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Jeep is an American auto manufacturer and the oldest off-road vehicle producer in the world. The company was founded in 1941 during World War II and for years, Jeep made nothing but off-road and sport utility vehicles. Buying a used Jeep in South Africa will not only help you to acquire a dependable vehicle, it will save you tonnes of money as well.
The History of Jeep
During the war, a vehicle was needed to traverse rough terrain and the United States Army contacted more than 100 companies asking for prototypes of four-wheel drive vehicles. Two companies responded to the request for the prototype and the Army gave each 49 days to supply a working model. Bantam was the only company to complete the request and was given the contract to supply the American military with these off-road vehicles. Bantam being a small and almost bankrupt company couldn't keep up with the demand of the army, so eventually Ford began making what are now known as Jeeps. Throughout the years, the name Jeep has become synonymous with rugged performance and tough construction.
Popular Jeep Models
Many Jeep models have become popular in South Africa. These include the Wrangler, Cherokee and the Compass. These and other models are easy to find and even used, they have a lot of life left in them.
The Jeep Compass is a crossover SUV that was in production from 2006 to 2014. The Compass comes with an engine that varies from a 2.0-litre to 2.4-litre and has either a manual or automatic transmission. Optional equipment includes power windows and doors, cloth seats and a seven-speaker sound system.
The Cherokee is one of Jeep's most successful lines and went into production in 1974. Today's Cherokee offers drivers features such as a 4.7-litre V8 engines, automatic transmissions and an optional DVD player. The Cherokee is classified as a truck-based SUV but offers more of the features found in a crossover. Some Cherokee models now come with either petrol or diesel engines.
Jeep is a name South Africans have come to associate with quality and longevity. It is easy to buy a used Jeep in South Africa simply by looking through your local classified ads and choosing the one that is right for you."
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