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Chrysler has released a press release detailing the findings of a recent 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee "moose test" by the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. The publication ran the Grand Cherokee through conditions supposedly identical to those in a test conducted by the Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld, which saw the SUV nearly roll over after an abrupt lane change. After AMS loaded the Jeep with a varying number of passengers and the maximum amount of cargo, it said the vehicle remained stable with all four wheels on the ground during abrupt maneuvers.

As you may recall, Teknikens Varld produced a video showing the Grand Cherokee lift up onto two wheels during a simulated emergency lane change. Chrysler responded by saying the Jeep was intentionally overloaded and even sent a team of engineers to reproduce the test with the Swedish magazine. Take a look at the press release posted below for more information, including a translation of the text from Auto Motor und Sport.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Passes "Moose Test" Performed by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport

July 27, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

An evaluation of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee by Germany-based magazine Auto, Motor und Sport (AMS) found the vehicle – including its advanced safety systems – performed successfully and as designed. The Grand Cherokee completed multiple repetitions of an evasive maneuver sometimes known as the "moose test" or "elk test." The maneuver was performed by an AMS driver at an automotive test site in Germany that is sanctioned by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC). Course dimensions and layout, checked and approved by AMS, were those set out by the International Standards Organization (ISO). The result reaffirms the Grand Cherokee's place among the safest vehicles on the road today, evidenced by its listing as a "Top Safety Pick" by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – one of the honors that made it the most awarded SUV ever.


English Translation of Auto Motor und Sport story:

Jeep Grand Cherokee passes the moose test; Jeep does not roll over

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee does not roll over even at high speed, with sharp steering maneuvers, maximum passengers and fully loaded. During the Auto Motor und Sport moose test, the vehicle remained safely on the road and none of the four wheels lost contact with the road.

With this, Auto Motor und Sport puts into perspective the results of the Swedish magazine, Teknikens Varld, that alleged a danger of the SUV tipping during fast direction change towards the last of the three pylon lanes.

Even though the Jeep Grand Cherokee had already passed the first test performed by Auto Motor und Sport, including an avoidance test with releasing the accelerator pedal provoking a load shift, the test was repeated once more by auto motor und sport after the result in Sweden.

Under standardized conditions for road surface and with pylon lanes set depending on vehicle width in accordance to the guidelines determined by the VDA (Verband der Deutschen Automobilindustrie; German Automotive Manufacturer Association), the Jeep remained safely on the road during the magazine's test.

Whether loaded with 2 people on board or with the maximum permissible total weight, all four wheels maintained contact with the ground to the greatest possible extent. The tested Jeep did not demonstrate one-sided uplift or, let alone, tipping. This confirms the theory that the Cherokee in Sweden was overloaded.

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      I will stick with my FORD : )
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      No one would care if it hadn't failed the Sweedish moose test. Now the question is: Which country has the largest moose population and how likely are you to hit one here in the US. lol. Great PR!
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        I take it, you haven't been to the New England States.
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      I'm sorry but the last REAL Jeeps were built in 1986. There hasn't been a real Jeep roll off the assembly line since the final CJ-7 left the factory in Toledo.
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      Hmmmm-I thought a moose teat is where they got Bullwinkle to sit in the car to see if there was enough headroom for his antlers
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      I've seen some camel toe tests. 83 cj7, auto , 3oh4, rusty, but trusty!
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Russia ... Is moose and squirrel test
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      I own a 2004 Jeep Cherokee Limited All the Time 4X4 I had a Tire Store put Mud and Snow tires on my Jeep in 2008 as I was Sent to the Upper Penninsula of Michigana Recruiter for the U.S. Army I am Life long Michigander so driving in Snow is no big deal. The U.P. as Michiganders call it averages over 17 Ft. (5m.) of snow a year. 1st off I was speeding 65mph (104kph) for road conditions there was approx. 4 ft (2m) of snow on the ground and blowing snowing pretty hard cruise was on and I half asleep as I had been driving for 51/2 hours when I came on a Rail road Crossing that had a Steel Deck not thinking Steel Freezes before road I hit this doing 65 mph I immediately knew I was in trouble as I hit this Croosing my Jeep fishtailed I the Cruise OFF and and just held trying to keep it straight I did Not hit the Brakes as I knew that would do No Good I almost saved it when it Gently slid into a the Ditch. I put in Low and shifted into 4X4 wh. and drove out. The only damage was a the Right front tire went down I changed and went on my way. I did Not flipped it felt top heavy if this was going to flip I would think it would have happened then. Lesson learned. 1. Do NOT use Cruise in Winter. 2. Do NOT Speed on Snow or Rain Slicked Roads. 3. Use and Keep Good Tires on Your Vehicle for th Road Conditions you anticipate using. To many people especially in SNOW Country Do NOT use the Proper tires in the Snow. The only Issue I have had with My Jeep is the Tail Lamps Rotting Out and Shorting No Brake Lights, Tail Lamps, or T/S. I LOVE my JEEP. Sorry this was so Long.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeeps Rule!! Have a 47 Willys with a Buick V6, she sure likes to scoot!
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      I thought the moose test would be simulting coming around a corner to a moose in the road and impacting the moose. If it survived that, I would be impressed.
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        I agree. That's not a moose test. Your idea is a moose test.
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        You forgetted,...this is Deutch Moose Test, is no moose just you imagination after 2 144oz. pitchers, is big moose there? Wilhelm say go home, moose is left, you bad driver, put big heavy womens in moose test for sweden, make tires go in air, bad driver. All not lost though, got two pitchers to go! Danka.
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        JohnEnzo, you are obviously an under-educated idiot. Do you make retard clocks and give them to your family for christmas. If you think Americans are lazy than get the f**k out of the USA.
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        You're a pathetic person to make such a generalization--one to which I do take offense. The fact that you made such an accusation says a lot about yourself. We wouldn't get along--I'd be tempted to beat you with a wrench. As you so clearly know, it is your right to bad-mouth people on the internet. I simply hope you someday make the connection that it makes you look like an intolerant curmudgeon and it is no way to treat people with whom you have not been acquainted; less to generalize upon an entire demographic. Learn some manners and treat people with respect.
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          "I'd be tempted to beat you with a wrench." followed by "Learn some manners and treat people with respect." Perhaps someone needs to take their own advice.
          Autoholics Anonymous
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          Amen to that, Good Sir!
      • 2 Years Ago
      It really is a great SUV
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