Jeep SUVs for 2012
We have just produced a new video showcasing the lineup of Jeep SUVs with some fun facts mixed in there about Jeep company. As with all the videos that we do here at ReviewItOnline.net, a lot of research went into the Jeep SUV video but we couldn’t include all of our research in the video. So below are some highlights of the Jeep Brand which you may or may not have known. Don’t forget to check out the Jeep SUV video as well on our Jeep SUV page.
If any company should be recognized as an icon of the American automobile industry, then it should be Jeep. Jeep has been part of American culture since its use in the second world war by the US. It has transported soldiers, families, equipment, materials, golf clubs, soccer balls and beach equipment all over the states over its more than 70 year history.
Jeep is the oldest SUV auto brand in the world. The first Jeep was produced in 1941 and it was used extensively by the US throughout the second world war. Thanks to its use in WWII, the Jeep has probably seen more parts of the world than any other man or object.
Nobody can verify the exact origin of the name Jeep. The most popular theory is that the vehicle was first called GP, short for Governmental Purposes or General Purpose. All things are shortened and slurred in the Army so legend has it that GIs just slurred the GP into a word sounding like Jeep.
Another theory behind its name is that soldiers loved this versatile vehicle and coined it Eugene the Jeep from the Popeye cartoon.
In the war, 640,000 Jeeps or 18% of all the vehicles with wheels used by the US military were Jeeps.
The Jeep is exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art as part of its collection from time to time. Along with the GI Pocket Stove produced by Coleman, the Jeep was touted as the most important piece of non-combat equipment ever developed.
Jeep is a popular brand, however, it seems to be the kiss of death for its owners. Ever since the Jeep brand was purchased by Kaiser Motors in 1953, every owner of the brand seems to have hit financial trouble.
Chrysler took over in 1987, which then merged with Daimler-Benz in 1998, which was then sold to a private equity group in 2007. Chrylser is now comes in a global strategic alliance with Fiat.
Jeep has been headquartered in Toledo, Ohio since its beginnings. Two streets near the original manufacturing plant are named Willys Parkway (Willys was the first owner and manufacturer of Jeep during the second world war) and Jeep Parkway.
Hummer and Jeep are fighting in court over the number of slots used in the radiator grills…. Seriously?
For you soccer fans out there (or football if you are in Europe), Jeep is a shirt sponsor of Juventus Footbal Club in Italy. The deal is worth $45 million.