• Jan 20, 2007
The guys and gals at DaimlerChrysler haven't made an announcement yet, but according to sources within the United Auto Workers (UAW) and industry analysts, the size-16 shoebox on wheels from Jeep is on its way out.

The Commander will likely be nixed after the 2009 model year due slow sales and a high sticker. Competition between vehicles within the same brand is never a good thing, and it seems that the Commander may have cut into sales of Jeep's similarly sized 'ute, the Grand Cherokee.

Since Edmunds.com is claiming that potential buyers of the Commander were being offered up to $8,000 in incentives towards the end of 2006, the German-American hybrid may have seen the writing on the wall. Considering that the Commander has always been in a somewhat odd segment, falling between the Grand Cherokee and full-size SUVs, it would seem that this experimental niche was a gamble that didn't pay off.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool to try to broaden the brand, but better to do it with goodlooking vehicles people WANT.
      This thing looks like DCX was so mad at Hummer for getting away with a close steal of the Jeep grille, that they tried a Hummer fighter -- just call it an ugly humjob.
      Or maybe they wanted to build an Expedition/Tahoe fighter, which woulc mean a Durango chassis, probably, and got nixed. Instead we have the meaningless Half Aspen from Chrysler.

      WANNA BE REALLY REALLY SMART, YOU GERMANS?
      MAKE JEEP THE SCION COMPETIOR -- that goes with the image more than the very embarassing Compass and Patriot (the "we could not make up our mind" twins)
      • 8 Years Ago
      They realized that they screwed up by killing the cherokee classic and replaced it with the liberty (yeech!). Then they brought out this monstrosity to try to recapture the market segment/volume they lost. What a bunch of idiots. The cherokee was selling good right up to the end of production.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wrangler, Gladiator and Grand, what more do you need other than live axles under both ends which the grand lacks. Got two wranglers and an XJ now, planning on a 4door wrangler but need to see how that V6 shakes out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      its 6,200 pounds and a cherokee under the skin. trying to tell me the short and same wheelbase as the cherokee is an advantage is unconscionable.

      Commander was ugly, this was not some 2 row car sales success that they tried to expand the market with by going to a third row. The pilot, pathfinder and GM mid size SUVs were and all now have 3rd row seating.

      Also, Jeep is crying over losing sales, claiming they went to Hummer. they are not going to Hummer, they are just shrinking in this segment. Hummers sell anyways because they are NOT built to appeal to mobile soccer moms. They are also a 50k plus car.

      Jeep is not a 3 row kind of car. There is a paradoxical dichotomy of trying to make a mass market a car having universal utility with a Jeep nameplate that can also go anywhere and do anything -it is not going to work.




      • 8 Years Ago
      I just test drove a Sport. At first I was not sure but after the test drive I kinda like it. The design is much better up close and looks rugged. It is loaded with features and was comfortable. The real question is there better cars in this segment? Yes there are, but with the incentives this might be a good option.

      Rob
      http://www.autoshortlist.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Like many manufacturers, DC is trying to cover every niche'. So many choices from the same company is thinning down the assembly lines. No wonder car companies are spending so much. More assembly lines with less going through them.
      Jude
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a 1999 Cherokee (Again, NO GRAND HERE) Sport, with 203,000 HARD miles. (Again, notice they are not easy miles) and she is still on the road.
      DC should be on each other's backs for omitting the BEST engine offered, the 4.0, and omitting the perfect family Jeep. The Commander does not fool us Cherokee lovers. Leave the huge elephants to Ford, etc. And please - the compass, etc are jokes. They are, in essence, NOT JEEPS!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The jeep commander seems like a great product but Jeep has been stretching it self a bit to much, at least in Mexico. We have the Wrangler, Liberty, Compass, Laredo, Cherokee, and the Commander. It is a large portaflio for our country considering that there are more brands of cars here than in any part of latin america.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should cut the Compass first and leave the Commander.
      Perhaps, Jeep should redesign the inside and rear of the truck to give it more flavor. The Patriot will do well despite what one of the Turkey's wrote above me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like Commander, I just don't like the price. I looke at Jeeps last year and noticed every one of 'em, from the Wrangler on up, got the exact same mileage, according to the sticker.

      As a fan of larger vehicles, I have to admit that the Commander looks freakin' huge. That may be simply because I've only seen them sitting next to Wranglers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Funny I thought that it was just because it was ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, I bought it and my only complaint was the price. Otherwise, I drives great, has good power, has a decent sound system, and leather. I added a flowmaster exhaust and a Jet performance chip to get better MPG.
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