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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

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2015 Jeep Cherokee KrawLer

2015 Jeep Cherokee KrawLer

The current 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a funky-looking, off-road-capable compact crossover , but it hasn’t exactly resonated well with Jeep loyalists. Looking to prove that the new Cherokee is worthy of wearing the iconic seven-slot grille, Jeep and Mopar have teamed up to develop the Jeep Cherokee KrawLer concept vehicle. While this vehicle could have just as easily been a Moab Easter Jeep Concept, Jeep wanted to put the tuned Cherokee on global display, so the concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show .

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is the youngest of Jeep’s lineup of SUVs and crossovers , having only made its debut in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show . In short order, the Renegade has established a following, reflected by its strong sales figures. As of September 1, 2015, Jeep has moved 28,907 units of the Renegade in the U.S. alone.

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This Is How A Jeep Can Be Hacked

This Is How A Jeep Can Be Hacked

In the rush to offer consumers the latest connected features, it looks like the auto industry forgot to lock the back door. Hackers recently brought to light exactly how vulnerable a modern car could be by using nothing more than a bit of code and a laptop connected to the Internet. The hackers created code that allowed them to remotely operate functions like the climate control, entertainment system, windshield wipers, transmission, engine and brakes, raising (or answering) questions about vehicle cybersecurity.

In a recent article from Wired, Charlie Miller, security engineer at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, director of vehicle safety research at IOActive, successfully hacked into a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and assumed control of the vehicle’s various functions, dramatically demonstrating the extreme vulnerabilities of the modern connected vehicle.

What exactly did they do, and how did they do it? And more importantly, what does this mean for the future of the auto industry? Read on to find out.

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Jeep Renegade Withheld From Dealers Thanks To Software Problems

Jeep Renegade Withheld From Dealers Thanks To Software Problems

Jeep is again having transmission software woes related to the nine-speed automatic derived from the popular ZF eight-speed. This time, the issues surround the 2015 Renegade – Jeep’s version of the Fiat 500L and 500X. FCA had very similar problems with the Cherokee during its rollout back in 2013. And as before, the issues are keeping dealerships from receiving inventory.

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Jeep Renegade Withheld From Dealers Thanks To Software Problems

Jeep Renegade Withheld From Dealers Thanks To Software Problems

Jeep is again having transmission software woes related to the nine-speed automatic derived from the popular ZF eight-speed. This time, the issues surround the 2015 Renegade – Jeep’s version of the Fiat 500L and 500X. FCA had very similar problems with the Cherokee during its rollout back in 2013. And as before, the issues are keeping dealerships from receiving inventory.

Like with the Cherokee, engineers are having issues calibrating the Renegade’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Cherokee however, the Renegade has its own unique 4WD systems, which according to FCA’s CEO Sergio Marchionne, during a recent SAE awards ceremony, is the reason calibration of the drivetrain is taking so long.

This means FCA is holding freshly minted Renegades from heading to dealers while the software is being vetted. Jeep has already sold 5,157 Renegades, so those Jeeps will likely be under recall once the software is fixed. Marchionne predicted the issue should be resolved by mid-June.

The CEO made no bones about how he felt, speaking candidly at the awards ceremony. “I’m having a very bad engineering day. It’s a combination of attributes of that vehicle that is making my life horrible.” Despite his troubles, Marchionne received an industry leader of the year award from the SAE Foundation.

The Renegade wasn’t the only vehicle Marchionne mentioned. Check out our report on his talkings regarding the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.

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2015 Jeep Renegade - Driven

2015 Jeep Renegade - Driven

Jeep’s newest SUV might not seem conventional to the rough-and-tumble brand, but after spending a week behind its leather-wrapped wheel, the 2015 Renegade proved to be all the things that embody the Jeep persona. It’s small in size, is available with a manual transmission and 4WD, and comes packed with tons of personality and throwbacks to its heritage.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk

2015 Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk

With a “Trail Rated” badge proudly affixed to its front fenders, the 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk can already brag about its off-road prowess at the challenging Rubicon Trail to other cute utes it competes against. Now the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk concept helps show off another potential use for Jeep’s all-new subcompact crossover with a beefed-up model that is ready to take on a desert adventure.

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2015 Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail

2015 Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail

Jeep’s lineup of concept vehicles for the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari wouldn’t be complete without one of its newest products. Meet the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail concept. This Jeep gets a host of upgrades and off-road performance parts for tackling the tough trails of Moab, Utah.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Showcar

2015 Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Showcar

Jeep has always been good for showing off its designers’ talents with a slew of concept vehicles every year, and 2015 will be no different. Headed for the Geneva Motor Show floor is the Hard Steel concept – a bare-body Renegade fitted with tons of custom work, Mopar parts, and its own little mini-me trailer.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Showcar

2015 Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Showcar

Jeep has always been good for showing off its designers’ talents with a slew of concept vehicles every year, and 2015 will be no different. Headed for the Geneva Motor Show floor is the Hard Steel concept – a bare-body Renegade fitted with tons of custom work, Mopar parts, and its own little mini-me trailer.

It’s hard to deny the coolness (and cuteness) of this ‘ute and its tag-along friend, especially when considering all the one-off design elements found hovering over all six wheels. The bodywork is perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of the pair. Looking something like the DMC DeLorean, the brushed bare metal look really adds some character. A nice suspension lift and upgraded tire package increase the Renegade’s off-road abilities while a skidplate engraved with “Trailhawk” protects all the vital greasy bits.

Of course, there’s plenty to tell about that Renegade rear end trailer. It houses a host of technology and a massive flatscreen TV for tailgating. During the Geneva show, it will showcase Jeep’s Uconnect Live system, complete with all the current streaming audio and navigation systems.

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Jeep Compass And Patriot Will Be Replaced By One Single Model

Jeep Compass And Patriot Will Be Replaced By One Single Model

Jeep apparently has plans on consolidating is small crossover lineup as the Compass and Patriot reach the end of their life cycles. In fact, rumor has it the two vehicles will be replaced with a single crossover.

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