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The Toledo-constructed Jeep Cherokee was awarded a spot in Japan’s “Top 10 New Cars” list. The reason why this is significant is because it’s the first time the Japanese have voted an American-made vehicle onto this list. This annual automotive award is considered a prestigious honor in Japan, so it’s safe to say that the inclusion of the Jeep Cherokee is a major milestone for the company. The Cherokee snagged the eighth spot on the list, and after all was said and done, it was the only American-made vehicle on the top 10.

Although Japan happens to contain the third largest automotive market in the world, the majority of Japanese are strictly dedicated to their domestic brands. This is why it was rather surprising when the Jeep Cherokee made it onto the list in such elegant fashion. According to official data from the JAMA (Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association), about 6 percent of the 4 million or so new vehicles sold in the country over the course of nine months were from companies that were not based in Japan. Visit Chapman Chrysler Jeep to learn more about the Cherokee.

Yet, Jeep is still making huge strides in the Japanese community. It remains as the top-selling U.S. brand in the country, which is largely attributed to the launch of the Cherokee, which became available to the public in May of 2014. The Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Complex is where the Cherokee is produced exclusively. The vehicle is sold in more than 100 countries all around the world, and Jeep even has plans of extending their reach to over 150 countries. Just for comparison, the Jeep Liberty was only sold in only 60 countries.

There’s reason to believe that global expansion of the Jeep Cherokee is certainly possible, especially with the dramatic success being experienced in Japan. Through September of 2014, Jeep had sold about 750,000 vehicles all around the world. This was a 40 percent increase compared to the exact same point during the previous year. By the year 2018, the company expects to have sold 2 million vehicles.

Japan wasn’t the only place where the Jeep Cherokee experienced success. When the Cherokee was launched in the U.S. last fall, it was an instant success. Nearly 128,000 Cherokees were sold in the U.S. through September, surpassing many of the analyses made by various experts in the automotive industry. The Automobile Journalist Association of Canada also gave the Jeep Cherokee two prominent accolades, one of which included honors as the 2014 Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The 2014 Cherokee offers a roomy interior, and it’s clear that Jeep did a good job at making passenger space a top priority. The vehicle also offers an abundance of cargo room – more so when the rear seats are folded. This small, five-passenger vehicle is reliable in every way, which is probably why it has made such a long-lasting and dramatic impact for the people of Japan in the year 2014.

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The 2015 Chrysler 200 is looking to position itself at the top of its class, and the company has gone to great lengths to make sure that it will soon supplant the Accord for supremacy of the mid-sized sedan market. One of the biggest areas of focus by Chrysler has been the safety features, something that the Accord has been known for for years and presents an opportunity for the new model to really show what it can do.

That’s why it’s such a great step to see it earning a five-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Understanding what that means involves knowing what it is that is being tested. While consumers take these ratings very seriously, most don’t know what they mean or are meant to signify.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 received a five-star rating in safety for frontal collisions, side impacts simulating a two-car collision, and side impacts simulating a single-vehicle collision with a pole. These are the three most common types of crash that people see on the road, so designing a car to be able to withstand them puts you and your passengers in the best possible position in an accident.

A five-star rating from the NHTSA doesn’t stand alone, though. It is indicative of a pattern of such safety awards, including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Part of how Chrysler has achieved this level of safety is by careful design choices and advanced technology to make driving safer. For example, about 65 percent of the Chrysler 200’s body structure is made of hot-stamped, high-strength, advanced boron steels, making it much more resistant to impacts.

Another thing that has made this a much safer car is the inclusion of over 60 safety features, which is the most in its class.

Many of the safety features involved are the cutting edge of automobile technology, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, which helps reduce the likelihood of rear end impact with other cars on the road by employing both warnings and autonomous braking, which can slow or bring the car to a full stop to avoid running into something. This, along with many of the other features, combine both camera and radar technology, which is a first for cars in this class.

There are a number of other fantastic features as well such as the Electronic Park Break with SafeHold, which engages the parking brake when the driver’s seatbelt is undone, the door is open, and the car is in a forward or reverse gear to avoid rollaways. Other features like ParkSense rear backup sensors, ParkView rear backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, and LATCH child-seat anchors all contribute to making this one of the safest cars around.

To test drive a Chrysler 200 and check out the many innovative safety features, stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep.