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.

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All-New 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Shows Off-Road Roots

jeep rubiconBred from a long line of Jeep vehicles – from the likes of the iconic WWII-inspired Willy’s CJ -2 to its subsequent variant – the Cj-8 Scrambler, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X keeps hardcore Jeep enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.

Tested and proven in the legendary Jeep wind tunnel – Northern California’s Rubicon Trail – the Rubicon X was engineered to go the distance and beyond. While this may be the case with this year’s Jeep, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn thinks hardcord Jeep owners will be equally impressed by this model’s highly evolved off-road capabilities.

Some of the characteristics that made the old school Jeep, a Jeep were things like superior ride and handling, new and improved safety features and mechanics, and greater on-road and off-road capabilities.

When the Wrangler first came on the scene in 1986, the automaker gave it front and rear rigid live axles, a flat-fold windshield that made it outdoor ready, and an independent body and frame. It had to be redesigned to suit then tastes  of the civilian public, so Jeep constructed a longer wheelbase, less ground clearance, and a brand new grille.

It was powered by a 2.5 liter with a straight 4 engine or the optional 4.2 liter straight 6.

The Jeep Rubicon, affectionately named the Jeep “Rubi” burst onto the scene in 2003. It was solely dedicated to the off-road Jeep affectionados. It sported front and rear Dana 44 axles with electric lockers, 4:1 transfer case, 4.10 axle gearing complete with an electric realeasing sway bar, 4 wheel disc brakes, and better suspension parts.

In 2013, the 3rd generation was built with tons of off road love and was sold as the 10th Anniversary Edition. It was dubbed by Jeep as “the most extreme Jeep Wrangler ever”.

The American automaker also wanted to pay homage to the truck’s well-established roots and all of its passionate enthusiats, so this edition was like the customized version of the Rubicon.

Available in both two-door and four-door models, the Anniversary Rubicon was crafted with six-speed manual and an optional five-speed automatic transmission. The Dana 44 axles get power from a Roc-Trac transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. The manual transmission has a crawl ratio of 73.1:1, with an increased ride height of about half an inch.

The winch-friendly design comes with removable front bumper end caps for better crawling power and Mopar rock rails to minimize damage on the trails.

Jeep added its “10th Anniversary” signature plus tons of other little niceties that Jeep lovers were sure to appreciate.

The all-new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X builds on the Anniversary Edition by adding wider rock rails, black steel off-road bumpers with removable off-road caps, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

For performance, the Rubicon X sports a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 giving it a mighty 285 horses under the hood and 260 lb-ft of torque, to boot. For that Willy’s Jeep feel, they added soft coil spring suspension for body roll and sway.

Priced at about $34,595 this Wrangler sure to change the minds of those loyal CJ5 and CJ7 owners, but when it comes down to it its all Jeep, just the same.

Aside from that, much like Jeep brand execs, Mancari’s Oak Lawn thinks the Wrangler Rubicon X is the automaker’s gift to the off-roads.

Chrysler Group Brands Experience Record-Breaking Growth in June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ram 2500 Power Wagon – History in the Making

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ram Once Again Teams Up With Kentucky Derby

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

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

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

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

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

Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Now Eligible for Black Package

ram blackThe rise in popularity of the Ram 1500 Black Express has inspired Dodge to spread the love around. They plan to make their “Black Package” available on other trucks in their arsenal.

What the Black Express option did for the 1500 was to take its tough as nails, mean as hell look and kick it up one tough and intimidating notch. To achieve this effect, Dodge took something black and made it a little more black. To quote Spinal Tap, this Ram Black Package could be “none more black” and the result is a pretty menacing machine.

The 1500 special edition featured a black front grille and front fascia as well as black bumpers and badges on the front and rear. The icing on the cake was the 20-inch aluminum wheels. What color? Black, of course. Now Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models can be tricked out with the same look.

That why the Ram Black Appearance Group has been established, so it can deliver the look, style and feel of the Black Package to the Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models, but it’s not just about the color. There are other new and awesome features in this package as well.

These special edition Dodge Rams will also come with LED-lit halogen projector headlamps. All the badging on the side of the truck body has been removed which allows for a cleaner, more sleek look that only serves to accentuate the other new exterior changes. The tail lamps have been extended and this edition will also feature Parksense and Parkview assists.

Under the hood, there was no real reason to mess with anything, so Dodge didn’t, and it’s all about appearance anyway. Looks are everything in this case. The Black Package will be available for nearly every version of 2500 and 3500 trucks. This includes the Big Horn/Lone Star, and Laramie models as well as the Crew Cab, Mega Cab, and will be available in two- and four-wheel drive.

The base price of the Ram Black Package is $43,335. To learn more about how you can get yourself behind the wheel of one of a Ram Heavy Duty 2500 or 3500 with the Ram Black Package, visit Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn.

New Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in High Demand

ram 1500 ecodieselHere at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, we are anxiously waiting for a new shipment to soon arrive of the 2014 Ram 1500 with the EcoDiesel engine.  The award-winning 3.0-L V6 engine was introduced into the popular Ram 1500 this past year and the demand for a powerful, energy efficient truck has been more than originally anticipated.  The first wave of 8,000 trucks allocated to dealers was sold in about three days.  That means over 50 percent of Ram 1500 trucks were sold with EcoDiesel engines.

Ram has transformed its 1500 into a hard-working machine that exceeds expectations under the hood and at the pump.  The EcoDiesel engine puts off 240 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque while getting best-in-class fuel economy at a max of 28 mpg.  It can tow almost 10,500 pounds or carry almost 2000 pounds.

Some of the engine features that help boost the EcoDiesel’s efficiency are the Variable Valve Timing technology and a class-exclusive TorqueFlite 8 transmission.  Ram’s EcoDiesel engine is compliant with emission regulations in all fifty states in the U.S.

The Ram 1500 has won multiple prestigious awards already, including Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” for the second year in a row.  The 1500 has also won the award for the “Truck of Texas” and Autobytel’s “Truck of the Year”.

With a 2014 Ram 1500, there are plenty of other features beyond the power and fuel savings. The interior is made with superior materials that give the feel of luxury, but the durability needed in a work truck.  Like other Chrysler vehicles, the Ram has a center display consol screen with the UConnect Access System and a bold instrument cluster.  A rotary shifter controls the gears right at your fingertips, which also makes more cabin room for the passengers.

The 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck is backed by an unsurpassed five-year /100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, as well as a 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage. Production is ramping up to meet demand, so contact us today at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn to get your Ram 1500 EcoDiesel reserved right away!

Ram 1500 Named Consumer Reports Top Pick

ram 1500Consumer Reports magazine has been a leader in informative product testing since 1936 and has more than 8 million subscribers. It is a non-profit organization with plenty of experts that bring attention to the best and worst of major items available on the market.

More than 260 vehicles were put to the test this year at Consumer Reports magazine.  The editors had to narrow it down to the top ten vehicles for the 2014 list.  The top picks had to meet a certain criteria in three categories: performance, reliability and safety.  For the first time in 16 years, a Chrysler vehicle has made the top-ten list.  Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to announce that the Ram 1500 is the editors’ pick for pickup truck in 2014.

The overall package was appealing to testers, but what really got the Ram high scores weas the luxurious interior and the comfortable ride.  Ram has used high quality materials to build the cab of the pickup truck, giving riders the feel of luxury but having the durability expected from a hard-working truck.  It also comes with the plenty of technology and entertainment.  The award-winning UConnect system with touchscreen display and customizable control panel are just some of the features inside the Ram 1500.  There is also a cluster of controls on the steering wheel to make many features within a finger’s reach.

An impressive new feature to improving ride quality is the available air suspension.  It provides ride stabilization and leveling as well as four ride-height options.  The difference is especially noticeable when towing.  The convenient rotary shift knob allows for smoother gear transitions.

The new engine allows for better fuel efficiency but still keeps up plenty of power for a pickup.  The new Ram 1500 is equipped with a 3.0-L Pentastar V6 rather than the 4.7-L V8 of last year’s model.  This means that the 1500 gets up to 25 mpg and 305 hp with 7,450 pounds max towing and 269 lb/ft of torque.

The Ram 1500 has won multiple awards since its debut last year, besides being a Consumer Reports Top Ten Pick.  These awards include Motor Trends Truck of the Year, the Truck of Texas, and the Autobytel Truck of the Year…all for the second year in a row! Stop over to Mancari’s of Oak Lawn for a top notch selection of Ram trucks.

Get Ready for the First Ram-Based Mopar Monster Truck

ram mopar monster truckThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Mopar brand, and what better way to celebrate than to unleash its power in the monster truck circuit.  The “Mopar Muscle” truck is based off a 2014 Ram Heavy Duty pick up, but everything about it has been super-sized.

The monster truck is over ten feet tall and weighs 10,300 pounds and contains unbelievable power under the hood.  Based on the Mopar Gen II 426 Hemi engine, “Mopar Muscle” will have a 2000 horsepower supercharged Hemi V8.  This beast will be driven by Mike Miller, who loves the Mopar brand so much he named his son “Hemi”.  Miller is one of the drivers of the Hall Brothers Racing Team that have been behind the wheel of Ram Monster trucks since 2002 and have 20 season point championships under their belt.

mopar muscleThe “Mopar Muscle” will join its monster truck siblings, the “Raminator” and the “Rammunition” at events across the country throughout the year.

This presents an opportunity to show off what a Ram truck and Mopar engine can do and get a whole new generation of fans for the brands.

You can see “Mopar Muscle” in action on Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2 or catch a live presentation at one of these upcoming shows:

February 22:  Monster Jam in ArlingtonTexas

May 16-18: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Lima, Ohio

June 21-22: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Springfield, Missouri

July 11-13: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Bloomberg, Pennsylvania

September 19-21: 4 Wheel Jamboree in Indianapolis, Indiana

To experience the thrills of a truck, you don’t need this monster truck. Just stop over to Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We have a great selection of RAM trucks. Then shop our Mopar e-store and find customized floor mats, grilles, remote start kits, and more!

2014 Ram 1500 Camo Edition Appeals to Specific Crowd

The new 2014 Ram 1500 has already proven its worth this past year. It has received several major awards, including Motor Trend Truck of the Year and Truck of Texas.  The truck will be at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but with a makeover for a very specific crowd.

ram camoMossy Oak teamed up once again with Chrysler to fit the popular truck with its trademark camouflage.  The first Ram with Mossy Oak camo was released in 2011 and this year’s model is even more outdoor-sports ready than its predecessor.  New Ram 1500s have the option to be fitted with a RamBox system for storing gear for hunting, fishing or camping.

The eye-catching Mossy Oak design will run along the lower edges of the truck’s body and on the upper edge of the cargo bed.  Inside you will see camouflage on the center stack and door panels.  It comes standard with cloth seats, but buyers can now choose to have high-quality Katzkin leather installed with the Mossy Oak logo on the seat backs.

The Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition will be released in the coming months.  For now you can see it at the Detroit Auto Show or at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The bigger crowd response is expected at the SHOT show running from January 14th through the 17th at the Sands Expo Center.

For more information on the Las Vegas Show visit shotshow.org/. And for more information on the 2014 Ram 1500, visit Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We have a great selection and extremely friendly staff to give you the best car buying experience possible!