Brigham-Gill Dealership News
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According to the New England Motor Press Association, your best bet for minimizing travel headaches and fleeing cabin fever is the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. So say the more than 50 media professionals from across six states who named the Grand Cherokee 2011’s Official Winter Vehicle of New England, an award NEMPA has presented annually since 1998.
The group includes automotive writers and talk show hosts from outlets ranging from NPR to The New York Times, and is uniquely qualified to deal with winter, working in one of the most populous and unpredictable winter climates in the United States. With the early months of 2011 bringing record snow in January and bitter cold in February, it took a particularly capable vehicle to impress the judges.
“I can’t imagine how I would have survived the last few months if it weren’t for my Jeep,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge, a Natick, Massachusetts Jeep dealer. “With the roads as icy as they’ve been, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s four-wheel drive is a necessity. And the heated seats make driving in winter storms about as pleasant as it can be.”
One of the features that enables the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee to thrive in all four seasons is its available terrain response system that, conveniently enough, includes a “Snow” setting. Its dial allows drivers to select the conditions they’re taking their Grand Cherokee through, and the vehicle adjusts its throttle, drivetrain, and its suspension accordingly. A height-adjustable air-suspension system gives Greater Boston Jeep drivers a way of getting through deep snow and the mounds of ice left behind by snow plows.
For added winter stability, the SelecTerrain system splits torque evenly between the front and rear wheels and starts the transmission in second gear from a standstill, providing an extra boost of power that keeps the tires from digging in and spinning.
“We’d be happy to receive the NEMPA award at any time, but it’s particularly gratifying to get it during one of the harshest winters in recent memory,” Gill said. “This was a winter that truly put the capabilities of all vehicles to the test. Massachusetts Jeep drivers had a definite advantage on the roads as the snow piled up. Hopefully we won’t see another winter like this for a long time, but I’m sure there are some Grand Cherokee owners out there who wouldn’t mind getting another chance to discover everything their vehicles can do.”
The Official Winter Vehicle of New England award arrives on the heels of a major milestone for the Jeep brand. In mid-February, Jeep became the first American automaker to exceed one million fans on Facebook. Many industry watchers consider the number of fans on social networking sites to be an accurate gauge of both how well-known and well-liked a company is. The closest competing domestic brand lags Jeep’s total by 450,000 fans.