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Beginning. Jeep brand was established in 1941 in the U.S. and began to produce the first cars off-road. History begins with the military model Willys Jeep MB. In 1946 Willys Jeep reserved name. Thus began his career in the "civilian". However, the first model is not for the military, yet appeared in 1945. It was a CJ2A Jeep (CJ - Civilian Jeep). Cars of this brand very well proven on the fronts of World War II. To the end produced 278 thousand. cars.
Development. Mark had many owners. The first was a Willys. Jeep was sold in 1953, Kaiser Motors. This company was bought by American Motors Corporation (AMC) in 1970. In 1979, the American company began to invest the French Renault. In 1987 Chrysler bought AMC, due to the jeep. In 1998, the brand has been in the hands of Daimler Chrysler AG.
Today. In 2007, the Jeep became the property of Chrysler LLC again. Mark is in the hands of the American company today. Around the world are built off-road vehicles under license from Jeep.
Contribution to the automotive industry. Jeep has always stressed its off-road capability of the vehicle. Currently model Wrangler is one of the few SUVs with a constant drive the front and rear axle. The advantage of this solution is easy to repair the suspension. Permanent four-wheel drive also allows for increased ground clearance vehicle, making it easier to overcome major obstacles.
Trivia. In Poland, the jeep has become synonymous with off-road vehicle. Not only with us - according to U.S. military jeep slang dictionary is "a vehicle with four-wheel drive used to diagnose or other military purposes." To this day, do not know the origin of the company name. One theory is that the brand takes its name from Eugene the Jeep (org.: Eugene the Jeep), a character from the cartoon "Popeye", known for its unique skills and abilities. Another origin of the name is associated with its sister model, the Ford GPW. (G - government, (order) government, P - mark chassis wheelbase of 80 inches, W - Willys). There are also those who believe that the name Jeep comes from the General Purpose, or general-purpose vehicle. Today, Jeep is proud to refer to history. The company emphasizes that the characteristic seven-slot grille intake is styled on the first jeep.
Models produced today: Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee - a five-SUV, Jeep Commander - XK - seven-SUV, Jeep Liberty - a small SUV, Jeep Compass - MK - small crossover SUV shared platform with the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Patriot - MK - small crossover SUV on a common platform with the Dodge Caliber.
Tires. Jeep Cherokee comes standard with tires size 215/75 R15, optional 235/70 R16 or 235/65 R17. The Jeep Wrangler, now is sold with tires size 255/75 R17. For standard equipment Wrangler Jeeps Wrangler Sport and Sahara were Bridgestone D840 HZ. Jeep Commander uses of the Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather and Wrangler AT / R