Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles hosted 250 of its top fleet customers and others at its national fleet preview at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.
Attendees listened to a presentation of the lineup and were able to ride along in the vehicles with Gordinier Group drivers. This was a special opportunity – not only was the Camp Jeep mobile off-road course on site (stocked with new Jeep Compass), but there was also a street drive featuring rides in Dodge Hellcat Charger/Challenger, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the rest of the FCA lineup. It’s not every day that event guests get to take a ride in vehicles boasting 707 horsepower (and 200+ mph top speed)!
Gordinier Group Product Specialists were also on tap to socialize the new Pacifica minivan and PHEV hybrid.
All in all, this was a fun event for both fleet guests and GG drivers alike.
* Images courtesy of FCA Media
Guests of the 2017 New York International Auto Show Camp Jeep track were treated to a special treat this year, getting the opportunity to ride in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass before it was available to the public.
The new Compass has been redesigned from the ground up, to combine Jeep’s unsurpassed 4×4 capabilities, with outstanding on-road driving dynamics and fuel-efficient powertrains. The Camp Jeep track featured Trailhawk Compass models, featuring the 2.4L Tigershark engine, mated to Jeep’s 9-speed automatic transmission. The new Compass had no problem conquering the 35-degree climb on the 18′ Jeep Mountain (or any of the other extreme course obstacles for that matter).
The Compass Trailhawks were joined on track at NYIAS by the usual off-road dawgs – Wrangler Rubicon, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Cherokee Trailhawk, and Renegade Trailhawk.
As usual, the NYIAS show delivered, setting new attendance records at Camp Jeep.
Another great finale for the end of the 2017 winter auto show season.
The Great Lakes Boy Scout Rendezvous took place in Willow Metropark, located south of Detroit Metro Airport in New Boston, MI . More than 8,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families spent the weekend inside the park, camping and participating in the many outdoor activities hosted at the event.
Jeep offered event guests the opportunity to experience the 2016 vehicle lineup while riding through the picturesque park on an exciting off-road trail. Eight vehicles were used, consisting of a mix of Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Renegade. Consumer data was collected on tablets and rides were given by Gordinier Group trained off-road drivers, who provided product information and tips for safe, land-conscious off-road driving.
The off-road trail featured tight, wooded trails with several challenging ascents, descents, and off-camber turns.
All in all, this was a great event, where many lasting impressions were made.
July – August 2016
In an effort to improve morale and productivity at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, MI , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and UAW started a program to give employees a different perspective about the Jeep Brand. By inviting all plant employees to the FCA World Class Manufacturing Academy (WCMA).
All plant employees were invited to the FCA World Class Manufacturing Academy (WCMA), to spend the day partaking in team building activities. After spending time in a classroom setting, JNAP guests were brought outside and given the opportunity to drive the Jeep vehicles that they spend their days assembling.
The driving portion was divided into 3 groups – an on-road drive, a full lineup Jeep Trail-Rated off-road drive, and an extreme Jeep Rubicon off-road ride.
The off-road tracks were built by Gordinier Group/Dirt Designs and featured challenging obstacles for the Trial Rated track and downright severe features on the Rubicon track, which actually pushed the limits of the Rubicon Wrangler’s capability.
This program ran for 6 days/week and we were able to give all plant employees an opportunity to learn more about the vehicles that they build, not to mention learning a bit about proper off-road driving (from Gordinier Group drivers), and having a lot of fun and thrills along the way!
May 11-15 2016
When Gordinier Group was asked to be a part of the first annual Jeepin’ Beach Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida, it was a no-brainer.
JBJ promoters and founders Mark Hess and Matt McKenzie of JBJ Productions reached out to GG looking for an event partner to design, build and operate an off-road course adjacent to the event site, to be used by Jeep guests in their own vehicles during the event.
With the obvious challenge of creating challenging obstacles in sandy soil – both for stock Jeeps and heavily modified Jeeps – GG took on the task.
We trucked in topsoil, logs, and rock and went to work, creatively using the vast space that we were given to build a unique course that had something for everyone (including a new Renegade owner who was able to navigate parts of the course that Wranglers needed to be winched from).
The inaugural event drew over 1,000 Jeeps – a great turnout for a first-time gig. We hope to be back in 2017 to build on the success of this unique and growing event!
Here is a description of the event and activities that appeared in Four Wheeler magazine.
Overhead pics courtesy of Sky Pro Imaging.
April 1-3, 2016
Ram Trucks once again rolled out the red carpet for guests of the Academy of Country Music Awards Party for a Cause participants.
As a warm up for the ACM Awards, PFAC has turned into it’s own premier, 3-day event and Ram was the gold sponsor for 2016. PFAC boasted performances by the likes of Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice and other top acts. What’s more, the event raised over $500,000 for various charities.
For Gordinier Group, this event is an opportunity for our drivers to give exposure to the full lineup of Ram trucks – from the 2016 1500 Laramie Limited, to the 2016 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn. The 5.7L Hemi, 6.4L Hemi. 3.0L EcoDiesel and 6.7L Cummins Diesel were all represented in our fleet of test ride trucks. We even had a 2017 Power Wagon on display.
GG drivers drove guests on an exciting, closed-course off-road track featuring obstacles such as berms, moguls, culverts, logs and a mobile mountain. During the experience, drivers described best-in-class features and benefits, as well as giving an overview of what is dynamically happening with the vehicle as it conquers each obstacle. With the thousands of people attending PFAC, this was a great way for Ram to engage with one of their most desirable marketing demographics.
While 2016 is still down the road a bit, the Orange County International Auto Show Camp Jeep is our unofficial kick off to the 2016 auto show season.
There were some concerns with our location in Anaheim this year (we were behind the hall instead of inside), but the Anaheim crowds were good to us once again, as Camp Jeep once again eclipsed the previous years’ metrics.
After OCIAS, the team will head south to the Miami International Auto Show. The ‘pre-season’ then closes out at Orlando, FL at the Central Florida International Auto Show, followed by the 2016 season opener – the San Diego International Auto Show.
Orange County International Auto Show – October 15-18
Miami International Auto Show – November 6-15
Central Florida International Auto Show – November 25-30
San Diego International Auto Show -December 31 – January 3
Another successful Ram summer ride and drive series has sadly come to an end. The 2015 rodeo and farm show tours saw the best weather and more importantly, the best crowds that we have experienced to date.
This year, both tours saw the addition of the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which was a great addition to the drive fleet! Guests were amazed by the torque, lack of typical diesel noise, and the amazing fuel economy (up to 29 mpg).
As the Ram Trucks brand continues to build momentum and win market share, we continue to see (and welcome) increased interest and participation in the ride and drive events.
Hats off to Ram on another great season!
Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY
Colorado State Fair – Pueblo, CO
Oklahoma State Fair – Oklahoma City, OK
Heart O’ Texas Fair – Waco TX
Farm Show Tour:
Wisconsin Farm Tech Days – Madison, WI
Farm Progress – Decatur, IL
Husker Harvest Days – Grand Island, NE
Sunbelt Expo – Moultrie, GA
Gordinier Group was fortunate to have the opportunity to design and build an off-road course for the Dick Scott Motor Mall dealership in Fowlerville, Michigan this summer.
The Dick Scott dealership was an excellent candidate to have their own track, as they have a great piece of land adjacent to their lot. As it is visible from a major expressway (I-96), the track essentially acts as a billboard (vehicles are parked on the obstacles and lit at night) when it is not in use. To top it off, DSMM is a top Wrangler volume leader in the region, with a robust group of off-road enthusiasts that frequent the dealership to buy and up-fit their Jeep vehicles. Offering a place for these owners to do some wheeling just makes sense.
The plan was to create a challenging track to use as a Jeep sales tool for potential customers with the added benefit of becoming an attraction destination. DSMM sales staff were trained by GG to safely navigate the course as well as how demonstrate the Jeep off-road features and how they relate to each course obstacle.
The course design features elements that highlight and demonstrate Jeep’s Trail Rated attributes (traction, maneuverability, ground clearance, stability, and articulation. It was designed to accommodate all Jeep models including Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Renegade, Compass, and Patriot. If it has a Trail Rated badge and a transfer case that supports 4WD low, the vehicle can conquer the track.
Dick Scott Motor Mall has embraced the onsite, off-road track idea, using it to boost their Jeep sales and has also offered special events for their customers to give them a taste of how capable their Jeep vehicles are when taken off of the pavement.
You can see more info as well as a GoPro video of the track in action here.
The Harley Davidson Project LiveWire Tour #PROJECTLIVEWIRE is back on the road in 2015, and what better place to kick off the tour than Sin City?
Project Livewire brings 13 of HD’s new prototype electric sport motorcycle to venues across the US and Canada, giving consumers an opportunity to test ride this incredible machine. The feedback gathered from these lucky riders will help HD to determine exactly what the riders like/dislike about it and whether there is enough interest to bring this engineering feat to the market.
What an amazing experience for the riders and fans of this American brand – not only can people ride the bike on the street, but their opinions and feedback can help to shape the future of the brand. Pretty cool idea.
CycleWorld did a nice write-up of what it is like to ride the LiveWire here.
The tour began on May 1 at Las Vegas Harley Davidson, kicking off to an enthusiastic LV crowd. There were no shortage of guests in the city, as we shared the weekend with attendees of the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight, Las Vegas Supercross and the Premier of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Speaking of the Avengers, the actual HD Street 750 motorcycle ridden by Captain America is part of our traveling display this year.
The tour heads to Chandler, Arizona next, then on to British Columbia. Stay tuned for more info…
The Mission – to coordinate and operate the largest truck parade in the world with the best truck brand in the world (Ram, of course), in order to set a Guinness World Record
The Magic Number – 439 (The previous record was 438)
The Venue – AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys
The Result – 451 Ram trucks in a constantly-moving, evenly-spaced parade formation
Gordinier Group was once again fortunate to be able to help G7 Entertainment Marketing and Ram Trucks to put together this record-breaking effort, while treating loyal Ram owners to a once in a lifetime experience while visiting the Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, Texas.
To say that organizing this parade was logistically challenging would be an understatement. Imagine coordinating nearly 500 trucks and their owners, having them line up in a parking lot, start a parade procession at the same time, and keep them all moving continuously over a 3.4 mile route, without stopping at any point. All of this needed to happen on the busy streets of the AT&T Stadium campus, in the lead-up to the Academy of Country Music Awards…kind of a busy area.
The entire activity was closely watched by the Guinness World Record Adjudicator, who flew to Dallas to make sure that all of the required elements were satisfied in order to win the record.
The announcement came later in the day – to a collective sigh of relief from all of the planners, Ram execs and participants. Our parade was certified at 451 vehicles (13 above the previous record)!
All in all, this was a great events for loyal Ram owners, who were treated to a once in a lifetime experience. Not only were they able to participate in an official world record, they were treated to tickets and parking for the Party For A Cause, Ram gift bags, Ram vehicle and partner display area, live music and Raminator monster truck crushing demos.
Motor Trend wrote a nice recap of the event here.
Here is a YouTube video recap of the parade.
January – April 2015
With a lofty goal of increasing throughput / exposure while building on the premier experiential event in the industry, the entire CJAS team delivered again!
The standards were set higher and everyone involved rose to the occasion to make this program shine once again. Last fall we hit our one millionth Camp Jeep rider after 10 years. The next million will come much more quickly as we continue to improve throughput efficiency.
The 2015 “CJAS Tour” visited:
- Houston Jeep 1/21/2015
- Houston Ram 2/21/2015
- Washington DC Jeep 1/21/2015
- Philadelphia Jeep 1/29/2015
- Tulare Ram 2/10/2015
- Chicago Jeep 2/11/2015
- Chicago Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat 2/11/2015
- Dallas Ram 2/19/2015
- Cleveland Jeep 2/27/2015
- Cleveland Jeep 2/27/2015
- Minneapolis Jeep 3/7/2015
- Atlanta Jeep 3/24/2015
- New York Jeep 4/1/2015
- Denver Jeep 4/7/2015
This schedule wasn’t for the weak of heart, to be sure. There were many hours worked, laps driven, much experienced gained, and most importantly, many thousands of people exposed to FCA’s outstanding current product by Gordinier Group professional drivers.
We were once again humbled by (and thankful for) the opportunity to take the stage and represent the brand(s)!