up at speeds of 35 mph or greater. Some drivers said they lost control of their vehicles and at least one apparently crashed into a concrete barrier. Regulators also are looking into reports of leaks in the power steering hose of 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times Auto Critic
The car: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 4X4 The power: 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque from a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 The photos: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 4X4 The speed: 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds The bragging rights: The fastest Jeep yet. The price: Base price is $55,295 including destination. As tested: $63,975. The details: Yes, this thing's got a Hemi. Chrysler Group's performance division, SRT (for Street and Racing Technology)
BUSINESS
July 15, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
A thought crossed my mind as I rolled the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee over what appeared to be the edge of a cliff: "Why am I doing this?" Before my nose dive down the cartoonishly steep and rocky grade of the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area in Monterey County , my impression of modern Jeeps was that the "S" had been stripped from these SUVs — that there was little sport involved in these supposed utility vehicles....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2010 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
A statewide search for a 4-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother in Newport Beach ended Saturday when police took the pair into custody in the Playa Vista area. Authorities said Symphony Sarah Aiton was found unharmed and taken into protective custody around 2:20 p.m. at the intersection of Lincoln and Jefferson boulevards, where police officers found the vehicle and detained the girl's mother, said Lt. Paula Kreefft of the Los Angeles Police Department. Kreefft said the child would probably be returned to her foster parents.
AUTOS
August 6, 2003 | Steven Cole Smith, Orlando Sentinel
Jeep continues to sell more than its share of Grand Cherokees, despite two things: One, competition has increased significantly since the vehicle was introduced in 1992. And two, the Grand Cherokee hasn't had a complete redesign since then. It received a pretty extensive freshening for 1999, but even that was five model years ago. Compared with the competition, the Grand Cherokee is playing on the Senior Tour. That said, it is still one of my favorite sport utility vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2010 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
A statewide search for a 4-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother in Newport Beach ended Saturday when police took the pair into custody in the Playa Vista area. Authorities said Symphony Sarah Aiton was found unharmed and taken into protective custody around 2:20 p.m. at the intersection of Lincoln and Jefferson boulevards, where police officers found the vehicle and detained the girl's mother, said Lt. Paula Kreefft of the Los Angeles Police Department. Kreefft said the child would probably be returned to her foster parents.
NEWS
February 15, 2002 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chrysler announced the recall of 1.6 million Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles Thursday in response to a series of accidents in which the vehicles unexpectedly lurched into reverse, causing at least five deaths and more than 150 injuries. A federal safety agency investigating the problem had received more than 700 complaints from owners of the popular SUVs, who reported that their Grand Cherokees could slip into reverse when the gearshift appeared to be in the park position.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The government is stepping up its investigation into the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee because the hoods may open unexpectedly while the vehicles are moving. Nineteen people complained about the problems, but no injuries or accidents were reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation covers 262,135 vehicles. NHTSA began a preliminary inquiry May 17 that covered the 1996-98 Grand Cherokees.
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