Don’t Let the Check Engine Light Turn You Off From Making Needed Repairs

The top 10 check engine light repairs from the annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ reinforces what the Car Care Council has been saying for years. Motorists who ignore the check engine light get less miles per gallon and could face costly repairs down the road.

“Many people fear that when the check engine light comes on, it is going to mean several hundred or more dollars in repairs, so they ignore the light and hope the problem goes away,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Data from CarMD makes it clear that not addressing the cause of an illuminated check engine light can cost you in terms of wasted fuel and more expensive repairs in the future.”

When the check engine light is illuminated, it usually means that the vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. The top 10 most common check engine light repairs as reported by the recently released CarMD Vehicle Health Index are as follows.

  1. Replace O2 sensor(s)                        
  2. Replace ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s)
  3. Replace catalytic converter
  4. Inspect fuel cap and tighten or replace as necessary
  5. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge control valve
  6. Replace mass airflow (MAF) sensor
  7. Replace ignition coil(s)
  8. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge solenoid
  9. Replace fuel injector(s)
  10. Replace thermostat

“Following a recommended maintenance schedule and addressing small problems before they become bigger ones will help extend the life of your car and minimize check engine related repairs,” continued White. “It’s important to note that most of the common check engine problems negatively impact a car’s fuel economy and become more costly to repair if service is delayed.”

The Car Care Council’s popular Car Care Guide features helpful information about the check engine light. Available in English and Spanish, a printed copy of the 80-page Car Care Guide can be ordered free-of-charge by visiting www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

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Pricing Announced for New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

  • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pricing starts at $36,890, plus $1,695 destination
  • New Ram 1500 EcoDiesel produces the highest half-ton diesel torque at 480 lb.-ft. and highest half-ton diesel towing capacity at 12,560 pounds
  • Ram 1500 Rebel now available with EcoDiesel option for the first time
  • Ram focused on establishing powertrain technology leadership in the truck segment
  • Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves ride control, off-road capability, ease of entry and exit, cargo-loading effort and features automatic load leveling
Pricing Announced for New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Pricing Announced for New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Ram Truck today announced pricing for the 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $­­­­­­36,890 for the Tradesman Quad Cab 2WD, plus $1,695 destination.

The EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option, or $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 eTorque ($3,300 on Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel and Laramie base models).

“The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers the best torque and towing among all half-ton diesel trucks,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “Now with a 10-year track record, the Ram brand has emerged as a truck powertrain technology leader. Overall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has outstanding pick-up truck capability and is truly in a class of its own.”

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available across all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel. 

The Ram 1500’s all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is also offered with the second-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. Pricing for the Ram 1500 Classic EcoDiesel (Crew Cab 4×2) starts at $39,140, plus destination. 

Fuel economy ratings will be announced closer to when trucks go on sale early in the fourth quarter of this year.

All-new EcoDiesel engine
The third generation of the turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6 delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Ram 1500 owners.

In the 2020 Ram 1500, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is rated at a best-in-class 480 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm, a 14 percent increase from the previous-generation EcoDiesel V-6, which peaks 400 rpm earlier. Horsepower increases 8 percent to 260 hp at 3,600 rpm.

Several significant changes contribute to the new EcoDiesel’s improved dynamic and fuel economy performance.

  • A new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry is more efficient and provides improved response as engine rpms rise and fall
  • Redesigned intake ports to improve engine performance and fuel economy
  • Introduction of a dual, high-pressure and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system, a first for a diesel engine in North America. The EcoDiesel’s existing high-pressure EGR, with cooling exhaust gases drawn from the exhaust manifold, is augmented with a low-pressure EGR system that draws exhaust gases after they exit the diesel particulate filter. The addition of cooler, low-pressure exhaust gas makes a significant contribution to improved fuel economy and lower oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
  • The compression ratio is changed to 16.0:1 from 16.5:1, which helps reduce exhaust emissions, particularly NOx
  • Redesigned high-pressure (29,000 psi/2,000 bar) direct-injection fuel injector nozzles
  • Combustion chamber geometry optimized to improve fuel economy
  • Redesigned aluminum-alloy pistons improve fuel economy. The redesigned pistons use thinner piston rings and coating on the side skits to reduce friction
  • The piston pin is offset 0.3 degrees from the centerline to reduce “piston slap” against the cylinder wall, minimizing NVH
  • The lower portion of the two-piece oil sump uses a sandwiched polymer/metal material to reduce NVH
  • The Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system is 50 percent larger and incorporates a new-generation diesel oxidation catalyst with the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) system to reduce NOx
  • New-generation brake system vacuum pump with low-friction blades contributes to improved fuel economy

The upgrades build on the EcoDiesel V-6’s attributes and performance that made it a winner of Wards 10 Best Engines award for three consecutive years.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 uses dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) with four valves per cylinder and a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks. The block is cast with compacted graphite iron, which provides strength to dampen vibrations, but weighs less than grey cast iron. A compacted graphite iron bedplate adds rigidity to the block.

The EcoDiesel V-6 uses a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods for strength and durability. The aluminum alloy pistons are cooled on the underside via oil jets. Heat-treated aluminum cylinder heads use individual bearing caps to reduce friction and minimize NVH. The chain-driven overhead camshafts employ roller-finger followers.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy.

Ram 1500
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability (5.7-liter HEMI V-8) and 2,300 pounds of payload. Ram’s eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking. Class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition.

Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles
The 2020 Ram 1500 is backed with a five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system.

The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the electrical system.

Manufacturing
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles.

That focus leads Ram to design the industry’s most innovative, award-winning trucks, emphasizing durability, strength, technology and efficiency.

With a full lineup of trucks, including ProMaster and ProMaster City vans, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. From the no-compromise Ram 1500 that defines the future of pickup trucks with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology, to the Ram Heavy Duty which combines the ability to out-power, out-tow and out-haul every single competitor with the segment’s most comfortable ride and handling, Ram is committed to product leadership.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:

  • Most powerful: 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Highest towing capacity: 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Heaviest payloads: 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the Ram Truck lineup steps forward with the full force of modern capability providing confidence-inspiring features and class-exclusive vehicle safety.

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Truck Thursday: 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Easter Jeep Safari concepts heading to Woodward

Jeep® JT Scrambler: Combines retro 1980s-era appearance with Jeep Performance Parts and innovative touches. The Jeep JT Scrambler is one of six custom-built concept vehicles from the Jeep and Mopar brands for the annual Easter Jeep Safari event that takes place in Moab, Utah, April 13-21.

Every year, Jeep® engineers and designers create a variety of unique, eye-catching and functional concept vehicles for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

These Jeep-based concepts are normally only seen in Moab and occasionally on static display at various shows and events. 

Jeep® Gladiator Gravity

Fans of these vehicles who couldn’t make it to the Easter Jeep Safari will have a chance to see some of this year’s Gladiator-based concepts on Woodward Ave. in Metro Detroit the day before the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan.

Jeep® JT Scrambler

The Jeep Gladiator Gravity, Jeep JT Scrambler and the Jeep J6 are three Easter Jeep Safari concepts that are expected to take to one of the most iconic roads in America this Friday, the day before the Dream Cruise. 

Jeep enthusiasts who see these concepts driving along the cruise route in Metro Detroit can snap a photo and post it on social media with the tag #WoodwardJeepSafari.

Jeep® J6

To learn more about the Jeep Gladiator, the vehicle these concepts are based on, visit Jeep.com.

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Dodge Debuts Limited-production 717-horsepower Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition on New 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

New Dodge Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition Makes Its First Public Appearance in Dodge Display at the Modern Street HEMI® Shootout (MSHS) Lot in Pontiac, Michigan, on Aug. 17 During Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

Dodge debuts limited-production 717-horsepower Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition on new 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Dodge debuts limited-production 717-horsepower Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition on new 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
  • 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition is powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine with an extra boost of power: 717 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Revised powertrain calibration unique to Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition increases rated power output by 10 horsepower to 717 at 6,100 rpm
  • Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition pays tribute to the infamous 1969 Charger Daytona, with production limited to 501 units, mirroring the 1969 production total
  • As a nod to its design heritage, the Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition features a unique “Daytona” decklid and rear-quarter decal with matching spoiler
  • Available in four exterior paint colors – B5 Blue, Pitch Black, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle, with B5 Blue exclusive to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition in 2020 model year
  • Dealer orders for all 2020 Dodge Charger models, including the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, open in fall 2019; vehicles will start arriving in Dodge//SRT dealerships in early 2020
  • The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition will be on display at the Modern Street HEMI Shootout (MSHS) lot during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Pontiac, Michigan, on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 50881 Woodward Ave., between Orchard Lake and Pike streets 

Dodge is continuing to push the boundaries of performance, introducing the most powerful Charger ever – the 717-horsepower 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition – raising the performance bar even higher with the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

Fifty years ago, Dodge launched the infamous Dodge Charger Daytona model with its huge wing and massive nose specifically designed to dominate in NASCAR racing. The Daytona prototype was the first car to break 200 miles per hour (mph) average lap speed and set a record that stood for 17 years. Coveted by collectors ever since, only 501 copies of the 1969 model were produced – the minimum number required to qualify for use on the NASCAR circuit.

Today, Dodge salutes its high horsepower heritage with the new 717-horsepower 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. Its design, attitude and the limited-production numbers all pay tribute to the original record-setting Daytona. A unique “Daytona” decklid, rear-quarter decal with matching spoiler and Daytona-exclusive B5 Blue paint are throwbacks to the original. Like the legendary 1969 Daytona, production of the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition is limited to 501 units.

“The Dodge brand continues to push the boundaries of performance with the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Today, with the introduction of the limited-production Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona, we are both recognizing the Dodge brand’s performance heritage and staying true to our roots by offering high-performance, collectible vehicles that continue to defy the trends and deliver attainable performance that can’t be found anywhere else.” 

Performance enthusiasts can check out the new 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition this weekend during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Dodge will display the new Daytona Edition, along with the new 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, the 797-horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and much more, on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 50881 Woodward Ave., between Orchard Lake and Pike streets, in Pontiac, Michigan.

New 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition
Created in 1969 as a 501-unit, purpose-built production run to qualify for NASCAR racing, the Charger Daytona set records with its distinct aerodynamic styling and legendary HEMI® power. The new Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition builds on this celebrated history by adding more performance to North America’s only four-door muscle sedan.

Building on this legacy, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, adding 3.5 inches of width with wider wheels and tires that are unmistakably Dodge//SRT, creating an aggressive, planted stance unlike any other four-door sedan on the market. The Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition ups the ante by increasing the shift points to 6,100 rpm in automatic mode, which yields a 10-horsepower boost from 707 to 717 exclusive to this model.

The Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition adds unique heritage appointments that give Dodge enthusiasts another way to display legendary Dodge performance attitude. The new 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition is available in four exterior paint colors – B5 Blue, Pitch Black, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle, with B5 Blue exclusive to the Daytona Edition.

Dodge designers reached back into the Daytona’s storied past to create cues for the 50th Anniversary Edition, including “Daytona” decklid to rear-quarter decal with matching spoiler. The “Daytona” decal, spoiler and Hellcat badge are white on B5 Blue, Pitch Black and Triple Nickel models. On White Knuckle models, the “Daytona” decal and spoiler are Blue and the Hellcat badge has a bright finish.

Completing the athletic look are 20- by 11-inch “Warp Speed” wheels with a unique Satin Carbon finish, Pirelli 305/35ZR20 all-season performance tires (three-season tires are optional) and ultra-high performance Black Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors.

Race-inspired interior features carbon fiber and unique Daytona blue accent stitching
Daytona cues are also seamlessly integrated into the interior with unique black heated and ventilated Nappa leather and Alcantara suede performance seats with blue accent stitching and “Daytona” embroidered seat backs. Both driver and front passenger seats feature 12-way power adjust function. The blue accent stitch appears throughout the interior, on the center console armrest, door panels and armrest, dashboard and shifter.

A Dynamica Suede headliner, real carbon fiber instrument panel (IP) and console bezels and Light Black Chrome interior accents are paired to the suede flat-bottom steering wheel, which features dual blue and silver accent stitching. Premium velour-bound floor mats have a blue dual-stitched accent border. Both the steering wheel and floor mats are exclusive to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition.

A custom IP badge with the Hellcat and Daytona logos is located on the passenger side identifying each vehicle as “x out of 501.”

Dealer orders for 2020 Dodge Charger models, including Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, open in fall 2019; vehicles will start arriving in Dodge//SRT dealerships in early 2020.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car, reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds, and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph.

Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, featuring fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody, which add 3.5 inches of width to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack’s standard body. Also new for 2019 is the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs., completes the brand’s performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.

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Fifth Annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ Draws Nearly 50,000 Performance Enthusiasts to Street-legal Drag Racing on Woodward Avenue

Fifth annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ draws nearly 50,000 performance enthusiasts to street-legal drag racing on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, Michigan
Fifth annual ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ draws nearly 50,000 performance enthusiasts to street-legal drag racing on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Bigger than ever, MotorTrend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” attracts more than 47,000 enthusiasts over two days, celebrating performance car culture at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Woodward Avenue transformed into a specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip for legal street drag racing
  • More than 6,800 rides given over the span of the two-day event with thrill rides, drift rides and Challenger SRT Demon simulator rides
  • More than 120 street-legal cars competed for a cash purse of $30,000 in high-powered drag racing, which featured two classes — Big Tire and Small Tire 
    • Quickest Dodge: Peter Bokedon, Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart (Small Tire); James Pranis, Pennsylvania: 1968 Dodge Charger (Big Tire)
    • Big Tire Winner: Lil Jimmer Kline, Michigan: 1966 Pontiac GTO
    • Small Tire Winner: Alen Danial, Michigan: 1979 Chevrolet Malibu
  • The team of Leah Pritchett and David Freiburger won the celebrity showdown challenge, with a $10,000 prize purse donated to United Way 
    • In total, $21,210 was donated to United Way for Southeastern Michigan through the celebrity showdown challenge, charity auction and raffle tickets
  • Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham defeated Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in the ‘Sheriff Showdown,’ an old-school grudge match on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, where they each drove a 797-horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with respective county decals
  • NHRA racers Leah Pritchett in her Dodge/Mopar Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody NHRA Funny Car wowed the crowd with exhibition runs

Passion for performance continues to grow as MotorTrend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” was back in full force with an extra night of high-horsepower fun and a record amount of attendees. This year, more than 47,000 enthusiasts from around the country watched and participated in street-legal racing on historic Woodward Avenue.

“When we first introduced ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ five years ago as a pop-up car show and drag race, we never imagined it would grow to nearly 50,000 performance enthusiasts over two days,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The positive reaction from our fans and continued growth of this one-of-a-kind event fuels our passion to keep delivering products and marketing for performance enthusiasts.”

In addition to cash prizes for the race winners and fastest Dodge cars on the drag strip, the fifth annual car festival gave attendees the chance to get in the passenger seat. They were able to take an exhilarating thrill or drift ride in the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, as well as thrill rides in the Durango SRT Pursuit “Speed Trap” concept. If that wasn’t enough, they could also race for the best quarter-mile times in the Challenger SRT Demon simulators. More than 6,800 people experienced these Dodge//SRT vehicles firsthand over the span of the two-day event.

The car festival also included a chance to check out more than 300 custom and classic cars in a Show ‘n’ Shine and watch freestyle motocross dyno, flamethrowers and wheelstander exhibitions.

“Last year’s Roadkill Nights was going to be hard to beat, but adding an extra event day this year really brought out a whole new level of turnout and excitement for car enthusiasts,” said Michael Deer, MotorTrend Group Automotive Events Senior Director. “We appreciate the support from fans in the Pontiac community and around the country who joined us to experience all the drag racing and thrill rides that Roadkill Nights had to offer.”

More than 120 street-legal cars hit the specially prepped 1/8-mile drag strip on Woodward Avenue between Rapid Street and South Boulevard to compete in high-powered drag racing for a cash purse totaling $30,000. The quickest Dodge cars in both the small and large tire categories also took home $5,000 each.

Quickest Dodge Winners

  • James Pranis, Pennsylvania: 1968 Dodge Charger (Big Tire)
  • Peter Bokedon, Michigan: 1972 Dodge Dart (Small Tire)

Big Tire Winner
Lil Jimmer Kline, Michigan: 1966 Pontiac GTO

Small Tire Winner
Alen Danial, Michigan: 1979 Chevrolet Malibu

In addition to the street-legal drag racing, celebrities, local sheriffs and NHRA racers also hit the drag strip on Woodward Avenue this weekend.

The team of Leah Pritchett and David Freiburger won the celebrity showdown challenge, with a $10,000 prize purse donated to United Way. In total, $21,210 was donated to United Way for Southeastern Michigan through the celebrity showdown challenge, charity auction and raffle tickets.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham defeated Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in the ‘Sheriff Showdown,’ an old-school grudge match on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, where they each drove a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with respective County decals.

Leah Pritchett in her NHRA Top Fuel Dragster and Matt Hagan in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody NHRA Funny Car wowed the crowd with exhibition runs.

On Friday and Saturday, the Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) public booth spread awareness of the program, which is designed to develop the most highly skilled service technicians in the auto industry. Mopar CAP hosted 20 students and 20 metro-Detroit area dealers to network for dealership placement after the completion of the program. Approximately 1,000 interested prospects received information regarding the Mopar CAP program during the “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” event.

About ROADKILL
The ROADKILL brand delivers a one-of-a-kind taste of “Automotive Chaos Theory” and features authentic gearheads David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan in a variety of mediums, including Roadkill Nights branded events, and Roadkill, Roadkill Extra, Roadkill Garage, and Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold shows, available on the MotorTrend App.

About MotorTrend Group
MotorTrend Group is the largest automotive media company in the world, bringing together Discovery’s fast-growing MotorTrend TV, formerly Velocity, and a vast automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social, and live event portfolio, including MOTORTREND, HOT ROD, ROADKILL, AUTOMOBILE, and more than 20 other industry-leading brands. With a monthly audience of 26 million across web, TV, and print, and 110 million social followers, culminating in 2 billion monthly content views across all platforms, the company encompasses television’s #1 network for automotive superfans, a leading automotive YouTube Channel, and the MotorTrend app, the only auto-dedicated subscription video-on-demand service. MotorTrend serves to embrace, entertain, and empower the motoring world.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge, who founded the brand in 1914. Their influence continues today. New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is possessed by the Demon. Its 797-horsepower supercharged HEMI® high-output engine makes it the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car, reaching 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.4 seconds, and the fastest GT production car with a ¼-mile elapsed time (ET) of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. It also reaches a new top speed of 203 mph.

Joining the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its more powerful 717-horsepower engine, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, featuring fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody, which add 3.5 inches of width to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack’s standard body. Also new for 2019 is the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car and a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer. The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT, America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with a best-in-class tow rating of 8,700 lbs., completes the brand’s performance lineup. These visceral performance models join a 2019 brand lineup that includes the Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger — a showroom that offers performance at every price point.

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2020 Jeep® Gladiator uses strong, lightweight materials for improved fuel economy and durability

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Launch Edition

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator uses lightweight, high-strength advanced materials to boost fuel economy without compromising the traditional Jeep qualities of durability, capability and versatility.

These advanced materials can be found from bumper to bumper on the all-new midsize truck. 

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

The Gladiator features a body-on-frame design that uses advanced materials and engineering to be lightweight, yet stiff and durable, with an all-new lightweight, high-strength steel frame.

Lightweight, high-strength aluminum can also be found throughout the Gladiator. 

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon and Gladiator Overland

The doors are made from lightweight, high-strength aluminum, along with the hinges, hood, fenders and windshield frame. At the rear of the Gladiator, the tailgate is also made from aluminum.

Other ways the Jeep engineering team looked to manage weight included using hollow track and stabilizer bars, aluminum engine mounts and steering gear.

These innovations help curtail weight and boost fuel economy.

To learn more about the innovative and capable Jeep Gladiator, visit Jeep.com.

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RZR Pro XP vs. 2020 Maverick X3—Where Do We Go from Here?

A RZR Pro XP cab and Maverick X3

Polaris and Can-Am both have their big guns out and ready to begin the next decade of UTV off-roading goodness. Can-Am has beefed up their X3 with loads of horsepower and torque (and threw on some extra “R”s and “X”s to the names for good measure) while Polaris has redesigned their chassis, driving experience, and boosted power with the RZR Pro XP.

Turbo RR = Power

The last major updates for these machines besides suspension changes were Can-Am’s Smart-Lok differential and Polaris’s DYNAMIX Active Suspension both announced almost exactly two years ago.

A Maverick X3 Turbo RR ready for action
The Maverick X3 Turbo RR models are pure power. Nothing can stand up to their speed.
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Now these companies seem to be continuing down their chosen paths even further. The 2020 Maverick X3 Turbo RR models have an eye-watering 195 horsepower thanks to an upgraded turbo on their 900cc engine but are otherwise fairly similar to all X3s that have come before it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—they’ve already got 72” wide models and really nice suspension. It may just be that they’re planning less predictable improvements for another year.

Pro XP = Drivability

The RZR Pro XP has an entirely new chassis giving this iteration of the RZR platform a new, sportier look, which has felt long overdue. Let’s face it, the X3 has made Polaris’ design efforts look pretty tame until now.

With the Pro XP’s sportier look comes 181 horsepower. Not as impressive as the Turbo RR but nothing to scoff at either. It makes sense when you look at what Polaris has been focusing on for the last several years—they’re not making machines that have the most horsepower, they’re making machines with better drivability, comfort, and quality of life.

Performance Redefined

Polaris has been the king of the sport UTV industry since the RZR 800. And since they launched their first Turbo, they’ve been making small improvements every year. It’s all been leading to the RZR Pro XP which looks to be making more than just small improvements.

With the ultimate trim, you get adjustable seats, increased padding, adjustable and telescoping steering wheel, DYNAMIX and other controls in the steering wheel, DYNAMIX 2.0, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, click-6 harnesses, lower rider position, and a sound system. All that on top of the stronger cage (now 2” diameter instead of 1.75”), better cooling, a larger cargo bed with room for up to a 30” tire, better clutch cooling, longer wheelbase, stronger suspension components, and other small adjustments that make everything a little bit better.

Ditching the Horses

Here’s the real question though: Why is Polaris falling behind on horsepower compared to the high-end Maverick X3 models and putting their focus elsewhere, and which direction is better for the top sport UTVs in the world?

In 2019, Maverick had Polaris beat by 4 horsepower. Now they’ve got them beat by 14. That’s a big plus for everyone out there who likes to chase horsepower.

Rider First

DYNAMIX display and dedicated button
ProXP has an “Oh sh*t” button to stiffen up your DYNAMIX shocks when you see a nasty patch coming.
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But what Polaris is doing is a little more interesting. Their goal seems to be to make you forget you’re driving a vehicle at all. They want you comfortable with their adjustable seats, refined cushions, and telescoping wheel. They want you focused with your hands on the wheel and making adjustments with your thumbs rather than reaching across the cab—especially with the big red “oh sh*t” button that stiffens your shocks if your flying towards something nasty. They make the ride more intuitive with DYNAMIX 2.0 and by aligning the driver’s center of gravity with the machine’s. And they make it all safer with a better roll cage and the 6-point harnesses you want.

Even the vehicle-to-vehicle communication, which is basically group GPS that doesn’t require cell service to function, is designed to make you feel more connected to the UTV. It’s a part of you, and you’re a part of it.

How successful is Polaris with the RZR Pro XP? We’re not sure and they haven’t announced that ultra-smooth S model we know must be coming, but given the quality of the rest of the RZR family, you can bet it’s going to be popular here at SuperATV.

A RZR Pro XP in the desert
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2019 Roadkill Nights: Love the concept car? Build your own!

Michael Parent is a longtime fan of cars that fall under the Mopar banner. As far back as his high school days in the 1980s,he’s driven, owned and wrenched on several cars, with a 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner and ’68 Dodge Charger R/T still strong in his memory.

But nothing had caught Parent’s eye quite like the Sublime Green Dodge Challenger T/A concept unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The concept paid homage to the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A racing car with its signature blacked-out hood and black T/A stripe on the sides.

It was love at first sight. Parent wanted that car. But FCA doesn’t sell its concepts. So at his wife’s urging, Parent set out to create his own modern Challenger T/A – a car you can see in the Dodge Show ‘n’ Shine section at this year’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge in Pontiac, Michigan, on Aug. 9-10.

He had the first building block. Enticed by the addition of the Scat Pack package for the 2015 model year, Parent put his money down for a Sublime Green Dodge Challenger, fitted with the 392 HEMI® V-8 and six-speed manual transmission, on the first day that dealers could accept orders.

Fans of Dodge’s modern muscle cars know that the brand added a 392 T/A model that resembles the SEMA concept car to the Challenger lineup in the 2017 model year. But Parent had no idea of those plans.

Instead, he and his wife tracked the concept car to its public appearances at auto shows and enthusiast gatherings, taking pictures and video of every angle possible, inside and out. Parent went so far as to put a dollar bill up against the car to give him a reference of scale and location for various items such as the A-line stripes.

As fall turned to winter in 2015, Parent put his Challenger into his spotless, fully equipped garage and, armed with his photos, got to work. The unique elements of the SEMA concept meant Parent would have to fabricate most of the parts he needed. That list includes:

  • Bucket seats, based on Dodge Viper seats and recovered in suede material with the T/A logo embroidered into the seat backs
  • Rear seat delete panels fashioned from sheet aluminum
  • Rear-mounted harness bar, complete with Sparco racing seat belts
  • Front chin spoiler
  • Twin Air Catcher headlamp units that feed cool air into the engine compartment
  • Satin-black hood with a Viper-style air inlet and hood pins at the front corners
  • Decklid spoiler fashioned from a ‘70s era Challenger spoiler
  • Heritage Challenger script badge for the front grille from ‘70s era Challenger

Parent says he now has a good understanding of the costs of building a concept car.

In spring 2016, Parent’s SEMA tribute car made its debut at a meeting of the Detroit Area Modern Mopar club (he’s a member) held at the former Chrysler Museum on the FCA US campus in Auburn Hills.

How good did the tribute car look? Some FCA executives at the event mistook Parent’s car for the actual SEMA concept. Parent has since earned trophies for the Challenger at a number of car shows. 

This will be the third year Parent, who is a big drag racing fan, has brought his SEMA Tribute Challenger to Roadkill Nights.

“Everybody likes the car, especially because this year of Sublime has some pearl in it, which really makes it shine,” Parent says. “The interior always gets a lot of attention when people see the Viper seats, the rear-seat delete and the pistol-grip shifter.”

The Challenger isn’t a garage queen and is driven regularly, Parent says. But it does reside in a palatial garage space complete with a pair of lifts, spotless floors, beverage cooler and a couch.

What’s next? Parent says he’s thinking of tracking down a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack with a four-speed manual.

Maybe he’ll spot one he likes at Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge.

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Roadside Emergency Kit a Perfect Gift for the College Bound

School is almost back in session and students across the country will soon be packing up their cars and heading off to college. If you are searching for that perfect gift for the college-bound kid in your life, the Car Care Council suggests putting together a roadside emergency kit.

“A roadside kit is easy to assemble, not too expensive and extremely useful, plus it could be a life saver in the event of an emergency,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “While it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected while on the road, the best option is to avoid breakdowns and car trouble wherever possible. Performing basic maintenance and observing a regular service schedule can help avoid unforeseen road emergencies.” 

Roadside emergency items can fit into a small duffle bag or rubber storage tote and include the following:

  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Blankets and extra clothes
  • Non-perishable snacks and bottled water
  • First aid kit, including essential medications
  • Portable USB charger to keep the cell phone running even if the car is not
  • Ice scraper, snow brush and small shovel for winter driving

Visit the Car Care Council’s website to access a number of tips and resources for vehicle maintenance, including a free custom service schedule

Read more at: http://media.carcare.org/2016-07-28-Roadside-Emergency-Kit-a-Perfect-Gift-for-the-College-Bound

Minivan Monday: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Connects Families to Fun

You take care of getting the generations together for the annual family vacation road trip. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica will take care of making it fun and memorable with features and innovations like the available Uconnect Theater – the best family entertainment system in its class with dual 10-inch high-definition touchscreens.

Thanks to the Pacifica’s Uconnect Theater, ‘kids’ of all ages can while away the miles connecting to several embedded apps and games. In fact, with the “Are We There Yet?” app, passengers can follow their trip progress and estimated arrival time while also exploring game options that include math flash cards, checkers, bingo, and tic-tac-toe. 

With the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, the family ‘vacation’ starts the minute you back out of the drive and head out toward another summer of memory-making family adventure.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2019/08/05/minivan-monday-2019-chrysler-pacifica-connects-families-to-fun/?fbclid=IwAR2ABYJjFzEQ95I6UsFMlXAxXLFW50srcxIXdILa93GNMshBlkFNZnLWwaM