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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler Combines Off-Road Performance with a Bit of Comfort

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It’s pretty obvious to us here at Mancari’s of Oaklawn that the Wrangler was never meant to be a luxury vehicle. What Willy’s-Overland had in mind back in the 1940s was a World War II, all-purpose, 4×4 reconnaissance vehicle designed to transport American soldiers and cargo.

But it was also used for everything from cable laying and saw milling, to filling in as field ambulances and tractors.

This military version of the Jeep, described by troops as “spartan” and “unstintingly functional,” was a genuine, unadulterated, off-road beast. And as a testament to the ingenuity and capability of the early half-ton vehicle, Willy’s drove the army quad up the steps of the U.S. Capitol with several lawmakers in tow.

While the Jeep brand has enjoyed a long history of high-level, off-road performance, Chrysler has settled on a new approach to its design.

Sporting a newly cultivated interior and a steel body-on-frame platform, the all-new 2015 Jeep Wrangler has been equipped with removable doors, hood, and windshield. It also comes standard with a Torx tool kit – a nod to enthusiasts who want the full experience of their surroundings.

The American car maker offers both two-door and four-door versions of the Unlimited with several different trims: Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon. The Wrangler is also available in iconic subtrims like the Willys Wheeler and the Rubicon Hardrock.

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Jeep lovers get their choice of 16 inch steel wheels or 17-inch alloy wheels, eight standard speakers or nine with the Apine option, the Sunrider soft top or the matching body-color Freedom Top, heated seats, Bluetooth, touch-screen infotainment system, and an electrochromic rearview mirror.

But don’t let the convenience of these new amenities fool you.

This version of the Jeep’s Wrangler has some serious throwback features, like the solid front and rear axles, standard crank windows, firm suspension, and good forward visibility.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is also powered by a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, a 6 speed manual transmission, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4WD systems, patented 4X4 capabilities to cruise up and around to rocks and boulders, and an electronic sway bar disconnect, and a fold down windshield for increased aerodynamics.

Those of us here at Mancari’s know that the 2015 Jeep Wrangler could never be mistaken for anything other than an off-road vehicle, so if you’re less keen on refinement and big on adventure, the new Jeep Wrangler is your best bet. Check out the 2015 Jeep models we have in our inventory, or come down to our store to get behind the wheel today.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Sponsors Breakfast with Santa to Benefit Hearts for Hope Programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital this Sunday, December 7th

Hearts for Hope breakfast with santaMancari’s of Oak Lawn is excited to announce their sponsorship of the annual Breakfast with Santa, being held this Sunday December 7th to benefit Hearts for Hope programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital of Oak Lawn. The family friendly event will take place at Ridge Country Club, located at 10522 S. California Ave. Chicago IL.

Breakfast 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. Guests can look forward to a full breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, storyteller fun, and much more! Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the children at the Hope Pavilion.

“The Mancari’s family is proud to support Hearts for Hope organization and Advocate Children’s Hospital. They do great work in the Oak Lawn community. We have supported this event for several years now, and hope to see a big turnout for a great cause at this fun, festive event!” said Ed Tapper, Sales Manager at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.

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. Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn offers care to every patient who comes through its doors. Hearts for Hope makes positive impacts in the lives of patients and their families through hands-on volunteering and involvement. They help create a child-centered environment of compassion, comfort and healing inside the doors of the Hope Pavilion. 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.

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 Illinois loyally for more than 45 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.

Ram Donates $100,000 to Support The Texas Rangers

Ram Donates 100k to Texas RangersRam has a long been a symbol of hard-working American pride. It resonates with the maker culture standing at the heart our country.

Its trucks were built by hand, with blood, sweat, and tears. Ram isn’t just a legacy of trucks. It’s a legacy of guts, love, and glory.

These principles of hard work make Ram’s new partnership with the Texas Rangers a perfect  one. Last month, Ram announced a plan to partner with the oldest state law enforcement organization on the continent, to help with preserving the history and heritage of the oldest state law-enforcement agency.

“Ram is proud to be associated with the Texas Ranger Division and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Like the Texas Rangers, Ram has deep ties to the Lone Star State,” said Ram Truck Brand President and CEO, Bob Hegbloom. “Texas Rangers are icons. They are heroes. They are recognized around the world as one of the foremost law-enforcement agencies.”

In 2023, the Texas Rangers will be celebrating 200 years of service in the Lone Star State. The Rangers trace their founding back to 1823. During the state’s colonization, the citizens of Texas needed protection, but soon the Ranger’s authority spanned the entire country.

Today, The Texas Rangers not only have lead criminal investigative duties, they are also responsible for unsolved crime investigations, officer involved shootings, and border security ops.

The 215 person law enforcement unit branched off into more specialized operations that heads up the Crisis Negotiation Unit, Public Corruption Unit, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, among others.

With that kind of history behind it, the Texas Rangers are as American as apple pie. To the people of Texas, they are the epitome of patriotism and iconic American heroes.

Last month, RAM pledged its support by presenting a check for $100,000 to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum at the State Fair of Texas.

The Museum, now in its 50th year of existence, serves as the historical center for the Texas Rangers.

It was established to preserve the heritage of the Texas Rangers and is the home to the Ranger’s Company, State Hall of Fame, library and archives, a non-profit center, and banquet facility.

Restoration efforts are now underway to expand the museum and Ram’s contribution will aid to safeguard the Ranger’s history.

Chief Hank Whitman, Retired Chairman of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Board says that the spirit of the people of Texas speaks to what makes this country so great and it that spirit is what goes into making RAM trucks.

“The Texas Rangers are a dedicated, enduring group of rugged individuals. Ram’s support is only fitting, as we see the same values in their people and the hard-working trucks they build,” said Whitman.

At Mancaris of Oak Lawn, we agree that the two brands go hand in hand, and we are proud to offer a quality selection of Ram trucks to car shoppers in the Chicago area and beyond.

According to RAM’s CEO Bob Hegbloom, there’s more to their partnership than just those values, there’s love of trucks.

“The Ram Truck brand, our owners, our dealers and The Chrysler Foundation are committed to making a difference in the communities where we do business,” added Hegbloom. “Texas is truck country – Ram Truck country,” Hegbloom commented during the announcement.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to offer the best in American craftsmanship with our lineup of Ram trucks. Stop by today at 4630 WEST 95TH STREET OAK LAWN, IL 60453 and see for yourself, or call us at (888) 631-9187 to learn more!

Chrysler Announces Aluminum Body for 2017 Jeep Wrangler to Comply with EPA Fuel Efficiency Standards

Jeep WranglerFederal regulators have been cracking down on fuel economy in the automotive sector as part of the government’s energy security and climate change initiative. In 2010, the EPA and NHTSA came up with the first-ever joint greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

A new deadline has been set in 2016 for the next round of standards to go into effect. The standards are part of an effort that aims to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in medium and heavy-duty vehicles. In fact, just 4% of registered vehicles in this category are responsible for 25% of fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. In total, about 70 percent of all oil use in America comes from transportation oil.

Earlier this year, two of the Big Three automakers announced plans to move from using steel to lightweight aluminum as a raw material for producing trucks.Ford Motors stepped up to the plate in January to report that it would start making the body of its F-150 pickup out of mostly aluminum.

Not long after Ford went public with its plans, GM followed, announcing that it looked to develop an aluminum intensive large pickup, deviating from the production of light-weight pickups made mostly of steel.

Early in October, Chrysler threw its hat in the ring when chief executive Sergio Marchionne informed the audience at the Auto Show in Paris that the 2017 Jeep Wrangler would be built with an aluminum body.

He also announced that production of the up-and-coming Jeep Wrangler could possibly be moved from the Toledo South Assembly Plant to a different facility.

The decision to possibly move production of the iconic vehicle out of its home state is a difficult one for the American automaker. Toledo workers have been building Wranglers for more than 70 years and aren’t willing to let the production of the Jeep vehicle slip through their hands so easily. Bruce Braumhower, president of UAW Local 12, says regardless of the materials used, the Wrangler should be made in Toledo.

But building an aluminum bodied Jeep doesn’t mean just switching from one metal to another, it also means making the more drastic change from a body-on-frame structure to a unibody chassis, hence the need for three different plants in three different locations. Creating a unibody vehicle demands a completely different assembly process – and one that Chrysler knows will be costly.

Whether production of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler will definitely be relocated remains to be seen, but Marchionne reassured the audience in Paris last week that whatever he decides, it won’t affect the people of Toledo.

“One of the things we are dealing with now is what else do we do with Toledo that fulfills our commitment to the city, and to Ohio.”

Stay tuned in to Mancari’s blog for the latest on this news and future developments. Visit us today in Oak Lawn, IL for the best deals on the 2015 Jeep Wrangler models in stock!

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.

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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.

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.