Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Birthday Worth Celebrating ; FOR THREE-QUARTERS OF A CENTURY, JEEP HAS PRODUCED FANTASTIC PIECES OF KIT AS CAPABLE OFF THE ROAD AS ON IT.By: IAN DONALDSONemail: Motors@trinitymirror.com

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Birthday Worth Celebrating ; FOR THREE-QUARTERS OF A CENTURY, JEEP HAS PRODUCED FANTASTIC PIECES OF KIT AS CAPABLE OFF THE ROAD AS ON IT.By: IAN DONALDSONemail: Motors@trinitymirror.com

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F you've got it, aunt it, as they say.

And Jeep has plenty to aunt as its 75th birthday hoves into view.

Ie American brand may now be controlled from Turin, where it's part of the Fiat empire, but It will forever be part of an American culture that brought us cowboys and Indians and wide, wide spaces.

To succeed in an environment with a day between towns and no roads to talk about the early motorists needed something tough as old horseshoes. So did the U.S. Army, and so the Jeep was born.

Few cars deserve to be called iconic - something that resonates with even a non-car obsessive - but the rst Jeep richly deserves attachment to that word. And today's bearers of the Jeep ame are determined to keep the memory burning bright with a slew of special 75 anniversary versions of its range.

So, attached to the array of Wrangler, Renegade, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee vehicles you'll nd a smart little plaque bearing a silhouette of that original Jeep and the date 1941. You couldn't make the company's precious heritage any plainer.

Common to all the 75th Anniversary editions are new colours, including greens with names that recall past roles, so there's Sarge green for the toughie Wrangler in tribute to all the army sergeants who put a Jeep to work in the war.

at original Jeep was almost unimaginably primitive by comparison with even the most basic of any new car you could buy today, designed to do a tough job and to hell with the frills.

e current range has frills aplenty but will thrill in equal measure if set loose on a serious oroad workout.

Even the baby of the line up, the Renegade will make mincemeat of a hideously rock strewn track that you'd hesitate to approach in a tipper truck designed for life in a quarry with boulder strewn oor.

By far the most popular of the four Jeep models on sale today (more than three in four of them in the UK, to be precise), the Renegade has been a bit of a sales hit since it arrived here early in 2015. …

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