92.5 XTU Favorite Miranda Lambert joins Ram Trucks Family as Official Spokesperson

925-xtu-favorite-miranda-lambert-joins-ram-trucks-family-as-official-spokespersonStory by Nate Rau
Miranda Lambert is the new spokeswoman for Dodge Ram trucks, and will begin the new partnership by auctioning off a customized truck to benefit her Nashville-based animal charity.

The auction is the start of a relationship that will evolve in 2015, according to a press release.

In addition to furthering Lambert’s status as a mainstream corporate pitchwoman, the deal will also benefit her charity MuttNation Foundation. Ram has given Lambert a customized 1500 Laramie Longhorn, which she will auction on eBay.

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Fans can also bid on autographed copies of her new album “Platinum,” tickets to upcoming shows or signed guitars.

“I have lived my entire life surrounded by trucks even to this day,” Lambert said in a press release. “I have also written songs that mention trucks, so I am so happy to be partnering with Ram. And I’m thankful for their generosity in allowing me to auction off a Ram Laramie Longhorn for MuttNation Foundation.”

Her charity, which has raised more than $2.2 million in the last seven years, is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a better life for shelter animals, increasing pet adoptions and discouraging euthanasia for healthy animals.

“It’s a cause so close to my heart! I’m looking forward to more exciting news with Ram Trucks in 2015,” Lambert said.

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Robert Hegblom, president and CEO of the Ram truck brand, said Lambert is a perfect match for the company. Ram Trucks is the fastest growing truck brand in America recording 54 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains as of October.

“She values hard work, courage and lives her life to the fullest – the same characteristics that our brand celebrates in our owners,” he said.

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Jeep popularity to reach 1 million vehicles sold in 2014

new-jersey-jeep-autoland-popularity-to-reach-1-million-vehicles-sold-in-2014Philadelphia: The world is becoming a Jeep Autoland as the brands ambitious goal of selling 1 millions vehicles in 2014, set into motion by Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne, is becoming a reality. Cherry Hill Jeep is proud to have made a large contribution to the inevitable success.

The SUV brand sold about 747,000 vehicles through September, already topping last year’s all-time global sales record of 731,565, according to Jeep Marketing Director Jim Morrison. The sales mark Jeep’s fifth consecutive year of sales increases globally and in the U.S.

“It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of fun to go and try and get that goal,” he said during a recent phone interview. “We’re on track and we need to keep the momentum for the balance of the year in order to obtain the 1 million goal.”

The goal, if achieved, would be a 37 percent increase for the brand compared to 2013.

Marchionne announced the 1 million target in January during a press conference at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Automotive analysts at the time called the goal ambitious but attainable given Jeep’s momentum and new offerings in the marketplace.

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“The biggest part, and what we’re proudest of … is that every Jeep is up,” Morrison said. “We’re not taking all of our customer base and rejuvenating them; we’re bringing new customers to the brand and every Jeep is continuing to grow.”

In the U.S., sales were up 45 percent to nearly 516,400 vehicles sold through September. The impressive sales, according to TrueCar.com, come with Jeep’s average buyer incentives of $2,113 being the lowest of any Chrysler brand and about $650 lower than the industry average of $2,768.

Sales of the Cherokee and all-new Renegade are expected to particularly help Jeep hit its sales goal during the last three months of the year. The midsize Cherokee will continue gaining incremental sales in China and Europe, and the subcompact Renegade arrived in European showrooms last week. The Renegade is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms at the end of the year, followed by full inventories in early 2015 – helping Jeep continue its momentum into next year.

Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer said he isn’t surprised that the Jeep brand is on track for 1 million sales globally, because the brand continues to grow in key markets such as China – the largest Jeep market outside the U.S.

“They’re growing like crazy and I don’t see any reason to think that they will not continue in that direction,” he said. “Marchionne knew the global power and influence of the Jeep brand, which is why he wanted it so bad.

“He has leveraged that brand and image very effectively.”

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Chrysler increases Ram 1500 truck production in the US

philadelphia-chrysler-increases-ram-1500-truck-production-in-united-statesChrysler has increased US production of the Ram 1500 as a direct result of consumer demand and employee-suggested changes to increase efficiency. At the request of management, employees submitted thousands of suggestions and – in a move rarely seen anywhere in the known universe – management listened.

Story by Michael Wayland
The Auburn Hills-based automaker increased production by 100 vehicles a day, or more than 28,585 additional vehicles a year. Chrysler upped capacity by using new ideas and incremental investments to refine its production processes at more than 350 plant work stations – from automation changes in the body shop to improvements to its paint shop. The changes were implemented from the end of 2013 through the summer shutdown in August.

Chrysler attributes the new processes to hourly employees submitting thousands of suggestions as part of the automaker’s “World Class Manufacturing” initiative that was introduced by Fiat when it took control of Chrysler in June 2009.

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Through WCM, which aims to reduce waste and increase quality, efficiency and safety, the new processes streamline jobs by improving workplace ergonomics. One simple example was creating “kits” of related parts that allow operators to focus on assembly.

“There was a lot of work done here by the workforce,” said Curt Towne, plant manager, during a media event Thursday morning to discuss changes to the plant. “This isn’t something that was management-driven. This is something that was driven from the floor.”

The Warren plant’s nearly 3,600 hourly employees, including 1,100 hired in the past 18 months, work four 10-hour days on two shifts that run at least six days a week. Towne said small improvements such as not making an employee walk as far to get a part or color-coordinating engine part bins can have a significant impact.

The new operations, according to employees, were tested for roughly six months and implemented primarily during the plant’s two-week shutdown last month. Allen Nichols, a plant launch team member, said the idea was to make sure everything worked before changing things.

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“We tried to spearhead as many things as we could before that two-week process started,” he said, adding the company will be able to use the improvements for future vehicles.

Towne said WCM has brought a “common language” to Chrysler’s plants, where each plant operates similarly to adopt the best processes. He added the plant will continue to test new processes to increase production.

“There’s a lot more capacity here,” he said. “We’re always looking for opportunities.”

The 76-year-old plant has produced more than 228,000 vehicles through August. In 2013, the plant produced more than 291,500 trucks, up from 227,453 in 2012.

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2015 Dodge Ram brings the best value in Fuel Economy with EcoDiesel engine

2015 Dodge Ram brings the best value in Fuel Economy with EcoDiesel enginePhiladelphia: When every penny counts on the job site, Cherry Hill Ram wants to know – shouldn’t your next workhorse to be fuel efficient and cost effective?

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The 2015 Ram 1500 at Cherry Hill Ram leads pickup truck fuel economy with winning powertrains: exclusive 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel with 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 28 miles per gallon (mpg) and Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower and best-in-class gasoline fuel economy of 25 mpg. Ram 1500 holds the top two spots in half-ton truck fuel economy, even beating small trucks.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine is mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, the powertrain system delivers an outstanding combination of fuel efficiency at 28 mpg, unsurpassed torque of 420 lb.-ft. and up to 9,200 pounds of towing capability.

Cherry Hill Ram Trucks offer the best value in half-ton trucks with a starting price of $23,970, plus $1,195 destination and includes a standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. The exclusive V-6 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 greater than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with Torqueflite eight-speed transmission.

The 2015 Ram 1500 capitalizes on a truckload of exclusive, pioneering, fuel-saving systems, including: eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics with grille shutters and air suspension.

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The Ram 1500 earned Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year in 2013 and 2014, the first time a vehicle of any type has taken the coveted award back-to-back. The Ram 1500 also won the Truck of Texas in 2013 and 2014 – a rare double, back-to-back combination in the pickup segment.

Aptly branded EcoDiesel, the 3.0-liter powerplant is a turbocharged 60-degree, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) 24-valve V-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque is more efficient than all V-6 gasoline engines in the half-ton category. This abundant torque from a 3.0-liter engine is the enabler for 9,200 pounds of towing capacity while delivering fuel economy of 28 mpg on the highway.

Like the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engines already offered on the Ram 1500, the EcoDiesel V-6 is mated to the TorqueFlite 8, the only eight-speed automatic transmission offered in the half-ton class.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward’s 10 Best Engines Award three years in a row) with variable-valve timing (VVT) offers 305 horsepower, 269 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class gasoline fuel economy of 25 mpg.

The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT provides 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque.

The class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) is standard equipment with 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel and 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar models.
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40 Years After His First Car Broke Down In Woods, Man Discovers It Covered In Moss

Some things must be lost for decades in order for us to appreciate their real value later in life.

That was the case for Pekka Nummelin, a carpenter born and rasied in Mekkeli, Finland, and his first car that he abandoned in the woods behind his parents house, 40 years ago. He originally bought the seafoam green 1967 Ford Anglia to help him get to and from his first job while still living at home in his early 20s, his son Tommi Nummelin told HuffPost in an email.

However, the car struggled through the cold Finnish winters as Pekka drove 20 miles each day on dirt roads. When the upper radiator hose came lose, spraying anti-freeze all over the road one night, he assumed it was leaking and filled the compartment with water. The water partially froze the cooling channels overnight, preventing the engine from starting the following morning. Once Pekka and his brother tow-started the Anglia with a tractor, the icy water in the radiator reached the hot engine, cracking the block and killing the poor car right there on the spot.

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“My uncle helped my dad by towing the car in the woods behind their house,” wrote Tommi. “Dad bought another Anglia … leaving the old sedan behind for spares.”

After his parents died and his remaining family members moved away, Pekka relocated to the other side of town and built his life with Tommi’s mother. However, his parents’ property and all that remained on it was never sold, left untouched and isolated.

Last weekend, the family was discussing cars when his father said his old Anglia was probably sitting right where he left it in 1974. So they decided to then pay the old house a visit — only 20 miles away from their new location — and see if the car was still there.


“After walking for some minutes through the forest that has slowly been growing the last 40 years, we found a small mossy patch in it where he had left his car,” Tommi told HuffPost. “The Ford was in better nick than anyone really expected. Because of the remote location, all glasses and lights (except one that was smashed during towing) were intact.”


From the pictures Tommi initially posted on Reddit, one can tell that the paint is still in good condition, and the chrome pieces look nearly perfect. However, Tommi said that the car has sunk almost six inches into the ground, likely rotting the bottom of the car.


The men plan to return soon with a shovel and lock-picking tools to check out the interior of the Anglia — it seems that Pekka lost track of the keys over the years as well.

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Town & Country Earns Highest Approval from Owners According to a recent J. D. Power Study


Philadelphia: The best cheese steaks, the best restaurants, the best museums – great reviews are what keep people coming back and the Town & Country is no different. According to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), the Chrysler brand vehicle ranked highest among minivans for the third time in four years.

The IQS is based on responses from more than 86,000 owners of 2014 model-year vehicles after 90 days of ownership. The study asks customers to identify issues with their vehicles’ design, as well defects.

 

“This is the third time in four years that Chrysler Town & Country leads the Minivan segment in this quality survey,” Doug Betts, Senior Vice President-Quality, said. “It reflects the commitment of employees who develop, build and test these vehicles and their recognition that every employee has a role in continually improving the quality of our products.”

 

The Chrysler Group’s ultimate family vehicle, the Chrysler Town & County, was significantly updated for the 2011 model year and previously achieved the highest ranking among minivans in 2011 and 2013.

The IQS study, now in its 28th year, is based on a 233-question survey conducted between February and May 2014.

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Philadelphia: Cash for Clunkers

What Is “Cash for Clunkers?”

Cash for Clunkers refers to a government program called Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). Under this program, the government gave incentives to consumers to purchase more fuel-efficient cars. When you traded in your less fuel efficient vehicle for a new, more fuel efficient vehicle, you’d get a voucher ranging from $3,500 to $4,500.

The program was designed to provide stimulus to the economy by boosting car sales, while at the same time, putting safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars on the roads.

The program had been very popular and helped to revive the auto industry and economy, however funds quick ran out and the program’s end date is August 24, 2009 (it began on July 1, 2009).

So basically, if a dealership is offering you this deal – proceed with extreme caution and read all of your paperwork thoroughly.

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Philadelphia: Jeep Named Top Patriotic Brand in the United States

Philadelphia: Cherry Hill Jeep is proud to announce that Jeep has once again, for the second year in a row, been named the #1 Patriotic brand in the America.

With Independence Day around the corner, Jeep, Levi Strauss and Coca-Cola are the top three most patriotic brands in American, according to a Brand Keys survey.

Colgate and Disney round out the top five. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, eBay, Walgreens and Sam Adams all move into the top 50.

Marketers like the July 4th holiday because it gives them an opportunity to bring out the patriotic flag-waving and red-white-and-blue motifs, said Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, Inc., the New York-based brand loyalty and customer engagement research consultancy.


“Marketers cue the marching bands and majorettes, and look to leverage all the patriotic emotions that symbolize America,” Passikoff says.

To determine which brands actually led when it comes to patriotism, Brand Keys did a statistical “drill-down,” part of a larger brand values survey, to identify which of 225 brands were more associated with the value of “patriotism.”

The consultancy had 4,680 consumers ages 16 to 65 evaluate a collection of 35 values, including “patriotism.”

Brand engagement is more emotional than it is rational, Passikoff says.

“When it comes to engaging the consumer, waving an American flag and actually having an authentic foundation for being able to wave the flag are two entirely different things and the consumer knows it,” he says. “More importantly, believability is key to the engagement paradigm. The more engaged a consumer is with a particular emotional value and the associated brand, the more likely they’ll trust that emotion and act positively on that belief.”

It’s not surprising that many brands in the top 50 are American icons.

“This is not to say that other brands are not patriotic, or that they don’t possess any patriotic resonance,” he says.


Rational aspects like being an American company, or being “Made in the USA” or having nationally directed CSR activities and sponsorships all play a part in the make-up of any brand.

The company received comments last year about how some of the top 50 most patriotic brands didn’t belong there because they weren’t actually manufactured in the United States.

“That’s the rational side of decision-making,” he says “One thing marketers should have learned about brands over the past couple of decades is that those brands that can make an emotional connection with the consumer always have a strategic advantage over competitors when it come to the marketplace battle for the hearts, minds, and loyalty of consumers.
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Philadelphia: Kelley Blue Book name Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass Most Affordable SUVs of 2014

Philadelphia: Cherry Hill Jeep is proud to announce that Kelley Blue Book gave the Jeep brand two accolades for 2014 Most Affordable SUVs, with the Jeep Patriot ranked first and the Jeep Compass ranked second.

With a low starting Fair Purchase Price of $15,851, the Jeep Patriot takes the title of most affordable SUV by a mile. The Patriot gives you the cool looks of a classic off-roader, with a practical, efficient compact SUV underneath. It gets fuel economy of up to 30 mpg on the highway, and has lots of room for gear.

Jeep offers two models for less than $20,000. The Compass brings unique styling to the compact SUV category, blending hatchback proportions with a Grand Cherokee nose. The Compass is available with a starting Fair Purchase Price of $18,392.

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Philadelphia: 2014 Jeep Cherokee is off-road tough and luxurious

Philadelphia: 2014 Jeep Cherokee is off-road tough and luxuriousFor an extraordinary off-road experience, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has little competition since this rough-and-tumble crossover is all about driving in any condition – but that includes taking it easy for a trip to the mall or date night too.

When you consider a small crossover for off-roading, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee can keep up. It also has the V-6 engine option, the same six-cylinder variety offered in the Grand Cherokee.

With four trim levels on the Cherokee, this SUV holds five passengers with choices of the Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk or Limited variety.

On the Sport, you can expect 17-inch steel wheels and all-season tires, full power accessories, keyless remote entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a handy 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat.

For technology additions there is Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a 5-inch touch-screen interface, USB for connecting and an SD card reader. If you want to add more, you can up the features with the Cold Weather Group package, which will give you a wiper de-icer and heated front seats. Stand-alone additions include alloy wheels, a rearview camera and a CD player, which does not come standard on the Sport trim level.

On the Latitude, you get all of the above, plus alloy wheels, roof rails, fog lights, privacy-tinted glass, LED interior lighting, a folding front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel that also includes audio controls and a 115-volt outlet. To add on to this trim level, there is a good range of choices from the V6 engine to front/back sunroofs in which the front roof completely opens. You also can opt for a higher-end audio system and 8.4-inch touch-screen interface.

The Comfort/Convenience package will give you a power lift gate, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power driver seat, rearview camera and a remote start option.

The Trailhawk is the Jeep Cherokee’s off-road star and only comes in a 4WD with 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires. The suspension tuning is geared to dirt road capability, and there is also a rear locking differential, skid plates with tow hooks and an 8.4-inch touch-screen with satellite radio. To upgrade this trim level, the Comfort/Convenience package can be added, but with a panoramic sunroof that opens over the front and rear seats as well as  leather upholstery.

The Technology package option will add automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision, lane-departure warning, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems and a parallel and perpendicular parking assist.

On the high-end Limited, you get all the Trailhawk features except the off-road goodies, but still there is the same interior technology features. The Limited also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires, automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry and heated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. There is leather upholstery and a cargo cover with a rearview camera.

For additional features on this trim, you can opt for the same add-ons as on the Trailhawk, but the Luxury Group Package is the option versus the Trailhawk’s Comfort/Convenience package and along with a power lift gate you can add the features on the Luxury Group Package of xenon headlights, upgraded leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.

Under the hood, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. On the three higher trim levels you can choose instead the 3.2-liter V6 engine that ups the horsepower to 271 with 239 pound-feet of torque. For all trim levels you get a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Since the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is all about taking it off the road, for the hardy driver the 4WD can be had with either engine type too.  Taking that a step further you can choose between two different 4WD systems. The standard system on the Sport, Latitude and Limited is of a light duty variety, the Active Drive I 4WD system good for winter roads. On the Trailhawk, or as an option on the other trims, it’s the Active Drive II system with low-range gearing.

For safety, the 2014 Cherokees has antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear seat side, side curtain and front knee airbags as well as the optional rearview camera that comes as an option on all models. The Trailhawk and Limited trims also have the optional  packages with even more safety features like a forward collision warning system that has an  automatic brake intervention when needed, a lane-departure warning system and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts.

If you are used to Jeep Grand Cherokee luxury, the 2014 Cherokee redesign has stepped up in this department, as well. The interior has a quality look and feel, and the Jeep styling can’t be beat. The knobs and dials are ultra-easy to use and for passengers even the rear seat reclines. There is also plenty of head room, but passenger comfort does cut into the cargo space so that even with the seats down in the back there is only 54.9 cubic feet available for hauling.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s four-cylinder has been built tough to drive aggressively when needed; however, getting up to speed on the highway takes more time than the competition. With the V-6, you get a stronger bang for the buck – and it’s an easy drive, taking the highway and the dirt with ease.

For the off-road junkie, the Trailhawk trim stands out from the competition, but all around the 2014 Jeep Cherokee knows what it means to perform.

Should You Need to Know: Take note of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive Selec-Terrain dial offering choices of Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud modes. On the Trailhawk, you also get an added Rock mode choice.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2014 four-cylinder Jeep Cherokee provides 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The V-6 engines deliver 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

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