Millennials Shape Future of Compact SUV Market

jeep renegadeRecent studies have shown that younger buyers are becoming more interested in purchasing smaller compact utility vehicles instead of large SUVs.

We have noticed that car companies are well attuned to the ever-growing trend of Millennials by gravitating toward smaller automobiles.

But why are automakers like Jeep so eager to reach this optimistic, tech savvy generation?

To start, there are roughly 77 million Millennials in the U.S. today, which make up 12 percent of the new car segment.

Experts estimate that within the next six years, Gen Y will account for a whopping 40 percent of new car sales.

It becomes apparent after looking at these numbers why this group of buyers is so important.

While we know that young people play a crucial part in the production and sales of compact utility vehicles, it’s also helpful to understand some of the factors that influence Millennials during the process of buying a car.

It goes without saying that smaller SUVs are less expensive than their larger counterparts.

They are also better on fuel than larger trucks. In fact, Jeep’s all-new CUV, the Jeep Renegade, gets nearly 50 miles to the gallon.

Many of these younger buyers live in dense, urban areas; oftentimes commuting to the suburbs or outskirts of town to visit family, not venturing far from the social scene to stay close and connected.

Practicality and convenience are a must and the Jeep Renegade offers the best of both worlds.

Packed with loads of cargo space and creative little storage areas, the Renegade offers room for five, giving this burgeoning generation of drivers the opportunity to take a weekend trip to Vegas or an off road excursion to the mountains or the desert.

Speaking of excursions, the 2015 Jeep Renegade was built to travel.

The signature Jeep Active Drive Low comes standard with 20:1 crawl ratio, a 1-inch factory lift, and 17-inch off-road aluminum wheels.

Cut from the same cloth as the iconic Willy’s MB, the Renegade comes equipped with 2 available Jeep active drive 4×4 systems.

Since this is a generation that was practically raised on the Internet, Jeep took the liberty to add some pretty cool tech features which includes a smart phone integrated infotainment system with optional 5 or 6.5 inch touch screen, a 7 inch configurable TFT display in the instrument cluster, and a unique My Sky roof system.

As Jeep’s first debut into the compact SUV market also smartly combines military inspired design and performance with city smart Tek Tonic comfort.

The automaker will sell the Jeep in over 100 markets worldwide with youthful, thrill-seeking customers everywhere in mind.

And if it’s adventure you’re looking for, Mancari’s in Oak Lawn has the perfect Jeep for you. Stop over and visit us today!

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Donates $25 to Susan G. Komen Chicagoland for Every Car Sold in October

Mancaris Of Oak Lawn donates for breast cancer awarenessOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as we see pink ribbons pop up across Chicagoland this month, it is important to remember that this disease is affecting people every day of the year, around the entire world. But there is hope for those recently diagnosed, and for those still fighting the disease.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is doing our part to make strides against breast cancer by donating $25 to Susan G. Komen of Chicagoland for every car sold at our dealership October 1st – October 31st, 2014. Proceeds help the organization fund lifesaving breast health navigation, breast cancer screening, diagnostics, treatment and treatment support services for uninsured and under insured women and men in need.

About Susan G. Komen Chicagoland

Susan G. Komen – Chicago was established in 1997 and held the first Susan G. Komen Chicago Race for the Cure®.  Since our inception, Komen Chicago has awarded over $15 million towards the fight against breast cancer. In 2014, Komen Chicago granted over $1.3 million to 17 local organizations funding lifesaving breast health services. In April, 2011, Komen Chicago was awarded the Affiliate of the Year by Susan G. Komen.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of the net proceeds raised by the Affiliate are dedicated to fighting breast cancer locally in the Chicagoland service area. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of net proceeds raised support global research. The generosity and spirit of our corporate sponsors, community partners, individual donors and volunteers enables the Affiliate to save the lives of thousands of individuals in the Chicagoland area and work towards our vision of a world without breast cancer.

About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2010. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

The Susan G. Komen® national website, www.komen.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.

Stop by Mancari’s of Oak Lawn today, and take a test drive in a new or quality pre-owned Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or RAM, and if you decide to take one home, your purchase from Mancari’s will make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

Jeep Remains at Top of SUV Market

jeepMore and more, car makers today are trying to nab their share of the wildly popular subcompact SUV market. FCA’s five-year plan has gone off without a hitch and the Jeep brand has the sales to back it up. In August of this year alone, Jeep experienced an impressive 49 percent increase over July sales.

Cherokee Dominates SUV Market

Overall, Jeep sold 68,766 vehicles last month, with the Cherokee coming out on top. A total of 18,674 units were sold making it Jeep’s best sales month to date.

Even the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the iconic Wrangler, descendant of the Willys MB, came in trailing the new compact SUV.

Let’s take a look at a few of the features that give the Jeep models their public appeal.

Performance

First of all, it’s an off-road vehicle that boasts superior performance on the most rugged trails, while displaying the comfort of home on the urban streets of the city.

The Cherokee’s leading edge 4×4 integrated systems include 4-low and rear locker capabilities, which translates to low range for rock crawling, neutral mode for flat towing, and brake traction control for all-weather performance.

A class-first nine-speed automatic transmission is paired with the Cherokee’s new 2.4L Multi-Air Tigershark 14 engine that gets nearly 490 highway miles to the gallon. Add that to the brand-specific, rear axle disconnect feature and Jeep just increased this model’s fuel efficiency exponentially.

But the brand didn’t stop there. They took it one step further and created the Renegade.

2015 Jeep Renegade

Jeep jumped into the subcompact SUV ring with the Renegade, way before industry experts began to surmise that this segment of the market would reach about 2 million in sales in 2014 alone.

Off-road enthusiasts are sure to appreciate the characteristics of the all-new Renegade, which includes a 20:1 crawl ratio – thanks to the Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 system, the new Select -Terrain system featuring Renegade’s Rock mode setting, and a 0.8 inch lift, complete with off-road suspension and hill descent control.

All of this capability is balanced with five-passenger seating, loads of cargo room, and creative little storage spaces that come in just as handy in the city.

Off-road performance, capability and interior comfort and convenience – just a few reasons Mancari’s of Oak Lawn thinks Jeep will continue to dominate the compact SUV market! Stop over to our top Chicago Jeep Dealership and browse through our selection of new and pre-owned Jeep models. We offer only the highest quality vehicles on our showroom floor.

Step Inside Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

chrysler sterling heightsSitting on more than 285 acres and spanning a massive 5 million square feet, the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant located in Sterling Heights, Michigan has stood strong for the past 60 years, drawing on a long-standing tradition of the “maker’s” ingenuity, along with an undeniable legacy of resurgence.

The Sterling Heights Plant illustrates the story of Chrysler’s history – one that follows the American auto maker’s journey – from the highest heights to the disparaging depths and everything in between.

While Chrysler had successfully started out manufacturing vehicles in the 1920’s like the 70 and the Touring, the car company had begun making significant contributions to the war effort in the late 1930’s and the early 1940’s in aerospace technology.

As a bona-fide contractor for the United States Army, Chrysler continued producing medium range ballistic missiles even after World War II had ended.

At the time, the Sterling Heights facility was known as the Michigan Ordinance Missile Plant. In 1980, the missile facility was converted into an automobile plant – and three years later Chrysler took the reigns.

The Michigan-based plant was renovated in 2006 after production on the Sebring and Stratus ended and by 2010, the facility was slated for closure after Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.

According to Detroit Mayor, Richard Notte, the idea of a long-standing city structure being lost along with thousands of jobs, was unfathomable.

“That day in April 2009 when Chrysler announced plans to close SHAP was one of the darkest days in the history of the city,” said Notte.

Fortunately, a $1 billion investment into the plant kept the doors open and eventually led to the addition of a new paint and body shop and an updated assembly line.

The revitalization effort became a clear focus for Chrysler, its employees, and the community at large and production of the Chrysler 200 sedan was on the verge of success.

Approximately 900 new jobs were added, with a $165 million dollar body shop on the horizon. The changes to the plant granted Chrysler the ability to produce better, more efficient mid-sized cars.

In order to demonstrate the kind of technology and precision that is now being built into the 2015 Chrysler 200, the automaker has recently collaborated with Google Maps to offer a virtual tour of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

The tour guides user through the 5 million square foot facility on a 360-degree voyage, which includes virtual “walk-throughs” of a number of different stations including body assembly, quality control, and production.

Chrysler wanted to introduce an innovative, new way for users to research a vehicle.  Beginning with a short introductory film, the same technology that launched Google Street Maps, provides interactive videos, which help bring the plant to life.

This latest collaboration is yet another chapter in the plant’s flourishing, 60 year history – a history that Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM believes coincides with the level of passion and commitment Chrysler has maintained year after year, for its people and its products.

For a great selection of new and pre-owned Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram vehicles, visit Mancari’s located in Oak Lawn, IL. Our Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership near Chicago is ready to help you find the vehicle you’ve been searching for.

Mancaris of Oak Lawn Awards Wheelchair Accessible Dodge Caravan to Local Oak Lawn Resident, Linda Stearns

Linda Stearns of Oak LawnMancari’s of Oak Lawn was proud to award Linda Stearns of Oak Lawn with a brand new, 2014 Dodge Caravan earlier today. What makes this story so unique though, is that this vehicle was modified to be wheelchair friendly as part of the Mobility Awareness Local Heroes Campaign put on by The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associations. The awareness campaign is also designed to educate seniors, veterans, caregivers and people with disabilities about wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive mobility equipment options that enable them to live an active and mobile life.

mancaris mobility awareness event
Mancaris held an open celebration for mobility awareness, and invited all to come out to their Oak Lawn dealership today to see the vehicle unveiling, and learn more about the NMAM program. Dayne Kovack, Incentive Manager from
Chrysler Group was a featured speaker, and shared Chrysler’s perspective on their role in this awareness program, along with highlights on the vehicle’s features.

2014 marks the third year running for the Campaign–a successful annual contest in which deserving “Local Heroes” are awarded a wheelchair accessible vehicle tailored to meet their needs through an online contest.

In the local hero contest entry, Linda’s daughter shared he mother’s incredible story, detailing her life dedicated to giving back to her community, and to others:

 Linda Stearns Oak Lawn“A hero is someone who illustrates courage or noble qualities. My mother, Linda Stearns, exemplifies what a true hero is. At the age of 17, my mother began volunteering at Misericordia Chicago. While there, she met my “brother,” Charlie who was 9 months old and suffered from spina bifida and hydrocephalus. She was told to not get attached, because he would not live past the age of 2.

That didn’t stop her. At the age of 21, Charlie came to live with my mother permanently and this past November, he turned 49 years old. In November of 1984, shortly after my 3rd birthday my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She accepted the fact that she could beat her disease or it would beat her. With that mentality, she persevered in every aspect of her life and chose to become a full time advocate and volunteer.

Almost 21 years ago, she became the unofficial adoptive grandmother to a set of quadruplets whom she watched, free of charge, while their mother worked as a waitress. She continued caring for not only herself, but me, both my elderly and ailing grandparents and Charlie. Over the years, she has volunteered with the Cook County Multiple Sclerosis Chapter as a member and supporter, the Garden Center for the Handicapped, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church along with Galilee Baptist Church and Homeless Center. She loans her accessible van, despite its condition, to those in need including a complete stranger, who wanted to transport his mother from a nursing home for the holidays. She bakes for PADS, which serves the homeless, attends Honor Flight Chicago to support veterans and rearranges flowers from local funeral homes, which she delivers to patients in hospitals and nursing homes – sometimes not even knowing the patient herself.

In 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which didn’t stop her from helping others. She continued to do volunteer work and help others. She took in an elderly family friend, with no immediate family and cared for her for the remaining years of her life. My mother is a person who doesn’t stop living life because of her disease – she pushes harder – embraces life – for herself and everyone around her. She is not only my hero, but one for many – family, friends and even strangers.”

Mancaris of Oak Lawn Mobility AwarenessMancaris of Oak Lawn thanks all who came out to this great event today to support Mobility Awareness, and wishes Linda and her family the best! For more info on the National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association, visit http://www.nmeda.com/about/

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Introduces Noise Canceling Technology

jeep grand cherokeeChange. What would any vehicle be like without it?

As far as special editions go, Jeep has that aspect of vehicle production fully covered. They are, undoubtedly, no stranger to change.

But car makers like Jeep know that in order to be the best in close competition with vehicles like the Land Rover, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and the Mercedes Benz M-Class, not just any changes will do.

The American-grown car company is using some of the newest technology available in the automotive industry.

The ability to quiet the roar of the SRT’s powerful HEMI V-8 might just be music to some Jeep enthusiasts’ ears.

Jeep has come up with new technology that, according to Allpar.com, “Reduces engine harmonics below 150 Hz” by essentially creating sound in order to reduce it. This system takes the noise it detects within the cabin and matches it by producing anti-noise signals which it sends through the car’s speakers. This you just have to experience for yourself.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn knows that enhancements like these make for a better driving experience.

Noise canceling technology was actually developed while engineers were in the process of developing techniques like variable cylinder management for greater fuel economy.

Methods like variable cylinder management were successful, but often resulted in more engine noise.

Jeep’s answer to the dilemma was the Active Noise Canceling System (ANC).

In addition to the ANC, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT was redesigned to add a few creative comforts to its special edition Red Vapor Package, as well.

Some of the new upgrades include five spoke 20-inch wheels laced in black chrome, polished black grille accents, gloss black badging, and a special dark-red trimmed cover.

Inside, the new Grand Cherokee offers an illuminated SRT steering wheel logo and anodized silver trim, your choice of Laguna leather or Ultra suede seats, and Laguna door trim. Jeep offers this limited edition SUV in red, white or black.

The Grand Cherokee SRT wouldn’t be complete without the power behind the package. The automaker adds 5 more ponies to this model, bringing it up to 475 horsepower and an impressive 470 lb-ft of torque.

Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram tips its hat to the automaker for renovating the new Grand Cherokee SRT with less noise, more power and smoking red hues – because if any automaker knows how to make a good vehicle better, It’s Jeep. Stop over to our Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership located in Oak Lawn, IL. Browse through our impressive inventory of new and used Jeep vehicles.

Chrysler Leads the Way in U.S. Sales and Market Share

chryslerChrysler’s five-year plan that was implemented after the merger with Fiat, has silenced the naysayers.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has big dreams. It plans to become a global player in the world’s auto market by growing its sales to $7 million vehicles by 2018.

The thought behind the Italian/American car company’s lofty goals is to create a stronger automobile company that’s better positioned to contend with the likes of GM, Toyota, and VW.

Chrysler has recently overtaken Honda as the forth largest automaker in the U.S. and experts are predicting positive sales growth and an increase in market share for the remainder of this year.

August is a big push month in the car industry and with the market trending toward trucks and SUVs. Mancari’s of Oak Lawn believes that Chrysler should have a very good month.

According to Marketwatch.com, analysts estimate that a little over $1.5 million new cars and trucks were sold last month.

Generally, Labor Day weekend is one of the most profitable times for car companies and with the rise in consumer confidence, in addition to great deals, rebates, and financing options, it’s pretty clear how August could potentially be as big as many experts predict it was.

Chrysler leads the way as one of the nation’s hottest selling manufacturers today, particularly in the area of sales and market share.

The newly redesigned 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Dodge RAM, Chrysler 200 and Town and Country have all contributed to huge sales for the automaker. Edmunds.com thinks Chrysler will sell 15 percent more vehicles this year than it did in 2013.

The car company is also expected to post a year-over-year sales gain of around 11 percent in August. Nearly each of the other 8 big automakers, including Toyota, VW and GM are expected to show a decline in market share.

At Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, we think compact Crossovers and SUVs are fueling the resurgence.  Many people are also looking to get rid of the cars they drove through the recession, and replace them with newer, more efficient models.

Either way, Chrysler’s riding the waves of what looks to be the beginning of a pretty successful comeback.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Sponsors Annual Fall on the Green Festival in Downtown Oak Lawn

Fall on the Green FestMancaris of Oak Lawn TV giveawayMancari’s of Oak Lawn was the presenting sponsor for this year’s annual Fall on the Green Festival in Oak Lawn. The festival took place last weekend, September 5th-7th at The Oak Lawn Village Green, located behind the Oak Lawn Public Library. Mancari’s staff members were stationed at the event along with with several of the latest Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models on display. Mancari’s also held a raffle for attendees of the festival, and gave away flat screen TVs to three lucky winners.

Mancaris Oak Lawn Fall FestivalThe annual Fall on the Green Festival is a family friendly event with everything from great food, to wonderful entertainment, games, and vendors of all types. The event has free admission every year, as well as free parking and rides.

There are many activities for children at the festival, such as bathtub racers, inflatable rides, face painting, tattoo parlor and trackless train. The festival also featured a teen area with adventure activities including a Climbing Wall, Bungee Run, Giant Twister Game and Basketball.

Fall on the Green4The event also hosted live musical performances on the main stage, and an Arts & Crafts show held on Saturday and Sunday with many crafters and exhibitors from near and far. Local Oak Lawn businesses were also in attendance at the festival, which provided an opportunity to attract new customers from the thousands of people who visited the festival.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn thanks all who came out last weekend! We hope to see you soon in our showroom. If you would like to know more about any of the vehicles we had on display, please call us at 888-631-9187, or visit us at www.mancari.com.

 

Will the 2017 RAM 1500 Make the Switch to Aluminum?

ram 1500The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been abundantly clear about their plans to decrease the amount of energy used in light cars and trucks through greater fuel efficiency by 2018. The pickup truck segment in America is about to undergo some pretty obvious changes.

As a way to increase fuel economy, CAFE or Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards were enacted back in 1975 by Congress – also put into place to help reduce greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions from buses, motorcycles, and automobiles.

One of the ways NHTSA proposes to enforce the mandate is by increasing CAFE levels by 2016 for medium to heavy duty vehicles from 23.5 mpg to 28.8 mpg.

The organization has also just established new vehicle requirements for a fuel economy and environment label to be posted on the window sticker of all new automobiles in the U.S.

Manufacturers like Dodge have the opportunity to earn credits for producing alternative and dual-fueled vehicles. The NHTSA assigns a higher fuel economy value to these vehicles.

Increasing standards resulted in car makers looking for more efficient means of manufacturing their vehicles and an industry wide shift from using advanced high strength steel to produce the body of pickups like the RAM 1500 to the utilization of lighter-weight aluminum, is imminent.

American car makers such as Ford and General Motors have already publicly stated that they intend to switch to aluminum body panels to build their popular full-size pickups this coming Fall, as well as in the Fall of 2018. Chrysler, however, has made no immediate plans to follow their lead.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn knows that RAM will undergo a pretty dramatic overhaul in 2017, but the automaker has made it clear that those changes won’t include the much talked about aluminum body panels.

So why not go with the flow, if aluminum is lighter, more efficient, and more corrosion resistant?

For starters, it’s about three times more expensive than steel and in order to make aluminum, car manufacturers must invest in new machinery and assembly lines that are capable of producing entire body parts.

Many pickup lovers believe steel is more rugged and able to take more punches than aluminum – and those are the customers that Chrysler says it doesn’t want to leave out.

Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive of Fiat, back in May, told investors that Chrysler’s use of aluminum is “better suited in other vehicles than pickups.”

Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram has no insight into if and when Chrysler will join the Big Two in revamping its fleet of pickups, but with the success the RAM 1500 has had this year with its drivers, it would be a change that would only increase the performance RAM enthusiasts already enjoy.

All-New 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Shows Off-Road Roots

jeep rubiconBred from a long line of Jeep vehicles – from the likes of the iconic WWII-inspired Willy’s CJ -2 to its subsequent variant – the Cj-8 Scrambler, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X keeps hardcore Jeep enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.

Tested and proven in the legendary Jeep wind tunnel – Northern California’s Rubicon Trail – the Rubicon X was engineered to go the distance and beyond. While this may be the case with this year’s Jeep, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn thinks hardcord Jeep owners will be equally impressed by this model’s highly evolved off-road capabilities.

Some of the characteristics that made the old school Jeep, a Jeep were things like superior ride and handling, new and improved safety features and mechanics, and greater on-road and off-road capabilities.

When the Wrangler first came on the scene in 1986, the automaker gave it front and rear rigid live axles, a flat-fold windshield that made it outdoor ready, and an independent body and frame. It had to be redesigned to suit then tastes  of the civilian public, so Jeep constructed a longer wheelbase, less ground clearance, and a brand new grille.

It was powered by a 2.5 liter with a straight 4 engine or the optional 4.2 liter straight 6.

The Jeep Rubicon, affectionately named the Jeep “Rubi” burst onto the scene in 2003. It was solely dedicated to the off-road Jeep affectionados. It sported front and rear Dana 44 axles with electric lockers, 4:1 transfer case, 4.10 axle gearing complete with an electric realeasing sway bar, 4 wheel disc brakes, and better suspension parts.

In 2013, the 3rd generation was built with tons of off road love and was sold as the 10th Anniversary Edition. It was dubbed by Jeep as “the most extreme Jeep Wrangler ever”.

The American automaker also wanted to pay homage to the truck’s well-established roots and all of its passionate enthusiats, so this edition was like the customized version of the Rubicon.

Available in both two-door and four-door models, the Anniversary Rubicon was crafted with six-speed manual and an optional five-speed automatic transmission. The Dana 44 axles get power from a Roc-Trac transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. The manual transmission has a crawl ratio of 73.1:1, with an increased ride height of about half an inch.

The winch-friendly design comes with removable front bumper end caps for better crawling power and Mopar rock rails to minimize damage on the trails.

Jeep added its “10th Anniversary” signature plus tons of other little niceties that Jeep lovers were sure to appreciate.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X builds on the Anniversary Edition by adding wider rock rails, black steel off-road bumpers with removable off-road caps, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

For performance, the Rubicon X sports a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 giving it a mighty 285 horses under the hood and 260 lb-ft of torque, to boot. For that Willy’s Jeep feel, they added soft coil spring suspension for body roll and sway.

Priced at about $34,595 this Wrangler sure to change the minds of those loyal CJ5 and CJ7 owners, but when it comes down to it its all Jeep, just the same.

Aside from that, much like Jeep brand execs, Mancari’s Oak Lawn thinks the Wrangler Rubicon X is the automaker’s gift to the off-roads.