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All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 | Named Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

We’ve known all along that the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 is a great vehicle. Now we have the independent ratings to prove that it’s among the safest on the road.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 a 2014 Top Safety Pick+, its highest rating. “The 200 aced the challenging small overlap front test with a good rating in every measurement category,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund. “Chrysler should also be commended for offering forward collision warning with autonomous braking on this mainstream midsize car. Our research shows that these systems are effective in preventing some kinds of crashes from happening altogether.”

IIHS testing simulates a number of potential collisions, including a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, front moderate-offset impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash, a new small-offset frontal impact and new crash prevention evaluation. In the small overlap test, IIHS notes that “the driver’s space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of this severity.”

The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 is a showcase of advanced safety and security technology, offering a comprehensive array of driver warning and assist systems and state-of-the-art occupant restraints, and that’s not all: “With a standard nine-speed transmission, innovative available all-wheel-drive system and 60 safety and security features, the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating for the new 200 is the icing on the cake for customers, giving them added peace of mind,” said Al Gardner, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

Experience the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 in person by visiting Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or Dick Scott Motor Mall.

As read on: http://blog.chrysler.com/vehicles/200/new-2015-chrysler-200-named-top-safety-pick-iihs/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=KMAug2614facebook1&ism=KMAug2614facebook1

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Stop, Start, Save – Fuel-Saving Technology Standard on Jeep Cherokee

Chrysler Group is offering fuel-saving Engine Stop-Start (ESS)
technology as standard equipment on certain models of the award-winning
2015 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV and all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size
sedan.

Jeep Cherokee customers who choose the available 3.2-liter Pentastar
V-6, and Chrysler 200 customers who opt for the 2.4-liter Tigershark
I-4, and will experience estimated fuel-economy improvements of up to
three percent, compared with the conventional vehicle-engine pairings.

“We’re taking highly efficient engines and upping the ante to further
benefit our customers,” said Mike Duhaime, Global Director-Electrified
Powertrain Propulsion Systems. “ESS leverages intricate control
strategies to deliver a superior driving experience, as well as the
expected fuel-savings and emissions-reduction.”

ESS applications in the Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200 and will
account for an estimated C02 emissions-reduction of up to three percent.

Availability in the popular Jeep Cherokee is scheduled for third
quarter. ESS arrives the following quarter in the all-new Chrysler 200.

ESS works this way:

– Engine controls constantly monitor vehicle speed

– When the vehicle brakes to a stop, fuel flow is cut and engine turns off – events that save gas and reduce emissions

– Beefier batteries maintain other vehicle systems so in-cabin comfort is unaffected

– When the brake pedal is released, the engine automatically restarts and the nine-speed automatic transmission, the segment-exclusive
nine-speed automatic transmission is engaged – all within 0.3 seconds

If a driver chooses to forgo the benefits of ESS, the feature can be
deactivated with the push of a button, and then reactivated.

Efficiency and refinement are hallmarks of the Tigershark and Pentastar engine families. ESS just complements these attributes.

The Cherokee’s available 271-hp 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 is derived
from the acclaimed 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, named three times one of
Ward’s 10 Best Engines. The smaller-displacement V-6 helps the Cherokee
deliver fuel-economy improvements of up to 30 percent, compared with the
model it replaces.

Individual exhaust-manifold runners are integrated into the aluminum
cylinder-head casting, a key Pentastar-family differentiator. This
design feature reduces weight and affords packaging benefits.

The 24-valve engine’s 10.7:1 compression ratio aids in lowering fuel
consumption and improves performance while its variable-displacement oil
pump further reduces parasitic losses to maximize fuel economy. The
pump is programmed to operate as needed, staying in low-pressure mode
below 3,500 rpm, and then bumping up pressure as demand follows
engine-speed.

The high-tech transmission – which also comes standard in the Jeep
Cherokee – dispenses power smoothly for elevated refinement. Such
performance is made possible because the ratio steps between its gears
are smaller than those of other transmissions.

The Jeep Cherokee has earned multiple media accolades, from Rocky
Mountain Automotive Press Association’s SUV of the Year to 2014 Canadian
Utility Vehicle of the Year, courtesy of the Automobile Journalists
Association of Canada (AJAC).

As read on: http://www.chryslergroup360.com/featured_news/stop-start-save/

Ram Snatches Truck Torque Crown with 865-lb-ft Cummins Diesel for 2015

Ford threw down the gauntlet last year with the revelation that its 2015 Super Duty pickups would produce 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of torque, yet we knew it wouldn’t be long before one of the other domestic brands launched a volley of its own in the heavy-duty pickup war. 

It turns out the honor goes to Ram, as it’s shouting from the mountaintop—a mountaintop that one of its trucks tugged into an aesthetically pleasing position, natch—that the turbo-diesel Cummins inline-six will pack 865 lb-ft of torque for 2015. Yes, that’s a full 5 lb-ft more than Ford’s Power Stroke V-8. You’ll feel it off the line.
Ram is also touting another 70 pounds of payload capacity for its regular-cab dualie Ram 3500. It can now haul a class-leading 7390 pounds, topping the Ford’s 7260-pound max despite the latter’s shady mathematical practices that involve calculating the payload rating by stripping off or substituting standard parts such as bumpers and wheels. The Ram 3500 also barely tops, by a bag of potting soil or so, the Chevy Silverado’s 7374-pound max-payload rating. But the thin victories for Ram are nevertheless huge in the pickup game, where bragging rights are incredibly important marketing tools.

Ram still trounces all non-commercial-grade comers with its 30,000-pound fifth-wheel tow rating for its 3500-grade truck, besting the F-350 Super Duty by 3300 pounds and the Chevrolet Silverado HD by 6800 pounds, and it does so, Ram says, while fully complying with SAE J2807 testing criteria. For its 2500 pickup, Ram also claims a best-in-class towing capacity of 17,970 pounds.

As read on: http://blog.caranddriver.com/do-all-of-the-twist-ram-snatches-truck-torque-crown-with-865-lb-ft-cummins-diesel-for-2015/

2015 Caravan: most affordable 3-row

The Dodge Caravan will remain the most affordable three-row minivan in America for 2015, with a starting price of $21,890 (including destination charge).  That’s for the American Value Package, a setup derived from the popular Canadian Value Package.

The “normal base” SE starts at around $3,000 more, with the well-equipped SXT coming in at $27,990.  The sport Dodge Caravan R/T, set up for better cornering and a snazzier look, tops the charts at $30,990.

The Grand Caravan is both the best selling minivan in America so far this year, and the fastest-growing, with sales up by 12%. For 2015, the R/T will get standard 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with gloss black pockets, all minivans will have standard daytime running lights, and there will be two new packages on SE and SXT. Both include Blacktop and UConnect Hands-Free; one adds a power driver’s seat ($995) and the other, the power window group ($1,195).

Timing for the new “RU” series minivans is uncertain, with a factory closure late in 2014 indicating an early 2015 launch, but Sergio Marchionne most recently projecting new minivans for early 2016.  Some sources have said that the current Caravan will continue for one or two years afterwards, while a full-size crossover is being designed and tested.

Chrysler Town & Country starts where Dodge Caravan ends, with the base LX at $30,990.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/08/2015-caravan-most-affordable-3-row

New Platinum, LX minivans

For 2015, Chrysler will add new minivans to both the top and the bottom of the price charts.

A new Limited Platinum actually lowers the top starting price of Chrysler minivans to $40,990, including destination. It includes everything in the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Limited, but adds a power folding third row seat and the power sunroof — at less than the price of the 2014 Limited.

At the bottom end, the LX (late availability) will match the Caravan R/T’s starting price of $30,990. The Touring, S, and Touring-L continue essentially unchanged, at $31,760, $33,990, and $35,460, respectively (including destination).

Dodge Caravan starts at $21,890. The Chrysler models come with many features standard, and more elaborate interior and exterior styling. Both share a six-speed automatic and 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/08/new-platinum-lx-minivans

2015 Jeep changes: power boost, more

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will get a minor power boost to match the Challenger and Charger — going up to 475 hp. So far, there is no Hellcat, and while it was reportedly considered, Allpar finds it unlikely that the 707 horsepower beast will make it into the luxoJeep.

All prices in this article including a $995 destination charge. Hawaii residents have a $1,045 destination charge.

In addition to the power boost, a new Red Vapor Special will be available to Grand Cherokee SRT buyers (and, despite some odd speculation by other publications, yes, the name will remain Grand Cherokee SRT.)  Grand Cherokee Summit buyers will also find un-named “enhancements” to the top of the line model, which will start at $49,590 without all wheel drive. (The base Laredo runs $30,590, in rear wheel drive form. The SRT makes even Summit look inexpensive, with a price tag of $65,390.)

Wrangler has stereo improvements and a new, optional “black steel” 31 inch wheel setup.  It starts at $23,590 for Sport (two-door), and runs up to $36,190 for Rubicon Unlimited. Generally, moving from the two-door to the extended-wheelbase four-door Unlimited adds $4,000 to the price.

All Wranglers now have a 4×4 setup, and mail carriers (and presumably anyone else who likes the steering wheel on the “wrong” side) can opt for a right-hand-drive Sport Unlimited at $36,190. That’s around $5,000 more than the usual Sport Unlimited.

Cherokee adds a backup camera and automatic headlights to Latitude and Trailhawk models. It will start at $23,990 for the Sport FWD and run up to $31,190 for the Limited AWD; AWD adds $2,000 to the price. Trailhawk is the only model with skid plates and is the base model for those who really intend to go off-road, beyond gravel and dirt roads.

Compass and Patriot Latitude gain a navigation system option, but remain otherwise unchanged as they soldier on. The little Jeeps, made in the same plant as the Dodge Dart, start at $17,490 for the Patriot Sport FWD and end at $28,990 for the Compass Limited AWD. Generally, AWD adds $2,000 to the price, and Patriot is  $1,500 to $2,300 cheaper than equivalent-level Compass, though it has more space and looks “more like a Jeep.”

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/08/2015-jeep-changes-power-boost-more

THIS WEEKEND Join us for our Indian Motorcycle Demo Event – Friday & Saturday, August 22nd & 23rd

ONLY 2 MORE DAYS!!!

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Join us
THIS Friday and Saturday,
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**Friday Rides will take place from 11am – 6pm**
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Saturday’s Ride will also include our
Customer Appreciation Event!

– 10:30am – 12:30pm: 101 WRIF – FM Detroit’s Screamin Scott Randall will be here

– 12:30pm – 4:30pm: LIVE Music by The Blackjack BAND

– Food and Refreshments Saturday by Art’s Tamales!

Don’t miss your chance to ride a new Indian Motorcycles!!

http://www.ClassicMotorcyclesDetroit.com

They’re here! Nissan previews two of its sportiest 2015 vehicles, and offers some blasts from the past

What do a classic roadster, diesel-powered crossover, and electric utility van have in common? In this instance, they all have a Nissan badge on their nose – Datsun makes a cameo appearance, too. The NY Daily News Autos drives two of Nissan’s hottest 2015 models, a few tempting European-market cars and trucks, and even classics like the original 240Z.

Nissan has one of the fastest-evolving and diverse lineups in the auto world, with most products in showrooms having been redesigned or updated within the last five years. We recently tried out the most recent additions to the Nissan lineup, and had the rare opportunity to spend time with prototypes, classic cars, and products sold in markets outside the United States.

We were among the first to officially drive the 2015 370Z Nismo, a track-oriented 370Z that unofficially debuted at an owners gathering in May. The ’15 model makes a 7-speed automatic available for the first time on a Z Nismo, and adds Recaro seats and some changes to the chassis tuning.

We drove a Z Nismo equipped with a 6-speed manual and liked the balance of performance enhancements and drivability. (A GT-R, which we drove directly afterward, still felt like a mental, hair-raising machine by comparison.) It may not rival a classic Z car for future desirability, but the Nissan Z remains a great – and sometimes overlooked – choice in the sports car world.

This was also our first drive of the Juke Nismo RS, a fantastic, performance-oriented treatment of the cheeky Juke crossover SUV. A 6-speed manual transmission, on-point steering feel, superb seats, and a surprising amount of turbo oomph make it as fun to drive as it is polarizing to view. Even if you think it looks like a giant frog, the Juke is still fantastically fun to drive.
The Juke Nismo RS is proof that great things can come in small, strange-looking packages.

It was surprising to see Nissan’s first electric van for mass production, the e-NV200, at this event. Based on the vehicle you know better as the Taxi of Tomorrow, the e-NV200 sources its batteries and motor from the Leaf hatchback, resulting in a silent delivery van with a range of about 100 miles.



Its driving position and road manners are van-like, sure, but it accelerates well, and is much quieter than its gas-powered counterpart. The e-NV200 is currently being tested by FedEx, and any future commercial sales are likely to be limited to work fleets.

The teeny-but-not-too-tiny Micra is sold in Canada and Mexico, where it competes with the Mitsubishi Mirage and Fiat 500 as basic urban transportation. It impressed us with its solid fit and finish, punchy 109-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, and high level of equipment. This is no GT-R – or even a Juke, for that matter – but there is merit in its small dimensions, frugal nature, and able chassis.

More forbidden fruit materialized in the form of the Qashqai crossover SUV. Underneath the Qashqai (say cash-kie) is a U.S.-market Rogue, but this particular SUV was equipped with a torquey turbodiesel engine. Don’t hold your breath for that motor to make it here, however. We still like the Qashqai’s elegance, both in and out, and would forgive its slightly louder engine note for the greater returns in efficiency.

Nissan fastidiously keeps running examples of its historic past, including the 1600 Fairlady Roadster seen here. Don’t be fooled by the Broadway-worthy name, because this little car is an absolute driving delight – Julie and Rex would almost definitely give it a standing ovation, in our opinion.


The Fairlady is a light, tossable roadster that does a great impression of similarly small and charming British sports cars. Except unlike the British cars in the 1960s, the Nissan was absolutely reliable (sorry MG and Triumph fans). The Fairlady’s agility is impressive, even though it does without power steering. Once the exhaust’s overrun kicks in around 3000 rpm, you have no choice but to fall in love with this tiny Nissan roadster.

The Fairlady got things rolling, but the original 240Z defined Nissan’s balance of style, performance, and budget-friendly pricing in the ‘70s. This particular 240Z was rehabbed by Nissan in 1996, as part of an official effort to breathe life into the Z brand, despite the temporary discontinuation of the car. That pricey restoration paid off, because this car is sublime to drive!
The wooden steering wheel, slick shifter, light clutch action, and limber chassis make the 240Z as compelling to drive as many modern sports cars. In time, the Z packed on more luxury features, additional power, and extra pounds. The original is the best, and probably the Nissan we’d most like to take back home.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/latest-reviews/nissan-taste-2015-models-back-article-1.1878555#ixzz3ArFWsw9R

2015 Chrysler 200 Earns 2014 Top Safety Pick+ Award

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 midsize sedan earned the highest2014 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Standard safety features on the Chrysler 200 include electronic stability control, antilock brakes and eight airbags, including driver and front passenger knee airbags. Optional safety features include a rearview camera and rear cross-path detection.

The Institute noted that the 2015 Chrysler 200 earned the top rating of “good” in its small overlap front crash test, “a step up from the previous generation’s rating of acceptable.”

The crash test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.

“In the small overlap test, the driver’s space was maintained well and injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of this severity,” the Institute said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 200 earns a superior rating for front crash protection when equipped with its optional forward collision warning system with autobrake, part of a $1,295 package called SafetyTec. The package is available on certain models, including the 2015 Chrysler 200C FWD.

The Institute has not rated key competitors to the 2015 Chrysler 200, including the 2015 Ford FusionHonda Accord and Toyota Camry. The 2014 Fusion and Accord earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, while the 2014 Camry earned the Top Safety Pick award.

Edmunds says: This is a major safety achievement for the 2015 Chrysler 200 and something that should catch the attention of car shoppers in this crowded segment.

 

As read on: http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2015-chrysler-200-earns-2014-top-safety-pick-award.html

Join us tomorrow at Plymouth High School for our Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser

The Dodge brand and Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will team up with Plymouth High School Booster Club for a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser tomorrow, Saturday, August 16th at Plymouth High School from 11:30am – 3:30pm.  Everyone in the community is invited to come out to test drive a 2014 Dodge Durango, Grand Caravan, Dart, or Journey. For each brief test drive taken during the fundraiser, the Dodge brand will donate $20 to The Plymouth High School Booster Club.

Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will provide the vehicles, and dealership staff will be on hand to assist with the fundraising test drives.  “We enjoy working with the parents and students in our community and look forward to the opportunity to help the Plymouth High School Booster Club in their fundraising efforts,” said Jason Scott, General Sales Manager at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. “The Dodge school fundraisers are friendly and fun for everyone.  Stop by and spend a few minutes with us to help raise funds for Plymouth High School.”

The Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser will not only help the Plymouth High School Booster club, it’s a fun and friendly opportunity to check out and drive the exciting new 2014 Dodge lineup.

With the cooperation of local dealers like Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth, the Dodge brand supports local schools and student enrichment programs in communities across the United States, and has helped raise over $5 million since 1993.  Last year alone, Dodge donated $714,360 to local high school booster clubs through the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.

 

We hope to see you tomorrow at Plymouth High School!