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FCA US LLC shows it drives well in any weather conditions

No worries all year-round. While the summer brings lots of sun and maximum A/C usage, our vehicles must be ready to brave any road condition at any moment. It’s never a fun feeling to not know how your car will fare when inclement weather rolls in. Having something we can drive confidently in any season of the year can bring a world of comfort to our daily routines. That’s why FCA US LLC had a banner day at this year’s Winter Vehicle Competition hosted by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA), taking home more awards than any other manufacturer at the event. The 2018 Dodge Durango, along with the 2018 Ram 1500, 2018 Jeep® Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, all took home honors at the event hosted by media members across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Testing and scoring on vehicles took place in Middleborough, Massachusetts, with experts evaluating on how each withstands the variety of weather conditions faced by the northeast U.S. every year. NEMPA awarded the Dodge Durango with one of its highest honors, the Winter SUV of the Year. “The Durango has the ability to handle everything New England weather can throw at it,” said John Paul, NEMPA president. “With seating for seven, engine choices that can satisfy just about any … Read More

What Simple, Personal, Fair means when making your car payment

Uncomplicate. Often it’s easier said than done. But, fortunately, that’s not true anymore when it comes to making your monthly car payment to Chrysler Capital (CC). Our redesigned MyAccount will take your car-payment experience to a new level, including easier navigation, seamless payment options and an enhanced mobile experience. Chrysler Capital is a program of Santander Consumer USA and Chrysler Capital LLC. “Making it easier for our customers to make payments was our priority in redesigning MyAccount,” said Randy Bockenstedt, SC executive vice president of servicing strategy. “Our customers have too many other things going on in their lives to worry about making their car payments.”       “The website redesign will simplify and significantly enhance the customer experience,” said Wayne Nightengale,  executive vice president of servicing. “These changes will empower customers to maintain their accounts at a time and in a way that is most convenient for them,” Nightengale said, “providing multiple safe, secure and seamless options to make their monthly payments – and strengthening our brand.” The upgrade should be apparent from the first time customers log in to and use the new MyAccount. Easy-to-read dashboard Get an Account Summary, including Amount Due, Next Payment Due date, Account Balance, Account Maturity date and more on your easy-to-read dashboard. You want a Payoff Quote? No problem. Just click … Read More

This June, FCA US LLC is taking over the big screen

Get your popcorn ready. With the school year wrapped up and temperatures rising, the summer months always bring cinema’s biggest blockbusters. This year has already brought one of the highest-grossing movies of all time in The Avengers: Infinity War followed by the Star Wars origin story extravaganza, Solo. Even more big-budget popcorn films are set to release in June, with two of them being cornerstone franchises from major studios that have recently highlighted FCA US LLC vehicles. The Incredibles 2 America’s favorite family of superheroes returns in the sequel to the 2004 megahit, The Incredibles. In The Incredibles 2, the second Disney Pixar installment picks up right where the original left off with Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, alongside their children Violet, Dash, and toddler Jack-Jack, coming off their first superhero victory as a family. As they move forward, Elastigirl is getting recruited for more world-saving rescue missions, and it’s up to Mr. Incredible to look after all three kids while she’s gone. Of course, when one of your kids is shooting laser beams out of his eyes, that may not be the easiest job. When it comes to preventing chaos among the youngsters, there may be no better option than the Chrysler Pacifica, as shown in the cross-branded ads for both the film and FCA US LLC brand. As Edna … Read More

Driverless cars? FCA US LLC may be bringing them to the public

One step closer. Imagine booking a ride from a transportation service. A couple of minutes pass, then your ride arrives to pick you up. When you open the door, you discover that no one is occupying the steering wheel. You step into the back seat and you’re off to your destination, watching the pedal accelerate and steering wheel move with no one in the driver’s seat. Pretty futuristic, right? This scenario may come to fruition in 2018. While news and aspirations of driverless cars has picked up in recent years, FCA US LLC and Waymo, a self-driving technology company, are getting closer to making the dream a reality. Building on the commitment they made this past January, FCA US LLC will provide up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo’s self-driving fleet. These minivans will help Waymo launch the world’s first self-driving transportation service to the public later this year. Through this service, users will be able to download Waymo’s app and request a driverless vehicle. More so, the two companies began discussions about using Waymo self-driving technology in an FCA US LLC-manufactured vehicle available for customers to purchase. “FCA US LLC is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles … Read More

What’s the better family car: Ram 1500 or Chrysler Pacifica?

What do you look for in a family vehicle? When it comes to choosing a vehicle to carry your whole household, different aspects come into play. Features you have may found important in a previous time may evolve a bit after the first time you install a car seat. Even so, the desires of families when it comes to choosing a vehicle can perfectly align or wildly vary. The variance was put on display when the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) put on its Family Car Challenge. Journalists took various manufacturers’ vehicles on a spin, driving suburban routes around The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia, and evaluating them by several family-oriented categories. “The GAAMA Family Car Challenge is unique in that we host the only vehicle competition specific to the needs and desires of today’s families,” said Daryl Killian, GAAMA president and host of The AutoNsider on News & Talk 1380 WAOK, an Entercom Radio Station based in Atlanta. The challenge turned into a head-to-head competition pitting two FCA US LLC brand vehicles against one another: the 2019 Ram 1500 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica and Hybrid edition. While both can make for a perfect road trip vessel, on the surface the two vehicles seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Ram 1500 powers in with … Read More

High school students create the next great Jeep® Wrangler in the FCA US LLC Drive for Design Contest

If you could design your very own car, what would you do? Would there be specific aspects you’d put a spotlight on or features you’d want to make more important than others? What things do you think a car must have in order to grab a potential customer’s attention? FCA US LLC presented those questions, among others, to high school students around the country for its 2018 Drive for Design contest. The FCA US LLC Product Design Office partnered with EyesOn Design, a not-for-profit corporation benefitting the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, and Lawrence Technological University, to challenge U.S. high school students in grades 10-12 to design the ultimate Jeep® brand vehicle. The model? A 2030 Jeep® Wrangler. Finalist’s entries were judged according to a weighted criteria: Craftsmanship (25 percent), Design Quality (25 percent), Illustration (25 percent) and Originality (25 percent). “Six years ago, we created the Drive for Design contest to create awareness about the various career paths available in automotive design. We wanted to connect with young artists early in their curriculum and help guide them in the right direction to begin a career in automotive design,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design, FCA – North America. “The creative perspective on all this year’s submissions were inventive and exceptional as you could truly … Read More

Alfa Romeo adds a third vehicle to the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice list with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Best on the market. That’s how Car and Driver describes the vehicles it places on its Editors’ Choice list. Now the automotive publication has added the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to its heralded list. Out of all the SUVs evaluated for the list, none could match the speed of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. With best-in-class 505 horsepower and segment-leading V-6 torque, the Alfa Romeo SUV powered from 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 176 mph. This resulted in finishing a lap at the Nürburgring, a famed motorsports complex in Germany known as “one of the longest, most tradition-steeped, challenging and busiest race tracks in the world,” in 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds. The time was the fastest ever posted by a production SUV, making the Stelvio Quadrifoglio the fastest production SUV in the world. Paired with world-class performance, the SUV still brings the iconic and luxurious Italian craftsmanship by the Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy. Additionally, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio offers innovative safety and security features, including Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus. This feature provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent. “For Editors’ Choice, we look for exactly the same qualities that inform our 10Best selections: a vehicle’s … Read More

Which FCA US LLC vehicle suits your road trip?

Not every road trip is the same. As AAA reported, more than 41.5 million Americans plan on traveling over Memorial Day weekend, each one in his or her own unique circumstance. For some travelers, it may be as simple as hopping in the car and hitting the open road. For others, it may be getting kids packed and ready and just trying to reach the destination with your sanity intact. Depending on where you land on the spectrum, the type of vehicle you take on your trek may bring you comfort or fuel the chaos. Certainly no one wants to fall in the latter, and we have the vehicles to suit your situation that add to the fond memories you create on Memorial Day weekend. I HAVE A CAR FULL OF KIDS I NEED TO ENTERTAIN FOR SEVERAL HOURS 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Awards have piled up all year for Chrysler’s premier minivan. Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list Family Car of Texas and Minivan of Texas by Texas Auto Writers Association Best Environmental Performance and Best All-Around Performance from Automotive Science Group (Pacifica Hybrid) com Family Car of the Year The Chrysler Pacifica earned recognition as one of the nation’s top family vehicles by combining fuel efficiency and a smooth ride with more than 100 safety features and … Read More

Plan ahead and don’t get stuck in traffic during these times, and places, on Memorial Day weekend

A situation you never want to be in. You have your bags packed ready to get the wheels turning on your road trip. Maybe you’re rushing out the door or you have everything planned out. Either way, you’re in the car and on the way to your destination. That’s when you see it. Those dreaded bright red taillights up ahead bringing you to a halt. And on and on those red lights go for as far as your eye can see. There’s no end in sight, and your trip feels over before it’s even began. Unfortunately, this scenario may be inevitable for many Memorial Day travelers this year. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, a nearly 5 percent increase from last year and the most in more than a dozen years. In other words, traffic may get a little bit heavy this weekend. On top of the frequently traveled holiday weekend, many road warriors across the country will plan to start their treks at the end of the workday. INRIX, a global transportation analytics company working in collaboration with AAA, expects travel delays on major roads to potentially reach up to twice, or even three times longer, than normal for some ill-fated cities. During INRIX and AAA’s collaboration, the chart below shows … Read More

The 2018 Dodge Durango is joining the police force

What do you see when you imagine a police car? I’m guessing it’s somewhere along the lines of the classic Crown Victoria lingering in your rearview mirror. Then, the dread of those blue and red lights flashing to pull you over to give you a ticket. Well, now getting a ticket never looked so good… … Okay, that may not be true, but the boys in blue are adding some style to their fleet. Dodge will now expand its police vehicle lineup with the addition of the Durango Pursuit. “Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Pursuit complements the Charger Pursuit in police fleets across the country.” The Dodge Durango Pursuit will indeed follow suit of its police compatriot, the Charger Pursuit, with the same powertrain combination of a full-time, active all-wheel drive (AWD) system and powered by a 5.7L HEMI® V-8. The Dodge Charger Pursuit is the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. market. Of course, all … Read More