No one really agrees on the origin of the name, Jeep. The official site suggests it’s probably a mashup of military slang and a character from Popeye. Whatever the origin, we know Jeep today as the durable little beast people actually take off road. The original Jeep model was the result of a military need for a rugged vehicle in World War II. While Bantam, Willys, and Ford all submitted bids for the deal, and likely influenced the design, Bantam was credited with the creation of the first Jeep. The Brand would continue to change hands over the next 6 decades, finally landing in Chrysler’s lap. They continue the tradition of vehicles built to exacting standards for the most rugged terrain.
Sites worth visiting
It’s always nice to see a manufacturer site with more than your standard retail fare. Jeep has all of that, but they expand their reach with the Jeep Experience portion of the site. The page includes photos, videos, and links to their page on the most well known social networking sites on the web.
Jeep on Wikipedia
The Jeep page at Wikipedia gives a historical look at the name, the brand, and the line of vehicles coming out of Toledo, Ohio. The site also lists just about every historical Jeep model known to man, as well some concepts we’d never even heard of.
Around the Blogosphere
Jeep at Autoblog
You can count on the guys at Autoblog to bring you the dirtiest, grittiest, grimiest Jeep news out there. When you need to keep current on CJs, xKs, and xJs, you can’t find a better site than this. Oh yeah, they also make some SUVs you might want to read up on.
Off Road Report
This is a great site for all you off road fanatics. They cover everything from aftermarket equipment to the newest models for gettin’ dirty. They also discuss some of the finer features of Jeep design, keeping you full of the info you need to keep your mudder running.
Jeep News Now
This site couldn’t be more straightforward. It’s Jeep news, and you can read it…right now! Seriously, the site has been around for almost 10 years, so they know just where to look to get the best Jeep news for the rest of us.
Jeep fans are bound to find plenty of community info, simply because Jeeps are so much damn fun. This site hosts a powerhouse of a forum, with more than 125,000 members and model specific forums. Post your latest crawl or learn how to wrench a little more torque out of your own four wheeler.
Another highly active forum, this site has more than just off roading info. With more than 85,000 members, they pay a lot of attention to the Jeep’s SUVs alongside their mudding coverage.
My Jeep Rocks
If you want to flaunt your Jeep, this is the spot for you. These guys have info on every aspect of trail driving, including tips for getting yourself into and out of some trouble. They also have some nice swag to show off just how much you love to trash your Jeep.
Jeep Sees Diesel Value
With the advent of clean diesel fuel, Jeep was one of the first to put a diesel engine in their blockbuster models. They continue to reach out to greenies by providing more diesel models and lowering the trim package prices by $1,000 a pop.
Liberty Gets a Renewal
It’s been five years since the Jeep Liberty last saw a review. The latest version has a cloth style sunroof, giving it the largest sunroof in its class. They’ve also made some modifications to cargo capacity, ride height, and some others that should please the off road market.