Month: December 2016

Another look at The Road Ahead

New Year’s Day is right around the corner. Have you made your resolution(s) yet? Are you debating about sticking with the same old thing or choosing a more unique goal? If you’re contemplating something a bit more original, allow me to recommend reading your favorite Chrysler Capital blog on a more regular basis. Or, just revisit some of your old favorites. For example, Is your New Year’s resolution driven for success? would be an ideal place to start. The following infographic provides 12 colorful ideas for resolutions to drive you through 2017. Do you have plans to purchase a new vehicle after the new year? Have you thought about a down payment? Check out Cash down makes sense – dollars and cents to review some of the reasons why a down payment is a good idea when purchasing a vehicle. While you’re shopping, Will your vehicle cost you money? provides insight on the long-term cost of vehicle ownership and why it is an important consideration when purchasing a car, truck or SUV. And of course, Don’t skip the test drive! Luckily, we have a few years until our daughter starts to drive. But we have several friends who will be reaching that milestone this year. If you will have a new teen driver in your family this year, you may … Read More

Teasing fans with the Fate of the Furious trailer

It’s been just over 20 months since I sat down for a Fast & Furious marathon, before going to see Furious7 on its opening weekend. Time flies faster than Dom’s Challenger falling through the air when he drove out the back of the airplane. Just this month, the trailer for Fast & Furious 8 (yes, 8) was released. With well over six million views in the first few days after it posted on YouTube, the trailer will make you shake your head in disbelief. But those of you who know Dom’s character also know there is more to the story …

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is electrifyingly impressive

Brand new hybrid-edition Chrysler Pacificas are rolling off the line. In fact, the first-ever electric minivan rolled off the assembly line on December 1, 2016. Less than two weeks later, the technology that makes the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid the most efficient minivan available in today’s market is getting a lot of attention and rave reviews. “We were wowed by the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s seamless operation,” says WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “The eFlite transmission shifts between pure electric mode and a combination of electric and gasoline engine propulsion without a hiccup.” And so, while it’s making its debut to the world, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is also making its debut on Wards 10 Best Engines list. “We’re extremely proud that Wards has recognized our newest solution to hybrid propulsion technology on their 10 Best Engines list,” said Bob Lee, Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion, and Systems Engineering, FCA – North America. “The latest version of the three-time Wards 10 Best Engines family runs on an Atkinson combustion cycle and when paired with our new eFlite dual-motor electrically variable transmission, delivers class-leading efficiency and refinement for our minivan customers.” Dating back to 1999, FCA US brands have been running on award-winning, innovative engines that have been recognized by WardsAuto: 7L SOHC V8 engine driving the Jeep® Grand Cherokee … Read More

In the spirit of the holidays …

In a few days, my family will head out to Iowa to spend Christmas with my parents. It’s roughly a 22-hour road trip. With two 70-pound dogs, a cat and a 10-year-old. I’m pretty sure my husband and I have lost our minds. These are the things, though, we do to be with family. Besides, I love going home for the holidays and I almost always drive. Even with the potential for bad road conditions, I find it so much easier. Particularly given that 50 percent of our family is of the four-legged variety. Sure, we could go without them, leaving them to stay with their pet sitter. But it really wouldn’t be Christmas without their crazy antics added into the food, fun and festivities. As we prepared for the trip, I realized that an ICE (in case of emergency) kit had not yet been created and stored in our new Ram 1500 Sport. How it is possible that I overlooked such a thing, especially once the snow started falling? An ICE kit is essential travel gear and there’s no time like the present to put one together. Let’s see here. Where to begin? Seems like I’ve written read a blog or two about this somewhere … Oh yes. Staying safe this winter season is a great place to start. … Read More

Bowman’s Odyssey – because everyone wants to live on the road for a year, right?

Have you ever dreamed of leaving everything behind and traveling the country? Or the world? I think it’s something that a lot of people dream about, whether they admit it or not. For some, once retirement rolls around, they make it happen – sort of. They buy an RV, pack it up for a nice, long, trip and hit the road, returning home as the seasons change or when life on the road starts to get old. But for one man and his family, life on the road has become … well, life. In October 2015, Zach Bowman and his wife decided together to sell most of what they owned and live life on the back roads of America. Zach quit his job and prepared their 2003, high-mileage Ram 2500 pickup to become their living quarters for the next year. Bowman’s Odyssey, posted on The Drive, is a heartwarming, gutsy, continuing story of Zach’s family of three, learning about life and each other and experiencing America first-hand from the front seat of an old Ram pickup. Detailing their journey, Zach writes about why they made the decision together to raise their, then one-year-old, daughter on the road. He describes the process of selling their things and getting ready for life on the road, as much as anyone can prepare for … Read More

Don’t forget the most important person on your list this year

During this frenzied time of gift-buying, it can be easy to overlook the one person who should be on your list and probably isn’t – YOU, of course! What are you hoping for this year? Maybe something bright and shiny? A bit of sparkle is always nice to look forward to during the holiday season and the FCA brand vehicle lineup has just the thing for you! How about a brand-new, lively, red convertible? If you’ve always wanted to drop the top and feel the wind in your hair, the all-new 2017 FIAT 124 Spider is the perfect gift for you! Don’t be distracted by the cold temperatures and snow on the ground – it’s a great time to plan for leisurely springtime jaunts. Or go for the FIAT 124 Spider Abarth for a livelier ride through the countryside. Perhaps a powerhouse muscle car is what you’ve been dreaming of this year? The Dodge Challenger and Charger are ready to take you on the ride of your life. If practicality is more your style, choose from sedans, crossovers and SUVs galore! The always-popular Jeep® Grand Cherokee wraps power, beauty and practicality all in one, neat package. If you don’t need quite so much space, the Cherokee packs a punch. And, the smallest of the Jeep brand lineup, the Renegade is perfect … Read More

Some things simply belong together

Some things are a natural pairing. Peas and carrots, for example. Or shoes and socks. Or pizza and beer. In the classic automotive world, there couldn’t be a more natural pairing than Dodge and Mecum, explaining why Dodge is now the exclusive automotive sponsor of Mecum Auctions. “Mecum has long been recognized for being the auction of choice for selling premium American muscle cars, with those boasting the Dodge brand from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s continuing to command top sales,” said Dana Mecum, President and Founder of Mecum Auctions. “As we have watched Dodge pave the way once again by launching the muscle car back into the American spotlight, this sponsor partnership seems only natural by bringing the leaders of classic and modern muscle together. There is no question that Dodge muscle remains hot and continues to set records, making now a great time for the brand and Mecum Auctions to announce this landmark sponsorship.”                     Taking muscle to a whole new, modern level, Dodge’s presence at Mecum Auctions will include today’s Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger models, including the SRT® Hellcat versions of both, as well as the Dodge Viper. Some events will even include professionally-driven joy rides in the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat beasts. “As exclusive automotive sponsor … Read More

Don’t break down just because your vehicle does

Vehicle breakdowns are the worst. I’ve heard people say, “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time,” which calls to question, is there ever really a good time for your vehicle to break down? And, let’s face it, winter breakdowns are the worst of the worst. Regardless of when and why, breakdowns happen. Rarely are you prepared for such an occurrence. When you do find yourself in the position of going nowhere fast, there are some general rules of thumb that you can follow and, hopefully, reduce the stress caused by being stuck on the side of the road. Remain calm. This is easier said than done, I know, but getting angry or upset is not going to magically fix your car and get you back on the road again. The best thing you can do is take a deep breath, carefully assess the situation (are you obstructing traffic, were you hurt in any way, etc.) and determine a proper solution. Stay with your vehicle, especially during winter. Attempting to walk somewhere to get help is more likely to have an undesirable affect. You are safer and easier to locate if you stay with your car. If you choose to exit your vehicle, use the door(s) facing away from the flow of traffic and never stand in front or in … Read More

Dodge Challenger is about to hit a whole new level of BEAST

One of the best parts about muscle cars is the roar of engine. One of the not-so-great parts about muscle cars is that, when snow and ice hit, navigating a rear-wheel-drive powerhouse is, well, challenging. Enough so that many owners choose to garage their pride and joy for the winter months and drive something that is more suitable to the conditions. But no longer! Dodge has announced that the 2017 lineup of Challengers will include the Dodge Challenger GT, a 305-horsepower, V6, all-wheel drive (AWD) marvel – the world’s first two-door, AWD muscle car. Expected to perform particularly well on snow and ice, owners of this muscle-car phenomenon may soon be able to forego the ceremonial garaging of their beloved muscle car, while waiting for the spring thaw to be officially underway. Why mess with the perfection that is the modern-day Dodge Challenger, you ask? According to the Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America Tim Kuniskis, it wasn’t about changing the Challenger, but rather taking its functionality to a whole new level. “Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT,” said Kuniskis. “The Challenger has always been the most wide-ranging and functional muscle coupe, and now, with the new 305-horsepower all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, we are stretching … Read More