In case you haven’t been paying attention, the auto market is starting to slow down after its post-recession sugar rush. But Jeep ain’t listening. Right now Jeep is like Rocky Balboa. Jeep is jogging up stairs of automotive success that are 50% year-over-year steep. Eye Of The Tiger is playing on every Jeep factory radio. I don’t know what Jeep is doing right, and I’m not sure if Jeep knows either, but Jeep is diligently trying to meet the enormous demand with new products. Jeep invited us to take a first look at their new pocket-sized offering, the 2015 Jeep Renegade, which Jeep bills as the most affordable, most city-friendly Jeep to date.
Winning and confidence go hand in hand, but Cadillac’s new 2015 ATS Coupe is missing one of those attributes. Like a perpetual podium finishing runner, Cadillac honed its skill by emulating the perpetual champion, BMW, and produced the wonderful ATS Sedan. Where the ATS Sedan made its mark in stents versus the competition, a champion it is not. The ATS Coupe runs a new race with another year’s worth of refinement. Is the refinement enough to produce a winner? Cadillac invited us to Virginia’s wine and horse country to find out.
We’re in West Virginia today to sample the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Chrysler rep Lisa has promised a group of east coast journalists that a group of Cherokee Trailhawks won’t be getting stuck today on a course of mud bogs and steep slopes they have devised for us to drive on. Being a more civilized Virginia resident myself, where we prefer our roads paved, I am quite sure I’m going to get this diminutive crossover stuck. Right over there on that 20 foot muddy cliff that they’re going to make me drive up.