“Cool Pope” Francis Now Rolling in a Jeep Wrangler

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Pope Francis continues to rack up “Cool Pope” points in South America, where he’s currently rolling in a Jeep Wrangler. That’s right: the pope is visiting Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay, and has a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Popemobile.

His Holiness rolled through the city of Quito, Ecuador on July 5th in his Wrangler surrounded by the holy entourage and thousands of fans. The Jeep Wrangler Popemobile is equipped with a massive glass enclosure, plus new LEDs and a special red carpet.

The Popemobile has gone through many iterations, some of which you may have a hard time believing. Popemobiles come in two varieties; the locally made, customized versions, and the official Popemobiles, now the only kind after the attempt on John Paul II’s life in 1981. Some are made for daily open-air service in St. Peter’s Square and others are bullet-proof Popequariums which take him around the world.

The 1930 Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 is the first car acknowledged as a formal Popemobile, built for Pope Pius XI as a gift from Daimler Benz AG. Then came The 300D Landaulet Popemobile thirty years later, with Mercedes spanning the gap during the tumultuous period.

In 1964 it was a stretched Lincoln Continental, next the Landaulet version of the 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600, beginning a streak of Mercedes. That is, until the 1979 FCS Star broke the mold – it was a Polish-built industrial truck normally outfitted for firefighting duty. When John Paul II he visited Ireland in 1979 a Ford Transit, of all things, was converted for him.

By 1980, he was back to Benzes. Mercedes provided a customized G230 which would become the guidepost for Popemobiles to come. In 1981, it was a a Peugeot 504. Seriously.

The first bullet-proof Popemobile was built following the first assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981. The Rover took the precedent set in the design of the 230 G. This most massive of Popemobiles was built by Leyland Truck for the Pope’s visit to Scotland as well as additional travels around the UK in 1982.

The first fully armored car, a Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL, landed in 1985. For a visit to Mexico during 1999, John Paul II rode in a glassed-up bus through unprecedented crowds of onlookers. Following his death in 2005, this Popemobile was put on permanent display in Mexico City at the Basilica of Guadalupe. And yes – people do make pilgrimages to see it.

Beginning in 2002, the Mercedes ML 430 Popequarium became the standard bearer. In 2004 a Fiat Campagnola rolled through Vatican City, primarily during masses at St. Peter’s Square. That Fiat had a short run, supplanted by a far more stylish G500 right at the end of 2007. This one is the first that can be converted from open-air duty to bulletproof glass.

But you don’t need to be the Pope to enjoy a good Jeep Wrangler! Come into our showroom at Mancari’s, your Jeep dealer in Oaklawn and get behind the wheel today!

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The Ram Cummins 3500 Tradesman Diesel: Ram’s Answer to the Ford F-450

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In 2015, there was a bitter battle between Ford and Ram over the title of “best in class” towing. The combatants: the Ford F-450 and the new Ram 3500 Tradesman.

In fact, both Ford and Ram websites laid claim to the title of “best in class.” And in response, Ram has trotted out an absolute beast for 2016: the Ram Cummins 3500 Tradesman Diesel. With 900 lb-ft of torque and 31,210 pounds of towing, the 3500 Tradesman claims the “best in class” towing distinction—and then some.

It’s said that people work best when under pressure, and that competition is good for the consumer. The 3500 Tradesman is evidence that both of these statements are true.

To vanquish Ford from the realm of “best in class” class III trucks, the 3500 Tradesman’s rear axle ring gear hardware was enhanced on all trucks equipped with the 11.8” axle, bringing the total number of bolts from 12 to 16. The additional hardened bolts and composite material used in the differential case will assure long-term durability, says Ram.

As far as engines go, most truck-lovers figured Ram couldn’t top last year’s 6.7 I6. Well, they were wrong. And being wrong never felt so good. The 3500 Tradesman’s increased fuel delivery and turbo boost has resulted in the 3500 Tradesman having the biggest engine yet designed by Ram, in any vehicle.

The exterior is nothing to sneeze at either. The Rombox Cargo Management System offers a remote security system and lockable storage. It’s basically like a garage on wheels. The storage area is drainable too, which means you can fill it with mud, dirt, gravel, or even ice for a couple dozen beers, then hose it out and have it sparkling and clean again with very little work.

The 3500 isn’t all brawn and beauty though; it’s got brains too, perfect for jobsite managers who need all the tools of their office on-site.

Of all the class III pickups, including wannabe class III’s like the F-450, the 3500 Tradesman has the largest in-class touchscreen on-board  computer and navigation system. It’s 8.4 inches has voice-command Bluetooth, a Wifi hotspot, and available SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Imagine you’re coming home with furniture or a brand new piano and you want to check and make sure it’s not teetering on the edge of the bed. Well, no need, because the 3500 Tradesman has an available rear cargo-view camera that allows drivers to check up on their 30,000 pounds of precious cargo.

And, as you may have guessed, the 3500 Tradesman is a big fella, making parallel parking a bit of a challenge. That’s why Ram has an available rear back-up camera!

With so many meaningful best in class and class-exclusive features, the 3500 Tradesman is not to be missed. Look for more details on the 2016 Ram 3500 Tradesman and come down to Mancari’s in Oak Lawn when it hits the streets.

Sneak Peek at the Future of Your Favorite Jeep: the Wrangler

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What are those strange, futuristic vehicles doing donuts out in the Moab desert of Utah? No, they’re not alien spacecraft, they’re the future of the Jeep Wrangler line.

Every year Jeep heads out to the desolate Moab desert to test its concept vehicles. Sure, some of it is for publicity — but this year’s gathering was unlike the others. Some of Jeep’s highest ranking brass made it out to the event, leading to speculation that these new Wranglers weren’t just concept cars for the engineers to play with. Rather, they represent a bold new direction in design.

The facts are still somewhat sketchy, shrouded in a level of secrecy reminiscent of Area 51. What we do know is still exciting enough to get any Jeep lover excited about what’s coming down the pike and at your Jeep dealer of Oak Lawn, we’re excited too.

So, what can we expect from the best-selling Wrangler, the solid-axle, body-on-frame vehicle with the removable top that no other brand can impersonate?

  • Jeep is now going to sell every model that it builds, including the wacky concept cars. If history is any guide, the new Wrangler will be ready for public market by 2017.
  • Two things on Jeep’s to-do list are a 3-seater SUV and a Jeep truck.
  • In the past, the Wrangler came in two body styles: the two-door and the four-door. The new Wranglers are rumored to have four body styles: a 3-seat SUV Wagoneer, a four-door Unlimited truck, as well as the classic two and four-doors.
  • Another area Jeep has been actively working in is fuel efficiency. The 2013 ultra-lightweight, two-door Wrangler was a big game changer. Based on the Wranglers we saw growling through the desert, Jeep is going to continue stripping the Wrangler down to meet the growing demand for environmentally-friendly vehicles. The next two-door could have MPG comparable to industry-leading sedans.
  • Various truck formats have hit the sands in Moab for the past several years. They look like typical four-door Wranglers that have been stretched out to fit an extra row of seating, meaning you’ll get that mysteriously satisfying boxiness Jeep is famous for plus the extra seating. The truck in Moab this year was called the Mopar Red Rock Responder, and if you see a picture of it, you’ll probably fall in love with it as quick as we did.
  • The Africa is a four-door that also premiered at this year’s event, and it’s taking things in a whole new direction. It almost looks like a Bronco, but the overhang almost resembles a pickup. Now, don’t take our word for it, but you just might see the first ever Jeep pickup in the years to come.

The anticipation is simply killing us, so if there are any more developments you’ll hear it from us first. Let Mancari’s in Oak Lawn be your connection to all the great minds at Jeep!

The Jeep Wrangler Remains Steel

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Fiat Chrysler has decided that the next generation of the Jeep Wrangler, due to be released in 2017, will not have an all-aluminum body per current trends. Instead, it’ll remain steel.

This contradicts what Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said just last year, that the Wrangler was the most likely candidate in the lineup to switch to aluminum.

Since aluminum is lighter in weight than steel, aluminum cars tend to get a better fuel economy. For a long time, aluminum was considered too expensive for large volume vehicles. But with carmakers doing all they can to keep up with increasingly strict federal fuel economy requirements, aluminum is looking to be worth the investment.

The Jeep Wrangler’s current fuel economy is at 21 mpg.

Since 2011 the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have been determined by mathematical functions depending on vehicle “footprint,” a measure of vehicle size determined by multiplying the vehicle’s wheelbase by its average track width. A vehicle with a larger footprint will have a lower fuel economy requirement than a vehicle with a smaller footprint. If the average fuel economy of a manufacturer’s annual fleet falls below the CAFE requirement, the manufacturer must either use CAFE credits to cover the shortfall or pay a penalty.

If Fiat had decided to switch to an aluminum Wrangler, that could have required a razing of the Jeep factory in Toledo, where the Wrangler is built. Fiat Chrysler builds the Wrangler exclusively in Toledo and their sales have been up 22 percent this year, on top of record sales in 2014.

Still, Marchionne said that the company may incorporate aluminum elements into the Wrangler, such as aluminum doors and fenders. Previously reserved for high-end luxury and sports cars, aluminum has been expected to go mainstream ever since the 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck made the switch, proving it could work in a broader range of vehicles. (The F-150 still has a steel ladder frame.)

Both steel and aluminum industry studies have predicted an increase in aluminum vehicular use, with some stating that seven out of ten pickup trucks will have aluminum bodies by 2025. However, the steel industry argues that this rate will peak as early as 2018 before going back down, as lighter steel becomes available. Meanwhile, CAFE standards will continue to require more fuel-economy gains — up to 42 mpg by 2025.

Toledo, of course, is quite happy for now — not only will the Wrangler factory remain there, but steel is a huge part of Ohio’s industry. The Ohio steel industry’s total economic impact on Ohio’s economy is an estimated $7.2 billion, with almost 100,000 jobs generating $4.8 billion in wages. For every one job in the steel industry, two more jobs are generated.

Toledo has actually been a Jeep production site since the 1940s and has been producing Wranglers for most of the past 70 years.

Even so, it’s uncertain whether Toledo will continue producing the Wrangler. Marchionne said the company is considering another location, but the city government has put together an incentive package for Chrysler to stay. The details are not public, but rumors include some land available west of the current plant. For now, it looks like the Wrangler will remain a product of Toledo.

Tom Hoover Passes Away, Leaves Behind Hemi Engine Legacy

2015_300_performance_and_awd_power Tom Hoover, known as the father of the Hemi engine, passed away on April 30 at the age of 85.

Hoover is remembered fondly by fans as the inventor of the 426 Hemi racing engine, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Hoover’s work at Chrysler after returning from the Korean War yielded incredible performance milestones for the company, for which we will be forever grateful.

“Tom Hoover was an exceptional human being and an engineering genius that always wanted to go faster. Today, at Mopar, we continue to live and honor Tom’s vision. He’ll be missed,” says Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care.

During his twenty-five years at Chrysler Corp., Hoover accomplished a remarkable amount. He was a founding member of the Ramchargers, a group of Chrysler engineers and drag racing enthusiasts who used their skills to boost the company’s performance image. Later he helped develop the Hyper Pak, a group of performance parts for Chrysler’s renowned Slant-6 engine. The Hyper Pak would go on to make the Plymouth Valiant a winner on NASCAR tracks in the early 1960’s.

Hoover also led development of the Max Wedge big-block racing V-8, building on the RB engine to create a powertrain that dominated drag strip racing in the ‘60s. His heart was always in drag racing, and he even helped develop the Pro Stock and Funny Car racing classes.

Of course, Hoover is best remembered for his work as racing program coordinator on the team that developed the 426 Hemi racing engine. The engine debuted to instant star status at the 1964 Daytona 500: Richard Petty lapped the field, easily stealing the win. NASCAR blocked the 426 Hemi’s use in the 1965 race, but Hoover’s team took it into drag racing where its legacy continues to live on today. “Tom was the true technical engineer driving the details of the original 426 Hemi design, preparing it for success on the street and in racing to this day,” says Bob Lee, head of powertrain development for FCA in North America. “He was one of the best ever.”

Respected by his colleagues (and his rivals), Hoover is remembered as a visionary; his work on Chrysler’s Bendix Electrojector program served as a precursor to today’s modern fuel-injection systems. Hoover’s numerous contributions to the field of engineering won’t be quickly forgotten: Mopar continues to honor his legacy by presenting the Tom Hoover Sportsman Challenge Award to the NHRA Sportsman Class participant who earns the most points driving a Fiat Chrysler vehicle in competition.

Visit Mancari Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and enjoy Hoover’s contributions to Chrysler in person. We’d love to walk around the lot with you and revel in Chrysler’s remarkable progress together. Of course, we’re always down for a good old fashioned test drive of one of our new Chrysler models too.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn to Sponsor 8th Annual “Running For Hope” 5k Walk and Run

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Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to announce they will be the presenting sponsor for the 8th annual “Running for Hope” 5k Walk and Run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities along with Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. This year’s run is on Sunday June 7, 2015 at 8:00 am, rain or shine, and will begin at Keeler Park, 93rd Street and Keeler, Oak Lawn, IL.

All funds raised will help the children and families of Advocate Children’s Hospital and will directly benefit the new Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program. Last year, over 2,000 participants along with generous community sponsors helped raise over $80,000. This year, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn looks forward to helping the organization surpass their fundraising goal.

“We are proud to support such a great cause in our community, and have the opportunity to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House as well as Advocate Children’s Hospital,” said Ed Tapper, Sales Manager at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.

To register for the 5k Walk and Run, visit www.runningforhope.net. The first 1,200 people registered will receive a t-shirt and goody bag.

About Advocate Children’s Hospital

Advocate Children’s Hospital is designed to make children and their families feel supported and at home. Designated as a Pediatric Critical Care Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of specialized pediatric critical care and emergency care services. Ranked among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals in the areas of cardiology and heart surgery as well as neonatology, this hospital continually strives to provide the best care to all patients and families throughout their hospitalization.

About Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House® is a ‘home away from home’ for families whose children are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. The Ronald McDonald House® near Advocate Children’s Hospital opened in December of 2008 and has served over 1,000 families. This 24,000 square foot House serves 16 families on a nightly basis. Some families may stay one or two nights, while others may stay for 6 -9 months. The Ronald McDonald House® asks for a donation of $10 a night, but no one is ever turned away for not being able to pay. The money raised from the Running for Hope 5K helps to cover basic necessities such as utilities, cleaning supplies, and paper products needed to keep the House properly equipped. Most importantly, money raised from the run allows the House to continue to support the families, in hopes that they can provide these families with the necessary resources desired to meet the needs of their child during this traumatic time in their lives.

About Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Oak Lawn

As one of the largest Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealerships in the Chicagoland area, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn has served the needs of local car shoppers and the Oak Lawn Community for 50 years with some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the automotive industry.

For more information, visit us today at 4630 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or at http://www.mancari.com. You can also become a fan of Mancari’s by liking our Facebook page.

 

 

Jeep Owners Can Get a ‘Lift’ Right at the Dealer

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For many SUV owners, taking their vehicles off road and into the mud and muck is a given, it’s just a matter of how soon they can get out there. After all, what’s the fun of owning a great vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler if you can’t take it out in the dirt and dust and fly it over a couple of rocks now and then? Since many Jeep drivers fully intend to give their vehicles a vertical lift almost as soon as they drive them off the lot, it makes sense that Jeep would want to make lift kits available right there at the dealership. At Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram, we are happy with that decision and we’re happy to help new Jeep owners in this endeavor by offering two inch and four inch lift kits, as well as an array of other equipment to help absorb the bumps and humps of the road less travelled.

Mopar kits will be made available at Jeep dealerships to provide for both a two inch and a four inch lift. That ought to help Jeep drivers scale those bigger boulders. Sometimes you just need a little help. The two inch lift kit will be available for newer JK Wranglers from 2012 going forward and will sell for about $1,500. There will also be a lift kit available for older models from 2007 to 2011, which will sell for around $900. According to Jeep, the two inch kit will fit 35” tires, but for double the lift, a four inch lift will be available for around $2,250. That may not sound like a lot of lift, but for the uninitiated that can make a lot of difference when scaling boulders.

Included in the lift kits are springs and brake lines as well as four remote reservoir shocks that have been specially tuned, as well as a double driveshaft, yoke and all the required brackets. It’s basically everything you’ll need to get out there climbing rocks, including a high-steer conversion kit. Brake kits will also be available in addition to Master Cylinder and Booster Upgrades.

Need a lift kit? How about a brand new Jeep? Come visit us at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

 

The Ram Texas Ranger Concept Truck We Won’t Be Driving

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Texans love their pickup trucks, make no mistake about that. Setting aside the fact that here in the Midwest we love our Ram trucks just as much as anyone in the country, at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram we recognize that the people of Texas buy more new pickups than almost any other state. Folks of the Lone Star State have many traditions in addition to truck ownership and one of those is the legendary Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.

Not to be confused with the Major League Baseball team, the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety has law enforcement jurisdiction across the state and is involved in a number of criminal investigations. The agency was founded in 1823 and has a long and proud tradition of protecting citizens and apprehending criminals. It is only fitting then that an iconic brand like Ram Trucks would want to associate itself with such an esteemed agency. Thus, the creation of a special edition Ram Truck was rolled out in cooperation with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum.

This commemorative truck was introduced by Ram Truck head honcho Bob Hegbloom at the Dallas Auto Show earlier this year. The five star badge of the Texas Rangers is visible on both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Originally designed to represent the Mexican five peso coin, the badge is featured prominently on the front fenders as well as the tailgate. The 20 inch wheels are also centered with the Ranger cap. The truck is painted bright white because that’s what the good guys wear (at least in the movies) and also features silver highlights to represent the badges themselves. On the inside, the five star peso emblem can be seen etched into the leather seats and four real Mexican peso silver coins have been laid into the doors for another reminder of the service of that proud group of men and women.

Texas Rangers no longer spend long hours sitting in the saddles of their trusty mounts, but they do cover a lot of ground in their trucks. While the special edition was designed to promote the Texas Ranger Museum, if consumer demand is great enough, we just might see the production of this truck on a larger scale. Probably not in the Chicagoland area, but one can hope. If you’d like to check out any of our great Ram Trucks, come visit us at Mancari’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

 

The 2015 Ram Laramie Limited is Loaded With Luxury Features

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Trucks today have come far from their utilitarian brothers before them. No longer are trucks cramped cabins of compromise and uncomfortable enjoyment. No, today’s trucks are decked out in the latest technologies and luxuries, rivaling the features and amenities of many other, less capable luxury offerings.

Officially, the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited broke cover at the Chicago Auto Show, and the trim offered on all Ram models—1500, 2500 and 3500 is certainly more than just some wheels and leather.

Upfront, the Laramie Limited trim ditches the iconic cross-hair grille for a new chrome bar package. Also the trim comes with a body-color fascia, fog lamps, and painted rear bumper.

The 1500 Laramie Limited model also has new 20-inch wheels, and the Heavy Duty models (2500 and 3500) get 20-inchers as well.

There are seven exterior color choices, including black, bright silver metallic, pearl white, red pearl, granite crystal metallic, maximum steel metallic and true blue pearl.

Leather covers the cabin copiously, and pinstripe stitching is used throughout. The steering wheel is partially wrapped while Black Argento plastic with silver accents covers the exposed bits. There’s also featured LED cabin lighting, a map pocket light, footwell lighting, and all but Ram’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine is available under the hood.

Here at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, we’re excited to get you behind the wheel of a Ram truck. The Ram is a hauler of a truck ready to tow a camper or whisk you away for the weekend in luxury. So stop by today for more information on the latest Ram news.

Play #MancariMadness, Win Chicago Bulls Tickets or a Flat Screen TV from Mancari’s!

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Are you in the market for a new or used car? Do you love NCAA Basketball, and enjoy winning great prizes like Chicago Bulls Tickets or a flat screen TV? Then you’re in luck! March Markdown Madness is happening now at Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Oak Lawn, and you can play along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to win great prizes! Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is excited to be rooting for Duke University! Engage with us on social media throughout the NCAA tournament to stay in the loop!

It’s simple to enter– by March 22nd, post a photo or screenshot of your NCAA bracket predictions on social media, and tag us – @Mancaris of Oak Lawn, and use the hashtag: #MancariMadness in your post! One lucky winner will be randomly selected to take home a 42″ flat screen TV. If you predict within Final Four of the bracket, then you will be eligible to win a pair of Chicago Bulls Tickets!

Fine Print

Contestants must complete their entries by 11:59 pm on March 22nd, 2015. Contestants must tag @Mancaris of Oak Lawn on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and also use the hashtag: #MancariMadness in their bracket photo post to be eligible.

Winners

Grand Prize: One TV will be given away at random, all eligible entrants can qualify for the Grand prize. Additionally, 3 winners who make it into the “Final Four” with their brackets will be chosen at random of the eligible entrants. Each pair of Chicago Bulls Tickets is valued at $100.  Winners will be announced on the Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Facebook page during week of April 6th. All winners must pick up their prize at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, located at  4630 WEST 95TH STREET OAK LAWN, IL 60453