Jeep Considers A Weight Reduction for the Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler fans may be in for a surprise as car companies start gearing up for 2025, the year when CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards) regulations come into effect, mandating all new vehicles produced that year to have a fuel economy rating of 54.5 mpg.  At 21 mpg, the Jeep Wrangler will need some modifications in order to meet this standard. So Chrysler is considering putting the Wrangler on a weight-loss plan to achieve this requirement.

To reach full compliance, Jeep will have to improve the Wrangler's fuel efficiency soon.  As Dave Sullivan, an analyst with AutoPacific Inc., explains, "There's nothing that's going to be immune from the wrath of CAFE as we move forward. The Wrangler is a very high volume vehicle so it's definitely going to have an [e]ffect on CAFE. They're going to wait as long as possible before they have to make those changes, but that being said they have a whole arsenal of things they can do."1

For the first half of 2013, Jeep Wrangler sales numbers are impressive, with 82,132 Wrangler models sold. This is an 11 percent increase over the same time period last year. With 2012 being a record year for Jeep Wrangler sales, it's not surprising that the company is looking for ways to improve fuel efficiency. The process of introducing a lighter model may be tricky, but it will certainly be worth the hard work.

The soon-to-be-released 2014 Jeep Wrangler hasn't shed any weight yet!  Royal Chrysler Jeep Dodge invites you to stop by our convenient Oneonta, NY location today for a test drive if you're a fan of off-roading, adventure and following your own path. We're sure you won't be disappointed!

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