DETROIT – Jeep’s development of the ’07 Compass cross/utility vehicle was shaped by market research that shocked Chrysler Group executives. Focus groups were shown designs representing the entry-level Compass and a segment-mate that grew into the Jeep Patriot concept vehicle that debuted last year at the Frankfurt auto show. Women tended to prefer the Compass design, which is reminiscent of the Jeep Liberty with its rounded corners. Meanwhile, men gravitated toward the hard-edged ...

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