The Jeep Renegade was named the 2016 Car of the Year in Brazil by Autoesporte magazine (Editora Globo), which has been hosted annually by the magazine since 1966.

Since its commercial launch in April, the locally produced Jeep Renegade has set several benchmarks. In July, Jeep Renegade earned the title of the safest Brazilian-made vehicle for adults and children as evaluated by the independent Latin NCAP program in crash tests, achieving the highest five-star rating. The Renegade is the leader in sales within the SUV segment in Brazil and became one of the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the market in the months of September and October, according to the automaker.

“We are honored to receive this important recognition,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The Jeep Renegade is made in Brazil for Brazil. This is the right vehicle, at the right time, to help drive the expansion of the Jeep brand in Brazil and across Latin America.”

A total of 20 journalists from various outlets and regions across the country served as jurors for the annual Autoesporte magazine Car of Year Awards.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet