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.

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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 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 You can also become a fan of Mancari’s by liking our Facebook page.



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


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


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!

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.


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

Ram Improves its 1500 EcoDiesel HFE to Get Even Better Fuel Economy


You know we’ll never stop loving our pickup trucks here at Mancari’s, which is why we are always encouraged by any news of improvements to the fuel efficiency of our four-wheeled friends. Getting good gas mileage has been the name of the game for quite a while now, and even with gas prices so low, it is never far from the minds of consumers. Besides, fuel prices aren’t likely to be this cheap forever, and who doesn’t like saving money at the pump, regardless of the price of crude oil?

Competition among major automakers has pretty much guaranteed better fuel efficiency in the trucks on US roads today, and Ram is right there with them. The recent trend in light duty pickups has been towards diesel engines, and Ram continues to improve on the concept it introduced with its EcoDiesel model. The new 1500 EcoDiesel HFE, which was recently unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show this past January, continues to up the ante in terms of performance and gas mileage. The improvement isn’t huge, but a little adds up to a lot in the long run. The 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will be available in the 1500 Express model and will get 24 combined miles per gallon. That’s 21 in the city and 29 on the highway, which Ram is proud to point out, sits at the top of its class in fuel economy for full-size, half ton pickup trucks.

Special badging will set off the EcoDiesel HFE from the pack, but otherwise the 1500 Express will be equipped with all the same amenities as its immediate predecessor, like 20 inch wheels, carpeted floor mats, body-color bumper and grille and fog lamps.

Look for the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE to hit the showroom floors in the next few months. While the price hasn’t been disclosed yet, it’s not likely to go much over $35K. But if you can’t wait that long to get yourself behind the wheel of a Ram truck, stop in and see us today at Mancari’s. We are located at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn, IL.

Miranda Lambert and Ram Trucks Team Up for New Campaign

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

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

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

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

Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Gets the Best Mileage in its Class


Each year, new strides are being made in the advancement of green technology, and auto companies everywhere are continually looking for ways to incorporate these developments into their products.

With more stringent regulations on vehicle emissions, car makers have pushed to make their automobiles more cost effective and environmentally-friendly. One way they’ve accomplished this is clean diesel, a new generation of fuel specifically designed to help meet a number of global objectives like greenhouse gas, energy security, and clean air.

Today’s clean diesel is made up of 97 percent less sulfur than traditional diesel, cutting soot emissions (believed to be contributor to global warming and serious health issues in humans) by almost 10 percent.

Dodge decided to incorporate this new turbo diesel technology into the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, and it’s paid off tremendously. Here’s why:

The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is the only truck in its class to get 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

It was just named Esquire magazine’s Truck of the Year.

Taking into account functionality, versatility, efficiency, safety, value, and style, the award-winning EcoDiesel has garnered the attention of folks who wouldn’t otherwise consider a pickup.


And according to Bob Hegbloom, RAM Truck President and CEO, despite fierce competition, “the Ram 1500 delivers with a winning combination of best-in-class fuel economy and capability and going forward, Ram will continue to set the pace with the best trucks in their segments”.

But it doesn’t stop there. In tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 1500 EcoDiesel has achieved the best highway test result by a full-size, half-ton pickup – going above and beyond the EPA highway rating even for pickups of a smaller size.

Mancari’s believes that the Dodge RAM is capable of not only being a heavy-hitting, V6, workhorse of a diesel, but is also a smart choice, if you’re looking for optimal fuel efficiency in a truck.

It’s projected that within the next few years, light diesel vehicles will make up about 15 percent of the automobiles on American roads and 50 percent of the total number of vehicles in Europe. So if you have any questions about light diesel, or want to take a look at our other Dodge Ram models, stop by our showroom today.