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.

 

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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.

Miranda Lambert and Ram Trucks Team Up for New Campaign

You can’t argue with the choice of talent Ram has aligned themselves with in Miranda Lambert. She is certainly an accomplished country singer and bankable star to boot. Lambert has won the Academy of Country Music Association’s award for Female Vocalist of the Year five years in a row, and she’s won CMA’s Album of the Year twice. That’s not too shabby for a woman only 31 years old, which is why we were so excited here at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep when we heard that Miss Lambert had joined her considerable talents with Ram Trucks, writing a tune specifically for a new Ram campaign.

“Roots and Wings” is a touching song in which Lambert credits her father for helping her stay grounded and her mother for giving flight to her dreams. Lambert is currently on her Certified Platinum tour and the video for the song, which prominently features a Ram pickup, will be shown on a giant screen during the concert intermission right before she takes the stage. The “Roots and Wings” theme will be forever associated with Ram in the minds of Lambert’s fans, and vice versa.

It’s not hard to imagine the appeal and star power that a singer like Lambert brings to the Ram brand, or what the iconic image of a RAM pickup will do to solidify Lambert’s persona as a down-to-earth country star. The question is, who will the song appeal to? Will it appeal to men? It should. Will Lambert’s song make Ram trucks more appealing to women? There’s no reason why not. It is the hope of both parties that the new video and commercials will appeal to everyone. The Ram and Miranda Lambert collaboration also saw its first print ad earlier this month in Country Weekly magazine which also featured Lambert on the cover.

Lambert grew up in a small Texas town and has been around trucks all her life. When not on the road touring, or in the studio recording, Lambert spends a lot of time on her ranch in Oklahoma, so it’s fair to say that trucks are still a major part of her life and not a just prop for a country music video. But you don’t have to listen to country music to own a pickup truck, you can listen to whatever kind of music you like. If you’re interested in a Ram truck stop by and see us at Mancari’s. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Tops the List in Four Wheeling Action

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It’s good to see that the 2015 Jeep Cherokee is being recognized for what it does best: being a bad to the bone off-road mudder. We’ve always loved the Jeep brand for exactly this reason, but to the extent that the off-road segment has exploded in the US in the past couple of decades, it can be easy for some people to forget just who started it all. This is why we were so excited about the news of the new 2015 Jeep Cherokee snagging yet another award. And while we are not surprised by that news here at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep, we appreciate the recognition nonetheless.

The recent nod to the ruggedness of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk came in the form of a “Four Wheeler of the Year” honor, bestowed by Four Wheeler Magazine – and they know four wheelers. That’s just one of about a dozen accolades for the Cherokee, but is definitely a large feather in the Jeep cap. To be considered for this honor, Four Wheeler requires that vehicles must have recently undergone an update or redesign.

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, which is built at Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio plant, rides higher and incorporates better approach and departure angles than ever before. To help make their pick, drivers took vehicles on over 1,000 miles of terrain that included both on- and off-road excursions at elevations over 9,000 feet above sea level. They concluded that not only is the Cherokee Trailhawk the best off-road vehicle they tested, but it also features plenty of great interior amenities while also looking pretty fantastic inside and out. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get dirt on it – it looks pretty good that way too.

The base Cherokee gets an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which makes it competitive in its class. It also has some great interior choices with options for leather upholstery, a six speaker stereo system, 5 inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. To check out your next Jeep Cherokee or any great Jeep model, stop in and talk to one of our knowledgeable and professional sale staff members at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is One of the Best in the Market

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People are saying that the new Jeep Renegade is the most radical Jeep to come down the pike in 75 years. And it’s easy to see how people are arriving at that conclusion. The new Renegade does retain the boxy edges that have made Jeep one of the most iconic brand in history, but to really continue to knock down the competition, the Renegade needed to deliver both off-road and on. And it does.

Jeep has a lot riding on the Renegade. They’re hoping it will be a consistent big seller in an increasingly crowded market place — one they helped invent. To help toward this goal, the Renegade has something to offer everyone with a variety of options and packages. Trim levels for the 2015 model include the Trailhawk, Limited, Sport, and the Latitude. Four-wheel drive comes standard on the Trailhawk and is an option on the other three models as well. The Jeep Renegade also has over a dozen possible combinations in the area of powertrain, transmission, and engine configurations.

Jeep and their parent company Fiat-Chrysler are banking on the appeal of the Trailhawk in particular. With the classic Jeep look, the Trailhawk comes with a 2.4 liter Tigershark engine and a nine-speed transmission. It has seen a slight lift as well as redesigned front and rear end components. It’s got great off-road handling capabilities, of course, but city driving is not a problem either. (Nobody says you have to throw mud on your Jeep, it’s just a lot more fun that way.)

Affordability is also a factor in winning over new customers. With the base model priced under $20,000, the 2015 Jeep Renegade achieves this, as well and maintaining a combined city and highway average of 30 miles to the gallon. The MySky sun roof is a nice touch, allowing for the two-paneled roof to be removed and stowed so drivers can really enjoy the off-roading experience.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade has something for everyone, with four trim levels, four MultiAir gas engines, two diesel and a E.torQ, which is a flex-fuel engine that will be only be available in certain markets. Options for the gearbox include a nine-speed automatic, two manual, and one dual-dry clutch transmission.

The subcompact SUV market is exploding, and Jeep is poised to capitalize by simply doing what they do best — what they’ve always done — make a great, rugged, affordable vehicle that delivers in the best of the worst environments. There are plenty of reasons for you to come visit us at Mancari’s, and one of them are our great Jeep models. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

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.

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.