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Jeep Wrangler, Iconic Off-Road Vehicle

SUVs August 4, 2017

The Jeep Wrangler has been through its share of upheaval, from being passed around by various automotive companies (such as American Motors in the late 1980’s to the Chrysler chain from the late 1990’s to the 2010’s and now to Arab American Vehicles since 2014), to being called by several different names (including the Jeep Sahara, the Jeep Willys, and variants on YJ, TJ, and JK), to downward sales in the early 2000’s (it is currently trending up at over 255,000 sold in 2015), but in spite of all the turmoil, the Jeep Wrangler has managed to stay afloat with the help of several awards recognizing it for best re-sale value (2009, 2012 and 2013 Kelley Blue Book) best retained value ( 2011, 2012, 2013 Canadian Black Book), and even a Guinness Book of World Records title (though it was later surpassed) in 2007 for highest altitude attained by a four-wheel vehicle.

It has also won awards for Four-Wheeler of the Year, 4×4 of the Year, and One of the Most Iconic Cars of the Last 20 Years (2009 Business Week Magazine).

With a possible military-inspired past and off-road cababilities, the Jeep Wrangler has been used around the world in places like Iceland and Egypt to traverse difficult places, with various packages created to supply options for specific areas, such as the Rocky Mountain Edition (complete with 32-inch tires, easier-to-fold soft-top, and integrated vanity mirrors), the Islander Edition (which includes rubber slush mats, 32-inch tires and visual enhancements), and a Mountain Edition (offering tail light protectors, four doors, and special edition seats).

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Jeep Wrangler, a special “anniversary edition” was sold with features including satin chrome accents, leather accents, the 70th anniversary logo, and Berber floor mats. There is also a special Call of Duty edition that came out in 2012, which was inspired by the video game. It includes graphics from the game as decals and logos, accent stitching, and a modified hood. The Jeep Wrangler will undergo another update in 2018 as it begins its four generation.

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Isuzu Trooper,

SUVs August 3, 2017

Otherwise known as the Isuzu Bighorn, Acura SLX, Honda Horizon, and HSV Jackaroo, the Isuzu Trooper was produced in Japan, the Phillippines, and Malaysia from 1981-2002 (two generations) as a mid-size SUV with 3-door and 5-door vehicles available along with 4-speed manual and automatic and 5-speed manual options.

Though at the beginning the Trooper was somewhat underpowered for an off road vehicle (with only a four-cylinder motor option and part-time four-wheel drive), it gradually evolved into a more powerful, luxurious vehicle, with a V6 engine, optional two-wheel drive, and power windows.
In certain parts of the world such as Central America, the Isuzu Trooper could be bought as a hard top or with a removable roof. There was also an option for higher wheel clearance and a diesel engine.

The inconsistency in the name was due to marketing the vehicle around the world, where it was known by its various monikers such as the Korando Family (South Korea, Scandanavia, Southeast Asia and South America); the Holden Jackaroo (Australia and New Zealand); and the Opal/Vauxhall Monterey (Europe).

It was entered in motorsports in the early 90’s and won first place in both the 1992 and 1993 Australian Safari, the 1994 Paris-Dakar Rally, and the 1994 Pharaoh’s Rally.

Despite enjoying popularity worldwide, there were some hiccups in the Trooper’s history, such as the rollover controversy instigated by Consumer Reports between the years 1995-1997. Alleging that the Trooper had a tendency to roll, though this was later found to be false by the National Highway Traffic Administration. This caused a drop in sales, and ended with a lawsuit.

The Trooper would be made for a few more years, but its glory days were over. It was later replaced by the Isuzu Ascender and Axiom as well as the Chevrolet Captiva.

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