Jeep Remains at Top of SUV Market

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

Cherokee Dominates SUV Market

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

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

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

Performance

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

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

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

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

2015 Jeep Renegade

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

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

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

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

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Step Inside Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Chrysler Group Brands Experience Record-Breaking Growth in June

jeep compassFor 51 months straight, Chrysler Group has posted year-over-year sales gains with six of its brands either experiencing growth or record-breaking sales.

June turned out to be a good month for Chrysler. Last month was the group’s best June sales month since 2007 and here in the U.S., Chrysler sold 171,086 units – a 9 percent increase from last June’s sales of 156,686 units.

Six Chrysler vehicles, including Compass, Patriot, and Wrangler, had a record sales month in June, while Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck, and Fiat were highlighted because of their exponential growth this year.

Jeep led the way, reporting its best sales in June to-date, and with a 28 percent increase, it had the greatest gain in June sales out of all of the Chrysler brands.

There has been been a dynamic trend in popularity in the Compact SUV segment. We’ve noticed here at Mancari that a few of the Jeep models like the Compass, Patriot, and Wrangler have been doing pretty well in overall sales.

So well in fact, that last month, all three models had their best month ever in June – posting record sales monthly since January.

Mancari is also excited to announce that Edmunds.com recently awarded the Jeep Wrangler with its Best Retained Value Awards.

Ram Trucks wasn’t far behind, posting a 14 percent increase last month. Two vehicles that rose to the top were the Ram pickup, which was named Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” as well as the Ram ProMaster Van, which took home Edmunds.com’s Best Retained Value Award for a Compact SUV in June.

The list of accolades keep rolling in as the Dodge Challenger was pronounced the winner of Edmunds.com’s Best Retained Value Award for a mid-size / large coupe.

Chrysler’s Town and Country was ranked highest in initial quality among minivans three out of four years in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study in June.

Sales for the Town & Country were up 24 percent last month, reflecting consecutive growth for the past 11 months.

As a whole, Chrysler almost doubled its sales at 9 percent – a significant jump from the 5.9 percent increase it projected.

Finally, the Fiat brand saw a whopping 113 percent sales increase since June 2013, while the Fiat 500 Cabrio Abarth blew everyone else out of the water with a mind-altering 130 percent year-over-year increase.

What’s behind the sudden upward fluctuation in sales for the American automaker?

According to the Business Insider the auto industry is seeing a substantial increase in buyer confidence, as vehicle sales reached 16.98 million units in June, which was reported by Wards Auto. “The report signals that consumers are willing to make big-ticket purchases…,” said Barclay’s Dean Maki.

On a wider scale, the light vehicle sales market is a “…bright spot in the tremulous global environment,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for LMC Automotive

The seventh largest automaker in the world has a five year plan to grow the company to 7 million sales worldwide by 2018.

A bold plan. But then, again at Mancari, we realize anything’s possible. Stop over to Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram for a great selection of new and pre-owned vehicles.

Ram 2500 Power Wagon – History in the Making

ram 2500There’s no doubt that today’s Ram 2500 Power Wagon has enjoyed a rich linage of pioneering, off-road, four-wheel drive capability.

What was once a super heavy, multi-faceted, military vehicle has morphed into all-purpose, performance-ready V-8. The Power Wagon boasts about 410 horsepower and 429 lb-feet of torque, and is known for tackling steep climbs, while offering a smooth, quiet cabin ride for more civilized road travel.

The Dodge Power Wagon traces its civilian roots back to the 1930’s, when it became the first 4X4 to be offered directly to the public.  Today, America loves its V8 HEMIs, but the oversized 383 Big-Block engine hadn’t been made available for pleasure use until the 1960’s.

Speaking of 4X4’s. Around the time the Power Wagon first went into production, it was only one of two factory-complete general use 4X4’s in America. Up until then, four wheel drive was reserved mainly for military and business purposes, though they had been produced in their earliest form around the early 1900s.

Fast forward to the 2014 Dodge Ram. Weighing in at a hefty 6,700 pounds, with a towing capacity of up to 10,810 pounds, the Ram is a bonafide monster truck.

Even back in 1946, the Dodge Power Wagon was a beast. Utilizing a military truck design, the Dodge was built to be rugged.

Though it sported a much shorter wheelbase at 126 inches, it weighed close to 8,700 pounds and was powered by a 94 horsepower 230-cubic-inch L-head six.

Back then, Dodge catered heavily to the farming industry, touting the Power Wagon’s capacity to tow a three-bottom, 14-inch plow, while advertising its powerful tractor-like capabilities.

The 2014 Chrysler version offers the same kind of performance it did back in 1949, featuring a good two inches of lift, locking differentials, and a 12,000 pound winch.

The Power Wagon nameplate was let go in the 1980’s. By then, the market for four wheel drive vehicles had been saturated and while the off-road icon had a pretty reasonable sales tag, competitors usually based their prices in relation to other vehicles in the same class.

In 2005, the Power Wagon was reintroduced to the world under the guise of the Dodge Ram – though some 4×4 enthusiasts, say that many people began mistakenly referring to the RAM as a Power Wagon.

When it came back on the scene, the Power Wagon became a separate model under the RAM marque and today, still dominates the world of high-performance pickups. For a great selection of Dodge and Ram vehicles and trucks, visit Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.

Ram Once Again Teams Up With Kentucky Derby

ram kentucky derbyMany of us at Mancari’s recently watched the big race. The Kentucky Derby, which many have called “the greatest two minutes in sports”, has been around for 140 years.  For the last five of those years, the Ram Truck brand has been the Official Truck for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.  Continuing the momentum of the back-to-back “Truck of the Year” awards, Ram took advantage of the partnership and created a “Dominate the Field” advertising campaign.

The commercials and other advertisements for Ram Trucks still centered on the concept of hard-working Americans…the force that drives this country.  Glimpses of a Ram truck at work alongside these Americans give a peak at the power and ingenuity of a long-time favorite vehicle.  At the end of the advertisements is the seal of the 140th Kentucky Derby and the declaration of Ram’s partnership to the institution.  In turn, there were posters around Churchill Downs promoting the event and the hard work and dedication that it takes to get into the prestigious race, while incorporating the tagline “Guts. Glory. Ram.”

The Ram brand was seen all around the race grounds, including on the “Big Board”, the new very large ultra HD video board at Churchill Downs.  Attendees enjoyed exploring samples of the Ram Truck line-up and have their pictures taken next to a new 2014 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel. Those pictures were immediately emailed to the patrons.  Freebies like Ram brand flip-flops were handed out and the Ram brand was integrated in many aspects of the race day. The gate crew members wore uniforms with the Ram logo and a representative was on hand to present the winning trophies to horse owners and jockeys.

Of course there were plenty of working Ram trucks seen in and around the race grounds.  Trucks are a necessity to the working order of an event of this magnitude.  Whether transporting a few tons of horse supplies or taxiing officials from one end of the complex to the other, it was important that a vehicle with power and reliability be able to handle the tasks. Ram trucks once again met the expectations associated with the brand name.

If you’re interested in learning more about the latest Ram trucks available, visit Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We have a full selection of new and pre-owned vehicles. Stop over and take one for a test drive!

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.

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.