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We are pumped up for the Chicago Auto Show, and if you have not seen the news about it, you need to. This year promises to be a great run for adamant car fans for many reasons. The Chrysler Group is present in full force at the show and has made several exciting reveals. Chrysler has a history of unveiling amazing aftermarket products and unique special editions during any and all of the big auto shows. Their latest creations, the SRT Satin Vapor Chrysler 300, Charger and Challenger are by far some of the best-looking vehicles to grace the Chicago Auto Show under the Chrysler marquee.
The Satin Vapor Trim
The Satin Vapor models (yes, it is quite the ambiguous name) are specifically designed packages from Mopar, forged to up the ante for the high performance Dodge Challenger SRT, Dodge Charger SRT and the Chrysler 300 SRT. While some may write it off as just another tape-and-trim package, it really is quite the makeover. All three vehicles rest neatly on aluminum 20-inch wheels that contrast perfectly with Black Satin Vapor Chrome. The Chrysler 300 receives some darker elements including a blacked out spoiler, roof and mirrors. The Dodge Challenger SRT sports the same black finish on the mirrors and the fuel door. The Charger gets a healthy dose on its tail graphic, roof and hood. The interior of the vehicles was not left out of the equation either, receiving upgrades such as Nappa leather. “We’re responding to the diversifying tastes of our performance enthusiast customers by expanding our product lineup to offer more custom models straight from the factory. Building on our core vehicle strategy, the Satin Vapor Edition models add some swagger with new, brand-exclusive finishes and content that augment the value proposition of our popular ‘Core’ price classes,” said Ralph Gilles, President of SRT Brand and Motorsports.
The SRT Empire
SRT or Street and Racing Technology can be traced back to their work in the 1950’s when they developed the Ramcharger, but the revered SRT name would not find a permanent home until 2004. The Ramcharger was the first true breakthrough for the team of expert engineers from the Chrysler brand. When the Ramcharger engine found a successful place to showcase its power on the drag strip in the 60s and 70s, the team began to be recognized as the brains behind the power as they are know today. The next major catalyst leading to the eventual rise of SRT was the 1989 inception and continued success even today, of the Dodge Viper. While the Viper was climbing the ladder of success, another team was diligently working away on what would become the master craft we knew as the Plymouth Prowler concept. After this project reached completion, Chrysler very smartly combined these two forces that would become the team we know today as SRT. While, we do think it is important to know the heritage of this group, we believe their future will be far more important.
This year at the Chicago Auto Show, Dodge introduced the newest member of its Journey crossover family, the Crossroad. As the Chrysler Corporation strives to keep their lineup fresh and diverse, the addition of the Crossroad trim offers another option for those needing a vehicle between a full-size sedan and a large SUV. The Crossroad trim will be positioned between the SXT and the Limited and add a seventh choice to the Journey line for 2014. With crossovers gaining popularity as a fun yet family-friendly vehicle, Dodge’s new Crossroad trim offers a tougher look and more great features.
Journey Crossroad has new features, new look
To distinguish the Crossroad from its siblings, Dodge has given it a slightly more aggressive look. By adding unique features like the performance front and rear fascias, platinum chrome lower side sills, dark-tinted headlamps and taillights and specialized 19-inch Hyper Black wheels, this crossover gained more attitude in no time flat. Dodge did not just update the exterior they also updated the interior to match the stylish outward appearance. The interior is as luxurious as the outside is rugged. The new Journey Crossroad is loaded with new finishes and features as well as technology upgrades. Interior features include an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, liquid graphite finish applied on the instrument panel, gauge cluster, center console, door pulls and steering wheel trim. The Crossroad also has a new seat design featuring black leather trim with sport mesh inserts. Dodge wants to be sure that you can hit the road, prepared for whatever the drive may throw your way, in ultimate comfort.
In addition to appearance updates other standard features that Dodge has added include power heated and foldaway mirrors, seven air bags, illuminated cup holders, keyless enter ‘n go with push-button start and steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. You can also enjoy the Dodge Journey’s best-in-class storage.
Journey with power and efficiency
The new Crossroad will be available with two engine choices, a fuel-efficient four-cylinder and a more powerful V6. It will come standard with a 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine, which may sound small, but it packs a punch producing 173 horsepower and 166-lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. After it is all said and done this four-cylinder engine is capable of an exceptional 26 highway miles per gallon. If you are interested in a little more power than look no further than the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. This best-in-class engine produces a whopping 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Not only will the Pentastar deliver power but it also is efficient, capable of up to 25 highway miles per gallon.
Whichever path you choose to take you can be sure that both the standard and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 powertrain will get you to your destination , for both are will deliver more than 500 miles of highway driving range.
Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram are some of America’s strongest brands and have been for decades. The Chrysler Corporation, born in 1925, is one of the members of the “Big Three” automobile manufacturers in the U.S. They are proud to call the Motor City home and for good reason. Recently, we saw the great Detroit Auto Show come to a close but not without seeing a huge number of awesome vehicles and concepts brought to the table. Chrysler showed off some great new versions of some of its most popular models.
A redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200
Chrysler has been making every effort to impress and that has been made more evident by the premiere of the redesigned Chrysler 200 series at the Detroit Auto Show. Free of unnecessary detail, the simplistic yet elegant design demonstrates excellent and well thought out craftsmanship. As we know, appearances are not everything but rest assured that the 200C and 200S come packing a punch. They will be available with a choice of a new 184 horsepower Tigershark 2.4-liter four-cylinder, or for those wanting more, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with a healthy 295 horsepower. The 200 series will also be available with optional all-wheel-drive on the C and all-wheel-drive standard on the S.
2014 Dodge Dart joins the Blacktop team
The Dodge Dart is a beloved car, but you have not seen anything until you have laid eyes on the Blacktop Edition. This vehicle is the epitome of automotive beauty. The design is a clearly well thought out masterpiece for both exterior and interior finish. The Blacktop sports unique wheels, powerful black accents and beautiful glossy finish. Of course, this is only make up on top of the already excellent 2014 Dart, which boasts a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that yields 184 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque.
Motor Trend Truck of the Year gets a new Mossy Oak makeover
The Ram 1500 is a hardworking, versatile pickup and a favorite among those that work hard and play hard. In order to give back to the hunter, angler and all-American outdoorsman, Ram has created new Mossy Oak Edition of the Ram 1500 for 2014. The Mossy Oak Edition features a healthy amount of camouflage over the buyer’s choice of Black, Black Gold Pearl or Prairie Pearl. The Mossy Oak is available on the ultimate off-road Ram, the 4WD Crew Cab. As the official truck of the Mossy Oak brand, Ram wants it to be the best all-around off-road truck on the market.
As families grow, so too does the amount of stuff that every soccer mom packs in the car just to drive across town. In 2005, Chrysler introduced its new, innovative “Stow ‘n’ Go” seating in the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan. Seating technology only continued to get better with each new generation that Chrysler produced. In 2008, Chrysler went back to the drawing board and re-engineered the seats again for the new version of its iconic minivans. Recently, Chrysler was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an all-new and even more improved design of the “Stow ‘n’ Go” seats.
What is in ‘Stow’ for the new generation of “Stow ‘n’ Go”
What will be in store for the next generation of the “Stow ‘n’ Go” seats? Based on drawings that have been released, not only will the third row of seats be able to be stowed away, but the second row may also be tucked away for extra room. With most cars, when you try to lay down the middle seats, you must first move the front seats practically into the dash, making it uncomfortable to travel for long periods. However, Chrysler engineers have thought about that and have specially designed the seats to be able to be folded away with little readjustment from the front row passengers. Not only have they made the seat size more manageable, but they also made the work more manageable as well. The new patent design appears to have fewer operations and moving parts, with part of the seatback being incorporated into the flat floor, when the seats are stowed.
When can you expect to see the new “Stow ‘n’ Go” in the Grand Caravan and Town & Country
Although Chrysler has not commented on the patent or the release of the next generation of “Stow ‘n’ Go” seats, we could very well expect the innovation to appear as early as 2015. Families, keep your eyes peeled for this could be the biggest innovation in the soccer mom’s arsenal. Getting back and forth across town from soccer practice, to ballet, to the babysitter and back will not be such a daunting task after all, thanks to the innovative minds at Chrysler. Be sure you do not miss any of the great events or specials we have at Bruner Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, FOLLOW US on Twitter and LIKE US on Facebook!
Dodge has added another member of its lineup to the most eligible list for its classy yet sinister looking Blacktop Appearance Package. This unique “attitude” package is currently available on the Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan. It is a unique add-on package that offers up a meaner, sportier looking upgrade at a very affordable price, making it “a signature of sorts for the Dodge Brand,” says Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of the Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group, LLC. The option of the Blacktop Package is just one of the great update to the popular Dodge Dart for 2014, but certainly one we know customers are going to enjoy.
New model year brings more for the Dart
For 2014, giving the Dart the Blacktop makeover is just one of the new things Chrysler is bringing to this compact, fuel-efficient newcomer. The 2014 Dart SXT will now come standard with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir2 TigerShark engine that offers 184 horsepower. As the Blacktop Version is based on the SXT model, those who choose the meaner looking Dart will get the same sporty, fuel-efficient engine. There is also a great variety of colors to choose from to create the Blacktop edition including Redline Red, Header Orange, Blue Streak, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver, Pitch Black and Bright White. While it may be difficult to choose which color is right for your new “sinister” Dart, all you need to remember is that the Blacktop package goes with everything, and at just an additional $295, you definitely get a lot of attitude for the money. For those wanting to dress up their new vehicle, the Blacktop package adds what you could do yourself for nearly 1/3 the price of aftermarket parts with the added benefit of Chrysler installation and warranty coverage.
The 2014 Dart gets a Blacktop makeover and much more
In addition to the Blacktop makeover, you have the choice of many additional add-ons. Since the Blacktop edition is based on the SXT, you can choose the optional Sun and Sound Group with a sunroof and premium audio, Uconnect infotainment system with touchscreen, a navigation system, a Cold Weather Group, rear backup camera and even remote start. Once you have chosen your creature comforts, the Blacktop Package adds sport interior in Black/Ruby Red, or if you prefer, Black/Light Tungsten premium cloth with accent stitching that carries over to the door trim panels, instrument panel brow and center console to create a cohesive, clean look. Outside add-ons include Gloss Black mirrors, 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, Gloss Black mask and grille, tinted projector headlights and fog lights, dual exhaust and LED taillights. While the Dart is the newest addition to the Dodge lineup, adding it to the Blacktop family makes it an affordable choice for those wanting a tough looking yet fuel-efficient car at a very reasonable price.
The new Dart Blacktop will be making its first public appearance next week and we are definitely looking forward to seeing what will be available in our showroom in the very near future. While the Dart Blacktop is not available yet, Bruner Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram has great selection of new Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram vehicles, including the compact but fun Dart, the retro muscle Challenger and Motor Trend Truck of the year the Ram 1500.
It is that time of year again. Scarves, coats and gloves ought to be in abundance. However, the near painful cold is not the only by-product of the winter weather. The winter season can produce some of the very worst driving conditions. Precautions should be taken in every way from emergency preparedness kits to even opting to simply stay at home. However, sometimes we are left with no choice but to brave the roads and endure the weather. Again, preparation is key and that includes your choice of tires. Believe it or not, tires matter. Think about it, tires are the only things that stand between the ground and thousands of pounds of complex and sometimes delicate mechanics that a driver has to control.
The all-season tire first hit the shelves back in 1977 and quickly took off. It was an exciting idea that provided ease for the consumer. The name is a pretty accurate description considering all-season tires are designed to give the consumer a well-rounded approach to the weather by providing safety in all weather elements. The make of these tires helps to provide stable handling in both wet and dry weather conditions. However, it never fails given icy and snowy road conditions, that winter specific tires will out perform all-season tires.
Winter tires are specifically designed to increase traction on icy and snowy terrain. It is hard to beat that sort of focused engineering. Down to their most basic building block, winter tires are made with a specific rubber that is designed to remain flexible in cold temperatures. Also, the tread is specific for the season as well. Winter tire tread is designed to be more aggressive than other tires to increase traction as well as prevent snow build up. This very traction is going to amp up your braking performance and prevents you from sliding from point A to point B. Driving is not a privilege to take for granted but something we must continually make a conscious effort at in order to keep ourselves and those around us safe.