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!

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Fast and Furious 7 Will Feature Some Powerful Dodge and Jeep Models

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For action movie lovers everywhere, Fast and Furious will have even more excitement in store for its seventh installment. Both a Dodge Charger and Challenger will make appearances in the film, as well as a Jeep Wrangler, all of which take on a number of street races and heists throughout the film.

Most of the Fast and Furious films have featured Dodge vehicles, including some vintage cars from their 1960s muscle-car collection with Vin Diesel frequently in the driver’s seat. This time around, the film will feature a candy red 2015 Charger for Diesel’s character Dom, a green and black Dodge Challenger R/T for Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Letty, and an armored 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for Ludacris’s character Tej.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler feature is timely considering the upcoming release of a Jeep pickup concept car to be revealed this month. And with the film finally coming to big screens, fans are excited to see Dodge vehicles in action. From high speed chases to being dropped from a plane in their cars, the film creates one intensity-packed challenge after another to be completed by the Fast and Furious team in their custom Dodge vehicles. During one scene, Walker is saved by grabbing onto the spoiler of Letty’s Dodge Challenger as it swings over the edge of a cliff he’s falling over.

It makes sense that the Fast and Furious franchise would stick with Dodge throughout their seven films (and hopefully into the next three which are currently being planned). The story is almost completely built around the main character’s love for his dad’s old Dodge R/T, a version similar to the one that appears in the upcoming movie.

Including the Challenger, the Charger and the Jeep Wrangler, Fiat Chrysler furnished 30 different cars for the film, but the Hellcats (2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT) won’t be among those featured. However, Atlantic Records will be producing several music videos for the film that will include the vehicles.

Whether it’s a need for speed, safety, traction, or action, the Fiat Chrysler Dodge family has an automobile to fit your every needs. Come into Mancari’s today and try one out, or give us a call at (888) 631-9187.

The Jeep Brand’s Unprecedented Growth

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Like all car companies, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been globalizing. Fast. It no longer makes sense to produce a vehicle in one place and ship it to another when we could simply produce it locally and drive it right over to the dealership where you, dear customer, can pick it up.

Most people think of big companies as huge, distant, faceless groups of strangers churning out products just to make a quick buck. But that isn’t the truth at all. The truth is that there are real people behind this company, and they work with local people, your friends and neighbors, at your local factories and dealerships. Just because they have a branch in Hong Kong or Dubai doesn’t mean they don’t support people locally, in your area. That’s why it makes sense to globalize – because by globalizing our production, we’re able to support more local markets as demand everywhere increases.

The Jeep brand is selling especially well. Everywhere. Jeep global vehicle sales increased by 39 percent in 2014 to an all-time annual record of 1,017,019 units. This marked the third consecutive year that Jeep has made record global sales. (The Jeep Wrangler alone accounted for 23 percent of those sales.)

U.S. plants are already at or near full capacity. Last year, the Toledo Assembly Complex ran for twenty hours a day, seven days a week, and produced 511,466 vehicles – the most ever. But Fiat Chrysler exported thousands of Wranglers to over a hundred markets outside of North America.

Instead of making a Jeep in Canada and shipping it to China, it’s better for everyone – not to mention Planet Earth – to just produce the cars locally. That’s why Fiat Chrysler will be opening two new plants in Brazil and China this year. This will increase production capacity by 590,000 units in 18 months – an unprecedented feat. The goal: to sell 1.9 million cars in 2018. LMC Automotive estimates that over 30 percent of Jeep’s production will be outside North America by that time, compared with just 2 percent last year.

The Brazilian plant in Pernambuco, in northeast Brazil, will produce the Jeep Renegade in state-of-the-art facilities. (Right now, the Renegade is only produced in Italy.) It fits the narrower South American roads perfectly, and “matches the spirit of adventure and can-do attitude of Brazil,” said the President and CEO of Jeep, Mike Manley. Sales will begin during the second quarter of 2015.

Jeep actually had a plant in China back in the ‘90s, but it shut down. This year Jeep will restart local production of its Cherokee SUV, to be followed by the Renegade in 2016. Jeep also plans to increase their dealerships in China from 160 to nearly 220.

Jeep will also soon be entering the Indian market, with the Wrangler SUV going on sale by the end of the year, followed by the Grand Cherokee at the start of 2016.

Jeep is growing at a faster rate than any other automotive brand. Like so many great companies, its roots are American – but its branches stretch across the globe. So come down to Mancari’s and check out the best Jeep models we have in stock.

The Fiat Chrysler Smart All-Wheel Drive: Perfect for Winter Driving

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With all the snow and ice on the roads this winter – and sadly, the beginning of spring as well – weather safety should be your top priority. Thankfully Mancari’s and Fiat Chrysler has got you covered – our smart all-wheel drive system is completely changing the way you drive.

Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles now come with unique smart all-wheel drive systems. Depending on road conditions, these cars automatically switch between front and rear two-wheel drive without needing the driver’s manual go-ahead.

The system has a power transfer unit that uses the wheels based on need, meaning as soon as the car’s electronic systems detect difficult road conditions – like ice and snow – the all-wheel drive kicks in. It also automatically disconnects as well so unnecessary mechanical systems aren’t on unless they need to be. This automatic, intelligent use of resources not only keeps you and your family safer, but it also dramatically increases the fuel economy.

The Chrysler 200 is the first in its class to have a disconnecting all-wheel drive system.  With optional all-wheel drive, it has better traction and more enhanced driving dynamics. Sensors on the vehicle help direct the controls, so they distribute torque more smoothly – as much as sixty percent of torque can transfer to the rear wheels.

The 2015 Chrysler 300 sedan’s smart all-wheel drive system uses transfer-case and front-axle-disconnect technologies, which together improve handling and fuel efficiency. It automatically disconnects and reconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy, giving the Chrysler 300 a highway rating of 27 miles per gallon – the best in its class for all-wheel drive.

The Wrangler, Ram, and Durango systems are all designed for efficient towing as well. The Dodge Durango comes with a full-time all-wheel drive system and a low-range transfer case with a neutral position. In the Wrangler and Ram trucks the transfer case, when fitted with low-range gears, helps the engine supply maximum torque to the back wheels. These features make it easier to maneuver a vehicle when towing a boat or trailer, so you can turn corners or reverse without worry.

Much like Wranglers and Rams, the Grand Cherokee also has a range of transfer cases, including ones with low range gears – but with an added twist. The 2015 Grand Cherokee has an electronically-controlled rear differential, which uses an electric clutch to split power between the left and right rear wheels, giving it a better road grip.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokees have a powertrain unit that sends power through a clutch so it can fully disconnect the rear axle, which significantly improves fuel economy. You have two options here: Active Drive I has a single powertrain unit on the front axle, allowing fully automatic four-wheel drive at any speed, available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude, and Limited models. The other option is Active Drive II on just the Cherokee Sport and Latitude models, which has a 2-speed powertrain unit with torque management.

But whatever car you choose, when it comes to wintery roads, stick with Fiat-Chrysler. Grandma’s house, here we come.

The 2015 Ram Laramie Limited is Loaded With Luxury Features

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Trucks today have come far from their utilitarian brothers before them. No longer are trucks cramped cabins of compromise and uncomfortable enjoyment. No, today’s trucks are decked out in the latest technologies and luxuries, rivaling the features and amenities of many other, less capable luxury offerings.

Officially, the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited broke cover at the Chicago Auto Show, and the trim offered on all Ram models—1500, 2500 and 3500 is certainly more than just some wheels and leather.

Upfront, the Laramie Limited trim ditches the iconic cross-hair grille for a new chrome bar package. Also the trim comes with a body-color fascia, fog lamps, and painted rear bumper.

The 1500 Laramie Limited model also has new 20-inch wheels, and the Heavy Duty models (2500 and 3500) get 20-inchers as well.

There are seven exterior color choices, including black, bright silver metallic, pearl white, red pearl, granite crystal metallic, maximum steel metallic and true blue pearl.

Leather covers the cabin copiously, and pinstripe stitching is used throughout. The steering wheel is partially wrapped while Black Argento plastic with silver accents covers the exposed bits. There’s also featured LED cabin lighting, a map pocket light, footwell lighting, and all but Ram’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine is available under the hood.

Here at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, we’re excited to get you behind the wheel of a Ram truck. The Ram is a hauler of a truck ready to tow a camper or whisk you away for the weekend in luxury. So stop by today for more information on the latest Ram news.

Restored 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Is Like Family

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David Cutler of Newport Beach, Calif. describes his restored 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe convertible as “a member of the family that lives in the garage.” His mother bought the car new and it has remained with the family ever since.

Cutler, now 80, recalls asking his mother if he could have it after his she was done with it. While his mother did agree he could have possession of the car, a relative took the car that used it for several years and when it was returned to the Cutler family in 1980, it was “pretty tired.”

“The paint was worn out and at that point it had a lot of miles on it,” said Cutler—over 100,000 miles actually. “The upholstery was torn and the top had a rip in it.”

To restore the car to like-new condition, two Orange County Shops serviced the Chrysler.

“Bruce Strauss in Costa Mesa did part of it and the rest of it was done by Corvette Mike,” Cutler said. “We went all through the engine, all through the suspension and the body. Just resurrecting the top mechanism so it would work was quite a production. Gary Kuchan did a lot of work on the car, particularly the top, at Corvette Mike’s.

“We just started in at the ground and went up and whatever needed to be replaced, we replaced it. Whatever needed to be repaired, we repaired it, and whatever was saveable, we saved it,” Cutler continued. “It’s an amazingly original car and what isn’t original has been restored to absolutely original-equipment standards.”

Cutler said he credits the Chrysler Museum volunteers for helping keep the car’s restoration authentic.

“During the period we were having the car restored, Chrysler had a museum and they had a lot of wonderful volunteers,” Cutler said. “I used to talk to these guys and they sent me a lot of material. So the people who worked on the car knew exactly the way it was the day my mother bought it.”

The car has been in the family for 60 years. Cutler plans on keeping the car in the family going forward. We here at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn wouldn’t want it any other way. We tip our hats to the Cutler family for their dedication to the 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe convertible.

Play #MancariMadness, Win Chicago Bulls Tickets or a Flat Screen TV from Mancari’s!

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Are you in the market for a new or used car? Do you love NCAA Basketball, and enjoy winning great prizes like Chicago Bulls Tickets or a flat screen TV? Then you’re in luck! March Markdown Madness is happening now at Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Oak Lawn, and you can play along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to win great prizes! Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is excited to be rooting for Duke University! Engage with us on social media throughout the NCAA tournament to stay in the loop!

It’s simple to enter– by March 22nd, post a photo or screenshot of your NCAA bracket predictions on social media, and tag us – @Mancaris of Oak Lawn, and use the hashtag: #MancariMadness in your post! One lucky winner will be randomly selected to take home a 42″ flat screen TV. If you predict within Final Four of the bracket, then you will be eligible to win a pair of Chicago Bulls Tickets!

Fine Print

Contestants must complete their entries by 11:59 pm on March 22nd, 2015. Contestants must tag @Mancaris of Oak Lawn on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and also use the hashtag: #MancariMadness in their bracket photo post to be eligible.

Winners

Grand Prize: One TV will be given away at random, all eligible entrants can qualify for the Grand prize. Additionally, 3 winners who make it into the “Final Four” with their brackets will be chosen at random of the eligible entrants. Each pair of Chicago Bulls Tickets is valued at $100.  Winners will be announced on the Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Facebook page during week of April 6th. All winners must pick up their prize at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, located at  4630 WEST 95TH STREET OAK LAWN, IL 60453

Chrysler Town and Country Gains Width, Height, and a Hybrid Option

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While this may not be earth shattering news, here at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep we always appreciate getting little nuggets of information and sneak peaks on the next generation of the great Fiat Chrysler cars we sell. That means we were very interested to learn about some changes to the next generation Chrysler Town and Country that are planned for the 2017 model.

Fiat Chrysler has invested almost two billion dollars in their Windsor, Ontario plant in Canada, and while they have remained vague on just what and how they intend to use the plant, it has been widely assumed in the industry that the plant is gearing up for the production of the Town and Country. It has also been speculated that the Windsor plant is being fitted out to produce more hybrid vehicles. It has been fairly well established that an optional plug-in hybrid power train will be offered on future models of this popular minivan.

Earlier this year CEO Serigo Marchionne offered few details other than promising the plant would build the best minivans ever made. Along with an increase in the hybrid technology that will be playing a major role in the future of both the minivan and the plant, there have been a few other overall improvements to both the interior and exterior of the Town and Country.

The much loved minivan has seen some retooling to the interior design which includes the placement of a rotary shifter in the center console, and the exterior design of the minivan will see a slight increase in both height and width with the length remaining unchanged. While these changes were originally intended to go into effect with the 2015 Town and Country, in actuality, they won’t be seen until the release of the 2017 model. The Town and Country will also be the recipient of a Uconnect infotainment system which features an 8.4-inch touch screen. It’s no surprise that the option of a plug-in hybrid power train will also be available with the next generation model as well.

But you don’t have to wait until the 2017 model is available to get behind the wheel of a Chrysler Town and Country or any great Chrysler model. Stop by and visit us at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Dart Get Nods from Media in Motor City

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It’s always good news for us here at Mancari’s when we get confirmation of something we already know to be true, like getting recognition of the great cars and minivans we sell. This year, it’s the 2015 Dodge Dart awarded “Best Value” and the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country winning “Best Family Hauler”.

The accolades come as a part of the Detroit News annual Reader’s Choice Awards. A panel of 100 judges were chosen from over a thousand applicants submitted by readers. The judges then picked the winners in 10 different categories with awards being handed out in January at the Detroit Economic Club luncheon.

It is no surprise that the Best Value Award went to the 2015 Dodge Dart. The automatic SE model of this compact sedan features a 2.0 liter engine that gets 24 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Aero model delivers better fuel efficiency with a 1.4 liter engine that gets 27 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway.

The Dart has also received great safety ratings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the federal government. Ten airbags, cross-traffic detection and blind spot alerts back that rating up. It doesn’t hurt that the Dart also looks great, with a wide, low stance and race inspired LED tail lamps. Inside, the seating is comfortable, and the intuitive design of the dashboard and soft-touch materials make it a joy to drive. All this at a starting price of just under $16,500. A good value indeed.

The Chrysler Town & Country took top honors for “Best Family Hauler,” which is a distinction it has earned for ten consecutive years. The T&C combines safety, comfort, and storage capacity that appeals to families on the go. The Stow ’n Go seats provide options for significantly expanding storage for sports equipment, camping gear, or groceries. Rearview camera, DVD player, and 6.5 inch touch screen come standard, as does a six-speaker audio system and powerlift gate. Under the hood, a 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 kicks out 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is the go-to minivan that provides 40 available safety features and gets an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. And priced just under $30,000 the T&C is a great deal too.

So if you’re interested in a family hauler like the Chrysler Town & Country or something more sporty like the Dodge Dart, be sure stop by and see us at Mancari’s. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

 

Ram Improves its 1500 EcoDiesel HFE to Get Even Better Fuel Economy

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You know we’ll never stop loving our pickup trucks here at Mancari’s, which is why we are always encouraged by any news of improvements to the fuel efficiency of our four-wheeled friends. Getting good gas mileage has been the name of the game for quite a while now, and even with gas prices so low, it is never far from the minds of consumers. Besides, fuel prices aren’t likely to be this cheap forever, and who doesn’t like saving money at the pump, regardless of the price of crude oil?

Competition among major automakers has pretty much guaranteed better fuel efficiency in the trucks on US roads today, and Ram is right there with them. The recent trend in light duty pickups has been towards diesel engines, and Ram continues to improve on the concept it introduced with its EcoDiesel model. The new 1500 EcoDiesel HFE, which was recently unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show this past January, continues to up the ante in terms of performance and gas mileage. The improvement isn’t huge, but a little adds up to a lot in the long run. The 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will be available in the 1500 Express model and will get 24 combined miles per gallon. That’s 21 in the city and 29 on the highway, which Ram is proud to point out, sits at the top of its class in fuel economy for full-size, half ton pickup trucks.

Special badging will set off the EcoDiesel HFE from the pack, but otherwise the 1500 Express will be equipped with all the same amenities as its immediate predecessor, like 20 inch wheels, carpeted floor mats, body-color bumper and grille and fog lamps.

Look for the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE to hit the showroom floors in the next few months. While the price hasn’t been disclosed yet, it’s not likely to go much over $35K. But if you can’t wait that long to get yourself behind the wheel of a Ram truck, stop in and see us today at Mancari’s. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.