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

FCA US LLC earns honors as a Noteworthy Company for Diversity and Veterans

A benchmark to be proud of. Since 2001, DiversityInc has compiled a list of Noteworthy Companies for Diversity, recognizing the best diversity-management leaders in the U.S. In 2017, the company added an additional list awarding the Top Companies for Veterans. Since the list’s inception, FCA US LLC has been recognized nine times for the Companies for Diversity list and made the inaugural Companies for Veterans list last year. This year, FCA US LLC earned spots as a Noteworthy Company for Diversity and Top Company for Veterans. The honor marked the 10th time the company’s made Noteworthy honors and the second time in a row to be featured a Top Company for Veterans. More than 1,000 companies participated in the evaluation. DiversityInc notes that selected companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ employees and veterans, as well as programs that support supplier diversity. “Events of the past year have demonstrated that decisive ethical leadership is necessary to guide any organization to success,” said Luke Visconti, founder and CEO of DiversityInc. “Successful leaders hold themselves accountable to be culturally competent, a skill that requires constant learning. DiversityInc Top 50 and Noteworthy companies have a metrics-evidenced ability to treat people more fairly than other large companies. They also have a greater-than-average return for their shareholders.” Accomplishments by … Read More

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