November 5, 2015 , SAO PAULO – The Jeep® Renegade was named the 2016 Car of the Year in Brazil by Autoesporte magazine (Editora Globo) as part of the most prestigious automotive industry awards in Brazil, which has been hosted annually by the magazine since 1966. The award was presented in a ceremony on Wednesday night at Villa Verico in São Paulo.
Since its commercial launch in April, the locally produced Jeep Renegade has set itself apart within the segment in this important market. In July, Jeep Renegade earned the title of the safest Brazilian-made vehicle for adults and children as evaluated by the independent Latin NCAP program in crash tests, achieving the highest five-star rating. The Renegade is the leader in sales within the SUV segment in Brazil and became one of the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the market in the months of September and October.
“We are honored to receive this important recognition,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The Jeep Renegade is made in Brazil for Brazil. This is the right vehicle, at the right time, to help drive the expansion of the Jeep brand in Brazil and across Latin America.”
A total of 20 renowned journalists from various outlets and regions across the country served as jurors for the annual Autoesporte magazine Car of Year Awards.
“The Jeep Renegade Car of the Year title comes after a successful reintroduction of the Jeep brand in the Brazilian market,” said Stefan Ketter, Head of FCA – Latin America. “After developing a multifaceted strategy for our operations in Pernambuco, we opened the Jeep Automotive Complex, the most modern FCA manufacturing facility in the world, which produces a safe and high-quality vehicle suitable for various markets.”
About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
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