Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Jeep Commander ready for international launch

DaimlerChrysler announced last week that the Jeep Commander is expected to reach international showrooms sometime during Q1 - 2006. Production of the Commander for European and international markets is under way at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria, where the Jeep Grand Cherokee is also manufactured.
Unlike its U.S. counterpart, the European Commander will have the option of a "next generation" 3.0 Liter V6 turbocharged diesel engine. Based on the latest Mercedes-Benz technology, Bosch high-pressure fuel injection (1600+ bar), a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves per cylinder, the new V-6 engine meets Euro 4 emissions standards and produces 218HP and 376 ft-lb of torque from 1600 to 2000 RPM.
International sales of Jeep vehicles topped 84,019 units last year (a 15% increase over 2004), with the Commander expected to further fuel top line growth in 2006.
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