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Jeep Australia cuts service prices – on most models

Jeep Australia has slashed the price of servicing its SUV range by as much as $1370 over a five-year term in a bid to “enhance customer trust”. While the company’s Australian arm already offered a capped-price servicing plan that set the maximum cost per visit, the new program is cheaper. It’s designed to lure new buyers, because as the company says it covers “each 2020 Jeep model”...

Jeep commits to right-hand-drive and rebuilding trust in Australia 

US car giant Jeep says it has no plans to walk away from right-hand-drive markets – even though its rival General Motors will retreat from Australia, Thailand and New Zealand by the end of 2021 after getting out of the UK, South Africa and India over the past three years...

2020 Jeep Gladiator pricing higher than expected, starts from $75,450 plus on-road costs

The long-awaited Jeep Gladiator pick-up will cost in excess of $80,000 drive-away when it finally arrives in Australian showrooms in May – significantly more than what was forecast and amid price cuts in the US – and will initially not be available with diesel power...

CarAdvice podcast: 85,000kms in a Wrangler around Africa, and the latest on Holden

This week, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. In car news, Nissan Patrol Warrior is looking good for Australia, Volkswagen is seeking ‘aggressive’ climate activist to bypass internal bureaucracy, 2020 Ford Escape pricing and specs, and a study reveals ride-share services like Uber produce more carbon emissions than private cars...

Jeep Renegade: Compact SUV axed in Australia

Jeep has put its slow-selling Renegade SUV on hold in Australia. The rugged-looking rival to the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V only found 70 homes last year, down from 163 in 2018 – and a huge drop from the 1051 sold in 2016, the Renegade's best year in Australia. Even slow-selling competitors like the Ford EcoSport (481 sales) and Nissan Juke (509) comfortably outsold the smallest Jeep last year...

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave revealed

It's a desert-dashing Raptor Rival with specialist hi-po suspension...

Fiat Chrysler's Google-based Uconnect 5 infotainment: Over-the-air updates, wireless Android/Apple connection

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has revealed the design and features of its new Uconnect 5 infotainment system. As revealed last year, Uconnect 5 is based on the Android mobile operating system. The underlying hardware now includes 6GB of memory, up to 64GB of flash storage, and a faster processor said to make the whole system five times faster than today's iteration...

Car companies drop the big bucks on Super Bowl advertising

Question: What do you get when you combine a former Game of Thrones star, a Grammy winner and a bunch of Boston accents? Answer: The car commercials at the 2020 Super Bowl. The annual NFL championship game traditionally attracts millions of television viewers each year – with this year's game watched by 99.9 million viewers in the US alone...

Jeep, Suzuki diesels found to exceed EU emissions limits

Diesel engines used by Jeep Grand Cherokee and Suzuki Vitara models sold in the EU used "prohibited emissions strategies" to emit more oxides of nitrogen (NOx) during regular road driving than during emissions testing, according to the RDW, the road authority for the Netherlands. In a statement to Reuters, the RDW said Jeep has developed a software patch to the authority's satisfaction...

Jeep Wrangler recalled in Australia due to potential fire risk 

Jeep Australia is recalling 544 examples of the current generation Wrangler made in 2018 and 2019 because a battery cable could spark a fire or cause the engine to stall. A recall notice issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today said the transmission harness “may have insufficient clearance” to the catalytic converter...

Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid EV revealed at Consumer Electronics Show

The rugged Wrangler will be the next Jeep to be electrified as the brand marches toward its goal of offering electrification across its range by 2022. The Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid was revealed at CES 2020 this week, sharing the spotlight with the previously revealed Compass 4xe and Renegade 4xe...