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2016 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

2016 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

For a ride that not only meets your business needs, but exceeds them, look towards the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van. Outfitted with durable capability and progressive innovations inside and out, there is certainly nothing lacking in this one-of-a-kind delivery vehicle or mobile workshop. Experience the many qualities of the exceptional 2016 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van today at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or Dick Scott Motor Mall.

One of the most alluring aspects that pulls buyers to the ProMaster Cargo Van is its amount of customization available. Depending on what your business calls for, there are nearly 14 body configurations available to choose from to tailor this van to your needs, including the wheelbase and height. The wheelbases offered for the cargo van are 118 in., 136 in., 159 in., and 159 in. extended. For the van’s overall height, you can choose the 88.7-in. or the 99.4-in. length.

In addition, the ProMaster Cargo Van offers 49-inch openings on the sliding doors, allowing items as large as a standard pallet to easily slide in and out. For your convenience, the rear doors open 260 degrees, which means they fold nearly flat against the van’s exterior. This lets you effortlessly load and unload your equipment into the interior. And, thanks to the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 4,420-lb. payload capacity1, you’ll be able to transport even your heaviest of hauls.

Inside, the 2016 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van boasts a variety of capabilities to further support your business. Thanks to the sidewalls standing nearly 90 degrees, you’ll be able to load up this van with the utmost ease. Much like its exterior, the cabin of the ProMaster can be designed to your liking. There are several upfit options available, ranging from plumbing and painting, to electricity and shelving. For our customers, we are a BusinessLink dealer, meaning we cater to all of your ProMaster Cargo Van needs.

The performance of your work van is equally important, and the ProMaster Cargo Van knows how to deliver a durable and well-handled ride. It boasts a FWD system that not only lets you operate the van seamlessly, it also offers more room to achieve a best-in-class2 lowest load floor height. Likewise, the ProMaster Cargo Van also features a best-in-class2 turning diameter of 36 ft., providing you with optimal maneuverability for whatever the day ahead has in store. Under the hood, the 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine comes standard, which yields 280 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a 5,100-lb. towing capacity1. The 3.0L EcoDiesel I4 powertrain is an optional choice, and generates a compelling 174 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.

Come on down to Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or Dick Scott Motor Mall, where we have the 2016 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van for sale today! You can take a closer look at all of what it has to offer, and take it out for a spin to experience its nimble handling.

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2017 Jeep Compass debuts with tiny Grand Cherokee looks

Meet the Jeep Compass. It is, thankfully, completely new and entirely unrelated to the Jeep Compass and Patriot that are on sale now. Bet you almost forgot about that pair. As the new C-Segment SUV in Jeep’s lineup, it’ll replace both of those models and take a spot in between the Renegade and Cherokee.

 

The new Compass is based on a stretched version of the Renegade platform, what Fiat Chrysler Automotive in a fit of eloquence calls the “Small Wide 4×4” architecture. We expect front-wheel drive as standard and four-wheel drive as a very commonly selected option. The Compass should offer either a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four or a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four, both mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. There’s a chance it’ll get a manual, but it’s a very slim chance. That being said, globally there will be 17 powertrain options, according to FCA, and that may mean US consumers will have more than one choice in the matter. Judging by the first photo above, a an off-road-ready Trailhawk model is a good bet.

We’ve already seen this thing completely uncovered in these spy shots, which were taken in Brazil, where it will be produced, so the overall mini-Grand Cherokee aesthetic isn’t a surprise. The interior looks more like the Cherokee’s than the Renegade’s, however, and you’ll notice there’s no controversial T-handle shifter in sight.

So why didn’t we see the new Compass at the New York Auto Show, like everybody expected? Jeep says it’s because it wanted the reveal to occur at the plant that’s going to build the thing, highlighting the importance of the South and Central American markets for the brand. There will be a North American debut with more information coming at the LA Auto Show in November, so we won’t have too long to wait for more details. As originally planned, the Compass should hit American dealerships in early 2017.

Read more at: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/09/26/2017-jeep-compass-debut-official/?ncid=edlinkusauto00000016#slide-4075447

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Where Rugged Capability Takes Center Stage

For a midsize SUV that’s able to traverse various road and weather conditions, look towards the Grand Cherokee. From the inside out, Jeep engineers have truly outdone themselves with this 2017 edition. Incredible capability intertwines with the latest innovations to produce a ride worth your while every time you hit the road. Stop by Dick Scott Motor Mall or Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to experience the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale for yourself.

The Grand Cherokee offers you three engine options to choose from, all of which are sure to exceed your expectations. The standard powertrain is the 3.6L Pentastar® V6, which expels 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Thanks to its integration of Stop/Start technology, this engine is able to take you on a driving range of over 600 miles1, so you’re free to explore the unknown for hours on end without worrying about your next fill-up. For those who crave a little more, the available 5.7L V8 motor generates 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 3.0L Eco-Diesel V6 achieves 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a 7,400-lb. towing capacity.

When it comes to capability, the 2017 Grand Cherokee knows how to deliver a durable, sturdy performance. With the available Selec-Terrain® Traction Control System, you’ll have five modes to choose from to take on any type of road ahead: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, or Rock. Another amenity you can outfit the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with is the innovative Quadra-Drive® II 4×4 system. Thanks to this feature, you’ll have superior all-weather traction and prime off-road capability – perfect for the grueling winter months or those weekend adventures. This system even comes standard with a rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential, which monitors and transfers torque to the wheels with the most traction to ensure a well-handled ride.

Whether you’re simply heading to work down I-96 or trailblazing unmapped territory, a variety of aspects adorn the exterior and interior to provide you with a drive of a lifetime every time you get behind the wheel. When you equip the Off-Road Adventure Group II, your Grand Cherokee’s underside will be sufficiently protected, as it comes standard with front suspension, fuel tank, transfer case, and underbody skid plates. To help you along every journey, opt for available Uconnect® 8.4 NAV. On the 8.4-inch center touchscreen, this system, provides you with handy 3D navigation mapping, Siri® Eyes Free, voice command, and SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link. And, for a crystal-clear soundtrack for every adventure, the available Harman Kardon® Audio System is the perfect addition, which features Logic 7® multichannel surround-sound processing and 19 high-performance GreenEdge® speakers.

Visit Dick Scott Motor Mall or Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and you can experience the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee as soon as today!

Learn More About the Much-Anticipated Hurricane Powertrain!

Chrysler is the manufacturer that’s always on the cutting edge, from its state-of-the-art technology, to its innovative amenities. As a testament to its renowned brand, engineers have been working hard and diligently to produce a performance feature that is sure to exceed your every expectation: the all-new Chrysler Hurricane engine. We at Dick Scott Motor Mall and Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are excited for this new arrival, and we want to invite you to experience it for yourself as soon as it hits the market.

The Hurricane is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine that is a rework of Chrysler’s current 2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, particularly the cylinder head, to deliver a better performance and an increased fuel economy. This aluminum block powertrain is said to produce nearly 300 horsepower, which is a vast improvement upon Chrysler’s current top-output Tigershark® machine that delivers just 184 horsepower. An engine of this size and power is uncommon, making the Hurricane truly a sight to behold and experience.

Chrysler engineers integrate several technologies into the Hurricane in order to provide this kind of impended hair-raising performance. For enhanced fuel economy, the Hurricane boasts Direct Fuel Injection, which results in a more complete combustion and cooler cylinder temperatures for a higher compression ratio in terms of efficiency and power. In addition, a belt starter generator for Stop/Start technology is also said to be outfitted, which helps preserve fuel by automatically turning the engine off when you come to a stop, and back on once your foot lifts off the brake pedal.

It is also speculated that the Chrysler Hurricane features lightweight aluminum blocks, which help reduce the overall weight of the engine. Likewise, its offset cranks diminish cylinder wall side loading that lowers its height, adding to this machine’s small-but-mighty makeup. Various amenities, like MultiAir® technology, a timing chain, cooled EGR, and a twin-scroll turbocharger, are also outfitted to work together to generate a worthwhile performance. The Hurricane is due to be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and set to debut in the Jeep Wrangler.

With this innovative engine, Chrysler engineers are catering to what our customers look for most in a powertrain: an exhilarating high-output without the sacrifice of efficiency. Contact us at Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville, MI, or Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth, MI, to learn more about the Chrysler Hurricane engine today! You can give us a call at (877) 632-3308; we are always more than happy to assist with any questions you may have!

AAA gives motorists 10 easy ways to keep kids safe as they return to school

It’s back-to-school season across the U.S. with 56 million students expected to enroll in kindergarten through high school classes at more than 98,000 schools this year. That many students returning to school will mean increased congestion on the roadways and the need for motorists to use extra caution.

Nearly one-fifth of traffic fatalities of children below the age of 15 are pedestrians, with more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. than any other time of day.

As part of AAA’s annual School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign, AAA offers 10 key tips for motorists to help keep kids safe as they return to school.

– Slow Down. Two-thirds of motorists exceeded the posted speed limit during the 30-minute period before and after school, according to a 2003 national observational survey. Whether in a school zone or residential neighborhood, motorists should keep their speed low and be prepared to stop quickly for increased vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

– Obey Traffic Signs. Obeying traffic signs is something all motorists should do no matter where they drive. However, a national observational survey found that many motorists violated stop signs in school zones and residential neighborhoods. Forty-five percent did not come to a complete stop with 37 percent rolling through and seven percent not even slowing down.

– Stay Alert. Motorists should always avoid distractions while driving, but it’s particularly important in school zones and residential neighborhoods. Looking away from the roadway for just two seconds doubles the chance of being involved in a crash. Avoid talking on mobile phones, adjusting the radio or any other activities that might take attention away from the roadway. Never text while driving.

– Scan Between Parked Cars. Nearly 40 percent of child pedestrian fatalities occurred in between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., mostly at non-intersection locations. Children can quickly dart out between parked cars or other objects along the roadway. Motorists should pay close attention not only at intersections, but along any residential roadways where children could be present.

– Look for Clues of Children Nearby. Keep an eye out for clues that children are likely nearby such as AAA School Safety Patrol members, crossing guards, bicycles and playgrounds.

– Always Stop for School Buses. For 23 million students, the school day begins and/or ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk they face is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving it. Flashing yellow lights on a school bus indicate it is preparing to stop to load or unload children, and motorists should slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped, and children are getting on and off. Motorists are required to stop their vehicles and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

– Allot Extra Travel Time. Back to school often means increased congestion and longer commute times. Motorists should allot extra travel time when school is in session to avoid any temptation to speed or disobey traffic laws in an effort to ‘catch up’ after being delayed.
– Review Your Travel Route. Motorists should consider modifying their travel route to avoid school zones and residential neighborhoods. A slightly longer route might actually be quicker by avoiding congestion and much lower speed limits in and around school zones.

– Use Extra Caution in Bad Weather. Whether in rain, snow, fog or any other inclement weather, motorists should use extra caution. Reduced visibility can make it difficult for motorists to see children and children to see vehicles. It also can make it difficult to perform quick stops, if needed.

– Use Headlights. Turning on the vehicle’s daytime running lights or headlights—even during the day—so children and other drivers can see them more easily. But, don’t forget to turn them off when you reach your destination to maintain your battery life.

Read more at: http://newsroom.aaa.com/2009/09/2009-schools-open-drive-carefully/?sf47658456=1

Off-Road Guide

With a few guidelines and some good old-fashioned common sense, almost anyone can drive off-road in a Jeep 4×4 vehicle. Jeep 4×4 vehicles are Trail Rated, which means they can handle most obstacles you encounter.

BE PREPARED:
Always check your vehicle before going off-road. Make sure your battery is fastened, all hoses are in good condition and oil and fluids are topped off, including fuel. Also be sure that all four tires are in good condition and have the proper tire pressure. Avoid travelling alone, especially into unfamiliar territory.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT:
Once off-road, put your vehicle in 4WD whenever you anticipate a situation that will demand the additional traction. It’s difficult to engage 4WD after you get stuck. You’ll also want to get into the habit of looking over your hood, scanning left to right so you can clearly see what you’re approaching on the trail. If you’re just watching the left tire, there’s a good chance you’ll get the right tire in trouble. Avoid putting your head outside the vehicle to see what’s coming (that’s what Wrangler’s folding windshield is for). Also, many trail masters recommend keeping your thumbs up and out of the way of the steering wheel spokes in rough terrain. For example, if your tire suddenly falls off a rock, your steering wheel could quickly rotate and catch your thumb with a spoke — ouch! Generally, vehicles with power steering, like all Jeep vehicles, lessen the chance of sudden steering wheel rotation.

TAKE IT EASY:
Speed and power are not required in rough off-road driving. In low-range 4WD, the low gearing and low speed of Jeep 4×4 vehicles at idle will generally pull you over obstacles. In many cases, with manual transmissions, letting the clutch out slowly and allowing the vehicle to crawl over obstacles in the lowest gear is the best scenario. As a matter of fact, on the Rubicon Trail, the average speed is a mere 1-5 miles per hour.

SNOW AND MUD:
Generally, when snow or mud is present on the driving surface, it is the right time to engage your on-demand or part-time 4WD system. If you have an all-time system like Quadra-Trac I, there is no input required from you. In heavy snow, when pulling a load, or for additional control at slower speeds, shift the transmission to a low gear and shift the transfer case to 4WD-LOW if necessary (Quadra-Trac I and Quadra-Trac SRT do not offer a low range). Don’t shift to a lower gear than necessary to maintain momentum. Over-revving the engine can spin the wheels and traction will be lost. If you begin to lose traction in snow or mud, turn your steering wheel back and forth rapidly. This will generally help the wheels bite into fresh terrain and pull you through. If traction is lost, STOP. Wheel spinning will just dig you in deeper. The key is to maintain forward momentum.

SAND:
For better traction in sand, drop air pressure 10-12 pounds below normal pressure on conventional tires. (Return to normal pressure after use in these conditions.) Try high-range 4WD to maintain forward momentum. Depending on the condition of the sand, low-range 4WD and alternative gear selections may be necessary. Also try to make wider turns if at all possible. Tight turning slows the vehicle abruptly and can get you stuck. Again, maintaining forward momentum is key.

HILLS:
When climbing hills ALWAYS go straight up or down. It’s also smart to know what’s on the other side before going up. At the base of the hill you should apply more power. Ease up on the power as you approach the top and before going over the crest. If you stall on the ascent, back straight down the hill in reverse. For downhill travel, always use the lowest gear with a manual transmission. When descending a hill in low-range, do not disengage the clutch and allow the vehicle to coast. Severe damage to your clutch disc may result. Allow the gears and engine compression to slow you down, using the brakes only to fine-tune your speed. If equipped with an automatic transmission, use low-range and the lowest drive setting.
NOTE: NEVER drive up a hill at an angle. If the hill is very steep and you don’t feel confident that you or your vehicle can make it up, don’t attempt it. Never get sideways on a steep slope as this can lead to vehicle instability. Off-roading1 can be very challenging. Remember, go as slow as possible. Use common sense with safety being the foremost concern.

ROCK CRAWLING:
We call it “crawling” for a reason. Use a low gear and low-range 4WD and just let the vehicle crawl and idle (with as little throttle as needed) when going over obstacles like rocks or logs. Never straddle rocks. A vehicle with 10 inches of ground clearance will not go over a 12-inch rock! Maneuver the tire on top of the rocks and crawl over them slowly. If you hear scraping, don’t panic. Your Jeep® 4×4 vehicle’s skid plates and rock rails (this equipment varies depending on what Jeep 4×4 vehicle and packages have been purchased or leased) will take the brunt of the beating. Dropping tire pressure 3-5 pounds improves traction and helps avoid tire punctures. (Return to normal pressure after use in these conditions.) Remember, the ideal speed for rock crawling is 1-3 miles per hour.

TREAD LIGHTLY:
Leave it better than you found it. Observe posted signs and stay on trails and recreation areas approved for off-roading. Use your good judgment in protecting the beauty and solitude of the area. Don’t leave anything behind and, better yet, pick up and remove any trash that others have discarded. And if the terrain looks especially fragile, take an alternate route. For more information on how to Tread Lightly, visit treadlightly.org. Leave it better than you found it.

Read more at: http://www.jeep.com/en/4×4/off-road-guide/#cta-Overview-Copy_1*

How does the car you pick affect your insurance premiums?

If you’re in the market for a car, how carefully are you considering expenses beyond the monthly loan payment? One cost to look at is auto insurance, which on average accounts for 14 percent of the total cost of owning and operating a vehicle, according to AAA’s latest Your Driving Costs study. Because the car you choose can affect how much you pay for auto insurance, here are some of the things that may impact your rates.

Sticker Price
The cost of a vehicle is one of the main factors insurance companies use to set your insurance rate. The reason is simple: Repairs and parts for a luxury car will carry a higher price than they would for an economy car. So whether an expensive car is damaged a little or a lot, it will cost more to fix than a cheaper car, and that’s why it can cost more to insure.

Type of Car
The faster a car can go, the greater the risk of a crash—and greater risk means higher insurance rates. A car with lots of horsepower will likely be driven faster than something like a minivan, and the vehicles are typically used in different ways. A minivan or station wagon that carpools the kids to school and takes trips to the grocery store is generally going to be operated more safely than a high-performance car that’s likely to be driven at faster speeds.

Safety Features
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performs crash tests on new cars and publishes their findings at IIHS.org. A car that gets good ratings is going to be safer to drive and cost less to insure. Safety features that can affect a car’s crash test scores include crash-avoidance technology such as backup cameras and lane-departure warning systems, as well as other safety features like air bags and passive-restraint seat belts that work to minimize injury when a collision does occur.

The best way to learn what you’ll pay for insurance is to talk to your agent. Identify several models you’re considering, and the agent can give you insurance quotes to compare and answer questions about coverage. You’ll have the insurance information you need, and you’ll be one step closer to driving your new car.

Insurance underwritten by one of the following companies: Auto Club Insurance Association, MemberSelect Insurance Company, Auto Club Group Insurance Company, Auto Club Property-Casualty Insurance Company, Auto Club South Insurance Company, Auto Club Insurance Company of Florida, or non-affiliated insurance companies.

Read more at: http://autoadvice.michigan.aaa.com/choice/ready-for-a-new-car-heres-what-that-means-for-your-insurance/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=3&utm_campaign=bimonthly-092016-A-EE

New Heritage-Inspired Paint Colors For 2017 Dodge Models

Does power have a color? It does now. Based on demand from the
brand’s most loyal drivers and followers, Dodge is debuting
heritage-inspired paint color names and hues for 2017. The new color
names are taken directly from the brand’s colorful muscle-car era, and
carry the Dodge brand’s rich heritage and legacy forward into the
powerful 2017 lineup.

After historic success of exterior color names like the Top Banana,
HEMI® Orange and Panther Pink, the brand is building on nearly half a
century of exciting, fan-favorite naming conventions to revive a color
palette that matches the bold Dodge vehicle lineup. In addition, for the
hardcore Dodge enthusiasts, new limited-production hues for 2017
include Green Go and Yellow Jacket, joining iconic hues like Plum Crazy,
Sublime and Go Mango.

The colors will be available for the full 2017 Dodge lineup,
including Challenger, Charger, Viper, Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan
models. Here’s a list of new colors you can look forward to. Catch them
if you can.

• Redline 2K
• Blu By You
• Stout Brown
• White Knuckle
• Redline 3K
• Maximum Steel Metallic
• Bomber Brown
• Vice White
• Octane Red
• Yellow Jacket
• Granite
• White Noise
• TorRed
• Olive Green
• Billet
• Blood Orange
• Green Go
• Black Onyx
• Go Mango
• Destroyer Gray
• DB Black
• Contusion Blue
• Bruiser Gray
• Pitch Black

Certain colors carry an additional cost. See your dealer for details.

Read more at: http://blog.dodge.com/features/new-heritage-inspired-paint-colors-for-2017-dodge-models/

How to Find the Right Car Seat

Infant, convertible, or booster seat? At NHTSA, we
know that finding the right car seat and installing it correctly is no
easy task. Then there’s the question of when to transition your child to
another type of car seat. Follow these steps to help you through the
decision-making process and keep your child safe.

 

Step 1 -> Find the right car seat based on:

Step 2 -> Install your car seat correctly

Step 3 -> Register your car seat

Step 4 -> Get recall notifications on your car seat

Read more at: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm?view=full

Insiders on the 2019 Ram pickups

Automotive News has published a surprisingly detailed piece on the 2019 Ram 1500 launch. The industry weekly claimed that the “DT” series pickups, essentially to FCA US profits, are right on schedule for production at the end of January 2018. These will be the first pickups ever to be made in the Sterling Heights Assembly plant, which has made midsized cars for years. The conversion from car to truck assembly will take months.

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According to writer Larry Vellequette, to speed the launch, some engineers have been given full power of decision, rather than having to bump nearly everything up to higher-level managers. Other launches continue to use the more cumbersome, Daimler-like approach. Still, the first prototypes built at Sterling Heights will be made in early January 2018, three months after the original schedule, which could mean delays if any problems are found.

According to Mr. Vellequette’s sources, the Ram will continue to use steel for most of its body panels, and will keep essentially the same look, with smaller headlights integrated into the grille and horizontal fog lights built into the bumper. The interior is to have a new center console for more storage space.

Both Allpar and Automotive News believe this will be the Ram to finally have direct-injection V6 engines and belt-start generators for higher-performance stop-start systems. A turbocharged V6 is possible, as well.

The empowered-engineer approach should improve relations with suppliers, as Automotive News noted, because suppliers can get answers or needed changes much more quickly. When this approach was used in 1990s, it also slashed costs and in some cases increased quality. See more on the 2019 Ram 1500.

Over the weekend, the 2018 Jeep Compass was revealed, as a photo shoot in Brazil was captured by local media.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/09/an-inside-the-2019-ram-33744