Jeep® Wrangler and Ram 1500 are among Most Awarded and Best-Selling Cars, according to Kelley Blue Book

Awards never get old. It’s been an eventful 2018 thus far for both Jeep® and Ram brand vehicles. Earlier in the year, Jeep brand joined the likes of Gatorade, PlayStation, and Beats by Dre in being recognized as a “Cult Brand” honoree at The Gathering (Society of Cult Brands), the first time ever for an automotive brand. The spring and summer got even more adventurous as they went on surfing tours with the World Surf League, and teamed up with OneRepublic for their Summer of Jeep campaign. Ram shared in its notable achievement as well. The Ram 1500 earned spots on two Best Interior lists from Autotrader and Wards. Additionally, this summer the heavy duty truck was awarded Overall Best Family Car by the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association. They even added a lap around Churchill Downs®to boot. Both brands experienced remarkable success so far in 2018, and it’s only continued with the latest accolades from Kelley Blue Book (KBB). On the site’s family of Top 10 lists, the Jeep Wrangler and Ram Pickup earned top-three finishes on the Most Awarded Cars and Best-Selling Cars list, respectively. To seal its place on the Most Awarded list, the Jeep Wrangler earned honors on KBB’s Most Fun SUVs list, Best Resale Value, and Five-Year Cost to Own awards. “Its soft top and … Read More

FCA US LLC brands improve across the board in customer satisfaction, J.D. Power study shows

An investment that gets you excited. The first few weeks of owning a new vehicle can stand as a litmus test of sorts. With each step on the gas pedal or hit on the brakes, we analyze and feel out how our ride fits with us. When we experience for ourselves that one of life’s biggest investments is comfortable and reliable, we can breathe a long sigh of relief and satisfaction. Customer satisfaction was reflected as all FCA US LLC brands posted year-over-year score improvements in J.D. Power’s U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, including the Chrysler Pacifica ranking highest among minivans for the second consecutive year. According to J.D. Power, the APEAL Study, “measures owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement.” Entering its 23rd year, the APEAL Study is based on customer evaluations of 77 vehicle attributes of new 2018 model-year vehicles after 90 days of ownership. Factors that are weighed in the survey include: Overall Performance and Design, Performance, Comfort, Features and Instrument Panel, and Style. “My colleagues and I are pleased to see continued improvement across all of our brands and the second consecutive win for our segment-leading Chrysler Pacifica minivan,” said Scott Garberding, Head of Quality, FCA US LLC. “We are focused on building a bridge of sustained quality into our future vehicles as we … Read More

Dodge invites fans to go head-to-head in Challenger SRT® Demon Drag Strip Showdown

What is it like to participate in a drag race? With racing speeds reaching hundreds of miles per hour in mere seconds, and noise levels equivalent to standing next to a jet engine, sitting behind the wheel of the fastest vehicles on the planet makes for the ultimate thrill ride. Well, Dodge is inviting you to experience it. Enthusiasts and race fans alike can participate in or attend the “Drag Strip Showdown,” going on through the rest of this summer into the fall. The showdown will conduct head-to-head competitions in Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon simulators, and the top four drivers will win trips to the Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School. At the school, winners will be paired with either Mopar Dodge Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett, or Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car driver Matt Hagan. Their guidance will lead to a grand finale competition at Bondurant Race Track where the contest winners actually get behind the wheel of the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – the industry’s first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car and the most powerful muscle car ever. “Always a popular draw at events, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators provide drivers with incredibly realistic, interactive drag racing experiences as they go head-to-head to see who has the fastest reaction time and quarter-mile time,” said Steve Beahm, … Read More

See which FCA US LLC vehicles made the 10 Coolest Cars under $35,000 list

The best of both worlds. When it comes to our vehicles, we want something that is reliable and something we can afford. But what we don’t always have to be about with automobiles is ordinary. It’s nice to be able to add some flair to what we drive while still remaining in our budget. This was the goal when Driving Today published its 10 Coolest Cars under $35,000 list this month. “We know that you don’t simply want a solid car. You want something that expresses your personality,” the article stated. “We also know there are no empirical rules that define what a cool car is. Some are fast; some are stylish; some are cute; some are technologically forward-looking. This list of the 10 Coolest Cars under $35,000 includes examples of all of these.” The wide-ranging criteria for the list brought out an eclectic mix of automobiles, including three diverse selections from FCA US LLC: the FIAT® 500e, Dodge Challenger R/T, and FIAT 124 Spider Abarth. “From a pure electric vehicle, to a classic two-seat sports car, to what has to be the best muscle car bargain on the planet, FCA US LLC is offering some of the coolest cars out there,” said Jack R. Nerad, contributing editor, Driving Today. “The FIAT 500e is the cheekiest EV on the street; the … Read More

How to create a memorable vacation in 24 hours – Eastern U.S. edition

Earlier this week, we showed that time doesn’t have to be a constraint when creating a memorable vacation. In simply 24 hours you can fit in not just one, but two, trips to some of the most memorable landmarks in the country. Previously, we delved into accomplishing this in the Western United States. Today, we travel across the country to give you the best 24-hour vacation you can accomplish in the Eastern U.S. From the Liberty Bell to the Big Apple First day Fly to: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Arrive by 7 p.m. ET Activity: Dinner at Spruce Street Harbor Park Next Day Wake up and leave by 7 a.m. ET Drive to: New York, New York (2 hour, 8 minute drive from Philadelphia) Activity: Experience New York! Fly out at 7 p.m. ET What better way to spend an evening than having dinner while lying in a colorful hammock? Spruce Street Harbor Park provides famous eats of Philadelphia and brings them to one of the most popular urban beaches in the U.S., along with hammocks strewn out across the waterfront that are open to the public. A beer garden and games such as bocce and shuffleboard are available. After a night of Philly cheesesteaks, you can make a quick two-hour commute for a day in the Big Apple. Of course … Read More

How to create a memorable vacation in 24 hours – Western U.S. edition

Time is always of the essence. For many of us, we are given Paid Time Off days to be used throughout the year. With planning for events such as holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, these coveted days aren’t thrown around lightly. Taking a couple of days, or even a full week, can throw a wrench into our future plans or may just not be feasible. For some, there might not be any days off left in the can to be used. Or your only day off is on a Wednesday, like what happened with this year’s Fourth of July. But a time crunch should not defuse you — there’s still a vacation situation that can be had. And you can do it all in 24 hours. With a little bit of planning, you can make a road trip, do some sight-seeing, have some fun and be back in the office in no time. Here are some ideas for you to complete a full vacation in just 24 hours in the western U.S. 24-Hour Pacific West Coast Adventure First day Fly to: Portland, Oregon – Arrive by 7 p.m. PT Activity: Dinner at the Portland Night Market Next day Wake up and leave by 7 a.m. Drive to: Seattle, Washington (3 hour, 10 minute drive from Portland) Activity: Space Needle Fly out … Read More

The impact of OneRepublic partnering with FCA US LLC

A few years ago, I took a girl out on a date to a OneRepublic concert. Well, sort of. A week before, I took this same girl on a first date. We had some pizza and frozen yogurt. I told some bad jokes. She laughed at a couple. It went pretty well. It just so happened that this girl had tickets to see OneRepublic and her friend had dropped out at the last minute. So after our first date, I got an invite to go to the concert with her and some friends. In a way, this girl took me on a date. We go to the concert, and I meet a few of her friends and become curious if I’m gaining their approval or not. The show got better with each song, and by the end I thought to myself that my date was pretty special and if nothing else, I definitely wanted to see her again. That OneRepublic show is my favorite concert of all time for a couple of reasons. The girl and I are now married. We used OneRepublic for our first dance at our wedding. Needless to say, OneRepublic has made quite the impact on fans and in the music scene ever since their first major single, “Apologize,” hit the airwaves over a decade ago. … Read More

How the Dodge Charger is revamping its performance lineup for 2019

Staying ahead of the game. Despite being the sales leader in its segment for five years running, Dodge will make a change to its Charger lineup. New for 2019, Dodge is repositioning the Charger lineup into six distinct, attitude-infused models: SRT® Hellcat R/T R/T Scat Pack SXT SXT All-Wheel Drive (AWD) GT The new lineup offers a full range of performance and powertrain options for every modern muscle-car customer. “Despite a shift toward utility vehicles in the United States over the past decade, the Dodge Charger and Challenger continue to buck the trend,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “Charger and Challenger retail sales have increased 70 percent since 2008, and since the launch of Scat Pack in August 2014, high-performance model sales increased from 4 percent to more than 25 percent.” The 2019 Charger SRT® Hellcat adds four race-inspired technologies to go along with its race-like performance from its HEMI® V-8 engine. Launch Assist uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and modifies the engine torque to regain full grip, all within mere milliseconds. Line Lock engages the front brakes to hold the Charger SRT Hellcat stationary, but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires. … Read More

See the first campaign of FCA US LLC’s Apple Music experience

Is there anything more essential to the driving experience than music? Whether on your morning commute or on a road trip, nothing helps the time fly by faster than turning on your favorite tunes. Now FCA US LLC launched a new summer campaign to highlight the Apple Music experience available in name-brand vehicles. This year’s edition will break across Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT®, Jeep® and Ram and channels and will feature artists OneRepublic and Alice Cooper. OneRepublic headlines the push, collaborating with Jeep brand for its Summer of Jeep campaign. The multiplatinum and Grammy®-nominated band will use the campaign as a launch for their brand new single, “Connection.” Additionally, Alice Cooper will star for Dodge, while the Brothers Osborne appear in a Ram brand campaign. The new DeJ Loaf and Leon Bridges track “Liberated” is featured in FIAT brand online advertisements. “With this new campaign, Interscope continues our relationship with the FCA-crafting campaigns that speak to the power of music,” said Steve Berman, Vice Chairman Interscope Geffen A&M Records. “Our diverse roster and FCA’s respect for the magic of artistry and the creative process are evident in the new Summer of Jeep spot featuring OneRepublic.” The campaign highlights the Apple CarPlay feature available in any new FCA US LLC brand vehicle. This feature allows customers to do anything from listen to music and … Read More

Which FCA US LLC vehicle gives you the most bang for your buck?

We all want to get the most out of our purchase. Especially when it comes to our car. Going into every vehicle purchase, there are a variety of different aspects we’d love to have in our new ride. Though every customer has his or her unique preferences, a long and affordable life cycle is one feature most everyone can agree on. We want to take our car on a scenic road trip for a vacation, not make multiple visits to our local mechanic. No one wants to make one of the biggest investments of their lives only for the vehicle to break down in a couple of years and cause a lifetime’s worth of buyer’s remorse. Value and economic performance took up a portion of an Automotive Performance Index (API) study conducted by the Automotive Science Group (ASG), a research organization founded by an environmental policy consultancy, Eco-innovations LLC. By the end of the study, ASG awarded the 2018 FIAT® 500L with Best Economic Performance vehicle. According to ASG’s annual study, the 500L is the lowest-priced vehicle in its class with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,995. On top of its affordable purchase price, it also scored as the lowest cost of ownership when considering operating costs across the first 6.5 years of its life cycle. On average, the … Read More