Jeep is an American automaker and brand that is a division of Chysler Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A.. Being one of the oldest brands in existence, Jeep has gained great popularity and awareness in various countries. It started to produce its first vehicles for civilian use in 1945, but the original intent for Jeep was for military use. Hence the explanation of historians of the true origin of the word Jeep referring to the military designation GP. Another explanation was that Jeep was simply a common designation for military test vehicles.
Nowadays, Jeep is worldwide known for being an off-road and sport utility brand, which is available in almost all major markets. With the help of new technology introductions designed by Chrysler, Jeep can offer a new line-up to their customers including new diesel powertrains for light-duty vehicles and the integration of fuel-efficient options.
Sales statistics Jeep
Sales of Jeep are naturally high in its home market, the United States. Sales dropped significantly starting in 2007, but Jeep recovered quickly and by 2009, Jeep had made consecutive year gains in terms of sales. Whereas only 231,701 Jeep vehicles were sold in 2009, there were 490,454 vehicles sold in 2013, and 332,802 in its first 6 months in 2014. In Europe sales have fluctuated with market share varying between 0,11 and 0,22%. The Grand Cherokee which had been introduced in 2011 and is the vehicles largest brand was very successful and became the best-selling jeep in Europe in 2012 and 2013. Since Jeep is an American brand, many Jeeps are also imported as used cars from the U.S.
CARFAX knows that at least 195.771 U.S. jeep cars were imported to Europe since 1992.
There are many cars from the U.S. that are not returned to the original manufacturer when a recall comes up. These cars naturally pose an increased risk for the buyer as the buyer doesn’t know what is wrong and how it may affect him. To further ignore the recall totally, many of these U.S. vehicles are exported to Europe. Currently, there are 56,013 Jeep cars in Europe with such a pending recall status. See here why it is essential to know for customers about recall statuses.
The next risk factor for Jeep cars includes those with salvage titles. In the U.S., when cars are severely damaged and ready to get scrapped or after an insurer declared the car a total loss, the car is issued a salvage title. There are 6.225 Jeeps from the US exported to Europe with a salvage title.
Another risk factor for Jeeps is a stolen entry. Many cars are exported once they are stolen so that it is more difficult for used car buyers to uncover the true history, and more strenuous for local authorities to recover the vehicle. Used car buyers are many times completely unaware of a car with a stolen history through advanced scam methods such as VIN-cloning. In Europe are at least 161 imported Jeep vehicles from US that have been stolen. Make sure you buy the right car.
If you buy a Jeep Cherokee from the US, it’s important to keep in mind that more than a quarter of those already imported into Europe have had an incident reported to CARFAX. Some examples of particular interest include:
- 16,374 Jeep Cherokees were imported into Europe with open recalls. This accounts for more than 95% of the vehicles with incidents reported to CARFAX. It is especially important to avoid open recalls because most manufacturer warranties only cover the cost of recalls in the vehicle’s original country. In 2014, Fiat Chrysler, Jeep’s mother company, had the third most recalls in the United States.
- 481 Jeep Cherokees have been imported into Europe with a salvage title reported to CARFAX. A salvage title can mean many things (depending on the state where the title was issued), but in most cases it means the vehicle is not roadworthy due to being damaged in an accident, flood, fire, or other event.
- 80 Jeep Cherokees were imported into Europe with flood damage reported to CARFAX.
- 15 Jeep Cherokees, which were reported as stolen, have been imported into Europe.
Sales & Import Stats for Jeep Cherokee
If you’d like to buy a Jeep Cherokee from the US, you’ll find it a popular choice. Last year, Jeep sold 178,508 Cherokees. And while it’s possible to buy a Cherokee directly from a European dealership, more than 68,344 Cherokees have been imported from the USA into Europe since 1992, making this the most popular model for import of Jeep’s range.
For those looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee from the US, you’ll be bringing home an award-winner. MotorWeek has named the Cherokee the Best Small Utility, while AutoGuide.com has awarded it the Reader’s Choice Crossover of the year. Drivers will find it much better on regular roads than its more off-road-ready sibling, the Wrangler. This being said, it’s of course not as capable off the well-beaten track. Nevertheless, the Jeep Cherokee is a solid vehicle with good dynamics on the road. Once it has been decided to buy a Jeep Cherokee from the US, you have the choice between a 184-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 271-hp 3.2-liter V6 engine. It can be said that the V6 is better for towing and all-wheel drive. Each engine configuration comes with a buttery-smooth nine-speed automatic transmission, with the option to change the gears manually as well. Technology and cabin materials are on par with the more expensive Grand Cherokee, but buyers will find the internal cargo capacity average. There are a several different trims to choose from as well, including: Sport, Latitude, Altitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. For those looking to buy a Jeep Cherokee from the US, you’ll find while its design is not for everyone, it is refined in all the right places and capable for most of your sport utility needs.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Since 1992 over 47094 Jeep Grand Cherokee were imported from the U.S. to Europe. More than 40% of all American Jeep Grand Cherokee Imports have a risk factor!
The off-road model Grand Cherokee launched in the USA in 1992 is also available in Europe since 1993. The launch of the latest-generation Grand Cherokee in European mar-kets took place at the start of 2011. The new-generation model, which is designed to appeal to a much more dis-criminating clientele, will initially come with a V6 and V8 engine, and the brand new petrol engine can run on E85 fuel and delivers 286 hp with a cubic capacity of 3.6l. The existing V8 petrol engine will continue to be available, delivering 353 hp with a cubic capacity of 5.7l. A 3.0l Fiat diesel engine featuring two performance classes, 140 kW/ 190 hp and 177 kW/239 hp, has been available since May 2011. A facelift took place in the second half of 2013, which involved changes to the model's engines.
Since 1992 over 17198 Jeep Wrangler cars were imported from the U.S. to Europe. More than 40% of all American Jeep Wrangler Imports have one or more risk factors!
The Wrangler was given a facelift at the start of 2011 and is available in three versions: the Sport, the Sahara and the Rubicon. Available engines include a 2.8l diesel with 147 kW/200 hp and 3.8l V6 petrol with 146 kW/199 hp for the Sport version, and it comes with optional automatic transmission. The latest-generation Wrangler will also be available for the first time as the 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. A completely redeveloped new-generation Wrangler is not likely to launch before the end of 2017.