2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

“This car will give you all of the performance, all the luxury, all the style you could want from an SUV at any price.” - Alex Le Friec from EverymanDriver.com


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Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Redefines Premium Pickups

Cherry Hill RAM: 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List for 2013From wardsauto.com:
The Laramie Longhorn is one of few entries in this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Interiors competition to receive near-perfect scores cross the board, with one juror commenting that this is what a truck would look like “if Bentley made pickups.”

Supple leather is everywhere, in just the right shade of saddle brown that fits with the dusty copper motif of the great American West. Lightly finished real burled walnut trim, as if repurposed from fence posts or a classic barn, is applied throughout the cabin.

Continue reading: http://wardsauto.com/ward039s-10-best-interiors/ram-1500-laramie-longhorn-redefines-premium-pickups

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2013 Dodge Dart: Eco-Friendly Extreme

Many of today’s drivers try to at least be aware of their vehicles impact on the environment. And while many manufacturers try to catch up to this growing trend, the 2013 Dodge Dart leaves them in the dust.

From wxyz.com:
On this Earth Day, Detroit is flexing its eco-muscle and offering cars that get better gas mileage, use recycled products and cheat the wind. All in an effort to save money and the environment.

The Dodge Dart helps save the environment by offering world class aerodynamics and getting 41 miles per gallon

This Dodge packs a powerful punch in the Earth-friendly department. At the end of each Dart’s life ALL the plastics and metals can be recycled.

The Dart’s carpets are made from recycled milk jugs, and the noise cancelling padding in the trunk is made from recycled denim jeans.

But that’s not all! The power steering operates without toxic fluid and the time between oil changes are now farther apart.

“With the Dart you can go up to 8,000 miles before you are required to get an oil change, which is good for the environment because of less waste,” says Peter Milosavlevski, Dart’s Organization Engineer.

Chrysler is dedicated to being eco-friendly.

Continue reading: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/money/auto_news/aerodynamic-dodge-dart-helps-chrysler-cheat-the-wind-and-become-earth-friendly

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2013 Ram 1500 SLT V-6 Big Horn Quad Cab

2013 Ram 1500 SLT

For the 2013 model year, the Ram 1500 received a comprehensive refresh was named our 2013 Truck of the Year in the process. After spending some extended seat time in a mid-range Ram 1500 SLT Big Horn V-6, our decision to give Ram the award for 2013 was firmly validated.

Having already experienced the opulence of the leather-lined Laramie Longhorn, we purposefully selected a mid-pack trim level that would be representative of a large volume of sales, as well as within reach of the majority of new truck buyers. Apart from the rich leather, fine stitching and luxury features of the Longhorn, we wanted to examine the Ram 1500 on its inherent merits, not just the icing on the cake.

Even in the workmanlike SLT Big Horn V-6 trim, the Ram impresses. Aside from a generous level of equipment relative to similarly-priced competitive models, the Ram’s performance, comfort and refinement all stood out as baked-in traits that buyers would get regardless of trim level.

Continue reading: http://www.trucktrend.com/roadtests/pickup/163_304_2013_ram_1500_v6_quad_cab_first_test/index.html

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2013 Chrysler 200 convertible, sir

From stltoday.com:
In a classic “Simpsons” episode, Homer objects when his wife wants to leave a ritzy private club because she’s uncomfortable with all the high-brow snootiness. “But, Marge,” Homer protests, “it’s the first time anyone’s ever called me ‘sir’ without adding ‘you’re making a scene.’ ”

I can relate.

During our recent stint with the 2013 Chrysler 200 Limited convertible, the surprising elegance of this affordably priced drop-top drew a bevy of gushing compliments. Among them was one from a young lady strolling past our top-down 200:

“I’d sure love to have your car, sir.”

Continue reading: http://www.stltoday.com/classifieds/transportation/reviews/chrysler-convertible-it-makes-the-scene-sir/article_a16ac7ca-bea9-53dc-ac07-151307a52207.html

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2013 Chrysler Town & Country: Minivan Popularity Continues

2013 Chrysler Town & CountryFrom philly.com:
Thirty years ago, Chrysler’s tinkers put a van body on a car-like front-drive platform and the modern minivan was born.

A flexible beast of burden good at hauling both people and cargo, the Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth minivans became a big hit in suburbia – and thus played a large role in the company’s escape from insolvency. Their considerable profitability was why the folks at Chrysler called them “the crown jewels.”

Indeed, Chrysler gets more than a third of the apple. It gets more than half. U.S. sales of Chrysler’s three minivans – Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and a pure cargo variant called the Ram Truck Cargo Van – totaled 260,287 last year. That’s almost 16 percent of Chrysler’s total vehicle sales for 2012, which was 1.61 million.

The minivan has been able to stay in the half million-per-year sales range, in Velisek’s view, because of the functionality edge it holds over crossovers. Simply put, it’s roomier than most crossovers. I can’t think of a crossover that will carry a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood.

The Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan utilize the same architecture and mechanicals. The difference is in their amenities and price. The Dodge has a base price of $19,995, which is rather remarkable for a minivan that has 144 cubic feet of cargo space, gets good pep from its 3.6-liter V-6, and boasts EPAs of 25 m.p.g. on the highway.

The Town & Country, while it uses the same bones, the same 280-horsepower Pentastar V-6, and the same six-speed automatic, is markedly more upscale. The base Touring model starts at $30,395, and the top-of-the-line Limited opens at $40,395. The middle-of-the-pack Touring-L that I spent a recent week in based at $33,395.

Continue reading: http://articles.philly.com/2013-04-07/news/38348757_1_minivan-sales-general-motors

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Upgraded 2014 Dodge Durango SUV rolls into New York auto show

2014 Dodge Durango SUVFrom autoweek.com:
The Durango’s new eight-speed automatic transmission adopts the rotary shifter that debuted on the 2013 Ram pickup. Dodge says the transmission, which replaces five-speed and six-speed automatics in the current Durango, will help boost fuel economy by up to 9 percent.

Exterior changes to the Durango include a restyled grille and the adoption of a LED taillights in the “racetrack” design used on Dodge cars. Also, the Durango gets a capless fuel port.

Inside, the instrument panel is redesigned to include a 7-inch reconfigurable screen in the gauge cluster and either 5-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreens with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment center in the center stack.

Joining the options list is a Blu-Ray/DVD rear-seat entertainment unit with 9-inch high-definition screens mounted on the back of the front seats.

Continue reading: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130328/NEWYORK/130329811

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Chrysler Achieves New Milestone: 36 Consecutive Months of Growth

2013 Dodge Dart SE AERO SedaFrom mlive.com:
Chrysler Group LLC expects its sales streak to hit 36-consecutive months of year-over-year sales in March.

Reid Bigland, Chrysler head of U.S. sales, said he anticipates the Auburn Hills-based automaker to achieve the milestone, including a double-digit sales growth for the Dodge brand.

“March is going to be a squeaker, but I think we’ll be up from a sales perspective,” he told media following the unveiling of the 2014 Dodge Durango at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

Bigland, also head of Dodge president and CEO, said all of the Dodge brand’s vehicles are helping contribute to its success.

Continue reading: http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2013/03/chrysler_exec_sales_streak_to.html


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The Chrysler Foundation to Fund ‘Out of This World’ Science Initiative

The Chrysler FoundationMore than 50 years since a Chrysler-built Redstone rocket launched Alan Shepard into space, The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, will present Warren (Mich.) Consolidated School’s Butcher Educational Center with a $17,500 grant to help send their science experiment to the International Space Station this fall.

Overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) typically gives 300-plus students across a community the ability to design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, first aboard the final flights of the Space Shuttle and then on the International Space Station–America’s newest national laboratory. The Butcher Educational Center, which includes the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC), Community High School and North Star Academy, is one of 11 school districts selected nationally to participate in this national science, technology engineering and mathematics initiative.

Continue reading: http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=40419

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BREAKING NEWS: Chrysler Wins 2013 Brand Image Award

“Most Refined Brand”

The traditional luxury brand of non-luxury brands, Chrysler combines an air of confidence with a sense of flair. The result is a lineup and a brand that feel a class above their competitors. – Kelley Blue Book



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