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Off Road Podcast 456 – West Virginia Overland

This episode of the Off Road Podcast is Sponsored by Colby Valve.


Tonight, Aaron gets a bath, Coy’s brakes aren’t broken & Ben is plotting


Welcome to the off-road podcast. A podcast about everything off-road. We cover the news, review products, and interview people in the off-road industry.  Your hosts tonight are Aaron, Coy and my name is Ben.  Welcome to the show.


Coy – race car and tow rig stuff

Aaron – Prepping the overland trailer for paint.  Did brakes.  Macgyvered the Nissan to make it home.

Ben – plotting points of interest for the Montana trip trying to narrow down the long way home



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News brought to you by Colby Valve

  • Car Buzz – The CEO of Jeeps Plans to Turn the Company Around
    • After a successful tenure as CEO of Stellantis South America, Antonio Filosa now faces a great challenge: turning the Jeep brand into an international success. The newly-appointed chief executive has set some lofty goals, which include doubling global sales to two million vehicles by the end of the decade
    • Filosa says new products (like the electric Recon and Wagoneer S) will help drive profitability and volume. While Jeep sales have been stagnating, the CEO noted that the automaker saw growth in the first quarter, with a sales increase of 3% in the United States.
    • While new vehicles are important, Filosa says the company’s future growth is based on three pillars. The first is to localize production of its current vehicles to bring costs down. He believes that while the products are strong, production costs are prohibitively high in certain markets.
    • “If you want to grow in more competitive markets, you need a lower cost base,” he said.
    • “For example, with the right cost base, Jeep had a 4.4 market share in Latin America last year, better than the 4% in the US.”
    • The second pillar has to do with powertrain flexibility. While electrification is very important, consumer buying habits have shown manufacturers that the world isn’t ready to go all-electric just yet. Several brands, including General Motors and Mercedes-Benz, have implemented new strategies, focusing more on hybrids and PHEVs, not just pure EVs.
    • Previously, Filosa mentioned that a Jeep plug-in hybrid would arrive in 2025. This is likely the Gladiator PHEV; this more efficient version would bolster appeal and drive up sales. One only needs to look at the Wrangler 4xe to realize this makes sense. Later this year, Jeep will launch the Recon and Wagoneer S, aiming to sell 10,000 battery-electric vehicles before year-end
    • Filosa describes plug-in hybrids as “a good, very versatile transition technology and notes he covers his 22-mile commute on all-electric power while driving his Grand Cherokee 4xe.
    • The final and most important pillar is having an SUV in important segments. Filosa attributes the brand’s declining US sales (from 86% to 52%) to the loss of the Cherokee. Midsized SUVs are essentially a license to print money, and without one, the Toledo-based brand lost out.
    • While the discontinuation of the Renegade did the brand no favors (in terms of sales and market share), the lack of a Cherokee-sized vehicle affected the automaker most. “When you lose your main midsize SUV offer, you are cut off from a segment that in the US alone is worth more than 4 million units a year – which exceeds a good year for the entire German market and is the same size as the whole Latin American region.
    • A trademark application from 2022 suggests Jeep will reenter this important segment once more, possibly with a Liberty-badged SUV. For now, Filosa says the new Recon and Wagoneer S will claw back much-needed market coverage.
  • Autoblog – Ineos Drops the Grenadier Quartermaster
    • Order books for the Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster pickup are now open. The bedded version of the Grenadier “station wagon” SUV is produced at the company’s plant in Hambach, France, meaning it needs to pay the 25% Chicken Tax in order to get past the customs authorities here. So, whereas the Grenadier wagon starts at $71,500, the Quartermaster starts at $86,900 — a 21.6% premium over the wagon. Adhering to the already established template, the Quartermaster comes in a Trialmaster Edition and a Fieldmaster Edition, both adding $8,000 to the price.
    • The pickup sits on a wheelbase and frame that are one foot longer than that of the wagon, creating balanced space for a bed that’s 61.5 inches long and 63.7 inches wide. The dimensions are a touch deceptive, seeing that the spare tire is mounted in the bed. Payload capacity stands at 1,675 pounds, the tow rating at the same 7,716 pounds as the wagon. Ineos says the tailgate can support 500 pounds when open, a big comfort when loading and unloading. A set of tube rails sit above the bed rails and the bed floor comes with a utility rail installed, but quick-release tie-down rings are an $80 option. The options list also offers a canvas canopy for $2,156 that covers the entire bed, it means omitting the external tube rails, though. We’re told there’s a lockable roller tonneau cover in the accessories catalog, but it hasn’t appeared on the configurator yet.
    • The only drivetrain option in the U.S. and Canada is a gas-powered 3.0-liter inline-six sourced from BMW shifting through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, our markets missing out on the six-cylinder turbodiesel. A two-speed transfer case and locking center diff come standard, buyers who expect to encounter rock gardens and muck can option locking front and rear differentials.
    • Ineos claims the Grenadier Quartermaster boasts “approach, breakover and departure angles unrivaled by any other series production pick-up,” but the company hasn’t uploaded those specs to its U.S. site yet. Elsewhere, the spec sheet shows 10.3 inches of ground clearance and 31.5 inches of wading depth.
    • Deliveries are expected before the end of the year.


Main Topic


Fast Five Facts   

  1. New or old vehicle?
  2. Summer or winter camping?
  3. Rock, Sand, Snow or Mud?
  4. Favorite vehicle brand?
  5. Favorite tire?


Tell us about you

How did you get started in off-roading?

What’s your most embarrassing moment on the trail?

Do you have a biggest win on the trail?

Where is your favorite place to wheel?

Any places you want to go that you haven’t gone to?

Tell us about your business

Last we talked, you were planning on going to the West Virginia Adventure travel day at the state capital.  What was it like and were you representing anyone while you were there?

What got you started in building a guide and training business?

Where did you learn the skills to offer these services?  55:30

What kind of trainings do you offer?

Can you tell us where you take your guided trips?

You are also on the board for a few other organizations.  The I4WDTA, the WV County Roads Coalition, & the Ritchie County WV Tourism Board.  What kind of duties does that require of you?

Are you able to use your position on those boards, specifically the WV ones, to keep trails open and even open new or previously closed trails?

You have another company that caters directly to the law enforcement and military.  Do you want to tell us a little about it?

Last question, Where can our listeners find you?

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Next Week:  6th Gen 4Runner


Closing Statements


Mention lets go hunt episode 67 with having jack out the back


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