The story leading up to a Swedish magazine’s scurrilous accusation against the 2012 Grand Cherokee reminds me of the 1973 movie, The Sting.

Both involve cheating. But unlike the movie, the magazine won’t win any Oscars and the Swedish characters can’t match the professional genius of Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

The movie is divided into scenes that have names such as “The Set-Up,” which describes the criminal enterprise the characters use to target their mark.

The magazine’s mark was the 2012 Grand Cherokee. And the vehicle was definitely “set up,” which is nothing short of criminal.

There’s nothing wrong with evaluating the most acclaimed SUV in history. We at Chrysler Group welcome such scrutiny! But by the admission of test-driver Ruben Börjesson, the vehicle used to perform the extreme maneuver was overloaded by 110 lbs.

No vehicle should be operated in an overloaded condition, especially by a publication that purports to promote driving safety.

Not so oddly enough, when U.S. blog approached Swedish magazine Web Editor Mattias Rabe about the load weight, he – I quote – “couldn't remember the weight of off the top of his head.” Mr. Rabe didn’t remember such a negligible (!) detail. Hilarious, isn’t it? I kindly recommend Mr. Web Editor get some phosphorous tablets, “a well-known supplement to support brain and memory.” (I quote from

Another of the movie’s scenes is “The Shut-Out,” which has a shameful parallel to the magazine’s story. Not only are its readers denied the truth – that the uncharacteristic result is counterfeit – the magazine also slammed the door on the time-honored practice of allowing fair comment, a fundamental building block of journalistic principle.

Chrysler Group was advised of the magazine’s “findings” only after its pages were printed. The offer was then made to include our reaction in the publication’s next edition.

What were they afraid of? The truth, apparently.

Chrysler Group sent engineers to Sweden to witness the magazine again perform the aggressive maneuver, even though it is not used by any regulatory agency to establish safety ratings.

This time the Grand Cherokee was loaded properly. (Because we were watching, perhaps?) And the atypical outcome observed previously could not be repeated. Despite numerous attempts.

Expect the magazine to maintain its innocence, even though its editors have been caught red-handed. Because the truth doesn’t just hurt. It stings.