Jeep Grand Cherokee Wins 2012 RMAP SUV of the Year
Mar 27, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
For the second consecutive year, the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) association has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the most awarded SUV ever its 2012 SUV of the Year.
Unstoppable off-road ability and on-road performance were attributes cited by voting journalists.
"The Rocky Mountains represent an extraordinary challenge for any automobile," said RMAP president Nathan Adlen. "Those that surpass our expectations in this difficult environment deserve to be celebrated. We're pleased to recognize the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the best among so many greats."
The Company said the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was selected after evaluation by RMAP members, from a field that included every significant new SUV and crossover for sale in the region that includes Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
"The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a natural fit for the rough terrain found in Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region," said Mike Manley, President and CEO Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group. "Once again the prominent Rocky Mountain automotive journalists have recognized Grand Cherokee's legendary capability, comfort and refinement. We're grateful that consumers and opinion leaders continue to appreciate the premium icon of the Jeep brand."
According to a release, Rocky Mountain Automotive Press is a Denver-based association of automotive journalists, automaker-communications representatives and other motor-industry professionals. This is the sixth year RMAP has presented its Rocky Mountain Vehicle of the Year awards, which recognize the industry's top cars, pickups, and SUVs.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee provides consumers on-road performance, while maintaining Jeep four-wheel-drive capability courtesy of a torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case, a choice of three 4x4 systems, Jeep Selec-Terrain system with five terrain settings and a Quadra-Lift air suspension system. In addition, Grand Cherokee offers improved fuel economy over 2011 models (up to 23 mpg), an interior cabin, and more than 50 safety and security features.
The 2012 SUV of the Year from the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press is the most recent award in a long list of honors given to 2012 Jeep vehicles. Other recent accolades, as desired by the Company, include:
-Autobytel 2012 SUV of the Year: Jeep Wrangler
-Overland Journal 2011 SUV of the Year North America: Jeep Wrangler
-U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars for the Money Off-Road SUV: Jeep Wrangler
-Cars.com's Play Car of the Year (Off-Roaders and Sun Lovers categories): Jeep Wrangler
-The Fast Lane Car's (TFLCar.com) Top-10 2012 Most Fun to Drive Cars: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
-2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, Convertible Under $40,000 Recommended: Jeep Wrangler
-2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, SUV Under $30,000 Recommended: Jeep Wrangler
-2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, SUV Under $30,000 Recommended: Jeep Grand Cherokee
-Consumer Guide Recommended Buy : Jeep Grand Cherokee
-Polk Automotive Loyalty Award Most Improved Loyalty to Make: Jeep Brand
The Company noted that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most-awarded SUV ever. Grand Cherokee delivers on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand's four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and towing capability. It offers enhanced fuel economy (up to 23 miles per gallon), a driving range of more than 550 miles, superb on-road ride and handling, an interior cabin, more than 45 safety and security features, and a variety of technology features.
Contributing to Grand Cherokee's class-leading capability is the combination of Jeep's Quadra-Lift air suspension system and the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control system that lets customers choose the 4x4 setting for the optimum driving experience on all terrains.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with three 4x4 systems, and with either V-6 or V-8 powertrains.
Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
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