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.

 

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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

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.

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!