Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Jeep Patriot vs. Competitors

I've found this site which offers some rough comparisons between the Jeep Patriot and 14 other vehicles in its class, including the Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Chevy Equinox, Honda CrV, Kia Sportage, etc.. The comparisons are not scientific or numbers based by any means, but rather "seat of the pants" comparisons. Nevertheless, they may give you a rough idea of how the Patriot measures up against similar sized vehicles. You can then do a more detailed research yourself once you've narrowed down your options.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

KN Filter for Jeep Patriot

There are still not a lot of aftermarket products for the Jeep Patriot. The K&N air filter is one of the first ones in the market. Backed by a million mile limited warranty, the K&N air filter for the Jeep Patriot is a direct replacement of the stock disposable air filter (fits perfectly in the stock air box), and it not only improves air filtration but is credited with increasing the vehicle's performance by 1 to 4 HP. The part number of the K&N air filter for the Jeep Patriot is 33-2362.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Help JeepPatriot.com Design its Logo

JeepPatriot.com, a forum dedicated to the Jeep Patriot is asking Patriot fans for their help designing the site's logo. If you like the Patriot, have Photoshop skills and want to give it a shot read the contest guidelines. You have until April 7 to submit your design.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

First Jeep Patriot Commercial

"Wolf" is the first commercial for the new Jeep Patriot, the newest member of the Jeep family:

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Jeep Patriot in Geneva International Motor Show

The Jeep Patriot, sitting in stand 6441, Hall 6 in the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva Switzerland.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Jeep Patriot Production Catching Up

With February production numbers at 3,033 units the supply of Jeep Patriots is slowly catching up with demand. Only 800 Patriots were in stock in dealer lots by the end of January, versus 16,500 Compasses and 15,900 Dodge Calibers, with which the Patriot shares the same platform. All three cars are manufactured in Chrysler's Belvidere plant, which has been working three shifts in the last few months. [read more]

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Jeep Patriot Inventory Still Low

Chrysler US unit sales for February 2007 were down 8% vs. last year. The Jeep brand was down 5% mainly due to sharp drops in the Jeep Liberty (-41%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (-22%) and the Jeep Commander (-24%). Meanwhile, the Jeep Wrangler continued to post impressive gains (63%) and the Jeep Compass posted its second best month since its introduction in June 2006, selling 4,071 units.

The Jeep Patriot sold just 644 units, mainly due to lack of inventory. Michael Manley, Chrysler Group vice president of sales strategy, said the slower takeoff for the Patriot is more from a lack of supply than lack of demand. “We sold 644 and have just 800 in stock,” Manley said. “It’ll ramp up. Our launch curve is different for each of the vehicles. We just started shipping Patriots at the end of December. It takes 60 to 90 days to get to full speed.” [read more].

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Jeep Patriot vs. Jeep Cherokee Size Comparison

Since the Jeep Patriot is already being called the true replacement of the Jeep Cherokee XJ, it is only fitting to compare their sizes and shapes. DMAG, administrator of jeeppatriot.com, has created this picture comparing the Patriot and Cherokee exterior dimensions. The Patriot is "chunkier" and has two more inches of wheelbase, while overall length is similar. Click here to see the Patriot compared to other Jeep models.