Jeep Liberty
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Make: Jeep
Model: Liberty
Jeep Liberty

The Jeep Liberty, marketed as the Jeep Cherokee outside North America, is a compact Sport Utility Vehicle produced by the Jeep marquee of DaimlerChrysler. It was introduced for 2002 with styling inspired by the Jeepster concept car. The Liberty, nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2002, was intended as a replacement for the discontinued American Jeep Cherokee. The Liberty slots between the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee in Jeep's traditional SUV lineup. An interesting statistic is that 70 percent of Liberty buyers are new to the Jeep marquee. This high volume of sales is causing the Toledo North Assembly factory in Toledo, Ohio to run overtime to produce the vehicles. Three trim levels were available for the Jeep Liberty. The first being the top end Limited, the second being a more rugged looking Renegade, or the third being the base Sport. All are available with either 2WD or 4WD. Later, in 2007, the Renegade trim level was replaced with the Latitude that appears to focus on a more urban appearance. Because of the overbuilt nature of diesel engines, it adds nearly half a ton to the vehicle's gross weight versus a gasoline model. DaimlerChrysler introduced this engine to gauge the marketability of diesel engines in North America; granted diesels are already quite common in Europe. Jeep reported that they sold 10,000 Liberty CRD models in the first calendar year of sales which exceeded their expectations. Only available in 2005 and 2006 for the Sport and Limited models, the 2.8 L CRD has since been discontinued due to stricter United States diesel emission standards for 2007. Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and California already banned sale of the vehicle due to their rigid state emissions regulations. The introduction of ultra low sulphur diesel fuel to the United States in 2006 should aid in reducing emissions as will the increasing availability of biodiesel blends.

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