Recently a letter was submitted to close approximately 1.4 million acres in Utah's canyonlands. This closure would make area only accessible to hikers and mountain bikers, closing it to ALL motorized vehicles. The BLM's new travel plan has already closed a significant percentage of roads and trails.
Off-road enthusiasts subscribe to the "tread
lightly" mantra. We respect the land and treat it no differently than
the average hiker or mountain biker. Sure, the occasional "rotten egg"
makes his presence known, Unfortunately this is not specific to one
recreation over another. This happens in the "human powered" arena too.
I've had to pick up trash ranging from punctured inner-tubes and energy
bar wrappers to litter filled camp sites. My point is, it happens but the
99% make up for it. We police ourselves because we know it's the
<s1% that can ruin it for all of us. Someone mentions the term
off-roader and often the image the comes to mind for the average person
is Billy Bob in his trucker cap, with a wad of chew filling his lower
lip and driving a lifted full sized Chevy pickup hootin' as he tosses
beer cans out the window. This is not who the average off-roader is.
Sorry if I have offended the Billy Bob's of the world, but that's my
intent.....cut that crap out. But the truth is, the average off-roader
is your neighbor. It's that professional that has been retired for years
but his knee no longer lets him walk for miles and miles to explore,
it's the war wounded vet that lost his leg fighting for your freedom,
it's the father with is son that can't walk due to his Multiple
Sclerosis, it's the family with children that are too young to hike the
same distances as their parents but will when they get old enough.
But I digress. Click on the link below to help keep this beautiful area open to all
outdoor enthusiasts. Write to the companies that have supported this
closure and let them know your thoughts and why this area is important
to you. Please help to keep it open to all the overland travellers, rock
crawlers, motocross and adventure riders, quads, razors, and others.
this post isn't enough to get this job done. Share it, then make a few
phone calls, send a few emails and write a couple of letters. Tell your
family and friends about your outback adventures. Get them involved and
active. Help keep our public lands open to more than just the young and
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Jeep to build all model lines in China?
We're quite used to seeing Jeep knockoffs come out of Asia (e.g. SsangYong Korando generations one through three), but if a new report is to be believed, we may start seeing the fair dinkum being built in Asia once again, too.
According to Bloomberg, Chrysler parent Fiat is in serious negotiations with its Chinese joint venture partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group, over plans to build Jeeps locally. Of course, the brand previously built models in China before Fiat came into its management picture, but now there's talk of possibly assembling more than one model – and possibly the entire brand portfolio – in China. The additional capacity would likely only augment Jeep's US output, not replace it.
Jeep currently builds all of its models in the US, but it has been enjoying rapidly growing overseas sales and is looking to capitalize on its momentum. Bloomberg notes that the marque is targeting sales of 500,000 overseas units, which would represent a three-fold increase over its 2009 numbers. In fact, more than three out of four overseas deliveries for Chrysler brands this year have carried a seven-slot grille. Demand for the Grand Cherokee and Compass models in China are said to be particularly strong.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
It’s been nearly two months since Jeep announced a special edition, and we were getting a bit worried. Luckily, on Tuesday morning, we were greeted by two new models—the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Jeep Wrangler Moab.
The Trailhawk, which was introduced during the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari, will be offered with either a V8 or V6 engine and 18-inch all-terrain tires with Kevlar reinforcement. Jeep’s Quadralift suspension will give the SUV up to 11 inches of ground clearance, while the electronic limited-slip differential can bring all the engine’s torque to one wheel if necessary. The ELSD will be helped by the available two-speed transfer case.
Visually, Trailhawk badges, tow hooks, black surround headlights and unique gray accents will set the car apart from standard Grand Cherokees. A black hood decal will diminish reflections from the sun, which Jeep says can help the driver in some off-road situations. Paint options include white, black, gray, “steel” and a deep cherry red.
The interior will have black leather and suede seats with red accent stitching and Mopar floor mats.
The Jeep Wrangler Moab is based on the Wrangler Sahara and is offered with 17-inch Rubicon wheels and the same Kevlar reinforced tires as those offered on the Trailhawk. A Trac-Loc anti-spin rear differential is standard with an electronic rear locking differential being optional. Rock rails and winch-grade bumpers are also available.
The Moab gets a power dome hood, black fuel-filler door and taillight guards. Other black accents include the wheel arches, grille badge and Moab decals on the hood. The soft-top is standard while a three-piece removable hardtop is optional.
Interior upgrades include leather seats with black stitching, a Moab-embossed instrument panel, Mopar mats and some gray accent trim. The Moab Jeep comes in two- and four-door models.
Both Jeeps will be in showrooms in October.