The annual Jeep Easter Safari – now in its 49th year – is a gleeful celebration of Jeep fandom. Jeep faithful from across the U.S. make a pilgrimage to Moab, Utah, in order to participate in a nine-day trail-riding adventure with a plethora of likeminded motorists. Jeep itself gets in on the fun, going all-out in designing cool, one-of-a-kind concept cars.
After the jump, we’ll take a look at the three of the seven unique Jeep vehicles that debuted this year, from customized Jeep Wrangler trekkers to a blast from the past.
It’s no secret that when you buy a used Jeep vehicle you can get some real bargains. With their rugged longevity and timeless look, there’s a big market for well-loved old Jeep SUVs. Last week, a seller on eBay got a cool grand for his old Jeep, a 1968 retro Willys army model. Except this Jeep was made of bricks. Tiny, wooden bricks. The Jeep was a Lego set, and it went for more than some modern vehicles that can actually serve as transport will sell for on AutoTrader.
What was so special about this old Lego set that it merited selling for more than some people pay a month in rent? Well, for one, it had never been opened — quite a feat considering this was a toy manufactured for children, who are known for their violent propensity to open things. It was also exceedingly rare, from before Lego was the worldwide phenomenon it is today; in fact, this set entered the U.S. market before Lego even had a U.S. headquarters. The toys were distributed by Samsonite, the luggage company. This means that very, very few were ever produced, and the “LEGO Jeep 330 set,” as it’s known, was actually a British toy that was hastily repackaged for quick sales across the pond. These factors all collided into a kitschy supernova that resulted in the sale of a tiny Lego Jeep set for more than $1,000.
While the willingness of people to spend large sums of money on things whose value is ever-relative shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, that it’s possible to buy a real, non-replica, full-sized Jeep for that price or less adds an amusing facet to the whole situation that is sure to infuriate the utilitarian among us. A quick browse of AutoTrader.com produces a 1993 Grand Cherokee Laredo going for $795, among other results.
At the end of the day, though, you can’t put monetary value on emotional fulfillment, and we’re willing to bet the lucky winner of the auction is more than happy with their purchase!
The countdown to the release of the Jeep Renegade at the end of this month continues, and Jeep has decided to go all-out in celebration of the little crossover that’s making big waves. The good folks over at Jeep have partnered up with NBCUniversal and iHeartRadio to bring an epic contest to the Jeep faithful. Entrants have the chance to win a trip to the iHeart Radio Music Awards, a spot in a custom ad to air across several networks during the show on March 29 and, best of all, a shiny, new 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude!
Entry is simple. First, take a picture of yourself embodying your “Renegade Spirit.” What makes you the kind of adventurous go-getter that defines what Jeep ownership is all about? Then just pick the best photo and post it to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RenegadeLifeContest and boom, you’ve entered. Three lucky winners chosen by a panel of judges will be flown to the iHeartRadio Music Awards and they’ll receive a Renegade all their own! In addition, everyone who enters the contest will have the chance to have their photo appear in a commercial to air on Bravo, E!, NBC and Syfy. We know our customers are fun people who like to break the mold, so we’re sure you have what it takes to enter!
“Social media remains an extension of our networks’ brands, and we’re excited to harness the audience reach and engagement to launch the all-new Jeep Renegade,” said Alison Tarrant, Executive VP of Client Solutions at NBCUniversal.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade should be arriving at our New Jersey Jeep Dealership in just a few weeks, and we can’t wait to bring it to all of you. Check out this neat video of the Renegade in action below, and get pumped!
New Jersey is known for a lot of things, but during the holiday season the only ones that matter are all of its malls. As all of us who grew up in the Garden State know, you’re never very far from a shopping center, but during the holidays, having so many options can be a bit overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be great to get all your shopping done in one fell swoop? Sure! And that’s why your friends here at Pine Belt Jeep have both a list of the best malls in the area as well as the vehicle that can carry everything you need without having to stop and drop things off at home.
These three great malls are all within 25 minutes of our Jeep dealership in Lakewood, NJ and have a wide selection of shops to choose from. Coupled with the 68.3 cubic seat of space you get when you fold the Grand Cherokee’s back seat down, you might only have to make one trip this year!
The Ocean County Mall
1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ
The Ocean County Mall is probably the biggest in the area, boasting more than 120 stores from all the top brands. Whether you need gadgets, toys or fashion for the good people on your “nice” list, you’ll find it here. The Ocean County Mall is even offering extended hours for the holiday, so be sure to check out their website for details. Featured stores include staples like H&M and Old Navy, plus high-end brands like Coach and kids’ favorites like GameStop. You can even pick up a new phone at RadioShack — after all, with standard Bluetooth compatibility on your 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll need a lot more space for music and apps!
The Monmouth Mall
Routes 35 & 36, Eatontown, NJ
The Monmouth Mall is spicing things up for the holidays with regular on-site performances by local schools and studios, meaning you can shop ’til you drop to the tune of festive live music! If that’s not enough reason to check the mall out, it also offers every store you could possibly want — more than 120 places to shop and eat in total! Barnes & Noble is a great spot for the bookish pal, while Modell’s is sure to satisfy the sports fan in your life. Parking in the Monmouth Mall’s garage will even be stress-free thanks to features on your Grand Cherokee like Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection alongside the ParkSense park assist system.
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
One Premium Outlets Blvd, Tinton Falls, NJ
For the bargain hunters among us, there’s no stop better than the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. Featuring discount stores from the most-coveted designer brands, the Premium Outlets let you get high-end gifts for prices you won’t find anywhere else. Highlights of the outlet selection include Anne Taylor, GUESS, Levi’s, Nike, Oakley and much more, such as home furnishing, jewelry and electronic stores. There’s really no feeling quite like knowing you got the best deal.
So team up with the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and make your life a little easier this December! If you don’t have one yet, there’s no reason to wait. Come on down to our Jeep dealership and test-drive the Grand Cherokee today, or make it the perfect gift for someone you love!
It’s no secret that the 2015 Jeep Renegade has brought a certain adorability to the Jeep lineup that hasn’t been there before. The baby of the Jeep family in multiple senses of the word, this compact crossover is the smallest vehicle Jeep offers, with a look that may make the Jeep faithful scoff. However, while you may be tempted, as some have put it, to “pat it on the head and buy it an ice cream cone,” a recent video series released by Jeep makes it clear that this little guy is an off-roader at heart and a Jeep through and through.
Called “Tales of the Trailhawk,” the videos show a 2015 Renegade Trailhawk edition fly through deep water, tackle the steepest uphill and downhill slopes and carve up sandy dunes as though it were on freshly paved road. Its impressive feats of athleticism and agility highlight Trailhawk-trim features such as hill descent control, Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel drive system, 17-inch alloy wheels, the Selec-Terrain system that lets you tell the Renegade what to prepare for and 0.8-inch lift with off-road suspension. After seeing all these incredible off-road abilities in action, you’ll wonder why anyone would ever doubt the Renegade’s ability to, well, go renegade.
You can see the impressive “Going Vertical” below and head here for the rest of the Tails of the Trailhawk videos. To take advantage of big performance in this small package yourself, stay tuned to our Jeep dealership near Lakewood, NJ. The 2015 Jeep Renegade hits dealerships this coming spring, and we can hardly wait!
In any industry, a 37% sales increase in just 12 months is an ambitious goal, but this would seem particularly true in the oft-encumbered automotive sector. Nonetheless, back in January, that was exactly what Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne predicted for the Jeep brand. He called upon Jeep dealers the world over to buckle down and bring the annual sales from 731,565 all the way up to a million. It was such an ambitious goal that even Jeep president Mike Manley expressed some reservations: “It’s a stretch to say we would do it in ’14, but if not in ’14, we should certainly be on track in ’15.”
Fast forward nine months, though, and Marchionne’s big talk is looking Increasingly prescient. With September sales records in, Jeep has already surpassed last year’s mark with sales of about 747,000, and the steady month-by-month increases put Jeep on track to hit that oh-so-ambitious 1-million mark.
“The biggest part, and what we’re proudest of … is that every Jeep is up,” Jeep marketing director Jim Morrison said to The Detroit News. “We’re not taking all of our customer base and rejuvenating them; we’re bringing new customers to the brand and every Jeep is continuing to grow.”
The sales numbers have been powered by the overwhelming success of classic Jeep models like the Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and hopes that the new baby of the family, the 2015 Jeep Renegade, will add additional oomph to the numbers when it becomes available a bit later this year. The combined efforts of the old and the new are expected to push the figures over the one-mil mark.
“They’re growing like crazy and I don’t see any reason to think that they will not continue in that direction,” said Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer.
Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about at our Jeep dealership in Lakewood, NJ. From the sporty new Renegade to the classic appeal of the crossover Grand Cherokee, there’s a Jeep vehicle for everyone, and everyone is certainly responding in kind!
Whether it’s an off-road adventure into the Pine Barrens or the drive from your house to your best friend’s, day in and day out, Jeep owners take their cars to the places they care about most. Now, thanks to a partnership between Chrysler-Jeep and manufacturing giant 3M (the producer of products like Scotch tape and Post-It notes), you can show off the route of your favorite trips on the hood of your favorite car!
Via a special online tool, owners of Jeep 2014-15 Cherokee, 2014-15 Grand Cherokee, and 2007-15 Wrangler vehicles can design a custom hood decal based on a map of your favorite area and have it installed at a nearby dealership. The map decals can depict any location in North America and can show either the local topography or a street map. After you’ve finished creating your design, it’s printed by 3M and sent off to your dealership, where it will be affixed it to the hood of your Jeep for the world to behold!
The decals cost $295 and come with a three-year warranty. They were specially designed to withstand the harsh temperatures and sunlight that the hoods of vehicles are exposed to, and they should last between three and five years. Right now the decals are only available in gray-and-black monotone, but there is the possibility of future decals being in color.
The Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler are the ideal vehicles for travel enthusiasts who want to take their car off-road and show the world the roads they’ve conquered and the sights they’ve seen! If you want to get in on the fun, come to our Lakewood, NJ Jeep dealership and check out these three amazing SUVs for yourself today.