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Jeep takes a new track


March 19, 2007, 8.10pm. Jeep’s heading down an uncharted track with the New Zealand launch this week of the third-generation Wrangler, the make’s icon, which now also comes in a long four-door version and with the option of diesel power.

The company’s hoping the added offerings will breathe new life into a model that everyone knows but few buy, compared to the rest of its range.

The first-ever four-door Wrangler (pictured), on a 523mm longer wheelbase, provides seating for five and a 2.8-litre common-rail turbo diesel joins a 3.8 V6 petrol that replaces the venerable 4.0-litre straight six.

Driving – it’s not a no-brainer

March 19, 2007, 8.10pm. The Association of British Drivers is warning against complacency when driving cars loaded with automated safety devices.

“Be ready to engage the brain at all times, regardless of other systems in use,” it says. “Too much automation means that drivers will not think about the driving process.”




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