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Release your Renegade – Jeep® brand celebrates the renegade spirit

A renegade, by today’s definition, is someone who rejects convention. Someone who thinks outside of the box, takes risks and celebrates being different. Today, the Jeep® brand is celebrating the renegade spirit in a new “Release your Renegade” campaign, featuring break-out musical artist Halsey (Astralwerks Records) and her new single, “Bad at Love,” in a 30-second video. In addition, up-and-coming artists Molly Kate Kestner (Atlantic Records), Uri Grey and Chloe Nixon each have their own Release your Renegade videos, available here and on the Jeep brand social media channels. “With the ‘Release Your Renegade’ campaign, Jeep is lending its reach and providing a worldwide platform for [Halsey, Molly Kate Kestner, Uri Grey and Chloe Nixon], to share their unique stories of exactly what it means to be a renegade – as told through their own words and music,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA. “Jeep represents freedom, passion, adventure and authenticity – qualities shared by our millennial artists.”

Recharge OR refuel on the way to Sesame Street

Remember when sunny days swept the clouds away? When, for an hour each day, you joined your friends where the air was sweet. Remember getting to Sesame Street? These days, old favorites like Big Bird, Grover and Cookie Monster are still playing, singing and laughing (except Oscar, of course) their way down the old, familiar path. But now they’re also riding in style with a new friend. Dax Shepard and a few members of the cast are taking the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for a spin. During their ride, a question arises. Should they stop to refuel? Or recharge? The good news is, they’re driving a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, so they can do either! It’s almost like a magic carpet ride and every door opens wide. It can take you where the air is sweet. It can even show you how to get to Sesame Street. Check out all of you favorite Sesame Street characters and their experiences in the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid on the Chrysler YouTube channel.

It’s time to think about getting your vehicle ready for winter

It does not even seem possible. As I sit here in shorts and a T-shirt, trying to keep my hair up off my neck, winter is right around the corner. But it’s true. The days have grown significantly shorter. The leaves are starting to fall. And soon we will be trading in our tank tops for warm, wooly sweaters. At least in the northern parts of the country. Of course, that also means ensuring our vehicles are ready for winter weather. The best option, prior to the first wintery blast, is making an appointment to get your vehicle serviced – especially if you haven’t made it in to say hello to your favorite mechanic recently. When was the last time the antifreeze was flushed? Do you need an oil change? How about your battery – is it getting some age on it? These are all items that are more efficiently handled by professionals who, by the way, also have the means to properly dispose of old fluids and batteries.   Some things you can quickly and easily do on your own, however, include: New windshield wipers – a clear line-of-sight is key to safe driving and removing the winter muck from your windshield is a vital component. As much as I hated admitting it, my husband (boyfriend at the time) … Read More

It’s October 2 and you know what that means! It’s National Name Your Car Day!

I don’t know why I am so entertained by National Name Your Car Day each year, but I think it’s fun. I actually just realized that I’ve had my truck for nearly a year now and have not named her yet. Crazy, I know, and she deserves an original name. I’ll get to work on that. Meanwhile, how about a look back at a few of the most famously (infamously?) named vehicles … Like Christine – a red, 1958 Plymouth Fury. She was a beauty and she self-repaired! But perhaps we could have done without some of her other qualities.   Or, the Bluesmobile – a 1974 Dodge Monaco, complete with the police package. Jake wasn’t initially impressed, but Elwood jumped into action and found a way to win him over.     Then there’s Dixie, one of the many stars in the Dukes of Hazzard motor brigade. A 1980 Jeep® Wrangler CJ-7, you probably remember that Dixie was driven by Cousin Daisy.  

Essential ingredients for a fantastic fall road trip

Fall is the best time of year for a road trip. It’s not too hot. It’s not too cold. The days tend to be bright and sunny, with crisp mornings that beg for a really good cup of hot coffee (or cocoa), just before you begin your trip. Whether you’re destination-bound or just out for a Sunday drive, there are a few things that can make your road trip ever more delightful. Check out our short list here. 1. A car-mounted GoPro If you’re driving, you miss seeing so much! Sometimes, even as the passenger, things pass you by. But, if you have a GoPro catching all of those moments, you can relive them when you reach your destination. The best part – you’ve got editable footage to use as you like once you get back home. 2. Car food Even if you have planned stops along the way, every good road trip must have car food. And it needs to be the good stuff. Healthy eaters can splurge on some ranch dressing or peanut butter to dip the crudités you will inevitably pack. (That would be me – apple slices, carrots and celery are my go-to items.) Not-so-healthy eaters … well, you have a plethora of prepackaged items to choose from, so take your pick! 3. Water Because, well … Read More

2016 FIAT 500X – Autoblog editors share their thoughts

I (almost) always enjoy reading reviews of the FCA US LLC brand vehicles. There are some with which I wholeheartedly agree. Some, of course, with which I don’t. But most provide a perspective I either hadn’t thought of or didn’t realize. Recently, I ran across Autoblog’s “2016 FIAT 500X Long-Term Wrap Up | Exceeds expectations,” and I found some of the editor’s remarks amusing. So I’ve decided to share them here. Let’s start with Executive Producer Adam Morath who wrote, “I wanted to love this car, but it just wouldn’t let me.” When someone starts a vehicle review with a sentence like that, I am compelled to read on. So I did. As it turns out, while the vehicle was parked outside his house, the alarm started to sound for what seemed to be no reason at all … at midnight. He encountered other problems related to the wiring during his time with the vehicle as well. The dealership was able to correct the issues, but the damage was done. While Morath conceded that he could appreciate the vehicle’s style and spaciousness, his love for the FIAT 500X had waned. (You can’t please everyone, right? I mean, did that mysterious fifth dentist EVER recommend Trident?) On the complete opposite spectrum, a seemingly hard sell going in to this long-term test … Read More

Laws that make you go, “Huh?”

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a “bizarre road rules” post. So, with all the news going on in the world, I thought it might be time to take a look at the lighter side of life again. Enjoy. Sometimes, as I’m researching these, there are items I read that still cause me to pause, ponder and then give my head a good shake to remove the visual. For example, in New Hampshire (the state I proudly call home), any cattle crossing a state road must first be fitted with a device to gather its feces. I would like to say I only have one question about this, but in fact I have several, so let’s just move on. Ordering “prank pizza” and having it delivered to a friend’s house is never a good idea. It’s a really BAD idea if you live in Louisiana. But if you do and you did, hopefully you didn’t get caught. Doing so results in a $500 fine. That’s some expensive pizza! In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, if a police officer approaches a parked vehicle on foot and suspects the occupants might be involved in what we used to refer to as “parking,” the officer must return to his vehicle, honk or flash his lights and then wait three minutes before re-approaching. Now, who do … Read More

Six essential ingredients for a fantastic football tailgate

I love football season. I also love tailgating. But unless you’re somewhat of a professional tailgater, it can be a lot of work. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get out there and have some fun than be cooking and/or running after things. So, after a few learning experiences of my own, here are a few key items that I’ve learned can really add to the success of a tailgate. Preparation Nothing will spoil tailgating fun faster than the dreaded phrase, “We need to run to the store.” Um, no. A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to tailgating. Make a list of everything you will need and pack everything up the night before. You may even want to consider loading anything unperishable into your vehicle. That way, you’re only grabbing the fresh items as you’re running out the door. Food and drinks There is no tailgating rule that says you have to suddenly turn into a gourmet grill chef to impress everyone you have invited to your tailgating party. It’s a tailgate, which by definition means burgers, hot dogs, chips and beer. If you feel the need to splurge, buy all-beef hot dogs, fancy chips and craft beer. The grill Unless you’re eating cold, raw burgers and hot dogs, the grill is pretty important. … Read More

A Ram 1500 AND a FIAT® 124 Spider – why not?

Nearly a year ago I bought my Ram 1500 Sport and I love it. It’s roomy. It’s comfortable. It has Uconnect, which I love. I could go on and on about why I love my Ram truck. But there is something missing. Why? Because while I love my truck, we live on some fun, windy roads that beg for a small, sporty, fun-to-drive car that weaves through the twists and turns with ease. Particularly now that autumn is here and the leaves are changing – the sun-filled, warm afternoons are begging for a top-down, Sunday afternoon drive through the mountains. And that’s exactly why I think our next vehicle should be a FIAT® 124 Spider. I happen to have a friend who owns a FIAT 124 Spider and he loves it. He’s one to jump in his car and drive two or three hours to the coast for lunch, only to turn back around and head back home. So, while it’s not altogether necessary, having something that gets decent gas mileage is good. Being able to put the top down and enjoy the fresh air is a bonus as well. Not long ago, I happened to be following him as we were maneuvering up a particularly windy road – him in his FIAT and me in my truck. Most of … Read More

Chrysler brand and National PTA team up to help schools win

Recently the Chrysler brand announced it has become a national sponsor of the National PTA. “Across the country, PTAs work hard to support their school communities and increase family engagement in education, which has been proven to improve student and community outcomes,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “National PTA is pleased to team up with the Chrysler brand to help PTAs support their schools and get more families involved in their child’s education.” For those of you currently or previously involved with your local PTA, you know that fundraising is a big part of the association’s activities each year. To help, the Chrysler brand created a “Cars 4 Classrooms” fundraising program. Through Cars 4 Classrooms, PTAs and schools can set up test drive fundraising events, featuring the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Each participant who takes a test drive can earn the school $10, up to $2,000, donated by Chrysler. Local, participating Chrysler dealerships will provide the vehicles for the events. “The Chrysler brand and its dealer network have worked with families and educators on test drive fundraisers in communities across America for more than 25 years,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT®, Chrysler and FIAT®, FCA – North America. “Through our partnership with National PTA, the goal is to give every … Read More