Bigger and Bolder, the Chrysler 300 is Redesigned for Today’s Generation

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In 2005, Chrysler debuted a V-8, rear-wheel drive vehicle that signaled the re-emergence of the full-sized sedan.

But back in 2001 it was all just a big, bold concept, fearless enough to take cues from the components derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but authentic enough to be called American.

The 300 sported refreshingly stylish, upscale looks. A 120-inch wheel base, cross-hatch grille, 17-inch aluminum tires, 5-speed automatic transmission design, 4Matic all-wheel drive-inspired double wishbone front suspension, and a 2.7-liter V-6 that put out 190 horsepower.

And just in case there was any question about whether the rear-wheel drive 300 would have the kind of power and capability to brave the rough, snowy terrain, Chrysler threw in an Electronic Stability Program as an option.

The 2005 300 was definitely not your average family sedan, and the 300’s capability under the hood was only matched by its sports-like handling. Bolder and bigger than its predecessor, the 300 M, it was also surprisingly quiet for a large vehicle hauling the power of either a 2.7 or 3.5 liter V6 – depending on the trim.

Today, the all-new Chrysler 300 has been redesigned to appeal to the sensibilities of the young buyer, while still maintaining a little of its old school character for Chrysler enthusiasts.

With a 5.7-liter, 363-hp, and an eight-speed automatic, the 300 is still conscious of the environment, achieves best-in-class V-6 highway economy with the automaker’s Pentastar engine, and gets exceptional V-6 combined fuel economy.

But just when those of us here at Mancari’s thought the 300 couldn’t get any bolder, Chrysler upped the ante by adding a bigger chrome grille outlined in brushed nickel to the 300C, and a black on black chrome grille to the 300S as a nod to sports car lovers.

The American automaker also spared no expense on the interior details either, with premium features like quilted Nappa leather, Poltrona Frau leather-wrapped instrument panels sanded by hand, a 7-inch full color driver information display, a rotary transmission shifter, and a three-spoke steering wheel with optional paddle shifters are just a few of the upgrades to the available the 300S.

So what are you waiting for? Stop by Mancari’s of Oaklawn today and see for yourself the great new changes on deck for the upgraded Chrysler 300, or any of our other great Chrysler models.

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The Iconic Muscle Car Gets Redefined in the 2015 Chrysler 300 Series

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Dubbed “America’s Most Powerful Car”, the hard top, two door HEMI V8 was one of the best performing cars of its time.

After the war, many people looked to chop shops and car shop for vehicles that offered both power and speed, but many automobiles during that time didn’t fit the bill.

Then, the very first HEMI engine built was by Chrysler for a V16 fighter aircraft in 1939.

The Hemi changed the car racing industry when the American automaker added 180hp to an already powerful engine. Hall of Fame inductee and race car driver, Briggs Cunningham, used the Hemi in the Le Mans C-2, C-4R, and C-5R racers. And in 1952, Kurtis Kraft’s Hemi-toting Indy Roadster was actually banned from the races because it was too fast.

Imagine that kind of power and handling eventually making its way under the hood of the family sedan. The vehicle seemed to be a mixture of all different models popular at the time: the nose of the Imperial, the body shell of the New Yorker, and the rear quarter panels of the Windsor. This marked the beginning of the 2015 Chrysler 300 series, a fleet of high-performance luxury sedans, named for their potent 300hp Hemi V8.

2015_300sc_gallery_ext_01Because of its firm suspension, the 1955 Chrysler 300 handled like no other vehicle at that time. It reached 0 to 60 in 9.9 seconds, while also getting up to 130 mph.

Redefined at its original birthplace, the 300C is completely redesigned into a more seductive version of its predecessor, given a Ferrari-like exterior with the option of a 375hp or 390hp Hemi.

The Chrysler 300S is also roomy and well-appointed. With a redesigned exterior, posh interior, retuned suspension, and an 8-speed automatic transmission, the 300S is a sporty source of power and performance. Even the in-vehicle technology is awe-inspiring. Performance, luxury, and 363 hp has never looked better.

So stop by Mancari’s of Oaklawn and experience the all-new 2015 Chrysler 300 series, or any of our other Chrysler offerings today.

Chrysler Sets its Sights on the Commercial Minivan Segment with the 2015 RAM ProMaster City

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It seems the days of the minivan are long from over. In fact, several automakers are bringing the mini back. The compact mini, that is.

Before the minivan hit the scene in the mid 80’s, there were several variations of the front-engine, multi-utility vehicle, some of the favorites being DKW’s “Rapid Transporter” and Volkswagen’s Beetle.

Overseas, compact vans of the 50’s were built with a cab-over body style, where the cab of the van sat above the front axle. Many had two-hinged side doors on one side of the van and a body shaped like a bus.

American compact vans first appeared in the 1960s with the engine built under the front seat. Carmakers like Toyota, Subaru, Ford, and Chevy used a 3, 4, and 5 door body style, featuring a flat, vertical nose.

Chrysler had practically taken ownership of the market for full-sized vans in the 70’s, but interestingly enough, company execs at that time were hesitant to create an automobile that wasn’t already being produced by the competition. As far as they were concerned, there was no need to continue with plans to build it.

Because of this, it took almost a decade to begin the planning, engineering, and development of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. But what made these models so different was that neither vehicle was anything like a sedan or commercial van. They also each had more of a station-wagon design with front wheel drive, 7 passenger seating, removable seats, and a sliding door.

When the Caravan and Voyager launched, critics and enthusiasts alike raved over the quality of the trim and controls. Chrysler then increased production on the minivans throughout several of its plants in Missouri due to its growing popularity.

Now, the American automaker is doing it again, this time in the commercial van segment with the debut of the 2015 RAM ProMaster City. Chrysler is looking to take on competing vehicles like Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200, while targeting small urban area businesses.

With the Italian Diolo as its guide, the automaker is keeping its options on the table when it comes to the future of the ProMaster City’s design.

The new possibilities in the compact van segment has definitely peaked our interest here at Mancari’s. Whether it be a van or any other of the latest Chrysler model vehicles, we have some of the best deals around, so be sure to stop by today.

2015 Chrysler 200 is the Only American Mid-Sized Sedan to Earn the 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick

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Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to announce that the 2015 Chrysler 200 4-door sedan is the ONLY American Mid-Sized Sedan to Earn the 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick. With 60 available safety and security features, the 2015 Chrysler 200 has the most in its class.

Some of these cutting edge safety features include:

  • Parallel Park Assist
  • Perpendicular Park Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Camera w/ Dynamic Grid Lines
  • ACC w/ Stop and Go
  • Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
  • Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbags: separate airbags in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Programmable daytime running lights

To qualify for 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests; a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test, and and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. 

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Safety Rating fron NHTSA (National Highway Government 5-star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program

The NHTSA provides unbiased crash test safety ratings to for vehicles that go above and beyond what is required by federal law. 1- star rating is the lowest; 5- star rating is the highest. More stars equal safer cars. The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 FWD achieved the highest possible 5-star rating in “Overall”, “Frontal Crash” and “Side Crash” testing.

AutoTrader must test driveWhile safety is always #1, it’s also nice to be recognized for driveability. AutoTrader.com named the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 a Must Test Drive vehicle for 2014. According to AutoTrader.com, car shoppers test-drive an average of three vehicles before making their final purchase decision. The cars were picked based on a combination of value, performance, style and features that deliver “something unexpected” to consumers. The Must Test Drive vehicles were chosen to narrow down the top picks for consumers so they could focus their research efforts in their car and truck purchasing decisions.

wards best-interiorIf that wasn’t enough, the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 was also awarded the prestigious Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2014. The Chrysler 200 features fluid shapes and well-crafted components with world-class levels of fit and finish. Eight Wards Auto editors spent two months evaluating 41 vehicles during their routine commutes and scored based on features such as ergonomics, driver information, fit and finish, materials, value, safety, comfort and design harmony.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn welcomes you to stop by our dealership located at  4630 WEST 95TH STREET OAK LAWN, IL 60453 to give us a call today at (888) 631-9187 to schedule a test drive in a new 2015 Chrysler 200!

The 2016 Dodge Viper Roadster is Back and Better Than Ever

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Back in 1989 when the Dodge Viper Roadster was first introduced to the world as Chrysler’s one and only muscled sports concept vehicle, it was a surprising shift from the brand’s everyday family K-Cars like the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant.

But it was so well-received that Chrysler decided to debut its new hot wheels at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

With the help of 85 engineers dubbed “Team Viper”, Chrysler’s Advanced Design Studios began production several months later.

At that time, the American car maker had just produced one of the most powerful production engines in the world, an impressive 8.0 liter overhead valve V10 engine.

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The Viper was originally built with the Chrysler L.A. design with an engine built for the Dakota pickup. Then, the block and heads were recasted in aluminum alloy.

In addition to the 8.0 liter V10, the Viper was built with 4.0-inch cylinder bores and a 3.9-inch stroke. It was also equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, all independent suspension, and gigantic, three-spoke, 17-inch Michelin XGT-Z tires, allowing it to get about 1 lateral g around bends.

The Dodge Viper is capable of a roaring 300 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, and despite the lack of traction control and anti-lock brakes, it could get up to 150 mph.

We think it was love at first sight for performance car romantics.

Critics likened the Viper to popular luxury sports cars like the AC Cobra and the Jaguar. It was the complete throwback of a 60’s roadster – from the body shape of the car to the simplistic nature of the design, nothing else in Detroit could compare once the Viper made production in 1992.

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As Chrysler wraps up its Centennial year, and the 2015 Viper SRT (pictured above) didn’t sell as well as they would have hoped, the Dodge brand plans to re-price and reintroduce the new 2016 model, the only handmade supercar on the market.

Nearly half of the body of all the new Viper is made from carbon fiber, a durable, yet light-weight material proven to improve fuel economy and enhance performance.

The 2015 Dodge roadster, runs on an 8.4L V10 aspirated engine capable of 645hp and 600 pound feet of torque, which translates to 0-60 in about 3 seconds.

According to Viper Owners Association President Maurice Liang, the “exclusiveness and courageousness” of the new Viper gives its own identity that is uniquely American.

While we all eagerly wait for the release of the 2016 Dodge Viper Roadster next year, stop by Mancari’s of Oaklawn with any questions you may have, or check out the rest of our powerful Dodge models.

Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Gets the Best Mileage in its Class

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Each year, new strides are being made in the advancement of green technology, and auto companies everywhere are continually looking for ways to incorporate these developments into their products.

With more stringent regulations on vehicle emissions, car makers have pushed to make their automobiles more cost effective and environmentally-friendly. One way they’ve accomplished this is clean diesel, a new generation of fuel specifically designed to help meet a number of global objectives like greenhouse gas, energy security, and clean air.

Today’s clean diesel is made up of 97 percent less sulfur than traditional diesel, cutting soot emissions (believed to be contributor to global warming and serious health issues in humans) by almost 10 percent.

Dodge decided to incorporate this new turbo diesel technology into the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, and it’s paid off tremendously. Here’s why:

The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is the only truck in its class to get 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

It was just named Esquire magazine’s Truck of the Year.

Taking into account functionality, versatility, efficiency, safety, value, and style, the award-winning EcoDiesel has garnered the attention of folks who wouldn’t otherwise consider a pickup.

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And according to Bob Hegbloom, RAM Truck President and CEO, despite fierce competition, “the Ram 1500 delivers with a winning combination of best-in-class fuel economy and capability and going forward, Ram will continue to set the pace with the best trucks in their segments”.

But it doesn’t stop there. In tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 1500 EcoDiesel has achieved the best highway test result by a full-size, half-ton pickup – going above and beyond the EPA highway rating even for pickups of a smaller size.

Mancari’s believes that the Dodge RAM is capable of not only being a heavy-hitting, V6, workhorse of a diesel, but is also a smart choice, if you’re looking for optimal fuel efficiency in a truck.

It’s projected that within the next few years, light diesel vehicles will make up about 15 percent of the automobiles on American roads and 50 percent of the total number of vehicles in Europe. So if you have any questions about light diesel, or want to take a look at our other Dodge Ram models, stop by our showroom today.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler Combines Off-Road Performance with a Bit of Comfort

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It’s pretty obvious to us here at Mancari’s of Oaklawn that the Wrangler was never meant to be a luxury vehicle. What Willy’s-Overland had in mind back in the 1940s was a World War II, all-purpose, 4×4 reconnaissance vehicle designed to transport American soldiers and cargo.

But it was also used for everything from cable laying and saw milling, to filling in as field ambulances and tractors.

This military version of the Jeep, described by troops as “spartan” and “unstintingly functional,” was a genuine, unadulterated, off-road beast. And as a testament to the ingenuity and capability of the early half-ton vehicle, Willy’s drove the army quad up the steps of the U.S. Capitol with several lawmakers in tow.

While the Jeep brand has enjoyed a long history of high-level, off-road performance, Chrysler has settled on a new approach to its design.

Sporting a newly cultivated interior and a steel body-on-frame platform, the all-new 2015 Jeep Wrangler has been equipped with removable doors, hood, and windshield. It also comes standard with a Torx tool kit – a nod to enthusiasts who want the full experience of their surroundings.

The American car maker offers both two-door and four-door versions of the Unlimited with several different trims: Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon. The Wrangler is also available in iconic subtrims like the Willys Wheeler and the Rubicon Hardrock.

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Jeep lovers get their choice of 16 inch steel wheels or 17-inch alloy wheels, eight standard speakers or nine with the Apine option, the Sunrider soft top or the matching body-color Freedom Top, heated seats, Bluetooth, touch-screen infotainment system, and an electrochromic rearview mirror.

But don’t let the convenience of these new amenities fool you.

This version of the Jeep’s Wrangler has some serious throwback features, like the solid front and rear axles, standard crank windows, firm suspension, and good forward visibility.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is also powered by a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, a 6 speed manual transmission, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4WD systems, patented 4X4 capabilities to cruise up and around to rocks and boulders, and an electronic sway bar disconnect, and a fold down windshield for increased aerodynamics.

Those of us here at Mancari’s know that the 2015 Jeep Wrangler could never be mistaken for anything other than an off-road vehicle, so if you’re less keen on refinement and big on adventure, the new Jeep Wrangler is your best bet. Check out the 2015 Jeep models we have in our inventory, or come down to our store to get behind the wheel today.

Dodge Receives Over 5,000 Orders for the Challenger SRT Hellcat

15-ld-ex-3.jpg.pagespeed.ce.xuPXOcb3LF Within weeks of Dodge allowing dealers to pre-order the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new muscle from Detroit, more than 5,000 orders have been placed.

Dodge previously said that the initial run of the new Challenger SRT Hellcat would be capped at around 1,200 units. Based on that production count, only about half of the Dodge franchises in the US market would receive one Hellcat each.

The manufacturer decided that dealers with the highest amount of Dodge vehicle sales would achieve priority on the waiting list, and to stop price gouging, Chrysler Group said it would award dealers with additional inventory if the pre-ordered SRT Hellcats were delivered as quickly as possible to their customers.

CaptureFor those that don’t know, according to Dodge, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is not only the most powerful muscle car ever, but also the fastest. All Challenger SRT Hellcats come standard with a powerful supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI that delivers 707 horsepower.

The Hellcat also has a twin-screw, high-efficiency supercharger mounted to the intake, while sturdy, hot forged internals and crank are installed into the block for maximum strength under any driving situation.

Two transmissions are available in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The HEMI can be matted to either a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic or a Tremac 6-Speed manual. While the TorqueFlite automatic comes with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that offer rev-matching technology during downshifts, the manual transmission has a larger, higher-capacity clutch compared to any other previous Challenger SRT.

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And just because the motor and transmission are the main reasons for the speed behind the new Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge has upgraded both brakes and handling: at all four corners, Dodge installed high performance Brembo brakes. Up front, the Challenger Hellcat has 15.4-inch two piece rotors that are grabbed by six-piston calipers. The rear has 13.8-inch rotors along with four-piston calipers.

When it comes to handling, technology plays a big role. While the gas-charged struts provide a great balance of both firmness and ride comfort for daily driving purposes, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers three settings that manipulate not only the suspension, but also the vehicle’s traction control and automatic transmission properties.

For daily driving purposes, the vehicle can shift into street mode, and the Hellcat will act as if 707-horsepower was not on tap at a moment’s notice. However, if you need all the power available, consider Track mode. Once selected, wheel spin allowance is eased and the suspension feel is firmer for unmatched vehicle control.

Give Mancari’s of Oak Lawn a call at (888) 631-9187 to learn more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, or its four door brother, the Charger SRT Hellcat.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Sponsors Breakfast with Santa to Benefit Hearts for Hope Programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital this Sunday, December 7th

Hearts for Hope breakfast with santaMancari’s of Oak Lawn is excited to announce their sponsorship of the annual Breakfast with Santa, being held this Sunday December 7th to benefit Hearts for Hope programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital of Oak Lawn. The family friendly event will take place at Ridge Country Club, located at 10522 S. California Ave. Chicago IL.

Breakfast seatings are available at 9:00 am, or at 12:00 noon and tickets are $20 for children and $28 for adults. Children under age 2 are free. Guests can look forward to a full breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, storyteller fun, and much more! Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the children at the Hope Pavilion.

“The Mancari’s family is proud to support Hearts for Hope organization and Advocate Children’s Hospital. They do great work in the Oak Lawn community. We have supported this event for several years now, and hope to see a big turnout for a great cause at this fun, festive event!” said Ed Tapper, Sales Manager at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Hearts for Hope programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn.

Tickets can be reserved online at http://www.advocatehealth.com/santa.

About Hearts for Hope

HEARTS FOR HOPE was established in 1998 by grateful parents, concerned families, and business leaders in our community to raise both awareness and funds for Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital. Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn offers care to every patient who comes through its doors. Hearts for Hope makes positive impacts in the lives of patients and their families through hands-on volunteering and involvement. They help create a child-centered environment of compassion, comfort and healing inside the doors of the Hope Pavilion. Hearts for Hope plans and executes a variety of special events throughout the year including a major golf outing, Halloween Bash, patient parties, Savanah’s lunch box and a breakfast with Santa.

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 Illinois loyally for more than 45 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.

Early Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 turkey-180593_1280Well before the English settlers began the American tradition of Thanksgiving in the 1600s, many Native American tribes such as the Cherokee, Blackfoot, Shawnee, Pueblo and Wampanoag gave thanks by holding seasonal feasts in celebration of a good supply of crops.

In years of strong corn harvests, ceremonies were performed in appreciation for an abundant growing season. During these rituals, a formal speaker addressed the people, praising their hard work and giving thanks to the Great Spirit for providing generous provisions that would last through the end of winter.

Settlers actually adopted this long-standing Native American custom that included ceremonial dances, games, and races; referring to it as harvest festivals.

What’s interesting is that during the 17th century Thanksgiving ceremonies, turkey was never really the traditional main course. The very first three day celebration in 1621 most likely consisted of meats that were available during the season such as duck and geese. Wild turkey was was eaten regularly and therefore not necessarily reserved for special occasions.

And what about the sides? While we love all of those tasty turkey trimmings at Mancari’s, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the early settlers ate besides waterfowl, venison, oysters and lobsters. It’s possible that they served corn, beans, and squash, all foods that were commonly harvested at the time.

Early accounts document that the English and Native Americans stuffed fish and birds with herbs, onions, and oats. The Wampanoag, a tribe of people that inhabited the area known today as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, may have used cranberries as an additive to the sauce made by the English settlers.

White potatoes weren’t a popular English dish in the 1600s, and sweet potatoes were imported from the Caribbean to be enjoyed by the wealthy English. Other things like wild boar ham, grapes, strawberries, gooseberries, plums, cabbage, turnips, spinach, carrots, collards and turnips may have seen their way onto the plates of the early settlers during the celebrations.

While some traditions are old, and others are just beginning, Thanksgiving has always been a time to celebrate with family and friends. Here’s wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from us at Mancari’s!