It’s science: The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the Best All-Around Performance vehicle

It’s hard to argue with science. Now the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has science on its side as the Automotive Science Group (ASG) granted the minivan with Best Environmental Performance and Best All-Around Performance awards. According to the ASG’s study, the Pacifica Hybrid outperformed the average vehicle in its segment by 34 percent, thereby producing 34 percent less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its lifecycle. Additionally, the minivan maintained a 24 percent smaller carbon footprint than the average large vehicle available to North American consumers in 2018. In other words, when it comes to preserving the environment, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid does a pretty good job. “With 84 MPGe, the Pacifica Hybrid reveals new possibilities for fuel economy gains and emission reductions, earning the Pacifica Hybrid ASG’s coveted Best Environmental Performance award,” said Colby Self, Managing Director of ASG. “The Pacifica Hybrid, with its 33-mile all-electric driving range, leverages the increasingly cleaner U.S. power grid as a fuel source to significantly improve the environmental benefits of the PHEV powertrain in 2018, and across future years,” Self said. This marks the second consecutive year the hybrid minivan has received All-Around Performance honors in its class. The ASG performed an Automotive Performance Index™ (API) study, assessing 823 model year 2018 minivans, crossovers and SUVs available to North American consumers in … Read More

2019 Ram 1500 earns a spot on Wards 10 Best Interiors list

Sometimes it’s good to build on your strengths. The Ram 1500 has prided itself on matching its strength and durability with an elegant and comfortable interior to suit all drivers. It’s what put it on the 2018 Autotrader Best Interior List, and became a personal favorite for a certain writer. Even so, Ram decided to redesign its interior, and the result is earning a spot on the Wards 10 Best Interiors list. All-new features, technology and premium materials helped secure a spot on the list for the revamped Ram. “Starting with the eye-catching 12-in. touchscreen that dominates the instrument panel, the 2019 Ram 1500 shows the world what is possible inside a full-size pickup truck,” said Drew Winter, Senior Content Director, WardsAuto/Informa. “In addition to the ultra-sophisticated electronics, the materials and design details in the Limited and Laramie Longhorn editions would be at home in a luxury car costing six figures. And, on top of that are dozens of surprise and delight features that turn the Ram 1500 into a lifestyle vehicle for many different — and fun — lifestyles.” This adds on to what has already been an eventful spring for Ram. Recently, the 2019 Ram showed off a new special Kentucky Derby Edition model as the official truck of the 144th “Run for the Roses®”. “The all-new 2019 … Read More

The Chrysler Pacifica is THE family car of Texas

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica reigns supreme in the Lone Star State. The FCA US LLC minivan had a big day as it won multiple awards at the recently held 2018 Texas Auto Roundup, including Family Car of Texas and Minivan of Texas. The honors marked the third consecutive instance the Chrysler Pacifica received top Family Car and Minivan awards. “The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica won our Family Car of Texas award by an overwhelming majority vote,” said Michael Marrs, President of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). “For the third year in a row, our members were impressed with Pacifica’s combination of technology, styling, functionality, versatility and family-friendly features.” Additionally, the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid took home the honors for Green Vehicle of Texas. This continues a tremendous year of recognition for the hybrid minivan after being a finalist at the 2018 World Car Awards for Green Car of the Year. The Pacifica Hybrid is the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range. The spring event from TAWA brought together dozens of journalists around the state to drive and evaluate 46 cars, CUVs and SUVs that are sold in Texas. TAWA media members will gather again for their fall driving event, the Texas Truck Rodeo. This … Read More

Muscle car meets supercar; a chance to own a piece of automotive history

Last year, with just one production year and only 3,000 made, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon was unleashed on American soil. The one-of-a-kind, street-legal drag car roared to life, set unheard of records and was immediately banned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). Shortly thereafter, when the last 2017 Dodge Viper rolled off the line, it marked the end of an era. After 25 years, the hand-built, iconic, American supercar quietly ended production. So, months later, what has these two back in the spotlight? A charity auction that pairs the very last of both iconic vehicles to roll off their respective production lines. Barrett-Jackson, internationally renowned for their car collector auctions, is partnering with Dodge to bring the vehicles to the auction block. “We couldn’t be more excited to team up with Dodge for another significant sale,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Over the years, Barrett-Jackson has reached incredible milestones with Dodge. The sale of ‘The Ultimate Last Chance’ is a car collector’s dream and we are honored to partner with Dodge and support their philanthropic goals.” A car collector’s dream indeed. The two vehicles have a combined 1,485 horsepower. Both vehicles don the exclusive Viper Red exterior coat. And both have achieved legendary status – one on the track and the other on the … Read More

Ram is the official truck of the Kentucky Derby®

May 5 marks the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby®. It also marks the ninth year the “greatest two minutes in sports” will have Ram as its “Official Truck” of Churchill Downs®. To commemorate the momentous occasion, the Ram truck brand unveiled a limited Kentucky Derby Edition of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. “The Kentucky Derby has long been among America’s most cherished sporting events,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand – FCA US LLC. “The close ties between Ram trucks and the equine community have led us to the introduction of the 2019 Ram 1500 Kentucky Derby Edition. The Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck that delivers capability, durability, technology and safety and is well-suited to meet the needs of all kinds of owners, including those who love horses.” The special edition truck will feature “Run for the Roses” fender graphics based off the historic race, as well as introduce a new Ivory White Tri Coat paint. This marks the first time a body-colored appearance package will be available on the all-new Ram 1500 limited edition. Kentucky Derby Edition buyers will also get to choose from five additional exterior colors: Delmonico Red, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Max Steel or Patriot Blue. Additionally, special edition trucks will be available in 4×2 or 4×4 crew cab configurations, with a five-foot, … Read More

Remember these tips when driving in rainy weather conditions

It happened in an instant. Driving on the highway on a Sunday evening, a brief rain shower had just ended. Seeing other cars do the same, I began accelerating up to the speed limit. Suddenly, I sensed it. That dreadful feeling in the steering wheel that the tires have lost traction. In a split second, the realization dawns on me. My car is hydroplaning. Fortunately for me, a moment later as I tried to adjust, the wheels caught hold of the asphalt again, my car made a mild sputter and I was back in control. Needless to say, the rest of the drive had me shook, causing my knuckles to turn white from gripping the steering wheel and nervously anticipating my tires to go again with the slightest brake or acceleration. When I finally arrived home, I wondered if I did everything right or if I was overly cautious. The types of reactions to rainy weather on the road vary across the board. Some drivers are like I was and take the hyper-conservative route, while others drive on like it’s any normal day. With spring and summer road trips ramping up, as well as more rainy days filling the calendar, there are a few helpful tips to be mindful of whenever roads get slick. DO NOT USE CRUISE CONTROL Hydroplaning … Read More

2018 DODGE DURANGO SRT® NAMED CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT® stands on top of the mountain. The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) association awarded America’s most powerful three-row SUV as its 2018 Crossover of the Year. The award was selected by RMAP members – all automotive journalists in the Rocky Mountain region, including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. Dozens of new or significantly updated vehicles for 2018 were evaluated, determining which model best fit the “Rocky Mountain lifestyle.” The Dodge Durango SRT’s total package of a powerful engine, advanced technology capabilities and exterior performance features made it stand above the rest of the other candidates. Whether on the highway or taking it off-road, this Dodge SUV thrives in the Rocky Mountains. With a 392-cubic-inch HEMI® V-8 engine, the Durango SRT reaches 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.4 seconds, and accomplished a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. The award-winning vehicle also matches its speed with power, out-hauling every three-row SUV on the road with best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds. This honor comes after the Dodge Durango SRT made the Wards 10 Best User Experience List for 2017 for its array of advanced technology features, including a class-exclusive 8.4-inch touchscreen and ability to support smartphone integrations of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. “The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT … Read More

Go on a virtual reality surf adventure with Jeep® brand and World Surf League

“It’s pretty incredible knowing my mom can now experience riding a 20-foot wave.” That’s what Taylor Steele, co-director of world-renowned production, Rapid VR, said upon the announcement of a new virtual reality (VR) experience by Jeep® brand and the World Surf League (WSL). The new production titled “Jeep Sessions: A Surfing Journey in 360°” follows WSL Championship Tour surfers Jordy Smith and Malia Manuel as they take their Jeep brand vehicles to find the best and largest waves to surf. Viewers will be completely immersed in the first-person, 360-degree experience, putting them on the surfboard alongside Smith or Manuel. “This was a special project to be a part of, and I am excited for the world to experience the journey with us,” said Smith. “It is incredible to see all the innovation that goes in behind-the-scenes to bring to life such a unique perspective of our surfing experience. When you’re surfing, many people just see the endgame, but it’s the whole adventure to find great waves with a friend. When you do, it’s the best feeling in the world.” The team at Rapid VR accomplished the experience by customizing rigs to place the 360-degree video camera into locations never before seen. Taking the journey alongside Smith and Manuel, both Jeep brand ambassadors, viewers get the option to choose their exploration … Read More

Which late-night TV host would you trust to work on your car?

If you need to have your car fixed, you obviously want to take it to a place you can trust. Well, what if during the search for a repair shop, you discovered the only options for a mechanic are late-night TV hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and James Corden? I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to just search “How to fix a car” on YouTube and tried to figure it out on your own. But if the do-it-yourself option wasn’t available, which late-night host would you go with? The same question was asked when the non-profit Car Care Council surveyed over 20,000 vehicle owners to promote April’s National Car Care Month. The results came in and showed that either Jimmy Kimmel or Jimmy Fallon are the most trustworthy hosts, or men named “Jimmy” seem to know more about cars. In the end, ABC’s lead late-night host took the victory by just a fraction of a percent.   FINAL RESULTS: Jimmy Kimmel 27.6% Jimmy Fallon 27.4% Stephen Colbert 19.6% Trevor Noah 14.3% James Corden 11.2%   “April is National Car Care Month and with trust being a strong determining factor in choosing care maintenance and repair professionals, we thought it would be fun to ask vehicle owners which late-night TV host they would trust most work … Read More

Does your vehicle need a recall? NADA and the National Safety Council want to help you find out

If something was wrong with your vehicle, you would want to know, right? More so, you would want to know if your vehicle had an open recall and needed to be brought in to an authorized dealership. Well, thanks to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and the National Safety Council, dealerships will try to make it easier for customers to find out if their vehicle may need a recall. At the NADA conference and convention in Las Vegas, NADA chairman and FCA US LLC dealer Wes Lutz announced the association will join with the National Safety Council in support of its Check To Protect campaign. Check To Protect is designed to educate the public about the importance of addressing open vehicle recalls. According to Check To Protect, 53 million vehicles on the road currently have an open recall in the U.S. Letting a recall issue go unaddressed presents dangerous safety hazards both for you and other drivers, increasing the risk of a severe crash. Lutz, owner of Extreme Dodge Chrysler Jeep® Ram dealership located in Jackson, Michigan, also announced he will promote the recall site on his dealership website and make it a part of his interactions with customers. “NADA wholeheartedly supports the National Safety Council’s Check To Protect initiative, and is proud to be a partner in its efforts to … Read More