Last October the Brazilian consumer was the first in the world to receive the new Jeep Compass. Now the average SUV that has become the absolute leader of its segment – a true success story among SUVs – comes to the 2018 lineup with new versions and developments that bring even more technology, style, convenience and off-road capability. The Compass line is even more complete with the Limited Diesel setting. It arrives to be a more sophisticated alternative within the line equipped with the engine 2.0 MultiJet II, of 170 hp and 350 Nm and the transmission of nine speeds. Alongside the Compass Trailhawk, with all its vocation for off-road, this new option forms a pair of top versions. All versions powered by the 2.0-liter Tigershark Flex, up to 166 hp, received the Stop / Start system, an important advance in the field of energy efficiency. Beside the intelligent alternator and fuel pump, which work on demand only when needed, this technology made Compass Flex up to 11% more economical.

More sophistication

Another important innovation is that every Jeep Compass 2018 has compatibility with the Android Auto and Apple Carplay systems as standard, making the efficient Uconnect multimedia hub even better, which is internationally prized for the number of features and ease of use. And in the Sport version, the evolution became more visible, literally, with the current screen switching to a larger, 7.0-inch, high-definition color. The other configurations display the already established 8.4-inch monitor. The graphics have been modernized and are applied to both types of screens. And there are more new standard equipment scattered all over the Compass line: for the Sport, the air conditioner becomes two-zone digital as in other configurations. The Longitude (Flex and Diesel) versions come with leather seats, which can be in the new Ski Graycolor, an elegant light shade of gray available also for Limited options, which continues with the Caramel option in addition to Black (standard in Longitude and Trailhawk). Speaking in color, it is worth highlighting the increased options, with the introduction of the solid Green Recon, recently used in the special 75-year series of the Jeep Renegade, and the metallic Brown Horizon. Other innovations are in the list of options, with electric opening of the trunk lid for the Trailhawk and Limited versions, which can now be equipped with 19-inch wheels married to 235/45 tires – the standard ones are 18 inches paired with 225/55 tires.

National most technological SUV

Apart from all the content that debuts in the 2018 line of the Jeep Compass, the model continues to stand out as the average SUV with the highest level of technology among all manufactured in Brazil. Available for the Limited and Trailhawk versions, the High Tech package is made up of advanced items such as: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Track Change Tracking (LDW), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Warning and Prevention (FCWP), which includes automatic braking, remote start of the engine and Park Assist semi-automatic parking system, which operates in parallel and perpendicular paths. In addition, there are noteworthy standard equipment for Compass Limited and Trailhawk, such as xenon headlamps and blind spot monitoring (which can be adjusted to give only visual, visual and audible warnings or until switched off). And in the Longitude setting the Keyless Enter ‘n’ Go presence switch is factory set.


The FCA Group has long been linked to the forces and security forces of the Italian state. The relationship was born after World War II, when all patrol vehicles were Alfa Romeo. Since then, several models have joined the authorities, among them are some designed for off-road driving and signed by the Jeep. The American manufacturer made available to the Carabinieri during this time a series of models of the Renegade and Wrangler models, which have just received a reinforcement with the arrival of a new member to the fleet, an older brother who will be willing to fight crime, especially in the counterterrorism unit. This is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In fact, there will be 19 copies that will be made available to the Italian police. All of them have a special equipment and a series of elements of the patrol cars. As an example of safety, the Grand Cherokee uses a shield that extends through the windshield, side and rear windows, tires and body, plus the presence of a suspension that has been reinforced to improve the capabilities of the SUV. These special models feature new blue LED flashing lights on the rear cover and placed on the sides of the number plate. Inside, they are equipped with advanced technological systems that are used by the Carabinieri, such as the Odino system, which connects in real time to the joint databases of the Italian police, as well as the authorities of registry of vehicles. The system runs on a 7.0-inch Android tablet and conveniently sits on a sliding frame in the dashboard.

Regarding the mechanical part, this Jeep Grand Cherokee of the Italian police is driven by a turbo diesel diesel V6 Multijet of 3.0 liters and a power of 190 hp. This block is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission with torque converter and a four-wheel drive system.  The first copy of the fleet of 19 vehicles was delivered to the Italian Carabinieri a few days ago in Rome. By the end of this year, the entire Grand Cherokee fleet will be in active service in Italy, reinforcing the historic association between the FCA Group and the Carabinieri. 


Some brands of the FCA group have decided to advance some important news that will be presented at the Hall of New York 2017. The first full image of the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been revealed and now the images and the first data of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, to be the most powerful SUV in the world. There is no manufacturer that offers an SUV with the power number of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 717 hp. The Mercedes-AMG G 65 develops 630 hp, while the BMW X5 M and the Porsche Panamera Turbo are behind the G 65. This spectacular power rating is due to the introduction of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that is used in the Dodge’s Hellcat versions, delivering 717 hp and 875 Nm of maximum torque. This allows the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to accelerate from 0 to 96 km / h (60 mph) in only 3.5 seconds and to achieve the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds, reaching a speed of 186 km / h. Its maximum speed is 280 km / h. But this new version of the Cherokee line is not only engine, since it equips to great disc brakes with forceps of 6 pistons in the front and four in the back signed by the Brembo, what allows him to brake in the dry from the 100 km / h in 35 meters . A very important difference compared to other models equipped with the Hellcat V8 engine is the 8-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, which in the case of the Jeep has a Track mode in which the changes are made in only 160 milliseconds. The wheels are 20 inches on both axles and can mount cast or forged aluminum wheels.

Aesthetically it is not easy to distinguish it from the Cherokee SRT8, as they are very similar. The only palpable differences are the new front air intakes, which are functional. One is used to cool the engine, while the other is used to cool the lubrication system. In addition to the new air intakes, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk features 4 black exhaust ports instead of the two we saw in test prototypes, and the ‘Trackhawk’ and ‘Supercharged’ emblems on various parts of the body. The interior offers the best configuration available on the Grand Cherokee line, with an 8.4-inch touch screen for the infotainment system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As new features come the performance visualization features. After its presentation in New York, its commercialization will not happen until the last quarter of this year.

2018 – JEEP WRANGLER     

The first images of the new generation of the Jeep Wrangler we were able to meet a few weeks ago, but now for its premiere at the Los Angeles Show 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released a huge photo gallery, which allows you to meet the iconic model from all angles and details. The new generation of Jeep all-terrain will hit the market completely renovated next year, but with an exterior aesthetic that managed to retain its main characteristics unchanged, such as the traditional vertical seven-bar grille, round headlights and its unmistakable profile.  The new Jeep Wrangler was developed on a new platform and includes a body with aluminum panels, which allowed to reduce its weight in relation to the previous model. It will be available in enclosed and convertible body format with both removable panels and in foldable roof versions of fabric. Where changes really are most evident with this renovation is on the inside, while retaining the panel format, adds new technologies and trims that can improve the perception of quality. It now includes new instrumentation with a 7.0-inch color screen that covers on-board computer functions as well as a new UConnect infotainment system with a touch screen up to 8.4 inches with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and integrated navigation. The engine offering of the new Jeep Wrangler 2018 will include two petrol alternatives in the United States. The first of these will be the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that develops 290 horsepower, which comes coupled to a six-speed manual or automatic eight-ratio transmission. In addition, there will be a new turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine with 270 horsepower. It is a micro-hybrid that will be associated with a 48-volt battery that reuses the braking energy, which can also be combined with a manual or automatic transmission. Subsequently the line will be complemented with a diesel engine of 2.0 liters, that will be destined to the markets of Europe.


The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most powerful SUV on the market, but that did not stop Hennessey Performance, a well-known American-based American preparer, taking it to a new level. After leaving its 6.2-liter V8 engine with 1,000 horsepower, in a version that was announced about a year ago, John Hennessey’s brand has just released a version with 1,216 horsepower and 1,354 Nm of maximum torque. These numbers, which nearly double the 717 hp that the Trackhawk delivers as standard, allow this ‘Super SUV’ to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.3 seconds and to reach the quarter mile in just 9.6 seconds. The maximum announced speed is 322 km / h. To reach these numbers, Hennessey added a new air induction system, new manifolds, a huge volumetric compressor and a few other changes to the already powerful 4.5-liter V8 engine. In addition, according to the trainer, it is possible to activate and deactivate the total traction system. Limited to only 24 units, this HPE1200 version of the Hennessey Performance Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is available in the United States for $ 179,000. Watch the video .

The origins of the Christmas tree

The Christmas tree has an ancient tradition that is traced back to the Germanic peoples. They used to celebrate the Winter Solstice (December 21st) by going into the woods and cutting off a fir tree as a propitiatory rite. Carried into the house, the fir tree was decorated with garlands and sweets: in short, a real ancestor of our Christmas Tree.  From the ancient to the medieval world it was later assimilated by Christianity. The derivation of modern usage from these traditions, however, has not been proven with certainty. The earliest historical references to the Christmas tree tradition can be found in Germany in 1570 and in 1605, where it bears witness to Christmas trees decorated with paper roses, apples, waffles, candies and sugar cubes. In 1660 we have the first testimony of a tree decorated with candles. However, it is the city of Riga, capital of Latvia, which is the site of the first Christmas tree in history (there is a plaque written in eight languages, according to which the “first New Year tree” was decorated in the city in 1510). Prior to this first “official” appearance of the online Christmas shop tree, however, we can also find a medieval religious tradition celebrated in Germany on December 24th, where the squares and churches of trees with fruit and symbols of abundance were filled to recreate the image of the earthly Paradise. This medieval tradition of the Tree of Paradise is one of the many mysteries of the Middle Ages. He told the story of Creation and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The scenic furniture that represented Paradise lost was a tree, often a fir tree, to which hung apples and round wafers imitating the consecrated host. Even when the mysteries fell out of favor people kept their memories alive by decorating a tree of Paradise in their homes on December 24th, the feast of the saints Adam and Eve.

The White House Christmas Tree

The tradition of the Christmas tree arrived in the United States during the War of Independence, along with the Germanic troops who fought alongside the British. It is said that in 1804 American soldiers in Fort Deaborn, Illinois, erected a Christmas tree, but it was the Germans who remained in the United States to spread the custom of decorating a fir tree. Only in 1850, however, the Christmas tree could be considered widespread throughout the United States; before this date it was considered only a tradition coming from abroad.

The National Christmas tree

In the United States the ignition of the Christmas tree is a national media event, as well as the prelude to a month of festivities and shows. This event, which since 1925 was broadcast live on radio, since 1946 has become a television show, followed every year by millions of people, and broadcast back into the world in 34 languages. The first national Christmas tree was illuminated on December 24, 1923, under the Coolidge presidency. The tree had previously been positioned in the Ellipse, the oval garden south of the White House, in November of the same year. On Christmas Eve, President Coolidge activated the switch and turned on the lights, in front of a crowd of three thousand spectators.

In 1932 some carefully hidden speakers were installed in the tree, used to spread all around Christmas songs. The tree, for all the years in which this tradition was carried out, was baptized “the singing tree”, and always attracted thousands of visitors. Due to some urban transformations, the lighting ceremony was moved to Lafayette Park in 1934, north of the White House. Instead of using a new tree every year, from 1934 to 1938 it was decided to decorate one of the 23 firs alternately near the statue of Andrew Jackson. In 1939 the ceremony returned to the more spacious garden of the White House, Elisse. In December 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was present at the time of the ignition alongside President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In wartime, from 1942 to 1944, the blackouts prevented the ignition of the tree. Moreover, due to the restrictions due to the war, new decorations were not installed; they used old ones, many of them donated by the pupils of the capital. From 1948 to 1951, President Truman spent his Christmas holidays at his home in Missouri, and only in 1952 he lit the tree directly from the White House. From 1954 to 1973, trees cut at the base of the trunk were used every year; subsequently, following the protest of many citizens and environmental groups, we used live trees, transplanted in Elise. In 1973 the tree was donated by the National Arborist Association, with the idea of using from that moment onwards always that single plant, so as not to have to uproot others. But in 1976, unfortunately, he began to die, and the next year the new tree was destroyed by a storm. In 1978 a Colorado spruce was planted, which is still used today. In 1963 Lyndon Johnson postponed the ignition of the tree at the end of the national mourning period following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter announced that no lights would be lit until the liberation of American hostages from the embassy in Iran. The General Electrics, which every year since 1962 provided the lights and ornaments, had also created a system of lights and visual effects, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edison’s invention, the incandescent bulb, but the tree still remained turned off.

In 1980 the tree was lit for only 417 seconds, to symbolize all the days of imprisonment of the hostages. When the hostages were released, in January of the following year, the tree was redecorated and illuminated in time for their return, In March 1981, President Ronald Reagan was the victim of an attempted murder, and consequently for security reasons, the ignition of the tree, for that Christmas, was carried out from within the White House. This year President George W. Bush turned on the tree lights on December 6th. Ignition from beginning to three weeks of musical events; this year there will be artists like Sara Evans (best female voice of the Academy of Country Music), the very young Julian Ivey (star of Broadway) and Holly Stell (nicknamed “the little Pavarotti”), and then the band of the US Air Force, gospel choirs and dancers. The Christmas tree, illuminated by low-consumption LEDs, will be lit from dusk until 11.00 pm, every day, until the first of January.

The tree of the White House

In addition to the tree placed in the Elisse, a tree is chosen each year to be placed inside the White House, in the so-called Blue Room. The selection is particularly rigid, and takes place among tens of millions of Christmas trees. The tradition of placing a Christmas tree in the White House dates back to December 25, 1889, with President Benjamin Harrison. What was born as a simple and intimate moment of reunion for the President’s family, became a real ritual that has been repeated since then year after year. The decorations of this tree have always reflected the tastes and the will of the presidential family: it was the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy who gave rise to the Christmas tradition, when in 1961 she decorated the tree with pretty toys inspired by the work “The Nutcracker” of Tchaikovsky. The theme of the last Christmas were the holidays in the American national parks. The tree in the Blue Room of the White House was decorated with 347 hand-decorated objects, representing historical sites, parks, monuments, beaches and national parks.

Christmas is coming and decorating the theme house is perhaps the fun part. The Christmas period opens the doors to the renovation of the house. The decorations, the tree, and the thematic decorative elements bring a breath of novelty in furnishing, even if temporary. It is therefore important to choose the decorations well, in order to have a stylish home, which offers suggestive atmospheres and embodies the Christmas meaning in all its facets. Christmas decorations should match the style of the home and, often, it is difficult, especially if you have a sober and classic decor. The Shabby Chic style is the perfect combination of vintage and modern, between elegant and innovative, between the taste of yesterday and that of tomorrow. So why not think of a Shabby-style Christmas tree for this year?

Shabby Chic style: history and characteristics

Shabby Christmas tree total white Shabby Chic was born in Britain, already in the early 80s. The mold is very reminiscent of the discreet English elegance, the tasteful and refined taste of the old-fashioned villas of England. It was used a lot in country houses. Over time it has attracted the attention of the city market and has become a fashion much followed and appreciated by the bourgeois and upper-class families. In Italy, the Shabby Chic style has only been around for a few years. It comes from the concept of renovating old objects and furniture, without distorting their original shapes and decorations. It is characterized by rounded forms, very rococo, and decorations, inlays, and numerous, majestic, showy carvings, typical of a few centuries ago. Another fundamental characteristic of Shabby style are the colors: strictly white, in all its nuances and pastel nuances extremely soft. The third fundamental characteristic, in order to define a Shabby Chic object, is the aspect, which must look dusty, as if it had just been recovered from an attic.

How to decorate a Shabby Chic style Christmas tree

white and pink shabby Christmas treeRiding on fashion you can choose to set up a Shabby Christmas tree for this year. The winning move would be to buy a white fir. Alternatively, by using spray cans, you can sprinkle a classic green Christmas tree. To create a Shabby-style Christmas tree, one must think of majesty, abundance, and wealth. It is important to load the decorations fir, fill it, abound with bows, ribbons, and balls. The Shabby tree must overflow, give the idea of celebration, of fullness.

The predominant color must be white,n all its forms. A particularly captivating version is that which involves the introduction of some pieces in light pink: a delicate combination, particularly bright and of great impact. As a color to combine with white, gold can also be dared, which recalls the concept of richness and abundance, silver, a turquoise blue or a very light green. The general advice is: if the fir tree has white branches, yes to the decorations in two colors like white and a choice of colors. If, instead, has the green, the total white decorations are better.

Shabby fabric hearts with pocket

They are delicious little hearts in fabric that recall in all respects the true essence of Shabby. They seem really out of the hands of a lady from the English countryside of the 80s. These are little hearts covered in raw cotton, to hang on the Christmas tree. The base is white, but they are enhanced by a passementerie in antique lace, and by inserts in dove-colored fabric finely decorated with small polka dots. At the center of the heart stands an insert in dove gray fabric, decorated with a big button. The seams have a slightly frayed effect, like old and worn. The effect is that of “hand-made object from grandma”, exactly in line with the concept that Shabby Chic wants to bring to the world.

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