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Review: 2011 Jeep Compass

Least Capable Jeep Still Lost In The Woods Let's be honest here: The Jeep Compass should have never been built – at least not in the form it took. A derivative of the compact Dodge Caliber, the Compass is neither a real Jeep nor an SUV, but a singular testament to how badly Daimler mismanaged the brand over its decade of ownership. And sales have proven this out. Although the Compass did well in the first year after its May 2006 launch, interest quickly cooled, and through the end of 2010, Chrysler had totaled only 111,000 Compass sales. The company managed to move fewer than 16... Read More

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    Jeep Compass comes in below projections
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    The Chrysler Group has gotten tons of PR mileage out of the popularity of the Dodge Caliber, to the point where dealers haven't been able to keep them in stock and consumers have to beg for a test drive (new Calibers net more profit than demos, after all). Unfortunately for the automaker, the Caliber's stablemate, the Jeep Compass, isn't enjoying the same ...

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    Jeep Compass Rallye for the UK
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    Remember the kitted-up Compass Rallye concept that made its debut at the 2005 Frankfurt show? The show car looks were dropped for the production version, which is currently available here in the US and will start appearing in European showrooms soon. The UK, however, is a different matter entirely.In the UK, the only Jeep Compass that will be available is a ...

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    Caliber selling out abroad
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    Not only is the Caliber tough to find on dealer lots in the United States, but it's also selling out in Europe as well. According to AutoWeek, Dodge woefully underestimated European demand for its hatchback replacement for the Neon, causing dealers in Europe to put people on a waiting list in excess of six months. Many questioned whether Dodge's very ...

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    Jeep Compass gets dissed by consumer panel
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    The Jeep Compass might be turning the heads of some consumers looking to the trail-rated brand for something new, but the ten members of the Detroit News Automotive Consumer Panel weren't impressed. While all ten said they would recommend the vehicle's sibling -- the Dodge Caliber -- to their friends, and six said they'd consider buying a Caliber ...

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    Jeep Compass' new marketing campaign highlights fuel efficiency
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    If you still can't get over the cancellation of the diesel Jeep Liberty, perhaps this news will cheer you up a little. Jeep is advertising its new 2007 Compass as a fuel-efficient alternative to SUVs and is targeting non-traditional Jeep buyers. The 2007 Compass gets 30 mpg and will be driven by nothing but bobbleheads (at least, that's the world the ...

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    Jeep believes bobbleheads will help sell the Compass
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    Chrysler has an interesting advertising campaign coming up to sell the Jeep Compass to the 22-30 year-old urban demographic -- lure 'em in with bobbleheads. The vehicle, which marks Jeep's first foray into strictly on-road territory, is expected to appeal to a much more diverse and urban audience than other Jeep vehicles. To reach this audience, Jeep has ...

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    First Jeep Compass rolls off the line
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    The Dodge Caliber's Jeep sibling, the Compass, started production at the Chrysler Group's plant in Belvidere, Ill., where the automaker will also start making the Jeep Patriot this fall. Chrysler's flexible manufacturing processes are said to be behind the plant's versatility and efficiency, which makes for the opportunity to build the three different ...

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    Chrysler plant adding another 1,000 jobs
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    Back in March we reported that Chrysler's Belvidere, IL plant that produces the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Patriot models was hiring back 1,000 workers who had been idled in order to fill a new second shift. Yesterday the company reported it was adding a brand new third shift to keep up with the expected demand for the three models. The additional ...

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    Toyota surpasses Chrysler's numbers... again
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    Toyota beat Chrysler's sales totals 219,965 to 190,095 in April, part of a larger trend that showed a bad month for domestics and a good month for Toyota. It's not the first time it has happened, but it might just give Toyota the boost it needs to surpass Chrylser's year-end sales totals. However, Chrysler expects strong sales of ...

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    New York Auto Show: 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
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    Jeep has released a spate of photos of its new 2007 Wrangler Unlimited four-door, which we should be seeing in the metal within a few hours here in New York. The Unlimited boasts the same modular-style removable top that engenders a lot of added flexibility, functioning as a t-top of sorts, a targa, and full-blown, wind-in-the-hair convertible. Be sure to ...

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    DaimlerChrysler announces pricing for new Jeep Compass
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    Jeep's controversial new compact SUV will tap your wallet for $15,985 (MSRP, including destination charges). Arriving in U.S. and international dealerships in the fall, Jeep's first-ever road-biased crossover is targeted squarely at young, first-time Jeep buyers (ages 25-35, with a predicted 60-percent female 'take' rate). According to Chrysler, 368,000 ...

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    Editorial: Will DCX's move taking Jeep 'out of the woods' dilute the brand?
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    The Jeep Compass, arguably the 2006 North American International Auto Show's leading whipping boy has been outed (along with company's upcoming Patriot twin) by James Healey at the USA Today as potentially damaging brand extensions. The two vehicles are based on the DaimlerChrysler's on-road-only Dodge Caliber, offering comparatively little of ...

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