Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Now Eligible for Black Package

ram blackThe rise in popularity of the Ram 1500 Black Express has inspired Dodge to spread the love around. They plan to make their “Black Package” available on other trucks in their arsenal.

What the Black Express option did for the 1500 was to take its tough as nails, mean as hell look and kick it up one tough and intimidating notch. To achieve this effect, Dodge took something black and made it a little more black. To quote Spinal Tap, this Ram Black Package could be “none more black” and the result is a pretty menacing machine.

The 1500 special edition featured a black front grille and front fascia as well as black bumpers and badges on the front and rear. The icing on the cake was the 20-inch aluminum wheels. What color? Black, of course. Now Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models can be tricked out with the same look.

That why the Ram Black Appearance Group has been established, so it can deliver the look, style and feel of the Black Package to the Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models, but it’s not just about the color. There are other new and awesome features in this package as well.

These special edition Dodge Rams will also come with LED-lit halogen projector headlamps. All the badging on the side of the truck body has been removed which allows for a cleaner, more sleek look that only serves to accentuate the other new exterior changes. The tail lamps have been extended and this edition will also feature Parksense and Parkview assists.

Under the hood, there was no real reason to mess with anything, so Dodge didn’t, and it’s all about appearance anyway. Looks are everything in this case. The Black Package will be available for nearly every version of 2500 and 3500 trucks. This includes the Big Horn/Lone Star, and Laramie models as well as the Crew Cab, Mega Cab, and will be available in two- and four-wheel drive.

The base price of the Ram Black Package is $43,335. To learn more about how you can get yourself behind the wheel of one of a Ram Heavy Duty 2500 or 3500 with the Ram Black Package, visit Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn.

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New Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in High Demand

ram 1500 ecodieselHere at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, we are anxiously waiting for a new shipment to soon arrive of the 2014 Ram 1500 with the EcoDiesel engine.  The award-winning 3.0-L V6 engine was introduced into the popular Ram 1500 this past year and the demand for a powerful, energy efficient truck has been more than originally anticipated.  The first wave of 8,000 trucks allocated to dealers was sold in about three days.  That means over 50 percent of Ram 1500 trucks were sold with EcoDiesel engines.

Ram has transformed its 1500 into a hard-working machine that exceeds expectations under the hood and at the pump.  The EcoDiesel engine puts off 240 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque while getting best-in-class fuel economy at a max of 28 mpg.  It can tow almost 10,500 pounds or carry almost 2000 pounds.

Some of the engine features that help boost the EcoDiesel’s efficiency are the Variable Valve Timing technology and a class-exclusive TorqueFlite 8 transmission.  Ram’s EcoDiesel engine is compliant with emission regulations in all fifty states in the U.S.

The Ram 1500 has won multiple prestigious awards already, including Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” for the second year in a row.  The 1500 has also won the award for the “Truck of Texas” and Autobytel’s “Truck of the Year”.

With a 2014 Ram 1500, there are plenty of other features beyond the power and fuel savings. The interior is made with superior materials that give the feel of luxury, but the durability needed in a work truck.  Like other Chrysler vehicles, the Ram has a center display consol screen with the UConnect Access System and a bold instrument cluster.  A rotary shifter controls the gears right at your fingertips, which also makes more cabin room for the passengers.

The 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck is backed by an unsurpassed five-year /100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, as well as a 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage. Production is ramping up to meet demand, so contact us today at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn to get your Ram 1500 EcoDiesel reserved right away!

Ram 1500 Named Consumer Reports Top Pick

ram 1500Consumer Reports magazine has been a leader in informative product testing since 1936 and has more than 8 million subscribers. It is a non-profit organization with plenty of experts that bring attention to the best and worst of major items available on the market.

More than 260 vehicles were put to the test this year at Consumer Reports magazine.  The editors had to narrow it down to the top ten vehicles for the 2014 list.  The top picks had to meet a certain criteria in three categories: performance, reliability and safety.  For the first time in 16 years, a Chrysler vehicle has made the top-ten list.  Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to announce that the Ram 1500 is the editors’ pick for pickup truck in 2014.

The overall package was appealing to testers, but what really got the Ram high scores weas the luxurious interior and the comfortable ride.  Ram has used high quality materials to build the cab of the pickup truck, giving riders the feel of luxury but having the durability expected from a hard-working truck.  It also comes with the plenty of technology and entertainment.  The award-winning UConnect system with touchscreen display and customizable control panel are just some of the features inside the Ram 1500.  There is also a cluster of controls on the steering wheel to make many features within a finger’s reach.

An impressive new feature to improving ride quality is the available air suspension.  It provides ride stabilization and leveling as well as four ride-height options.  The difference is especially noticeable when towing.  The convenient rotary shift knob allows for smoother gear transitions.

The new engine allows for better fuel efficiency but still keeps up plenty of power for a pickup.  The new Ram 1500 is equipped with a 3.0-L Pentastar V6 rather than the 4.7-L V8 of last year’s model.  This means that the 1500 gets up to 25 mpg and 305 hp with 7,450 pounds max towing and 269 lb/ft of torque.

The Ram 1500 has won multiple awards since its debut last year, besides being a Consumer Reports Top Ten Pick.  These awards include Motor Trends Truck of the Year, the Truck of Texas, and the Autobytel Truck of the Year…all for the second year in a row! Stop over to Mancari’s of Oak Lawn for a top notch selection of Ram trucks.

Get Ready for the First Ram-Based Mopar Monster Truck

ram mopar monster truckThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Mopar brand, and what better way to celebrate than to unleash its power in the monster truck circuit.  The “Mopar Muscle” truck is based off a 2014 Ram Heavy Duty pick up, but everything about it has been super-sized.

The monster truck is over ten feet tall and weighs 10,300 pounds and contains unbelievable power under the hood.  Based on the Mopar Gen II 426 Hemi engine, “Mopar Muscle” will have a 2000 horsepower supercharged Hemi V8.  This beast will be driven by Mike Miller, who loves the Mopar brand so much he named his son “Hemi”.  Miller is one of the drivers of the Hall Brothers Racing Team that have been behind the wheel of Ram Monster trucks since 2002 and have 20 season point championships under their belt.

mopar muscleThe “Mopar Muscle” will join its monster truck siblings, the “Raminator” and the “Rammunition” at events across the country throughout the year.

This presents an opportunity to show off what a Ram truck and Mopar engine can do and get a whole new generation of fans for the brands.

You can see “Mopar Muscle” in action on Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2 or catch a live presentation at one of these upcoming shows:

February 22:  Monster Jam in ArlingtonTexas

May 16-18: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Lima, Ohio

June 21-22: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Springfield, Missouri

July 11-13: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Bloomberg, Pennsylvania

September 19-21: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Indianapolis, Indiana

To experience the thrills of a truck, you don’t need this monster truck. Just stop over to Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We have a great selection of RAM trucks. Then shop our Mopar e-store and find customized floor mats, grilles, remote start kits, and more!

2014 Ram 1500 Camo Edition Appeals to Specific Crowd

The new 2014 Ram 1500 has already proven its worth this past year. It has received several major awards, including Motor Trend Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas.  The truck will be at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but with a makeover for a very specific crowd.

ram camoMossy Oak teamed up once again with Chrysler to fit the popular truck with its trademark camouflage.  The first Ram with Mossy Oak camo was released in 2011 and this year’s model is even more outdoor-sports ready than its predecessor.  New Ram 1500s have the option to be fitted with a RamBox system for storing gear for hunting, fishing or camping.

The eye-catching Mossy Oak design will run along the lower edges of the truck’s body and on the upper edge of the cargo bed.  Inside you will see camouflage on the center stack and door panels.  It comes standard with cloth seats, but buyers can now choose to have high-quality Katzkin leather installed with the Mossy Oak logo on the seat backs.

The Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition will be released in the coming months.  For now you can see it at the Detroit Auto Show or at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The bigger crowd response is expected at the SHOT show running from January 14th through the 17th at the Sands Expo Center.

For more information on the Las Vegas Show visit shotshow.org/. And for more information on the 2014 Ram 1500, visit Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We have a great selection and extremely friendly staff to give you the best car buying experience possible!

New and Improved Ram Heavy Duty Pickups for 2014

Several of Ram’s trucks from their Heavy Duty line will be receiving even more upgrades for the new year, which includes the Ram 2500 and 3500. Most upgrades will be seen on the Ram 2500.

2014 Ram 2500 Heavy DutyThe 2500 will be getting an upgraded rear coil suspension much like the 1500. They are retiring the leaf springs and instead will be using a five link suspension with coil springs, giving the vehicle a smoother ride and not cutting out much on the towing capacity…up to 17,940 pounds. This is greater than the towing capacity of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and the Ford F-250.

As an option, the truck can be equipped with an air suspension system, but only on the rear axle. In the 2500 model, the five link rear suspension would still be used but air bags would replace the coil springs. Towing power is reportedly not decreased any with the use of air suspension and the trucks will have load-leveling capability to give an easier ride.

The 2500’s also get the upgrade previously only seen in the 3500 models. They will receive a three-link front suspension with wider frame rails made of stronger steel and an integrated goose-neck/fifth wheel trailer hitch in the rear frame cross member. They will also get the 3500’s front-axle disconnect feature, which improves fuel efficiency.

There will also be an option for a new 6.4 liter Hemi V-8 for both the 2500 and 3500 models. This engine offers 410 horsepower at 5600rpm and a powerful 429 lbs of torque and also includes a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system. This along with a high-volume oil cooler and active dual runner intake manifolds lets the engine run cooler and more efficiently.

Since the new Power Wagon is based off the Ram 2500, many of these upgrades will be seen in that vehicle as well.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, IL has a great selection not only of Ram trucks, but other makes as well. Visit our website or come by and let us help you design your new Heavy Duty Ram Truck.

Source: Automobilemag.com

Chrysler Introduces New Ram ProMaster City

ram-promasterAs promised, Ram Truck’s commercial segment continues to grow and provide new vehicles for the North American market.  The commercial van, Ram ProMaster, started shipping to dealerships in October of this year.  Production will soon begin for a smaller version, the ProMaster City.

Both vehicles are based off of Fiat vehicles.  The model for the ProMaster City was inspired by the Fiat Doblo, which has won International van of the year both in 2006 and 2011.  The City model will be a vehicle geared more towards small business owners and drivers in areas where the larger ProMaster is difficult to maneuver.  The design is meant to compete with current cargo and passenger vans such as the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200 and the Chevy City Express. There is no word on the exact specifications or prices of the ProMaster City, but the original ProMaster is available in a variety of body styles and trims.

Sales of their new commercial vans are expected to help further increase sales and profits for Chrysler, which has seen a 23 percent increase in sales from last year.  This is just one example of the mutual benefits from combining the Chrysler and Fiat names.

The ProMaster City is expected to be available for sale in early 2015 and more details will soon be available.  To have an idea of what you can expect, check out the Fiat Doblo (Not available in the U.S.).

To checkout an extensive selection of RAM vehicles, stop over to Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. While you’re there you can learn even more about the ProMaster City and find out if it’s a good fit for you and your commercial needs.

RAM 1500 Wins Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for Second Year

Every year, Motor Trend Magazine announces three awards: Truck, Car and SUV of the year.  For the second year in a row, the unanimous winner of Truck of the Year is the Ram 1500.  It is the only truck to win two consecutive years in the history of the award.

2014 ram 1500Motor Trend Magazine was founded in 1949 and has been one of the leading brands of automotive publishing.  While media sources have expanded with the digital age, the magazine has a readership of over seven million people.

Motor Trend takes a variety of new or greatly upgraded vehicles in each of the three categories and puts them through a thorough series of tests to determine who the “best of the best” is for the year.  A total of nine trucks were selected for this year’s competition.  Along with the 2013 Ram 1500 were the following trucks and commercial vans: Ram ProMaster, Nissan NV200, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit Connect, Toyota Tundra, Ram Heavy Duty, GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado.  The trucks were not directly competing against each other, but instead were given a score on each of the tests and the winner was voted on based on those scores.

The vehicles were tested in six main categories: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value and Performance of Intended Function.  Testing was performed at the Continental Tire Automotive Proving Grounds in Texas and also at the Motor Trend Headquarters in California.  The Continental Proving Grounds has an 8.5 mile high-speed oval track, a multi-acre dynamics pad, a short dry-handling road course and multi-surfaced roads.  The testing at that facility lasted a week long and each vehicle was put through the same performance scenarios.

Limited Handling tests included closed-course cornering, acceleration and braking.  Both the Standard and Limited Handling tests were done without loads.

Towing and Payload were tested by equipping the pickups with trailers and the vans with payloads that were set at 75 percent of the vehicle’s maximum rating.  The vehicles were then timed from 0-60 mph.

The final stages of testing are done at Motor Trend’s headquarters for real-world application and “Intelligence Real MPG” fuel efficiency testing.

The Real MPG testing uses the latest technology to evaluate fuel efficiency in real-world conditions and not just in confined and controlled facilities.  Exhaust samples are measured every second during the 88 mile test drive and conditions are measured by a weather station, GPS and data loggers.

The 2013 Ram 1500 scored high in all categories, easily making it the judges’ favorite.  What stood out the most was the truck’s new EcoDeisel V-6 engine, which beat the competition in the fuel efficiency category.  The most extreme testing done at the Continental facility showed the Ram 1500 still averaged 15 mpg and the real-world testing also returned impressive mileage numbers. The truck also boasted a 9,200 lb towing capacity on top of superior gas-mileage in a vehicle category that traditionally does not come with diesel engines. The sport model was especially noted for its torque rating at 407 lb-ft at 3950 rpm.

In the Engineering Excellence Category, the Ram 1500′s air suspension scored high in the testing.  The suspension was reported to offer superb handling and comfort in all terrains as compared to the other vehicles tested.  The materials used also gave confidence in the system to avoid tears or punctures, which is a problem commonly seen in most other vehicles that are equipped with air suspension.  Having this available on the truck also means that the ride height is adjustable and that can help improve aerodynamics and maximize fuel efficiency.

ram 1500 interiorThe improvements to the interior of the truck were also noteworthy and were compared to the luxury trims available in the Chrysler 300 sedan.  New technology has been introduced to the interior features.  Chrysler’s UConnect system is available now with a large 8.4 inch screen, is upgradeable with apps and can provide an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot. Instead of paddles for manual transmission control, an eight-speed twist dial is mounted on the dash, which is meant to be easier to operate while wearing gloves.

All of these features and more is why Ram continues to hold the crown for Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year. The Ram 1500 is available to take for a test drive whenever you are ready to see what the judges at Motor Trend recognize as the best truck on the market. The award issue of Motor Trend Magazine will be released in February.

To learn more about the Ram 1500, proudly named Truck of the Year, visit Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. Take it for a test drive and find out why this truck stands out from all the rest.

Half-Ton Diesel Pickup Offers Surprisingly High MPG

Traditionally, most people were not very concerned about getting efficient gas mileage in their diesel trucks.  The market for diesel pickups was hinged more on the power of the vehicle.  Chrysler has responded to the need to conserve fuel and combined it with the power of the most popular trucks on the market.  The result is sure to please all truck enthusiasts.

Ram 1500The 2014 Ram 1500 with EcoDiesel engine was recently run through the Motor Trend Real MPG Test.  This course is 88 miles long and takes in many factors including elevation changes, different driving surfaces and use of the HVAC system in all the vehicles tested.  This is a relatively new test that is performed outside of a laboratory and operated under the same conditions that the average person would drive every day.

Several trucks were put through the test and while some came close, no one beat the V-6 3.6 liter Pentastar equipped RWD Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. This half-ton pickup was calculated at getting up to around 28 mpg highway, which is unheard of in its category.

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel doesn’t lack in the power department either, with 410 lb/ft torque and 240 horsepower.  The technology of the EcoDiesel engine comes courtesy from affiliates of Fiat, VM Motori.

While other car companies are scrambling to harness the same technology and join the ranks of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, by its release in early 2014 the fuel-friendly half-ton pickup will be the only one of its caliber.  Chrysler’s only hiccup in getting the trucks on the road this coming year is supply.  There has been an overwhelming response to the truck’s release and production has to step up more than expected.

Come by Mancari’s in Oak Lawn and find out how you can start off 2014 with more money in your pocket without losing power under the hood. To learn more about the Motor Trend Real MPG test, visit Motortred.com.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Sponsors Breakfast with Santa Event to Benefit Hearts for Hope

Hearts for Hope breakfast with santaMancari’s of Oak Lawn is excited to announce their sponsorship of Breakfast with Santa, an event benefiting Hearts for Hope programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital. The event will take place this Sunday, December 8th at Ridge Country Club Country Club, located at 10522 S. California Ave. Chicago IL.

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.

“The Mancari’s family is proud to support Hearts for Hope organization in our local community. We hope to see a great turnout for a great cause at this fun, festive event!” said Ed Tapper, Sales Manager at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.

The event will feature holiday activities like a full breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, storyteller fun, and much more. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the children at Hope Pavillion. 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. Hearts for Hope currently consists of approximately 25 members who meet every other month to plan various fundraising events, educational programs, and hands-on volunteer opportunities that directly impact the lives of the young patients at Hope. Since its inception 10 years ago, the group has raised over $2 million to help support various programs at the Hospital. 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.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn invites you and your family to come out for this fantastic holiday event, and encourages all to get into the holiday spirit!