Jump to navigation Jeep liberty kk service manual to search This article is about the U. For the original World War II Jeep, see Willys MB.
Jeep’s current product range consists solely of sport utility vehicles and off-road vehicles, but has also included pickup trucks in the past. Prior to 1940 the term “jeep” had been used as U. The Jeep marque has been headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, ever since Willys-Overland launched production of the first CJ or Civilian Jeep branded models there in 1945. Jeeps have since the war inspired a number of other light utility vehicles, such as the Land Rover. In lowercase the term “jeep” continues to be used as a generic term for vehicles inspired by the Jeep that are suitable for use on rough terrain.
When it became clear that the United States would be involved in the European theatre of World War II, the U. Army contacted 135 companies to create working prototypes of a four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car. Probst laid out full plans for the Bantam prototype, known as the BRC or Bantam Reconnaissance Car, in just two days, working up a cost estimate the next day. Bantam’s bid was submitted, complete with blueprints, on July 22. World War II had already begun in Asia, with Japan expanding in China, Manchuria and Southeast Asia. The Imperial Japanese Army used a small four-wheel-drive car for reconnaissance and troop movements, having introduced the Kurogane Type 95 in 1936.