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.

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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.

2015 Chrysler 200 Tops Vehicle Safety List

chrysler 200 safetySafety is one of the most important factors that car shoppers use to help determine which vehicle is best for them. That’s why Chrysler is so proud to have so many vehicles with high safety ratings. The 2015 Chrysler 200 recently received the Top Safety Pick+ which was a huge honor for Chrysler.

Organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) help lessen the number of death, injuries, and damage to property that occurs by implementing and administering the standards vehicles are judged by.

The NHTSA conducts independent crash tests that include front impact and side impact testing for all vehicles and rollover testing for SUVs and pickup trucks. Recently they have also begun using various sized crash-test dummies, while featuring new technologies that support crash test avoidance.

NHTSA has been around since 1970 and is pretty well regarded by drivers, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, and the U.S. automobile industry, alike.

They developed the 5-star Rating Program back in 1978 as a way to determine how much the safety of vehicles has improved.

As the name suggests, a new automobile can receive up to 5 stars. One star is the lowest any tested vehicle can receive.

The program is geared to helping consumers make better purchasing decisions by providing them with information needed to compare one vehicle with another.

NHTSA also wears several other hats – one of which is to monitor vehicle safety. Other tasks include, investigating manufacturer defects and implementing and overseeing fuel economy standards.

On behalf of the general public, the organization rounds up accidents stats each year, publishing comprehensive information about injuries, fatalities, speeding, and accidents involving alcohol.

Internally, NHTSA subsidizes programs involving new safety technology, teen driver programs, and child safety seats. It also issues university grants and offers funding to organizations that conduct ongoing safety research.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is another well-regarded independent safety organization whose role is to minimize losses resulting from death, injury, and property damage.

It was established in 1959 by three different insurance companies and champions information derived through scientific study of insurance data.

Similar to NHTSA, the IIHS is committed to helping consumers make informed decisions through vehicle safety testing.

The IIHS focuses on two facets of safety – crash worthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation. It then assigns grades depending on how well a tested vehicle performs.

A rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor is given after these five tests are performed: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, roof strength, and head restraints.

Each year, the IIHS awards the Top Safety Pick to automobiles with the best performance.

Chosen vehicles qualify for the award by receiving “Good” marks in the seat head restraint tests and the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength tests.

The highest honor a vehicle can receive is the Top Safety Pick +, which requires a “Good” rating in 4 out of 5 tests.

These automobiles also need to receive an “Acceptable” rating in the fifth test.

The brand new 2015 Chrysler 200 has been redesigned to include safety features like electronic stability control, antilock brakes and eight airbags; optional features such as a rear view camera and rear cross-path detection were also added.

Because of Chrysler’s strategic emphasis on safety, the 200 earned the highest honors given to a vehicle from the IIHS – the 2014 Top Safety Pick +.

With a score of “Good” in the small overlap front crash test and a superior rating for front crash protection (when teamed up with the car maker’s forward collision warning system with auto-brake) it’s clear that the new 200 was definitely built with one thing in mind – it’s driver’s safety.

Of course, your safety has always been our number one priority here at Mancari’s in Oak Lawn, IL. We have a large inventory of new and used vehicles for out guests to browse through. Stop over today and learn more about the new 2015 Chrysler 200!

Do Trends in Pickup Truck Sales Reflect Housing Market?

ram 1500If you’ve never bought a 1/2 ton vehicle, you probably wouldn’t suspect that the sales of pick up trucks here in America are heavily tied into the behavior of the U.S. housing market.

Many of the dealers here at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn know first hand that if you really want a forecast on the stability of the housing market, keep an eye on how well the pickup segment of the automobile market is doing.

When you begin to think about it, it makes perfect sense. People buy pickup trucks when construction needs to be done, because more homes are being built. Of course, to build a home you need to move lumber, concrete, beams and other heavy materials that most other vehicles lack the capacity to tow.

But, this has been the trend for years. When the economy took a huge nosedive in 2008, the housing market went from an over-inflated 7.33 million sales in June 2005 to about 4.9 million in July of 2008. This year, sales are said to be on track for 4.89 million.

The winter of 2013, saw pickup trucks sales fall slightly due to unusually harsh weather in the Eastern part of the U.S., while new home construction plummeted about 16 percent.

Since January of 2014, full-sized pick up sales have reached 1.1 million units here in the U.S. – an increase of 4 percent, while the auto market in general saw a 5 percent overall increase.

Dodge’s RAM truck experienced a whopping 19 percent increase this year – selling 239,481 units to date.

Once the housing market falls in line with the recovery seen in other industries, U.S. pickup truck sales will see growth as well.

Another reason pickups today are experiencing such a flurry in sales is the increase in fuel economy. The 2014 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel demonstrates class-leading EPA ratings.

Only a few months in, the new Ram 1500 was given a rating of 23 miles per gallon combined (20 mpg city, 28 mpg hwy) for the rear-wheel drive model, while its four-wheel drive counterpart gets 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 27 mpg hwy).

Even though this new Ram excels in fuel economy, make no mistake that it still offers some of the toughest performance in its segment.

Powered by a 240 hp turbo diesel V6, this light-weight pickup sports an eight-speed automatic transmission – powered by an impressive 420 lb ft of torque.

The Ram is capable of towing up to 9,200 pounds of construction materials or anything else you need to haul around.

With the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel being the first light duty diesel pickup, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn thinks those are some pretty good numbers to beat. Stop over to our dealership for a great selection of new and pre-owned trucks!

Jeep EcoDiesel Engine: Powertrain of Tomorrow

jeep ecodieselCould the EcoDiesel engine possibly be the power train of future?

There seems to be a growing trend among automobile manufacturers offering drivers more fuel-efficient choices in vehicles and now more than ever, buyers are discovering the ever-growing capabilities of the diesel engine.

What makes a diesel engine so efficient?

The diesel engine modifies the combustion process to create greater fuel efficiency. It has a signicantly high compression ratio – offering it greater thermal efficiency. The diesel unit also produces more torque than a regular gas engine because of its high level of compression.

Generally, diesel engines are built with heavier, more durable parts, allowing them to last longer with greater durability. So, diesel engines are able to provide a combination of exceptional power, performance, and efficiency.

The demand for diesel engines has grown tremendously over the past few years and roughly 44 new clean diesel vehicles are now available in the US. By 2017, that number is predicted to jump to 58 models, according to biodiesel.org.

More than that, over the next decade, it’s projected that biodiesel vehicles will make up anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the auto market here in the U.S.

That said, Mancari’s believes Jeep is well on its way to creating the engines of the future. Using some of the most innovative technology, the all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was constructed with the new 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6 engine.

This clean diesel technology not only delivers low C02 emissions, it provides the best fuel economy in its class.

When the EcoDiesel V6 is mated to an eight speed automatic transmission, the result is as much as 30 hwy mpg and 730 miles per tank.

The brand’s eight speed transmission offers faster acceleration in addition to smoother shifting for added fuel economy.

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes equipped with Eco Mode, a self-adjusting system that maintains the right transmission shift schedule, idle speed, interactive deceleration fuel shut-off, and Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation.

The smart system also activates and lowers the Jeep’s Quadra-Lift suspension system based on a variety of different driving styles.

We think we’re head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to fuel efficiency. The Jeep Grand Cherokee places third in best fuel mileage among other diesel-powered sports utility vehicles in its class.

But don’t take our word for it. Stop by Mancari’s of Oak Lawn and check out of impressive line of Jeep Grand Cherokees, today!

Dodge Challenger and Charger Get 100 Year Makeover

dodge challengerTo those of us here at Mancari’s of Oaklawn, the muscle car of old is defined as a hot rod, 2-door sports coupe equipped with no less than a V8 engine, rear wheel drive, and tons of horsepower.

Arguably, the very first high performance vehicle to push automotive social graces to the side, while sporting a large displacement engine in a small body, is the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88.

The Rocket donned the first ever high-compression, overhead valve V8, while turning out 135 horsepower and 263 pound feet of torque.

The rise of muscle car popularity in the 60′s ushered in the era of the high-performance V8, 426 Hemi engine, and competitive drag racing.

The appeal for the affordable American street car was high among youth, but as prices for this segment of the market rose, so did the cost of insurance and the level of vehicle emissions in the U.S.

Even before muscle cars made their eventual comeback in the 1980′s, Dodge had already established its reputation for superior quality auto parts and durability and in 1914, the American auto maker was ranked 2nd in sales. By 1920, it has become the 3rd best-selling auto brand in the U.S.

Dodge introduced the Silver Challenger. Powerful, stylish, and affordable, the Challenger was one of the first of many up-and-coming models in the pony car segment.

The Dodge Charger is an equally impressive vehicle that’s come a long way since it’s 1964 debut as the Polara-based roadster it was introduced as.

The first generation Challenger was a two-door, Red Ram V8-powered machine that came loaded with all of the extras like white wall tires, deep pile wall-to-wall carpeting, and Manchu fabric upholstery, all at no extra cost.

The brand’s Charger model car was initially built with a V8 engine and three-speed floor shifter.
However, in 1975, in response to the OPEC oil crisis, it was restyled and moved into the personal luxury segment of cars.

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Dodge, both the Challenger and Charger vehicles have undergone some exciting design changes.

The 2015 anniversary edition Charger comes equipped with an optional Pentastar V6 or Hemi V8, 20-inch aluminum wheels with granite crystal pockets and “100″ center caps, and seat backs etched with the die-cast “Dodge, est. 1914″ badge.

The 100th Anniversary Challenger sports either a V6 or V8 engine, along with eye-catching 20 inch wheels, world-class Boston acoustics sounds, and a Granite crystal grille complete with the Challenger insignia badge.

Mancari’s of Oaklawn is celebrating a century of exceptional design, engineering, and the kind of performance you won’t find anywhere else in an American-made automobile.

Jeep 4×4 Off-Roading Basic Tips

jeep wrangerOff-roading is an exhilarating sport. There are an infinite number of places that offer Jeep lovers the thrill of driving over unpaved, unpredictable terrain like gravel, mud, dirt, rocks, and sand.

In fact, there are many types off-roading adventures enthusiasts of the sport engage in. Trail driving is probably the simplest and most basic form of off-roading.

If you’re interested in learning more about off-roading with your Jeep, Mancari’s recommends starting with a few basic tips to stay safe. Safety of our off-roading Jeep drivers is a top priority.

Preparation and a well-equipped ATV like a Jeep 4X4 can go a long way, especially when exploring new and unchartered territory as an off-roader.

Understanding the little ins and outs of your vehicle can be beneficial during those crucial moments on the off-road trails when you need to know your vehicle’s angles, traction, and momentum.

Also, it’s a good idea to do a basic spot check of your SUV by making sure you have enough oil and fluids, checking that your hoses are up to par, and ensuing that your battery is securely fastened.

Other things you can do before braving the unbeaten path is to locate the air intake and engine computer so you know how much water your vehicle is able to cross and pack emergency supplies. Traveling with a least one other person is highly recommended in the vent that something goes wrong.

There are many exhilarating aspects to an off-road expedition and many ways to bond with your ATV and the mountains and valleys you encounter.

Once you master the basics, some other popular ways to tame the terrain include dune bashing, which involves navigating your all-terrain vehicle over sand dunes, and mud racing, which calls for driving through a muddy pit, while avoiding large rocks or tree trunks.

Much like a vehicle obstacle course, Cross-country roading gives enthusiasts the chance to explore uncharted terrain over several days, while a Raid steers you through deserts and tracks in inhabited land.

Other activities like Rock Crawling, Rock Racing, and Green Laning are also very popular forms of recreational off-roading that require an experienced driver and the kind of vehicle that’s built to handle whatever obstacles you encounter – like Mancari’s Jeeps.