A 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Germany (Photo : Flickr)
Chrysler has made a point of hailing the "moose test" results performed on the Jeep Grand Cherokee by the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport.
The German magazine found that the SUV managed to safely avoid an obstacle while keeping all four wheels on the road.
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These results come following a heated public relations tussle between Chrysler - which is Jeep's parent company - and the car magazine Teknikens Värld of Sweden.
The Swedish magazine claimed that when the Jeep Grand Cherokee moved around an obstacle at approximately 39.5 miles per hour, it alternately went up on two wheels or had its tires torn from their rims. It posted videos of the test on its website.
The magazine is an industry authority, and results of its moose test have resulted in recalls of cars such as the 1997 Mercedes A-Class.
Chrysler claimed that Teknikens Värld overloaded the SUV before performing the test. The magazine denied the charge, adding that any overloading was the result of the car company's improperly reporting the SUV's curb weight.
The German magazine says that it carried out its test a second time after the results of the Swedish magazine were released, again finding no problem. The car was loaded to capacity and turned sharply at a high rate of speed.
Auto Motor und Sport even managed to arrange a load shift during the turn, but says that this too did not cause the Grand Cherokee to overturn.
"This supports the hypothesis that the Cherokee was overloaded in Sweden," the magazine concludes.
Teknikens Värld has not yet responded to Auto Motor und Sport's findings.