Overall, sales of Jeep brand vehicles increased 12 percent in 2005 to their highest total since 2000 to 476,532 units compared with 2004 sales of 427,329 units. Internationally, Jeep brand sales grew 15 percent to 84,019 units in 2005 from 73,060 units in 2004. Jeep, one of the most recognized brands in the world, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2006. In 1941, the Willys-Overland company delivered to the U.S. Army 1,500 light reconnaissance vehicles called the Willys Quad. Improved vehicles were called the MA and MB, but eventually, those vehicles came to be known simply as the Jeep. More than 368,000 were built for use during World War II.
FCA US is recalling roughly 4.8 million U.S. market vehicles due to a defect that could prevent the cruise control system from disengaging, according to a company press release.