Jeep announced its new Compass will carry a starting price of $22,090 with delivery and will be aimed at not only the U.S. market but others around the globe. There will be four trim models offered here from Sport to Trailhawk. Of course all will be ready to go off road, this is a Jeep after all. It will be powered by a 2.4-liter four rated at 180 horsepower with 175 lb-ft of torque. There will be a variety of transmissions offered from a six speed manual to a six speed automatic and a nine speed automatic depending on the model selected. Jeep is claiming a healthy 31 mpg highway for the four wheel drive model with the stick shift. Worry not Jeep fans, the seven slot grille carries over. Roll out really kicks in in April.
February auto sales will fall 3 percent behind those of a year ago, according to a new forecast from Kelley Blue Book. Officials said consumer demand remained relatively flat despite increased incentives. But looking ahead, KBB believes that sales will be strong for the entire year. Subaru is heading toward a record month thanks to the Outback and Forester along with the redesigned Impreza, KBB said. Edmunds believes sales will be off one percent this month.
Thirty-six percent of the online population across 17 countries see having the latest driver technology as very important in their new vehicle, according the research firm GfK. Consumers said they want parking assist, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, with a slightly smaller percentage seeking audio or video streaming, and social network connectivity.
In celebration of his return to racing at this Sunday’s Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. donned a uniform and took a different kind of ride at the track – co-piloting the Goodyear Blimp. Earnhardt Jr. missed 18 races last season while recovering from a concussion. Aboard with the NASCAR driver was a 30-year military veteran and one of Earnhardt’s biggest fans. Paul Siverson was honored for his work with an organization that provides services to those who served in the military.