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Chrysler Pacifica, Ram 1500 and Dodge Durango Named Best Buys

Chrysler Pacifica, Ram 1500 and Dodge Durango Named Best Buys

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Chrysler Pacifica, Ram 1500 and Dodge Durango Named Best Buys! Recently, Consumer Guide® Automotive awarded the Chrysler Pacifica, Ram 1500, and Dodge Durango with the 2018 Best Buy distinction. The editors for Consumer Guide Automotive analyze, compare, and evaluate numerous vehicles be extensively testing all the major models available in the United States and are distinguished by being affordable as well as having positive ratings.

“There’s a lot of good product hitting the market these days, but some designs are so well executed that they endure the test of new challengers. In the cases of the Durango and Ram, that is especially true,” said Tom Appel, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive. “As for the Pacifica, it’s simply one of the most thoughtfully designed family vehicles we’ve ever evaluated. Likewise, the tradition-bound 124 Spider delivers a considerable dose of driving pleasure for a very reasonable price.”

 In its second year on the market, the Chrysler Pacifica captures both the Minivan and Family Vehicle Best Buy awards two years in a row. While, the Dodge Durango earns the Best Buy award in the Large SUV segment for the sixth consecutive year and the Ram 1500 captures the Best Buy award for Large Pickup Trucks for the 10th straight year.

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Texas Auto Writers Award Ram, Jeep and Dodge

Texas Auto Writers Award Ram, Jeep and Dodge

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Texas Auto Writers Award Ram, Jeep and Dodge! Recently Ram, Jeep, and Dodge vehicles earned top honors at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo, hosted by the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Collectively, these brands secured the most awards of any manufacturer at the event. A total of 64 commercial vehicles were entered into the competition and were judged by 75 TAWA members after two days of on and off road testing. Consideration for the awards covered exterior/interior styling and off-road capability to the entrant’s overall utility, value and performance.
 
“Once again the Ram, Jeep and Dodge brands from FCA US impressed our TAWA members with an exceptional product lineup at the Texas Truck Rodeo,” said Nic Phillips, TAWA president. “The Jeep brand continues to outshine the competition with Grand Cherokee and Wrangler winning in their respective categories yet again. Receiving the highest overall interior score, our journalists appreciated the luxurious interior of the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork edition, naming it the 2018 Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas. It’s no surprise members particularly enjoyed driving America’s fastest, yet practical three-row SUV, the new Dodge Durango SRT, naming it the winner of the Full-size SUV category.”

Ram, Jeep and Dodge vehicles with top honors include:
 
Ram Brand
Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten
Luxury Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork
Highest Overall Interior Score: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork

Jeep Brand
Subcompact SUV: 2017 Jeep Renegade
Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Off-road SUV: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon
 
Dodge Brand
Full-size SUV: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Highest Overall Performance Score: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

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Four FCA Vehicles Earn Top Honors in Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition

Four FCA Vehicles Earn Top Honors in Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition

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Four FCA Vehicles Earn Top Honors in Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition! Recently FCA had an amazing showing at the 14th annual Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards, taking home more than any other manufacturer. The  competition was held in Chandler, Arizona where a panel of automotive journalists and professional athletes evaluated cars, crossovers, SUVS, and trucks in nine categories. Four FCA vehicles earned the top spot in their respective categories:

“FCA US showed up at ALV with a lineup of vehicles geared specifically to the needs of outdoor enthusiasts and as a result, took home more awards than any other manufacturer,” said program co-founder Nina Russin. “The Jeep Compass Trailhawk lived up to its promise of true off-road capability, traversing a challenging course that tested its directional stability and wheel articulation. The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork edition proved that a vehicle designed to work and play hard can also deliver luxury. Cyclists were impressed with the interior capability of the new Chrysler Pacifica and appreciated its stylish exterior. And everyone loved the Durango SRT’s raw power: a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

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The Dodge Demon SRT Highlighted in Best of What's New for 2017

The Dodge Demon SRT Highlighted in Best of What’s New for 2017

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The Dodge Demon SRT Highlighted in Best of What’s New for 2017! Recently the Dodge Demon SRT changed the Dodge line when it debuted at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, revealing an impressive 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, that brought the racing world, movie industry, hip-hop and auto industry together on stage for one unforgettable night. The Demon is barely street legal, hitting 60 mph in an impressive 2.3 seconds, and is the fastest production car in the world. 

Now the SRT Power Chiller, which uses the car’s air conditioning refrigerant to help further cool the air entering the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Demon V-8’s cylinders, was recently named in Popular Science’s best of What’s New for 2017. Cooler air contains more oxygen molecules, helping the engine deliver maximum output of 840 horsepower with 100+ high-octane unleaded fuel.
 
“Creating a street-legal machine that is powered by an engine with unrelenting power and torque, specifically engineered for the drag strip, yet street legal and meeting all emissions, pass-by noise and SRT durability standards demands outside-the-box thinking,” said Chris Cowland, Director of Advanced and SRT Powertrain, FCA US LLC. “The technologies that make lower-volume SRT products special can deliver significant benefits in alternative applications. For example, while denser intake air and high-octane fuels are part of the recipe that makes the Challenger SRT Demon a head-turner, they can be just as important in meeting the challenges of improving fuel economy.”

The Dodge Demon SRT Highlighted in Best of What's New for 2017
 
How the SRT Power Chiller works

The 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V-8 uses a dedicated liquid circuit, separate from the engine cooling circuit, to cool air after it leaves the 2.7-liter supercharger.
 
The SRT Power Chiller is enabled in Drag Mode from the SRT Drive Mode controls. When activated, air conditioning refrigerant is diverted from the cabin to the chiller unit.
 
The supercharger charge air coolant passes through a low-temperature radiator at the front of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon then flows through the SRT Power Chiller unit, where it is further cooled by the refrigerant. The chilled liquid then flows through heat exchanger units in the supercharger housing, cooling compressed air as it enters the intake ports. Cooler air is denser, containing more oxygen molecules per volume than warm air. With more oxygen entering the engine, adding more fuel produces more power.

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT Named in Best User Experience Awards

2018 Dodge Durango SRT Named in Best User Experience Awards

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT Named in Best User Experience Awards! Recently Wards released their 2017 Wards 10 Best UX Awards. According to WardsAuto the awards were established for, “the focus of the Wards 10 Best UX competition, which is a microcosm of Wards 10 Best Interiors, is to identify driver interfaces that are user-friendly, navigation systems that are easy to program, collision-avoidance technologies that are dependable and smartphone integration that is simple, allowing drivers safe access to text messages, emails and phone contacts while on the road.”

“The Dodge Durango SRT presents a dazzling array of graphical elements, including a smoky SRT animation at startup and shutdown, a slick 3-D navigation map and an equally colorful TFT gauge cluster,” said Tom Murphy, Senior Editor of WardsAuto. “An SRT button at the base of the center stack triggers a series of Performance Pages to help drivers tap into the vehicle’s prodigious performance and set the transmission, stability control, suspension, steering and all-wheel-drive systems to their liking.

“Drivers who want launch control and active Christmas tree lights for a little drag racing have it all at their fingertips,” Murphy continued. “So are adaptive cruise control, other driver-assistance technologies and real-time news, traffic and weather linkups that make the Durango SRT a great daily driver.”

“The new Dodge Durango SRT not only delivers a 4.4-second 0-60 time and 8,700-pound towing capability, it also delivers an updated interior with all the latest technology, including SRT Performance Pages and the ability to support smartphone integrations of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Wards recognition is further validation from third-party influencers that the new Dodge Durango SRT delivers best-in-class performance, innovative technology and functional, easy-to-use features.” 

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Dodge Challenger and Charger To Use Maserati Platform

Dodge Challenger and Charger To Use Maserati Platform

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Dodge Challenger and Charger To Use Maserati Platform! According to recent reports, the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger may be switching to the Maserati platform after remaining on the Chrysler LX platform through 2019. For 2021, the models will move to the Ghibli’s platform. The Chrysler LX platform is due for an update after remaining static for the past 15 years, although it hasn’t been revealed what FCA’s exact plans are for that model. 

Initially FCA had planned to redesign the LX-based cars on the Giorgio and Giulia platform, but the company seems to be switching gears to the Ghibli platform. According to LeftLaneNews, the 2019 update will focus heavily on reducing the weight of the models and improving fuel economy. An update for the Dodge Durango is also expected around this time.

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The Dodge Viper Makes New Nurburgring Attempt!

The Dodge Viper Makes New Nurburgring Attempt

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The Dodge Viper Makes New Nurburgring Attempt! We’ve reported before that the Dodge Viper is set to be a classic after its ceased production and the plant has officially closed. Now we are excited to report that a group of Viper enthusiasts are determined to see the Viper succeed at the Nurburgring. They are attempting to make a new lap record, with the second attempt seeing a slight improvement over the first one. The team, made up of pro-racers Dominik and Mario Farnbacher, is hoping for a sub-7-minute lap time after posting the slightly improved time of 7:03.23.

Art of gears explains one challenge that might explain the barely improved time, “The Road & Track coverage says that the extremely high temperatures at Nurburgring, Nordschleife could be the reason for the negligible improvement. The Dodge Viper cars being used for the record attempt are running on Kumho tires and the intense tarmac heat isn’t helping in any way to post a superior lap time. A total of 16 tires were consumed by both cars as the sun mercilessly cooked the rubber shod on the wheels.” Check out the full video below:

 
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2019 Ram 1500 Spied Before Debut

2019 Ram 1500 Spied Before Debut

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2019 Ram 1500 Spied Before Debut! Perhaps not as bad as celebrity photographers, but still adept at the art of getting spy shots, automotive photographers have been busy this week. New photos from a variety of publications, including trucks.com, show that the 2019 Ram 1500 may be getting some slight updates. 

The main excitement is over the interior which is expected to feature FCA’s 8.4 UConnect infotainment system as well as a redesigned instrument cluster and steering wheel, which give the Ram a more modern look and feel. The model is confirmed to debut at the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit in January of 2018, appears to have a larger cabin than previous models. New headlights are also apparent on the model.

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Dodge Viper Plant Will Close Next Month

Dodge Viper Plant Will Close Next Month

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Dodge Viper Plant Will Close Next Month! We originally reported that the Viper production would cease writing, “Amidst on-going negotiations between UAW (United Auto Workers) and FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automotive) it has been revealed that the Dodge Viper will cease production in 2017.  The original Viper first went into production in 1992 (pictured left) and had three more updates (1996, 2003 and 2008) before Chrysler’s bankruptcy ended its run in 2010. A redesigned version debuted in 2013, but a big price increase and improved competitors hurt sales. Through this September, only 503 Vipers were sold in the United States and only 760 were sold the year before. The Viper is built at the Conor Avenue plant in Detroit where 80 employees assemble the sports car by hand.” In light of this, we also shared how the Viper would become a future American Classic Car collectible, but now we are sharing that the Dodge Viper plant will officially close by August 31. 

According to reporting by AutoBlog, the plant that produces the model, the Conner Assembly Plant located in Detroit, will be closing on August 31. The car had hand-built been produced there since 1995, except from 2010-2013. The Prowler was also built there from 1997 to 2002. Currently, more than 80 workers build the Viper at FCA’s smallest assembly facility. Only 630 Vipers were sold last year and the Viper can’t comply with new safety requirements going forward. Luckily, the workers will receive positions at other plants. 

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America's Fastest SUV

2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s Fastest SUV

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s Fastest SUV. According to USA Today, pricing for the 475-horsepower 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will start at around $65,000. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands, North America, FCA, calls the new performance 2018 Durango a toy-hauling, three-row muscle car that is America’s fastest SUV. The model gets an impressive 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, completing the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds and certified by the National Hot Rod Association. 

To help celebrate this all-new performance model, Dodge is giving buyers the opportunity to take a free one-day course at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Ariz. Dodge hopes this will help owners learn the full driving capabilities of their new SUV which is powered by the 392-cubic-inch Hemi V-8. The model is expected at dealers at the end of this year.

“This is what you get, when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT,” Kuniskis said in the news release.

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