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Meet Bear, the #JeepTopCanine winner who will rep the brand for one year

Bear, a four-year old pup from Massachusetts, was chosen as the #JeepTopCanine.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Thousands of dogs entered to become the #JeepTopCanine but, alas, there could only be one. The winner is ... Bear! Bear is a native of Northborough, Massachusetts.

Bear will spend the next year appearing as the face of the Jeep brand across social media channels alongside many of the brand's best-sellers like the Wrangler, Gladiator, and Grand Cherokee. For his entry photo, Bear posed on a Wrangler.

"As the true cult SUV brand revered around the world for its off-road legacy, Jeep owners share a love of adventure and freedom, and it's almost an unwritten law that if you take out your Jeep SUV, your dog is coming with you," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA.

"It's that same devotion for their 'best friends' that our fans share for their Jeep vehicles. We saw it throughout our first-ever #JeepTopCanine search, giving our fans the opportunity to share and connect with fellow Jeep brand enthusiasts about their shared passions, reaching millions of fans through views and engagements across our social media channels and digital website throughout July and August."

Bear won the contest by gaining the most votes via the #JeepTopCanine website. There, he competed against seven other dogs for the crown, each posing with a Jeep product.

Jeep Top Canine Finalists Bear's entry photo helped propel him to the top of the standings and secured his place as the first #JeepTopCanine. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Bear and his owner Margot, along with two cat siblings, have been cohabitating since the end of March 2016. When he was three months old, Margot rescued Bear from Georgia. Margo reports that Bear is quite popular and has many dog friends.

Bear is not a purebred. Margot did a DNA test on him and it turns out that Bear's a melting pot! He's mostly black lab, but there's collie, chow chow, a little standard poodle, and a few other "unknown" breeds mixed in.

When he's not riding in Margot's JL, he loves going for rides in their friend's CJ5. He also enjoys swimming and hiking. Margot says, " He is a strong swimmer and loves to take a dip when it's warm out, and even when I think it's not warm enough. We also hike very often and he has the best sense of direction. [He] seriously helps me out when I get turned around - or prevents me from doing that in the first place, because he leads me up and down the mountain!"

Bear has a lot of love to give. Margot says that if he sees two people hugging he frequently tries to get in on the action by inserting himself between them.

His favorite treats are Whimzees, which are shaped like little alligators, and Frosty Paws frozen doggie ice creams.

When it comes to toys, Bear's favorites are something that Margot originally got for her cats - animatronic fish. He also likes Frisbees and is properly spoiled with an indoor and outdoor toy box.

If you meet Bear, he might be willing to do a few tricks for you. Some of his favorites are puppy push ups, "high ten", and spinning.

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Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.


Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep


Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.


GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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