North American International Auto Show 2001

Jeep Willys

The Jeep Willys
The Jeep Willys

One of the most recognizable vehicles on the road since World War II has been the original Jeep Wrangler. At this week's auto show, Daimler Chrysler revealed a 21st century version of the Jeep. The Jeep Willys (pronounced Wil-eez) is named for the early Jeeps that were built by Willys-Overland.

The Willys' body is made with injection-molded plastic, a new body-technology that saves up to 50 percent in body weight and manufacturing costs. The injection-molded plastic allows designers to create shapes that can't be made with conventional stamped metal. And this plastic is nearly 100 percent recyclable.

Another striking feature of the Willys design is the light gray tires from Michelin, which compliment the color of the vehicle's body. Inside, the Willys concept has a satellite-radio receiver built into the pastel-green dash.

The Jeep Willys is powered by a 1.6 liter, in-line four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower. It has a four-speed automatic transmission and a shift-on-the-fly transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive.