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New Fiat Chrysler Australia boss ready to turn local operation around: 'Work to do on customer perception'

"I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into," says new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia boss, Steve Zanlunghi, about the challenge he faces in righting the ship. Announced as Pat Dougherty's successor in August, Zanlunghi quickly went about tearing down what he considered a "cute, funny" marketing campaign in the Jeep brand's "You bought a Jeep?" series of TV commercials...

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled for fire risk: 62 vehicles affected

Jeep has issued a recall for 62 of its 2016 model-year Grand Cherokees for a fuel leak that could pose a fire hazard. The affected models may have a damaged fuel rail crossover tube as a result of a manufacturing fault. If the condition occurs, the fuel rail crossover tube could leak fuel and cause a fire in the engine bay...

2019 Jeep Wrangler ute to feature Australian input and local testing

The Jeep Wrangler ute is coming, with an international debut due in 2018, and Australia has been firmly involved in the initial engineering design process. Jeep is currently working on the next-generation JL Jeep Wrangler, which is expected to launch in the USA during 2017 and will form the basis for the new Wrangler ute...

2015-16 Jeep Wrangler recalled for airbag fix: 838 vehicles affected

Jeep has issued a recall for 838 of its 2015 and 2016 model-year 'JK' Wrangler off-roaders over concerns a faulty sensor could cause an airbag deployment failure in a crash. According to the manufacturer, the front impact sensor wires on these vehicles may become detached in the event of a crash before the 'impact signal' is recorded by the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC)...

Jeep working on entry four-wheel-drive Renegade for Australia

With sales of the four-wheel-drive Jeep Renegade Trailhawk accounting for around 14 per cent of local numbers, Jeep is in the process of working on a non-Trailhawk version to meet consumer demand. FCA Australia boss Steve Zanlunghi told CarAdvice that Jeep was working on a business case to bring a non-Trailhawk four-wheel-drive version of the Renegade to Australia, based on its success in Europe...

Super compact SUV on Jeep's wish list

Jeep's comprehensive SUV range includes cars from small all the way through to large, but is yet to enter the super compact segment, which is something the brand is looking to change. Speaking at the Los Angeles motor show, Mike Manley, head of Jeep, RAM and COO of the Asia Pacific region, spoke to journalists about the brand's ambitions for the coming years, detailing what he thinks is missing from the range...

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Australian decision imminent

FCA is in the process of finalising its decision on a right-hand-drive version of its yet-to-be-released flagship Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV, due to for release in 2019. The huge Jeep Grand Wagoneer was confirmed as part of FCA's five-year plan in 2014. It is expected to sport three rows of seats and offer a much higher level of interior fit and finish...

Jeep five-year warranty on the cards for Australia

With Jeep sales on the slide in Australia compared to the lofty heights of years gone by, FCA Australia has made huge internal changes to turn things around, with a five-year warranty now on the cards. Billed as a way of gaining customer trust and providing extra reassurance, a five-year warranty would build on the current three-year/100,000km offering...

2018 Jeep Compass unveiled at LA motor show, here next year

The 2018 Jeep Compass has been given its official unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show, with an Australian debut due in late 2017. The all-new Jeep Compass launches with four trim grades and 17 powertrain options, offering customers a vehicle built on the 'small-wide' platform, sized between the Renegade and Cherokee...

Jeep Grand Cherokee a 'natural fit' for Trailhawk off-road capability

Why would you take an already capable off-road 4WD and make it more off-road capable? That's the case with the soon-to-be-released Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which is based upon a Grand Cherokee platform that is bettered only by the Wrangler within the Jeep off-road stable...

Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, Altitude revealed for LA motor show

Two new versions of the Jeep Renegade small SUV have been revealed ahead of their debut at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show next week. Named the 'Deserthawk' and 'Altitude', the new models feature light styling tweaks inside and out, for the desert or the street...