How a Jeep Paint Color Helped Protect Soldiers in WW2

The history of the Jeep is a vast and interesting one.  A vehicle doesn’t exist in one form or another for over 75 years and not build up some interesting facts and stories along the way.  This latest one comes from Jalopnik about how a paint job the Jeep had during the war was there to help protect soldiers.

The Jeep of WW2 typically featured a star known as the “invasion star.”  It was on the roof of the old Jeeps and in some cases, the star would be surrounded by brown paint.  It turns out that the brown paint was not a stylistic choice, but one made in hope of protecting the soldiers from chemical attacks.

“The paint’s purpose was to protect against chemical weapons attacks.  It’s called “M5 liquid vesicant detector paint””

The paint worked as a warning for the soldiers in the Jeep.  If the paint went from brown to red, that meant the soldiers were in danger of a chemical attack.  It was placed on the roof of the Jeep to be easily observed.

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Jalopnik Collects all 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rumors

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When something new is on the horizon, everyone seems to have the rumor and the scoop on just what to expect.  It is the nature of the news cycle, to be so desperate to break the story that there is little time for fact checking.  The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is a much sought after news story in the auto world and it doesn’t help that Jeep is saying nothing in concern for what is to be expected from the Jeep.  Jalopnik has done a service and collected all the rumors under one roof for readers to speculate over.

Some of the rumors they mention are ones that don’t really even need confirmation.  An example is that the 2017 model will be redesigned.  As they say, this is a given.  Fiat-Chrysler confirmed as much during their five-year plan meeting in which the 2017 redesign was shown in a slide.  Not that anything was shown other than this is happening, however.

Being tight-lipped can also cause a great deal of worry for fans.  For some, it is that a new Wrangler may ditch what makes the Jeep so desirable in the first place.  Will the new gas regulations force Jeep to lower the quality and power in the new Wrangle?  Will the new Jeep skimp on power to save production costs?  This leads into my favorite line of the article, “As anybody whose ever been on a Jeep forum knows; any new Jeep sucks and the outgoing one is the only real Jeep.  Such is the cycle.”  There is a lot of truth here.  The internet has a tendency to be up in arms about speculation.

This reminds me of when the Cherokee was first shown and the Jeep community lost their collective minds over the new look.  Yet, this didn’t stop the new Cherokee from being a major winner in sales for Jeep.  It’s impossible to tell based on rumors just how good or bad something is going to be.

Check out the whole write-up as there is plenty of rumors not covered here.  It’s going to be a long while until Jeep officially confirms anything with the Cherokee and until then, best to take everything with a grain of salt, stay calm, and have faith that Jeep is working hard to make sure that the Wrangler stays a quality product in their line-up.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee: New Design Draws Criticism

12331995-largeJalopnik managed a fast one the other week when they got their hands on leaked photos of the upcoming 2014 Jeep Cherokee.  Originally planned to not be unveiled until the New York Auto Show; the website forced Jeep’s hand in releasing more detailed information about the new vehicle before the debut.  A few shots of the new design made headlines across the auto-blogs and really got people talking.  The most obvious, and most commented on, was the new design.  Such a vast departure from the norm was going to get people’s attention, but it’s a question now of if it was too much.

Forbes breaks down the response so far to the reveal.  “The evolution from the old, boxy Cherokee to the current Liberty and now to this has been pretty stunning in terms of the shape-shifting that we’ve seen, “says Mike Wall who is an auto analyst with HIS Automotive.

The Cherokee is being pulled out of retirement to replace the lagging Liberty.  The Jeep Liberty had done the same back in 2002.  This new Cherokee still includes the trademark Jeep designs such as a seven vertical slat grille, but it stops there.

The lights, for example, have a wholly different look than Jeep fans are accustomed to.   In fact, it may cause drivers that typically drive Jeep to shy away.  This might be the plan.  Hardcore Jeep drivers have already found the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee to be their preference.  The 2014 Cherokee with a new look may be a play to attract a new breed of Jeep drivers who are looking for something different.

Until more information is released, all that really remains is scrutiny over the little information available.  The pictures certainly paint a picture, but it’s just a segment.  Trying to put together the entire piece right now just seems wrong with so much mystery.

What are your thoughts on the new design?

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