Chrysler To Bring Hybrid Technology To Future Lineup

With Chrysler’s introduction of the 9-speed transmission in the 2015 Chrysler 200, this vehicle will achieve up to 36 highway MPG, and the 9-speed transmission will serve as the primary transmission system for all its front-wheel-drive vehicles moving forward.

Chrysler dedicated a $162 million transmission plant focused on producing this new line of transmissions near Kokomo, ID. CEO Sergio Marchionne notes that in order to meet the 2025 fuel economy standards of 54.5 MPG, Chrysler will need to embrace hybrid technology. This facility will produce the hybrid technology that will be incorporated into Chrysler’s future lineup.

Chrysler Town & CountryRecently reported by CNN Money, Chrysler will produce a plug-in hybrid version of the Town & Country, which will become the first plug-in hybrid minivan sold in the United States around 2016 and is expected to achieve 75 MPG. Of course, it will be available in both hybrid and non-hybrid versions.

The Town & Country won’t be the only hybrid newcomer. A new full-size plug-in hybrid crossover SUV will also be incorporated into the lineup although it has not been named yet. Watch for it to be released in 2016.

We are excited about these future vehicles and our current inventory of Chryslers, which you can check out here at Bruner Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

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April Brings Strong Ram and Best-Ever Jeep Sales in U.S.

Chrysler Group sales here in the U.S. rose 14% in April thanks to strong Ram and the best ever Jeep sales. Chrysler posted its 49th consecutive month of year-over-year monthly sales gains. April was Jeep’s best ever month with a 52 percent increase over April of 2013, and Ram sales rose 22 percent last month to their best April since 2006.

Record sales for Jeep ranged among three models: the Jeep Compass, the Jeep Patriot and the Jeep Wrangler.

April Jeep Sales U.S.The Jeep Compass is a compact SUV that brings style with value achieving up to 30 hwy MPG. With slightly larger cargo room and a manual option, the Jeep Patriot brings the same 30 hwy MPG and was named one of the best-priced SUVs on the market with an MSRP starting at $15,995.

For off-road enthusiasts that opt for the authentic, rugged and legendary name that only a Jeep Wrangler can supply, several models are available from the Sport to the fully equipped Rubicon here at Bruner Dodge.

Ram Trucks Increasing 2014Strong Ram sales for the month of April shows that Ram got its fair share of the 32 percent increase in heavy-duty pickup sales in the U.S. Ram’s heavy duty pickup trucks include the 2014 Ram 2500 and the 2014 Ram 3500; a turbo diesel with an impressive 850 pound-feet of torque.

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2014 Jeep Safari Concepts That Leave Us Wanting More

This month six new Jeep concepts created some serious buzz at the 2014 Easter Jeef Safari held in Moab. The 9-day event, which is hosted by Red Rock 4-Wheelers Inc., consists of mostly daylong trail rides with participants supplying their own four-wheel drive vehicle.Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior

While the term “concept” usually leaves us imagining a vehicle sharply designed and mostly out of the reach of commercial production, Jeep brings the term “concept” to us in the shape of something much more attainable. These concepts comprise vehicles and accessories by Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts that any owner can access to enhance their off-road vehicle.

Jeep Wrangler MOJO Three Wrangler concepts hit the trails called the Level Red, the Maximum Performance and the Mojo. The Level Red and the Mojo are both 3.6-liter V-6 engines with a Jeep Performance Parts lift kit, not currently available but coming in the near future. Both of these concepts also carry Dana 44 crate axles on the front and rear as well as Jeep Performance Parts Rock-Trac transfer case. While the Level Red rides on 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires with prototype 17-inch beadlock wheels, the Mojo kicks it up a notch with the 37-inch versions.

Obvious differences include the Level Red’s color combination which transitions into the interior as well as the Mopar half-door kit and Rubicon Tenth Anniversary bumpers. The Mojo also shows off its LED head and rear lights, a bikini top and a two-inch lift that provides room for those larger tires.

Jeep Wrangler Maximum PerformanceThe Maximum Performance Wrangler (our personal favorite) takes all the additions of the Mojo and the Level Red and increases the lift kit to four inches, a pair of Dana 60 axles and a slick LED mounted bar above the windshield. The Rubicon X’s hood and prototype flattop fenders really create a “no questions asked” style that we are drooling to get our hands on.

Jeep Cherokee DakarWhile the Jeep Grand Cherokee took the trails with minor enhancements including BF Goodrich 20-inch wheels and aluminum wheels, the Cherokee took two new concepts aptly named the Adventurer and the Dakar. The contrasted black leather interior of the Adventurer is stylish while the heavily armored underbelly and JPP rock rails shows off its tougher side. The Dakar brings a more aggressive color scheme and trades the all-terrain tires for 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires and a prototype lift kit from Jeep Performance Parts.

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New 2015 Chrysler 200 Offers Impressive Fuel Economy

Designed, engineered and built in Michigan, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is poised to offer American made craftsmanship, innovative technology and highway fuel economy up to 36 miles per gallon at a price of just $21,700.

Discussed in Chrysler’s press release regarding the all-new 200, this leap of 5 MPG from the previous model improves with the standard 2.4 liter Tigershark MultiAir®2 I-4 engine. Rated by the environmental protection agency (EPA) at 23-mpg city, 36-mpg highway and 28-mpg combined, the all new 200 seeks to give drivers exceptional economy with a quiet cabin and handling that exceeds expectations in the mid-size segment.

Chrysler 200 New Release Other engine options include the 295 horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine, which is rated at 19-mpg city, 32-mpg highway and 23-mpg combined. The highway rating is a three-mile per gallon improvement versus the outgoing model with the V-6 engine.

A few technologies contribute to this improved fuel economy including a segment-first standard nine speed automatic transmission, an available state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive system that features a segment-first disconnecting rear axle and improved aerodynamics that not only aid in fuel economy but also reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) resulting in a superior driving experience.

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Jeep Unveils 2015 Jeep Renegade at Geneva Motor Show

It looks like the next year has a competitive edge in store for Jeep in the mid-size SUV market. The company sets to release a new addition to the mid-size SUV market to sway buyers away from vehicles like the Ford Edge and Mazda CX-9. The Renegade’s youthful energy and rugged underpinnings stay true to the brand yet offer a fresh take on the Jeep design.New Jeep Mid-Size SUV

The Renegade is designed to capture Jeep Double Sun Roofthe attention of a young market of mid-size SUV buyers. described it as having all the reminiscent features that a Jeep product would offer like the 7-slat grille, round headlights and the trapezoidal wheel arches yet it comes to the market with a fresh aggressive design. The interior is refreshingly bright thanks to a double sliding roof as well as a restyled control panel.

Jeep Renegade ModelsFor the Jeep enthusiast, we will get right down to the trappings of the undercarriage, which is what you’ve been waiting for. Just because it shows a bit more flare in the design doesn’t mean it won’t live up to the Jeep name, tackling dirt, snow, rocks and ruts. Unique to the mid-size SUV market, the front and rear suspensions are independent of one another and all the components were built stronger than normally specified so the Renegade can handle various types of terrain.

The Jeep Renegade will be turning some heads in the coming year so keeps your eyes peeled for it when it hits our showroom floor.

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Join Bruner Dodge for Lunch with Lonn


Come check out Lonn Reisman’s Coach’s Show at Bruner Auto in Stephenville on Friday, February 28 at 12pm! The Bruner Auto Family GRAND PRIZE will also be given away and snacks and refreshments will be given out to the live audience! We hope to see you there!!

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Chrysler SRTs Roll Out in Satin Vapor Style

Dodge ChallengerWe 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

Dodge Charger SRTThe 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

300 SRT

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.

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