A Record Setting Season with Jeep and The Guinness Book of World Records

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With summer finally coming on in full swing, we’ll forgive just about anyone for hoping that our thermometers don’t feel inspired to become a part of this year’s busy season in the automotive section of the Guinness Book of World Records! If you haven’t heard about any of 2015’s record-setting events in the auto world, Mancari’s is happy to fill you in about the busy times at the world’s foremost guide to the superlative, with whom Jeep was proud to be a recent partner in their own attempt at setting a creative high water mark.

On Sunday, April 26th, the world’s longest parade of Jeep vehicles, all volunteered and driven by their owners into the annual Jeep Beach event at Florida’s historic Daytona International Speedway with no incentives other than the prospects of camaraderie and mutual pride, convened to set a new Guinness Book record. The attempt aligns with a number of similar efforts this year, including a notable success by Ram trucks, which showcased a new record-setting 451 pickups at the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards in Arlington, TX, and a great show by England’s definitive MG Motor Company, which corraled a beautiful parade of 144 classic MGs at the Rockingham race circuit in Corby, England.

But, while there have been many commendable efforts worth remembering this year, the Jeep parade went above and beyond in topping them all, not only in its official count, but in the increase in the number of attending vehicles since the previous record attempt. All in all, Jeep welcomed 1,846 vehicles, easily outweighing the old record’s count of 1,106. The difference alone, 740 Jeeps, totals more than the other two previously mentioned parades combined! That’s definitely what we’d call a runaway success, and we’re proud to raise the flag for Jeep in a season when the company seems to be winning accolades from just about every corner of the automotive world. With just a little investigation, it’s easy to see why.

Displaying their own ideas about what makes Jeep a defining brand, drivers from as far away as Alaska tested their mettle on a custom obstacle course amid April showers that only helped to serve up a little more of the typically adverse conditions that Jeep owners love to conquer. Jeep executives also took the opportunity to showcase some new custom builds and accessory packages, shining a deserved spotlight on a number of this year’s award-winning models, and offering a welcome reminder of Jeep’s recent applauded foray into official lift and suspension accessories.

Whether you’re in need of a vehicle to join you in your adventures off the beaten path, or just for something with long-proven strength and utility to serve your busy everyday life on the go, Jeep remains a first-rate choice for any prospective buyer. After serving for much longer and in more venues than almost any of the competition, Jeeps are still setting the new standards, and you can find out anything you need to know about them at Mancari’s.

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Tom Hoover Passes Away, Leaves Behind Hemi Engine Legacy

2015_300_performance_and_awd_power Tom Hoover, known as the father of the Hemi engine, passed away on April 30 at the age of 85.

Hoover is remembered fondly by fans as the inventor of the 426 Hemi racing engine, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Hoover’s work at Chrysler after returning from the Korean War yielded incredible performance milestones for the company, for which we will be forever grateful.

“Tom Hoover was an exceptional human being and an engineering genius that always wanted to go faster. Today, at Mopar, we continue to live and honor Tom’s vision. He’ll be missed,” says Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care.

During his twenty-five years at Chrysler Corp., Hoover accomplished a remarkable amount. He was a founding member of the Ramchargers, a group of Chrysler engineers and drag racing enthusiasts who used their skills to boost the company’s performance image. Later he helped develop the Hyper Pak, a group of performance parts for Chrysler’s renowned Slant-6 engine. The Hyper Pak would go on to make the Plymouth Valiant a winner on NASCAR tracks in the early 1960’s.

Hoover also led development of the Max Wedge big-block racing V-8, building on the RB engine to create a powertrain that dominated drag strip racing in the ‘60s. His heart was always in drag racing, and he even helped develop the Pro Stock and Funny Car racing classes.

Of course, Hoover is best remembered for his work as racing program coordinator on the team that developed the 426 Hemi racing engine. The engine debuted to instant star status at the 1964 Daytona 500: Richard Petty lapped the field, easily stealing the win. NASCAR blocked the 426 Hemi’s use in the 1965 race, but Hoover’s team took it into drag racing where its legacy continues to live on today. “Tom was the true technical engineer driving the details of the original 426 Hemi design, preparing it for success on the street and in racing to this day,” says Bob Lee, head of powertrain development for FCA in North America. “He was one of the best ever.”

Respected by his colleagues (and his rivals), Hoover is remembered as a visionary; his work on Chrysler’s Bendix Electrojector program served as a precursor to today’s modern fuel-injection systems. Hoover’s numerous contributions to the field of engineering won’t be quickly forgotten: Mopar continues to honor his legacy by presenting the Tom Hoover Sportsman Challenge Award to the NHRA Sportsman Class participant who earns the most points driving a Fiat Chrysler vehicle in competition.

Visit Mancari Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and enjoy Hoover’s contributions to Chrysler in person. We’d love to walk around the lot with you and revel in Chrysler’s remarkable progress together. Of course, we’re always down for a good old fashioned test drive of one of our new Chrysler models too.

Summer Looking Bright As Chrysler Celebrates Big Boost in April Sales!

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Things seem to brightening up in more ways than one as the spring melts away into summertime this year, and it turns out that the mercury isn’t the only thing that rose steadily last month either! Now that the April numbers have arrived, it looks like sales were also on a strong upturn over at Fiat Chrysler headquarters, and the company is hoping to translate that late-quarter success into a comparable summer trend.

The summer traditionally stands as one of the automotive industry’s best yearly sales periods, and relatively, the months leading up to the vacation season are generally characterized by reservation on the part of buyers. But, with such a surprising level of engagement during the typical quiet season this year, the Fiat Chrysler company is hoping that buyers will continue to make 2015 an unusually strong year for automotive purchases. There certainly are more than enough exciting options out there lately to make it a possibility!

Overall, U.S. sales grew an encouraging 5.8 percent for Chrysler, selling 189,027 units in April, and details show that strong support for cars and light trucks (including SUVs and crossovers) was enough to help offset underwhelming truck sales for all brands. This news comes as a bit of a surprise following a fierce winter season, an experience that traditionally leads to boosted truck sales, but with these results on the table, it looks like this year’s falling gas prices have understandably presented a stronger driving force behind new purchases.

Despite a move away from more traditional truck models, and in combination with remarkable fuel prices, more favorable economic conditions for drivers overall means that sales for heavier vehicles in lighter classes is still rising. This year, it seems safe to say that drivers are looking more than ever toward nontraditional styles and innovative fusion, or at least making them more of a regular consideration when shopping for a new vehicle.

That said, it makes sense that the general increases in sales at Fiat Chrysler have been most strongly bolstered by increased interest in new Jeep models, with sales up an astounding 20 percent. A promising year-to-date increase of almost five percent in Ram truck sales was also enough to offset a more general downturn in overall truck sales, giving Chrysler a solid role model in the class to lend it some inspiration through the rest of the year. Despite the slow-rising success of nontraditional styles this year, the confident upturn in April sales for Fiat Chrysler didn’t stem from the overwhelming popularity of any of its SUV or crossover models, but rather from the notable attention paid to its new Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan.

Industry oracles seem to agree that the rising popularity of the light truck class will likely continue as long as gas prices are encouraging for drivers. So, while most industry buzz is still being generated by innovative designers in the ever-popular and profitable realm of creative SUVs and crossovers, and while truck sales remain relatively underwhelming, the success of the Chrysler 200 and the assured confidence of the Ram series make it clear that the classics will remain pillars for Chrysler, and automakers on the whole, for at least another season (and probably a little more).

In the big picture, Fiat Chrysler reported a 26 percent overall increase in U.S. sales over the past year, which we think says a lot about the proven value of the new Fiat Chrysler models, so if there’s anything left that you’d like to know about any of them, including the popular 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan, the versatile 2015 Ram 1500, or the award-winning 2015 Jeep Renegade, we hope you’ll let Mancari’s be your one stop shop! We’ve got all the info you might need, and a bit more just to be safe.

 

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn to Sponsor 8th Annual “Running For Hope” 5k Walk and Run

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Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to announce they will be the presenting sponsor for the 8th annual “Running for Hope” 5k Walk and Run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities along with Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. This year’s run is on Sunday June 7, 2015 at 8:00 am, rain or shine, and will begin at Keeler Park, 93rd Street and Keeler, Oak Lawn, IL.

All funds raised will help the children and families of Advocate Children’s Hospital and will directly benefit the new Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program. Last year, over 2,000 participants along with generous community sponsors helped raise over $80,000. This year, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn looks forward to helping the organization surpass their fundraising goal.

“We are proud to support such a great cause in our community, and have the opportunity to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House as well as Advocate Children’s Hospital,” said Ed Tapper, Sales Manager at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.

To register for the 5k Walk and Run, visit www.runningforhope.net. The first 1,200 people registered will receive a t-shirt and goody bag.

About Advocate Children’s Hospital

Advocate Children’s Hospital is designed to make children and their families feel supported and at home. Designated as a Pediatric Critical Care Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of specialized pediatric critical care and emergency care services. Ranked among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals in the areas of cardiology and heart surgery as well as neonatology, this hospital continually strives to provide the best care to all patients and families throughout their hospitalization.

About Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House® is a ‘home away from home’ for families whose children are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. The Ronald McDonald House® near Advocate Children’s Hospital opened in December of 2008 and has served over 1,000 families. This 24,000 square foot House serves 16 families on a nightly basis. Some families may stay one or two nights, while others may stay for 6 -9 months. The Ronald McDonald House® asks for a donation of $10 a night, but no one is ever turned away for not being able to pay. The money raised from the Running for Hope 5K helps to cover basic necessities such as utilities, cleaning supplies, and paper products needed to keep the House properly equipped. Most importantly, money raised from the run allows the House to continue to support the families, in hopes that they can provide these families with the necessary resources desired to meet the needs of their child during this traumatic time in their lives.

About Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Oak Lawn

As one of the largest Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealerships in the Chicagoland area, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn has served the needs of local car shoppers and the Oak Lawn Community for 50 years with some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the automotive industry.

For more information, visit us today at 4630 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or at http://www.mancari.com. You can also become a fan of Mancari’s by liking our Facebook page.

 

 

Jeep Owners Can Get a ‘Lift’ Right at the Dealer

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For many SUV owners, taking their vehicles off road and into the mud and muck is a given, it’s just a matter of how soon they can get out there. After all, what’s the fun of owning a great vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler if you can’t take it out in the dirt and dust and fly it over a couple of rocks now and then? Since many Jeep drivers fully intend to give their vehicles a vertical lift almost as soon as they drive them off the lot, it makes sense that Jeep would want to make lift kits available right there at the dealership. At Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram, we are happy with that decision and we’re happy to help new Jeep owners in this endeavor by offering two inch and four inch lift kits, as well as an array of other equipment to help absorb the bumps and humps of the road less travelled.

Mopar kits will be made available at Jeep dealerships to provide for both a two inch and a four inch lift. That ought to help Jeep drivers scale those bigger boulders. Sometimes you just need a little help. The two inch lift kit will be available for newer JK Wranglers from 2012 going forward and will sell for about $1,500. There will also be a lift kit available for older models from 2007 to 2011, which will sell for around $900. According to Jeep, the two inch kit will fit 35” tires, but for double the lift, a four inch lift will be available for around $2,250. That may not sound like a lot of lift, but for the uninitiated that can make a lot of difference when scaling boulders.

Included in the lift kits are springs and brake lines as well as four remote reservoir shocks that have been specially tuned, as well as a double driveshaft, yoke and all the required brackets. It’s basically everything you’ll need to get out there climbing rocks, including a high-steer conversion kit. Brake kits will also be available in addition to Master Cylinder and Booster Upgrades.

Need a lift kit? How about a brand new Jeep? Come visit us at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

 

Fiat Chrysler Goes Big With a Small Crossover

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Are American car buyers shying away from the trend towards shrinking autos? Maybe the better question is, did micro cars ever really catch on in the U.S. market in the first place? Either way, what is certainly true is that the trend towards smaller and smaller vehicles did not catch on in the same way that it has in the European market. That’s fine, it’s comparing Apple to oranges, as they say, but even if this is true in general, there is no denying that small crossover SUVs are catching on in the States and Fiat Chrysler seems to think that this trend provides a good opportunity for them to introduce the new Fiat 500X to the U.S. market. For us at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram it’s not just about size, it’s also about style, comfort and safety and there’s never been any reduction in that for Fiat, even as size has trended downward.

Built in Italy, the success of this model will say a lot about what Fiat will plan for the U.S. in the future. The 500X is a crossover debuting on showrooms this spring and there’s no mistaking that this X is bigger than the Fiat 500. This allows for more space in a vehicle that will feature either a 160 horsepower, 1.4 liter turbo and six-speed manual transmission or 180 horsepower, 2.4 liter four and nine-speed automatic.

Introduced at the Paris Auto Show last year, the 500X is built on the same platform as the Fiat Grande Punto and the Jeep Renegade. The 500X is a stylish five-door hatchback that ranges from 167.3 inches long to 70.9 inches wide and 63 inches tall, varying just slightly in length and height depending on trim level. This of course provides a little extra leg room in both front and back and allows for extra cargo storage as well.

No matter what your size preference, small, medium or large, we have the perfect vehicle for everyone here at Mancari’s. Come see our new models for yourself and visit us at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

 

 

The Ram Texas Ranger Concept Truck We Won’t Be Driving

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Texans love their pickup trucks, make no mistake about that. Setting aside the fact that here in the Midwest we love our Ram trucks just as much as anyone in the country, at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram we recognize that the people of Texas buy more new pickups than almost any other state. Folks of the Lone Star State have many traditions in addition to truck ownership and one of those is the legendary Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.

Not to be confused with the Major League Baseball team, the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety has law enforcement jurisdiction across the state and is involved in a number of criminal investigations. The agency was founded in 1823 and has a long and proud tradition of protecting citizens and apprehending criminals. It is only fitting then that an iconic brand like Ram Trucks would want to associate itself with such an esteemed agency. Thus, the creation of a special edition Ram Truck was rolled out in cooperation with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum.

This commemorative truck was introduced by Ram Truck head honcho Bob Hegbloom at the Dallas Auto Show earlier this year. The five star badge of the Texas Rangers is visible on both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Originally designed to represent the Mexican five peso coin, the badge is featured prominently on the front fenders as well as the tailgate. The 20 inch wheels are also centered with the Ranger cap. The truck is painted bright white because that’s what the good guys wear (at least in the movies) and also features silver highlights to represent the badges themselves. On the inside, the five star peso emblem can be seen etched into the leather seats and four real Mexican peso silver coins have been laid into the doors for another reminder of the service of that proud group of men and women.

Texas Rangers no longer spend long hours sitting in the saddles of their trusty mounts, but they do cover a lot of ground in their trucks. While the special edition was designed to promote the Texas Ranger Museum, if consumer demand is great enough, we just might see the production of this truck on a larger scale. Probably not in the Chicagoland area, but one can hope. If you’d like to check out any of our great Ram Trucks, come visit us at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

 

Dodge Hellcat Popularity Spurs Automaker To Make More

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There are certain kinds of problems you want to have as an automaker, and Dodge currently seems to be experiencing the best one — more demand than supply. When Dodge announced a 707-horsepower version of its Challenger coupe and Charger SRT Hellcats, the Internet went nuts and apparently so did potential buyers, flooding dealerships with orders. So many orders were placed that Dodge had to stop taking orders in March to figure out how to build enough cars to fill the orders already placed.

For those still waiting for their Hellcat order to be filled, it looks like Dodge finally has some relief on the way. An industry insider has confirmed rumors that Dodge has figured out how to add about 1,000 more cars to the build schedule. The problem is that the powerful 707-horsepower V-8—the most powerful V-8 ever made by an American automaker—shares only 10 percent of its parts with other Dodge V8s, making it a highly specialized engine that takes time and care to assemble.

Dodge is limiting the number of cars dealerships get to about one per month, even though some dealerships have taken dozens of orders for the cars — hence creating the supply and demand issue Dodge is trying to solve. So far, Dodge has delivered over 2,200 Hellcats in both two- and four-door guises since the car hit the lot last year. However, it is rumored that almost 10,000 orders have been placed, which is about twice as many cars the automaker expected to build in 2015.

While the additional cars are welcomed, it doesn’t fix the ordering freeze currently in place. There is no word from Dodge when it will begin accepting orders again for the Hellcats.

Even though the Hellcats are low-volume cars, they are not special edition offerings and Dodge has been adamant that it is happy to build as many of them as it can sell — it just hasn’t figured out how to do that yet — especially with he demand being so high.

For the latest information on all Dodge Hellcat offerings, please contact us, Mancari, now!

Chrysler 300 Brings Affordable Luxury

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In today’s world, it seems as if everything is expensive. So here at Mancari we know it makes sense that consumers want the best bang for their buck, especially when it comes to driving a vehicle that feels luxurious and special. Chrysler has listened and is fulfilling consumer’s requests for a luxury vehicle that won’t cost you an arm and both legs. Here at Mancari Auto we are excited to offer our customers the best of affordable luxury with the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300.

2015 brought about good changes for the Chrysler 300 which include a new style and a bold new look — both are clearly displayed on the new model. The 363-horsepower Hemi V8 is available, although most buyers will choose the 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out a pleasing 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque in the S model. Currently all of the 300 models have eight-speed transmissions easily controlled by a new rotary knob. The V6 version of the 300 can be driven with an all-wheel drive system that will automatically disengage from the axle when not needed.

Just because the Chrysler 300 is a more affordable luxury option doesn’t mean they skimped on details such as performance. It takes only seven and a half seconds for the 300 to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour, and if you feel the need for speed you’ll be protected by the 300’s safety features like optional lane departure assist and radar assisted cruise control. The interior of the Chrysler 300 holds up as well with ample room for passengers, a large trunk, USB ports for devices, and the well-received Uconnect user interface. Even the door releases on the 300 feel luxuriously expensive. It’s the little details like that which will give consumers to feeling of high-end luxury.

The bold new Chrysler 300 has a starting price of $32,390, or $36,885 for the 300S. For consumers who might be interest in the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, and Mercedes E-Class we highly recommend taking a look at the 2015 Chrysler 300 available here at Mancari Auto.

Come in to see us today and see how we can offer you a taste of luxury here at Mancari. Our team of qualified sales associates is ready to answer all of your questions, and help you get the luxurious ride you’ve been dreaming of.

Annual Easter Jeep Safari Once Again Thrills Attendees

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When Jeep handed the keys of all the 2015 concept Jeeps over to test drivers at their annual Easter Jeep Safari (EJS), there were no guarantees. But we knew what to expect: star ratings.

Located in Moab, Utah, the EJS is an opportunity for Jeep lovers everywhere to meet up, talk Jeep, and get to do something no other car company ever lets them do – drive concept vehicles.

Head of Jeep Design Mark Allen and his team produced seven vehicles they brought to Moab, including the Wrangler Africa, Grand Cherokee Overlander, and the new Jeep Chief. They used the opportunity to showcase tons of ideas the Jeep community has long been asking for (Jeep pickup, anyone?).

The Wrangler Africa is an overland explorer with a fixed top on an Unlimited JK platform, powered by – guess what! – a 2.8-liter diesel engine, a model currently unavailable in the States. The Wrangler Africa also has a new and improved large storage rack on the roof and the Rubicon X front bumpers feature two additional auxiliary lights for added visibility. But the demand this concept answers is the oft-heard “We need more space!” It’s much roomier than the previous JKU, even while retaining the original 116-inch wheelbase. The spare tire is tucked underneath the bed instead of on the tailgate, giving it more room in the back. And with the rooftop 4 inches higher, there’s plenty of room to grow.

The Grand Cherokee Overlander’s near-silent 3.0-liter VM Mitori diesel makes for a sanctimoniously smooth ride, remaining planted with a solid grab on the road. This is the first time Jeep has used air (instead of steel) springs for suspension on the current-generation Grand – and it works. The team also opened up the wheel wells for larger 32-inch BFGoodrich T/A KO tires. A bigger front fascia accommodates a fully functioning winch and new integrated auxiliary lights. There’s also an LED lightbar mounted over the front windshield.

But the best part of the Overlander is what keeps you, well, over the land: a pop-up tent on the roof. It can sleep two adults for on-the-go camping – without the hassle of, you know, actual camping.

The Wrangler Red Rock Responder is Jeep’s response to multiple cries of “Build us a Jeep pickup!” Yep, we heard you. You may soon see a Jeep pickup on the lines.

But the Jeep Chief was the fan favorite, built on the four-door JK platform with exceptional craftsmanship. From wood details to shift knobs to rooftop, it’s absolutely impeccable. Designers chose a Hawaiian surf vibe of hibiscus prints and tiki statue knobs for the shifter. The hood and front end echo old Nukizer and J-12 concepts, while the 20-slot razor grille is a throwback to the 1970s full-size Cherokee. The Chief is two inches shorter than previous models, decked out with Jeep Performance Parts’ 2-inch lift with Fox shocks, Rubicon rock rails, and Dana 44s with lockers. 17-inch slotted mag wheels are fitted with aggressive 37-inch BFGoodrich KM2s. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine links up to a six-speed manual transmission for one remarkable ride.

So which of these would you like to test drive? Even though many of these concepts may not make it to market, the Jeep models we have here at Mancari’s are still just as exciting. Come take one for a spin!