The first Jeep prototype was built for the US Army by American Bantam, and it was followed by two competing prototypes, one by Ford, and the other by Willys-Overland. It was the American Bantam vehicle that first met the Army's criteria, but its engine did not comply to the military's torque requirements, and the Army also thought Bantam was too small a company. It is rumored that when Willys and Ford were offered second chances, they had access to the schematics from American Bantam.
After field testing all three models, Willys-Overland offered the lowest bid and won the contract, thus designing the vehicle that would become a standard jeep, and building it in their Toledo, Ohio plant. They called it a model MB military vehicle, but since Willys had only one factory, a tactical concern, the Army required Ford to build jeeps also. Ford's designation for the small truck was GPW (G for governmental vehicle, P for the wheelbase, and W for Willys). Together, the two companies produced over 600,000 jeeps.
Widely copied around the world, French company Hotchkiss et Cie manufactured Jeeps under license from Willys after 1954, and Nekaf copied them for production in the Netherlands. In addition there were several version created like the railway jeep, and an amphibious jeep. Jeeps were even supplied to the Red Army during World War II.
While largely supplanted by the HumVee for military use, the civilian Jeep lives on as a division of DaimlerChrysler, which now holds trademark status not only on the word "Jeep," but also the distinctive seven-slot grille. Chrysler acquired the marque when it bought out AMC in 1987, replacing the civilian Jeep CJ with the Jeep Wrangler, the name still in use today. In addition, there are other models under the Jeep brand, models like the Jeep Cherokee that bear little resemblance to the tiny military trucks, except for their grill.
2012 Jeep Compass
The 2012 Jeep Compass is everything that other sport utility vehicles wish they could be. Itís got flashy, eye-catching style, powerful off-road capabilities and incredible durability. The engineers at Jeep truly outdid themselves with this yearís Compass. Whether itís the Compass Sport you choose, or the Compass Limited, each of the 4 models have something unique to offer that wonít let you, the consumer, down. The $19,295 MSRP of the Jeep Compass Sport is usually one of the first things that grabs the attention of potential consumers. Who would have ever thought something so durable, functional and stylish could cost under $20,000? We certainly didnít.
The manufacturer has made the 2012 Compass available in 7 stunning colors. These colors include Bright White, Bright Silver Metallic, Mineral Gray Metallic, Black, Rescue Green Metallic, True Blue Pearl and Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl. With so many options, it will be hard not find one that suits you. The Compass has bold new lines that reflect the styling of the Grand Cherokee. more
2012 Jeep Wrangler
The 2012 Jeep Wrangler practically has everything an SUV enthusiast could ask for. It has sufficient power, an affordable price and a durable body. Starting at just $22,045 MSRP or $309/month lease for 36 months, the Wrangler is sure to be a hot commodity among off-road enthusiasts.
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep has made the 2012 Grand Cherokee not only stylish and durable, but highly affordable. Itís available to consumers, starting at $26,995 or for a 36-month lease at $309 per month.
2011 Jeep Compass
The 2011 Jeep Compass lives near the bottom of the affordable compact SUV class even though it was redesigned for the model year with an improved exterior and an optional AWD capable of going off road.
2011 Jeep Patriot
The 2011 Jeep Patriot is one of those well-built, affordable SUVs with fine off-road performance that, through no fault of its own, is simply surpassed by highly popular crossovers that deliver a silky smooth ride.