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Hot Car Fatalities Are Year-Round Threat to Children and Pets

CR testing shows it doesn’t take hot weather for kids to wind up in danger

Even on days with mild temperatures, the heat inside a closed vehicle can reach dangerous levels within an hour, posing major health risks to small children or pets left inside, Consumer Reports testing shows.

Summer has not officially started, but parents and others should be vigilant about the ongoing danger of hot cars. In some parts of the country, it can be a four-season threat, and there are tragic examples every year.

CR testing showed that even when it was 61° F outside, the temperature inside a closed car reached more than 105° F in just 1 hour, an extremely dangerous and potentially fatal level for a child.

“Temperatures that might seem comfortable for adults can quickly become dangerous for children,” says Orly Avitzur, M.D., medical director for Consumer Reports. “And elderly passengers who can’t care for themselves, or those with cognitive problems, can also be at risk if they’re left in a car on even a mild day.”

The CR test results help dispel the myth that hot car deaths or heat stroke happen only on blisteringly hot days in the dead of summer.

And the idea that your car’s color can significantly mitigate that heat inside the vehicle is also largely a myth, CR found from its testing.

“Children should never be left unattended in a car for even a short period of time. Even when it’s not that hot outside, our test results show how quickly temperatures inside the car escalate, regardless of whether your car is light or dark,” says Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at CR’s Auto Test Center.

And new research shows that drivers shouldn’t rely on shade to provide enough cooling power, either. Researchers at Arizona State University and the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine evaluated cabin air temperature and surface temperatures in identical vehicles placed in both the shade and the sun. The study estimates that in a shaded vehicle, a 2-year-old child’s core temperature could reach a dangerous—potentially deadly—104° F in a little less than 2 hours.

Heat stroke is the leading cause of deaths in vehicles (excluding crashes) for children 14 years old and younger. Since 1998, an average of 37 children have died each year in the U.S. of vehicular heat stroke.

So far in 2018, six children have died after being left inside a hot car, according to noheatstroke.org and kidsandcars.org, which track these deaths.

The danger from high temperatures is particularly acute for young children because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults’ bodies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

That’s because young children, especially babies, lack the ability to efficiently regulate their body temperature. Children dehydrate more quickly than adults.

Some automakers have begun integrating alert technology into vehicles designed to remind parents or guardians that they might be leaving a child or pet behind in a vehicle.

Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, supports legislation introduced last year that would require warning systems in new cars.

Our Findings

Consumer Reports conducted several temperature tests inside closed vehicles at CR’s Auto Test Track in Colchester, Conn., to better understand how rapidly rising cabin temperatures can become unsafe. The experiments were conducted with precision instruments.

On June 28, when it averaged 61° F outside during the first hour of testing, the inside of a parked car reached more than 105° F.

On July 10, when it averaged 78° F outside during a 1-hour test period, the inside of a lighter-colored sedan reached more than 104° F. And during the same 1-hour test period, the inside of a dark-colored sedan reached more than 109° F.

CR reported the readings at the end of an hour. But interior temperatures continued to rise as more time passed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that on a 60° F day—something akin to autumn weather—the temperature inside a vehicle can reach a dangerous 110° F over the course of several hours.

The threshold for heat stroke in children is when the internal body temperature reaches about 104° F. And a child is at serious risk of death if his or her internal body temperature reaches 107° F, according to medical experts.

The risk is year-round in some regions with mild winters, including the South and Southwest. In all seasons, children have died inside hot cars when the average outside temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.

In May 2017, 5-month-old Kyrae Vineyard died from heat stroke after being left in a car for about 4 hours in Caldwell, Idaho, according to news reports. The high temperature there that day was 76° F.

And 9-month-old Bryce Balfour died from heat stroke on March 30, 2007, after he was left inside a vehicle on a 66° F day in Charlottesville, Va. His story was posted on the NHTSA website as a cautionary tale.

Car Color and Temperature

The charts below demonstrate the rise in vehicle cabin temperature when CR tested the two sedans on July 10, 2017.

Dark Sedan Light Sedan
Starting Temperature (° F) 78.0 78.8
Temperature After 1 Hour (° F) 109.4 104.1
Consumer Reports
Chart describing vehicle temperature rise in 1 hour

Why Cars Heat Up

Closed cars can get super hot quickly because sunlight heats up elements inside, such as the dash, upholstery, steering wheel, and more, according to noheatstroke.org. Those elements radiate their heat into the air, increasing the ambient temperature inside the car.

Why don’t cracked windows help enough? Partially opened windows do allow some heat to escape, says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, but as long as the heat source (the sun) continues to beat down and heat up the inside car elements, the temperature can stay dangerously high.

Checking Tesla’s Cooling Feature

Vehicle manufacturers have begun integrating technology aimed at preventing child heat stroke.

Tesla introduced its Cabin Overheat Protection feature in its version 8.0 software update for Models S and X. The automaker points out that this feature is not meant to protect children, but it’s the first of its kind to automatically lower cabin temperatures when it gets too hot inside a car that is turned off.

The feature turns on the vehicle’s air-conditioning system when the car is off if the cabin temperature exceeds 105° F.

CR testers evaluated this system in our Model S 75D on June 28, 2017, and compared the interior temperature in it with a similarly colored and shaped control sedan that doesn’t have the cooling feature.

The evaluation was conducted on a partly cloudy day over an 8-hour period. Over that time, the outside air temperature at the test track reached a high of approximately 72° F. Vehicle cabin temperature was measured in the rear seat under an infant-seat carrier canopy installed in the center seat in both vehicles.

The sedan without the software reached a high of 169.3° F in the rear seat, and the Tesla reached a high of 116.8° F in the rear seat.

The Tesla rear-cabin temperature dropped and fluctuated around an average of 111° F. Though these temperatures are potentially lethal for children, the test shows that the technology can cool the cabin.

The Tesla owner’s manual is clear about the system’s limits, and intentions: “The climate control system can reduce cabin temperatures in extremely hot ambient conditions for a period of up to twelve hours after you exit the Model S. When enabled, air conditioning turns on when cabin temperatures exceed 105° F (40° C). Warning: Never leave children or pets in the vehicle unattended. Due to automatic shut-off or extreme outside conditions, the inside of the vehicle can become dangerously hot even with Cabin Overheat Protection enabled.”

The manual also notes, “Cabin Overheat Protection does not operate, or stops operating, when the energy remaining in the Battery is 20% or less.”

The system runs off of Tesla’s super-large batteries, and using it would clearly impact driving range.

Preventive Measures

General Motors has created a warning feature designed to prevent children from being left behind. GM’s Rear Seat Reminder notes whether a rear door was opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being turned on or anytime after the vehicle has been turned on.

GM has implemented the feature in a number of 2017 and 2018 models. The warning holds promise for broader integration into conventional vehicles, which don’t have large batteries to run a cooling feature after the car is turned off.

When asked whether GM would introduce a cooling feature like the one in Tesla models, spokesman Nick Richards says that the automaker “continuously vets technologies, but we haven’t found one reliable enough yet to put in our vehicles.”

Nissan has developed a feature similar to GM’s called the Rear Door Alert. Standard on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder (with plans to roll it out to other models in the future), this system shows a warning in the instrument cluster and honks the horn if it detects that a rear door was opened before a trip and not opened again after the trip was completed. The driver can choose to limit the warning to just the display or to disable it altogether, if it doesn’t suit his or her needs.

CR’s Take

Consumer Reports believes that automakers should create integrated features that remind parents to check for children in the back seat and get the technology into as many models as they can, as soon as they can. Aftermarket products can fall short because they still depend on parents recognizing the risk and taking some sort of action.

Unfortunately, parents rarely expect to forget their children in a hot car, and so fail to act proactively.

To encourage car-based protections, Consumers Union endorsed the HOT CARS (Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats) Act of 2017.

This bill would direct NHTSA to set a rule within two years of passage requiring new passenger cars to come with alert systems that remind drivers to check for rear-seat passengers. CR’s experts believe that these alert systems should incorporate visual and audible components.

Tesla, General Motors, and Nissan have demonstrated that integrated preventative solutions are possible, even if they have not been perfected. CR will continue to evaluate those and other technologies as they emerge, and will advocate for the widespread adoption of simple, reliable, and effective backseat occupant alerts to be integrated in all new vehicles, says David Friedman, Consumers Union’s director of Cars and Product Policy and Analysis.

The AAP also endorses the integrated approach.

“Having something that is in the vehicle that is a default, that you would have to opt out of, is the right way to go about it,” says Elizabeth Murray, D.O., an AAP spokeswoman. “These are not people making malicious decisions to try to hurt their children. These are terrible accidents that are happening, so if we can make it default to take any human error out of it, then that is the right decision.”

Read more at: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/hot-car-fatalities-year-round-threat-to-children-pets-heat-stroke/

Polaris® Introduces Industry-Leading 2019 Model Year Off-Road Vehicle Lineup

Polaris Off-Road Vehicles, the world leader in powersports and off-road innovation, introduced its all-new 2019 model year vehicles with significant upgrades and technology options across its RANGER®, RZR®, GENERAL® and Sportsman® lineups.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180725005636/en/

“We had a remarkably strong first half fueled by the launch of RZR RS1™ and the innovative RZR XP® Turbo S, as well as the RANGER CREW® XP 1000 and our most popular youth vehicle, RANGER 150 EFI. These vehicles set industry standards and gave us tremendous momentum,” said Chris Musso, president of Off-Road Vehicles, Polaris. “We plan to continue that momentum through industry-leading innovations and providing consumers the ultimate riding experience with our model year 2019 launches.”

Polaris RANGER is the industry’s best-selling utility side-by-side 10 years running, and it continues to advance the technical offerings and upgrade options across the 2019 lineup. For the first time, select 2019 RANGER XP®1000 EPS models are available with RIDE COMMAND® technology as a factory-installed package and additional NorthStar Edition color options are available to choose from. The RANGER XP 1000 and RANGER CREW XP 1000 family also expanded to include the all-new High Lifter® Edition and the 20 [th] Anniversary Limited Edition.

Polaris RZR, the world’s best-selling sports performance side-by-side lineup, introduced a completely refreshed Xtreme Performance line with aggressive styling and performance upgrades proliferated through the entire offering. For model year 2019, consumers can choose RIDE COMMAND, now available in all XP 1000 colors, or the new RZR XP 1000 DYNAMIX™ vehicles, formerly only available on select turbo models. To round out the 2019 line, the industry’s best and broadest trail lineup received a power up, boosting the RZR S4 1000 – the only trail-ready recreational four-seater – to 100 horsepower.

Polaris GENERAL®, born from adventure, continues to grow its position as the No.1 best-selling sport utility vehicle. In addition to performance and technology upgrades, new colors and graphics are available across the entire lineup. Consumers have more choice than ever with multiple colors available for the GENERAL Deluxe model and a limited edition Breakout Camo model.

Polaris Sportsman® continues to deliver the No. 1 best-selling automatic ATV in the industry with new colors on premium models and improved electric power steering on all EPS models. These improvements, along with the vehicle’s rider-inspired design and proven durability, allow consumers to ride harder, go further and do more. Sportsman is legendary tough.

For more in-depth new model information please see below or for complete 2019 Polaris ORV details visit www.polaris.com

2019 RANGER XP 1000 EPS High Lifter Edition – Starting at $19,999 MSRP
2019 RANGER CREW XP 1000 EPS High Lifter Edition – Starting at $21,499 MSRP
Purpose built for extreme mud performance, the RANGER High Lifter Edition is equipped with factory-installed industry-exclusive redesigned half doors with all-new one-inch water drains. The powerful machine delivers 82 horsepower and an unrivaled 11 inches of suspension travel for a smooth ride. Adventure-seeking mud consumers will experience a 20 percent increase in overall driveline strength and a new geared reverse transmission allowing for robust durability that will cut through the mud pits all day long. The 28-inch Outlaw 2 tires, arched A-Arms and 13.5 inches of ground clearance get riders through the toughest mud pits. The RANGER CREW XP 1000 EPS High Lifter Edition continues to stand strong as the industry’s only six-seat mud machine.

2019 RANGER XP 1000 EPS RIDE COMMAND – Starting at $17,999 MSRP
2019 RANGER XP 1000 EPS NorthStar Edition RIDE COMMAND – Starting at $25,999 MSRP
Polaris’ RIDE COMMAND technology is now available as a factory-installed package for RANGER XP 1000 EPS and RANGER XP 1000 EPS NorthStar Edition models for an improved, more refined riding experience. The seven-inch glove-touch display features built-in navigation and front and rear cameras. The system provides vehicle diagnostics, allows smartphone connectivity and factory-installed in-dash speakers. A topographical map allows consumers to better navigate trail overlays and drop waypoints to remember key locations such as a campsite or deer stand. An interactive interface gives every type of rider the freedom to stay connected while hunting, working on their ranch, or trail riding.

The 2019 RANGER XP 1000 EPS and RANGER XP 1000 EPS NorthStar Edition models are available in four new color options including Steel Blue, Pearl White, Magnetic Gray and Polaris Pursuit® Camo.

2019 RANGER XP1000 EPS 20 [th] Anniversary Limited Edition – Starting at $16,799 MSRP
2019 RANGER CREW XP 1000 EPS 20 [th] Anniversary Limited Edition – Starting at $17,799 MSRP
To commemorate two decades of innovation, Polaris RANGER is releasing 20 [th] Anniversary Limited Edition RANGER XP 1000 EPS and RANGER CREW XP 1000 EPS models. The 20 [th ] Anniversary models offer the same durable design and owner-inspired improvements along with a special two-tone maroon and tan color option and custom embroidered seats. Limited quantities will be built and inventory will move quickly.

2019 RZR Xtreme Performance Lineup – Starting at $17,999 MSRP
The Xtreme Performance lineup has never looked so good. The 2019 RZR Xtreme Performance machines are cut more aggressively with a chiseled muscular stance, wicked LED accent lights and brand-new LED headlights. Inside, the cockpit features premium digital instrumentation, more storage and the XP 1000 lineup now offers all-new technology DYNAMIX active suspension and RIDE COMMAND. Formerly only available in the XP Turbo lineup, DYNAMIX is the world’s only off-road suspension smart enough to continuously adjust the shocks on the fly, giving a more comfortable and high performance ride.

2019 RZR S4 1000 – Starting at $18,999 MSRP
The industry’s only trail four-seater, the new 2019 RZR S4 1000 boasts 100 horsepower to make it the highest performing trail-ready recreational side-by-side. Polaris offers the best and broadest range of trail-ready machines in the industry with pricing starting as low as $10,299.

2019 GENERAL – Starting at $16,299 MSRP
The industry’s best-selling sport utility vehicle brings new colors and graphics for 2019 including bringing the first-ever factory-installed bronze wheels on the popular RIDE COMMAND edition.

2019 Sportsman – Starting at $5,999 MSRP
The legendary Sportsman 450 and 570 lineup delivers ultimate performance at an unbeatable price and brings new colors on premium models and improved electric power steering on all EPS models for 2019.

Find more information about Polaris’ 2019 model year Off-Road Vehicle lineupand other recently launched 2019 models at Polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on the Polaris social channels:
RANGER, GENERAL and Sportsman: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
RZR: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Read more at: https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/polaris-introduces-industry-leading-2019-model-year-off-road-vehicle-lineup-2018-07-25

Truck Thursday: Ram Truck Carries It All With Load Security

Ram truck owners are people on the move –  for work, for fun, for just getting away from it all. From kayaks to coolers, furniture to farm equipment, and everything in between, Ram Truck’s spacious cargo bed and class-exclusive RamBox are built to haul it all, and then some.

But Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups don’t just offer plenty of room inside and out for all your gear, they go the extra mile in offering lots of ways to keep that precious cargo safe and secure.

This #TruckThursday, David Elshoff, Ram Truck Communications, demonstrates each of these options and how they work to ensure your cargo stays safe and secure until you get to your destination.

Join us next week when #TruckThursday goes under the hood for a closer look at the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque mild hybrid system on the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engines.

Read  more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/07/26/truck-thursday-ram-truck-carries-it-all-with-load-security/

University execs get exclusive tour of FCA testing labs

They went from standing in frostbite-prone temperatures reaching -40 degrees below Fahrenheit to embracing the familiar, Floridian climate nearing 110 degrees. After, they went back-to-back with a wind turbine towering more than 40 feet tall, far more powerful than the average jet engine.

This was just a glimpse of what some top administration officials from Florida International University (FIU) got to experience from an all-access, behind-the-scenes tour of the FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, which contains some of the company’s most private, highly restricted testing facilities.

It didn’t end there, either. Top executives from FCA US took time to sit down and discuss the state of the industry and its future workforce with FIU faculty, administration and alumni currently working at the company.

What’s the goal? Pioneer a strategic relationship between leading institutions dedicated to top-of-the-line, hands-on education with industry-level expertise to help both college students, and the company, succeed.

“By partnering with specific schools, we’re able to strengthen the future of not just the company, but the people that will lead the future of the automotive industry,” said Stefanie Thornton, Head of Talent Acquisition at FCA.

Shaking hands, the dean of FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing Dr. John Volakis meets with current FCA US employees who are also recent graduates of FIU.

Making a Difference in STEM Education

FIU has been at the forefront of innovation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for their students and for young people across southern Florida.

Each year since 2014, FIU students and faculty have helped more than 1,200 students throughout the state with Engineers on Wheels, a program that exposes K-12 students to careers in STEM through hands-on lessons in subjects like mechanical engineering.

Due to its dedication of helping kids discover their futures, FCA US partnered with FIU on the initiative with the donation of a Ram ProMaster in 2014, along with a $15,000 gift from the Chrysler Foundation to help establish the program.

Now, as the program continues to inspire young engineers in the making, FIU and the company are beginning to establish new opportunities for college-age students to take their education to the next level.

FCA and FIU Come Together

Since launching their partnership in 2014, FIU and FCA US have explored different ways to bridge the gap between FIU’s Miami campuses and the company’s Auburn Hills complex, as well as bridging the shift from classroom to the workforce.

Currently, FIU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering within the College of Engineering and Computing is building the framework of an automotive engineering curriculum. The program will give students the opportunity to receive specialized instruction that caters to their career interests.

“We are creating a 21st century university,” said John Volakis, dean of FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing. “More than ever, our students are engaging to solve real-world problems, go beyond their already challenging curriculum and conduct cutting-edge research.”

Like FCA, FIU continues to invest in its future and to take pride in what it does.

With plans to more than double its engineering faculty from 104 to 214 by 2020, FIU also hopes to increase the number of engineering students by 20% by 2020 . The school also hopes to build a state-of-the-art 225,000 square-foot engineering complex.

Business students can expect to have more opportunities to engage and work with FCA US brands.

Through the FCA US Southeast Business Center in Orlando, Florida, students within FIU’s College of Business (which currently ranks No. 7 in undergraduate international business programs according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges) will have the opportunity to enter a marketing case competition using the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Fiat brands.

The goal, in addition to sparking career interests in the automotive industry, is to give students from throughout south Florida unparalleled opportunities to experience the company’s brands, and to gain industry-level experience.

Standing in the entrance of the wind tunnel testing facility, two FIU alumni working at FCA US and FIU administration hear more about the rigorous aerodynamic testing process vehicles must undergo before entering the market.

Building a Stronger FCA

Currently, more than 27 FIU alumni work throughout southeast Michigan at the FCA US Auburn Hills complex and its manufacturing plants. More than half of all FIU alumni currently working at FCA US joined since January 2017.

The company’s profile of summer interns continues to hold true to the company’s value of diversity within the FCA workforce.

Of 275 summer 2018 interns, more than 44% have a home address outside the state of Michigan, representing more than 67 colleges and universities from across the country. In addition, 50% of FCA US  summer 2018 interns are women and ethnic minorities—making it the most diverse group of interns at FCA US, ever.

Getting a spot in this summer’s intern class was no easy feat—out of a pool of more than 10,990 applicants, less than 3% were hired—one of the most competitive pools of applicants in the company’s history.

FIU is just one of many partnerships already underway with FCA US University Relations. Schools such as The University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Michigan State University and Ohio State University are among the list colleges and universities already partnering with FCA US.

While the company continues to develop the early stages of its strategic relationships with leading institutions like FIU, it goes without saying FCA is dedicated to investing in the future of the automotive industry and the people making it all possible.

Fitting It in: How to Pack for a Road Trip

Think of your car as one big piece of luggage on wheels.

Road trips are a great way to make the most of your travels, savoring every mile as you connect with your fellow adventurers and discover hidden gems along the way. But you can’t just throw your stuff in the car and go.

Before you head out, you’ve got to fit the family’s collection of bags, snacks, shoes, electronics and more in your car, without blocking your rearview mirror and while keeping passengers comfortable and safe. But help is here. These six tips explain how to pack your car for a road trip like a pro:

Don’t bury what you’ll use most

If you think about what you’ll need along the route before you pull away from home, you won’t need to unpack and repack. The more organized you are, the easier it is when you stop. Items like comfortable walking shoes, rain jackets and travel guides are great to pack at the top of your luggage or in a separate bag.

Pack your car in zones

Think of how to best use the space you have by dividing your car into separate smaller zones. Keep what you’ll need to access most often—such as phone chargers, addresses and sunglasses—in the front console. The area beneath the seats is perfect for items that you might need right away, such as first aid or roadside emergency kits.

Multi-pocket organizers that attach to seat backs can hold books, tablets and snacks for the kids. Unused cup holders are great for kids’ crayons or small toys. If room permits, you can put things like bungee cords or jumper cables in the space where your car’s spare tire or jack are located. Store what you’ll need at your final destination in the trunk. Place lightweight clunky or odd-shaped items in a luggage compartment on the roof; mount bicycles on secure racks.

Stack heavy to light

As you would with your suitcase, pack the largest and heaviest pieces of luggage on the bottom and the lighter, softer things on top—just remember the first tip and don’t bury what you’ll need often. Also try to keep your heaviest bags toward the center of the car, to reduce the possibility of any handling issues. And make sure you secure any loose, light items—so a sudden stop won’t send them flying.

Pack for your stops

If you plan to stop overnight, pack a small duffel for each passenger—or a single bag for everybody for one night—and store them where you can easily retrieve them without unpacking your entire car. Make sure you bring your valuables inside for the night, too.

Pack snacks that aren’t messy

Bring a cooler and fill it with healthy, neat snacks such as apples, homemade sandwiches and water in reusable bottles. Use ice packs, which can do double duty in case of minor bumps or bruises.

Clean as you go

Share a small bag for trash, and keep extra garbage bags and paper towels in an easy-to-access container in the back. Throw away your trash at each stop.

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How to Save on Car Insurance for Your Teen

Ease the cost of adding a teen driver to your insurance policy by following these tips.

Getting a driver’s license has long been a rite of passage for teenagers. When that milestone arrives, parents have concerns about not only the safety of their child behind the wheel, but also the added cost of insuring their newly minted driver. Here are a few cost-saving tips when it comes time to add a teen driver to an auto insurance policy.

Which Wheels?

Give careful consideration to the vehicle that your teen driver will be using. It’s usually less expensive to insure an older, non-sporty vehicle, such as a used sedan. Certain newer vehicles, however, come with extra safety features such as blind-spot detection and adaptive cruise control that not only provide added protection but may reduce your premiums. Work with your agent to compare the insurance costs for the vehicles in contention.

Making the Grade

Now there’s another incentive for your child to earn good grades. Many insurers offer a discount for teen drivers who maintain a “B” grade point average or higher. Families provide their teen’s report card to their insurance agent for verification, on a basis ranging from quarterly to yearly.

On Course for Savings

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. A driver’s education course or defensive driving course not only can better prepare teenagers for the road, but it may qualify them for an insurance discount. In previous decades, many school districts offered such classes. However, as schools have cut their budgets, driving classes in many states have largely become the purview of for-profit driving schools and private instructors. Ask friends and family for recommendations for instructors.

Home or Away?

How frequently your child drives will influence the size of their financial impact on your car insurance policy. For instance, if your child attends college more than 100 miles away and doesn’t take a vehicle with them, they’re considered an occasional driver instead of a primary driver. As a result, the cost to insure them drops—freeing up money for college care packages.

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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320: Beware of the Angry Bee at the Drag Strip

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Named for the quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet), the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is powered by the stalwart 392 HEMI® V-8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the legendary TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering reliable and cost-effective performance – run after run
  • Infused with exclusive drag strip technology from the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer with standard features, including SRT-tuned Adaptive Damping Suspension with Drag Mode, Line Lock, TransBrake, Torque Reserve and extreme-duty 41-spline half shafts
  • Standard interior features a driver’s seat only to help reduce weight; front passenger seat and rear seat are available as individual $1 options
  • Specially developed Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radial tires deliver maximum grip and offer repeatable quarter-mile times
  • Quarter-mile (1,320 feet) elapsed time (E.T.) of 11.7 seconds at 115 mph makes the showroom-stock 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car available
  • A new interpretation of the legendary Dodge Super Bee logo, the “Angry Bee,” marks the front fenders, illuminated Air Catcher headlamps, instrument panel and startup splash screen in the gauge cluster
  • Custom “Black Eye” high-impact exterior paint being used on the launch vehicle to gauge interest as potential future production exterior color
  • Special 1320-themed paint scheme on the Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster driven by Don Schumacher Racing star Leah Pritchett will help commemorate the unveiling of the new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 during the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway in Denver

Dodge//SRT engineers are regulars at the drag strip and well known for creating the record-setting Challenger SRT Demon. Now, once again, they are using their proven experience to create a new street-to-strip drag car. The result: the drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, unveiled today in Denver prior to the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, taking place July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway.

Named for the quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet), the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is powered by the 392 HEMI® V-8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the quick-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with class-exclusive TransBrake. It is equipped with specially developed Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radial tires that deliver maximum grip and offer repeatable quarter-mile times.

With a quarter-mile (1,320 feet) elapsed time (E.T.) of 11.7 seconds at 115 miles per hour (mph), the showroom-stock 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car available.

“All it takes is an evening spent at a local drag strip to learn that the grassroots drag-racing community is large and extremely loyal to their cars,” says Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “We created the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 for the heart of the sport, the bracket racer who wants to drive to the track, suit up, go fast and go home with a big smile and maybe a trophy in the trunk with minimal prep and upkeep.”

Bracket racing is one of the most popular forms of drag racing. It challenges competitors to race the clock, as well as each other, rewarding launch skill, consistency and racing within the preselected time target without “busting the bracket” by going too fast.

To that base, Dodge//SRT engineers added drag specific components and technologies to deliver a street-to-strip value package while producing quick launches when the Christmas tree goes green. Features include:

  • TorqueFlite 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission – required equipment for the R/T Scat Pack 1320, replacing the standard manual transmission on the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
  • TransBrake – locks the output shaft of the automatic transmission to hold the car stationary before a standing start
  • Torque Reserve – works in conjunction with the TransBrake by managing fuel flow to cylinders and controlling spark advance or retard to balance engine rpm and torque to maximize power delivery and launch performance
  • Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radials – all-new specially developed tires that deliver exceptional grip at the drag strip and on the street
    • Preproduction testing shows that the Nexen tires demonstrate consistent run times with minimal burnout preparation at the drag strip
  • SRT-tuned three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) electronically retuned for the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320
    • Includes Drag Mode that, when engaged, optimizes weight transfer to the rear for best launch traction
  • Standard interior configuration has driver’s seat only to help reduce weight by approximately 114 pounds; front passenger seat and rear seat are available individually as $1 options
  • Performance-tuned asymmetrical limited-slip differential with 3.09 final drive
  • Extreme-duty 41-spline rear axle half shafts adopted from the Challenger SRT Demon
  • Line Lock – engages the front brakes to hold the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 stationary, but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires
  • Launch Assist – uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip
  • Launch Control – controls tire slip during straight-line acceleration
  • Low Gloss Black 20 x 9.5-inch aluminum-forged wheels with knurled bead seats to minimize tire slip on the wheel
  • Brembo High-performance Brake Package with four-piston calipers

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 comes with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen that enables the driver to engage Launch Control and Line Lock within the Performance Control app. It also lets the driver select modes, including Drag Mode and Adaptive Damping Suspension, while working with the steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles to activate the TransBrake.

As drag racers know, the results tell the story. In drag strip testing compared with a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 shaves .3 seconds off the quarter-mile time to 11.7 seconds at 115 mph and cuts .3 seconds off the 0-60 mph acceleration time to 3.8 seconds.

Inside, the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is equipped with a long list of comfort and convenience equipment, including dual-zone automatic temperature control, electric power steering, power driver’s seat, keyless Enter ‘n Go, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera.

A new interpretation of the legendary Dodge Super Bee logo, the “Angry Bee,” marks the front fenders, instrument panel, illuminated Air Catcher headlamps, startup splash screen in the instrument gauge cluster and key fob.

The Dodge//SRT team painted the first Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 a custom concept exterior color called “Black Eye,” following a survey of enthusiast attendees at the annual FCA-sponsored “Spring Festival 13” event in southern California earlier this year. The high-impact color was the top vote-getter from among 15 new concept exterior paints shown at the event and a subsequent online survey of FCA employees. Dodge//SRT will gauge feedback of the concept exterior color for future consideration.

To help commemorate the unveiling of the new Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, there will be a special 1320-themed paint scheme on the Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster driven by Don Schumacher Racing star Leah Pritchett.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Package adds $3,995 to the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $38,995 for the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. The mandatory automatic transmission adds $1,595 and the destination charge adds $1,395. The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 will be available for dealer orders in late 2018; vehicles are scheduled to start arriving in dealership in the first quarter of 2019.

Fourteen different distinct Dodge//SRT colors available across Challenger lineup

Dodge Challenger customers have a wide array of exterior colors and stripes from which they can choose to customize their muscle car. Fourteen different exterior colors are available:

  • B5 Blue
  • Destroyer Grey
  • F8 Green
  • Go Mango
  • Granite Crystal
  • Indigo Blue
  • Maximum Steel
  • Octane Red
  • Pitch Black
  • Plum Crazy
  • TorRed
  • Triple Nickel (NEW)
  • White Knuckle
  • Yellow Jacket

About Dodge//SRT

Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s mainstream 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, as well as the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, which features fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody and adds 3.5 inches of width to Scat Pack’s footprint. 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. fills out the brands’ 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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Truck Thursday: 2019 Ram 1500 Debuts Uconnect Sirius XM with 360L

‘Pinch me’ moments. We’ve all had them from time to time. Those moments when something seems just too good to be real.

This #TruckThursday, the all-new Ram 1500 Uconnect invites you to ‘wake up’ to real enjoyment in the first vehicle to offer the Sirius XM with 360L listening experience.

It’s an all-new feature that’s a game changer for life on the road or wherever you go, delivering a fully personalized listening experience with thousands of hours of on-demand streaming audio and more content channels and recommendations, including all of your favorites, plus exclusive content available only to Ram Truck owners.

And the ability to personalize doesn’t stop there. Passengers in the vehicle can also customize and maintain their own presets and favorites, searching for a favorite artist, talk show host or type of music with a voice request.

Sports fans will be able to follow their favorite team’s play-by-play action anytime, anywhere with access to official broadcasts for more pro and college teams.

When you reach your destination, but not the end of the program you’re listening to, no problem. That program content can easily and seamlessly go wherever you’re going via your smartphone or tablet.

And, how about this for staying connected? Entering a tunnel or parking garage or any number of other signal ‘drop zones’ is no longer a problem. 360L will automatically pull from the cloud and switch over to an internet-based signal so you won’t miss a word or note of what you’re listening to.

A one-year Sirius XM All Access subscription comes with the purchase of an all-new 2019 Ram 1500 with the configurable 12-inch touchscreen.

Blog Title: Wrangler Wednesday: All-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler ready to tackle tough terrain

The 4×4 pedigree of the all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler was established over the years on the battlefield, off-road trails and many other challenging terrains.

This long history of 4×4 mastery was rolled into the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler with two advanced driveline systems. The Command-Trac® and Rock-Trac® 4×4 systems provide ground-pounding grip for any adventure thrown the Wrangler’s way.

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon

Command-Trac® 4×4 System

The Command-Trac® 4×4 system, with an NV241 transfer case, allows drivers to get through any off-road obstruction or weather condition with ease. This shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system can be engaged while in motion and up to speeds of 55 mph. It also features a 2.72:1 low range for rock crawling and neutral for available flat towing.

Wrangler Sport and Sahara models equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission benefit from a 48.18:1 crawl ratio, while Sport and Sahara models with the eight-speed automatic transmission feature a 44.20:1 crawl ratio.

Rock-Trac® 4×4 System

The Rock-Trac 4×4 system gives drivers superior off-road performance, more control and more torque. This system is standard on Wrangler Rubicon models, and comes with an enhanced NV241 OR transfer case with a 4:1 low gear ratio. The Rubicon’s off-road prowess is further bolstered by the all-new Tru-Lok electronic locking differentials and an electronic front sway-bar disconnect.

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon

For more information about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, visit the Jeep website.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/07/18/blog-title-wrangler-wednesday-all-new-2018-jeep-wrangler-ready-to-tackle-tough-terrain/

Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals

  • Dodge//SRT brand celebrates first year as event title sponsor at long-running event at Bandimere Speedway
  • Dodge//SRT and Mopar will reveal two new race vehicles at NHRA press conference near Denver on July 19
  • New “Drag Strip Showdown” contest to kickoff in Denver, with fans competing head-to-head in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators for trips to Bondurant Drag Racing School
  • Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett lead DSR drivers into Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, will duel on the track in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicles between qualifying rounds
  • Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil returns on July 19 for 17th year as “Official Starter” of Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar
  • Military heroes Sammy Davis, Neil Duncan to serve as event Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter, respectively
  • National FOX Network to broadcast live coverage of Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar elimination rounds on Sunday, July 22

The Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar is rumbling into Bandimere Speedway near Denver on July 20-22, and the Dodge//SRT brand is marking its first year as title sponsor at Bandimere Speedway. The weekend will feature the reveal of two new race vehicles, the kickoff of a fan contest featuring the popular Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators and much, much more.

The Dodge//SRT brand’s involvement in 2018 also marks a three-decade milestone: it follows 29 years of title support by current presenting sponsor Mopar, making this the 30th consecutive season of FCA US event title sponsorship at Bandimere, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The action at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar will begin on Thursday, July 19, with the unveiling of two new Dodge//SRT and Mopar race vehicles at a pre-race press conference near Denver. The vehicles will be on display to the public for the first time later that night in downtown Golden, Colorado, at the Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil.

“The Dodge//SRT brand has been setting records and winning drag racing championships going back to the 1960s. Our sponsorship of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals is a natural fit that connects us with our passionate fan base and allows us to carry on the 30-year tradition of FCA US support at Bandimere Speedway,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “The Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar is just the latest example of the Dodge//SRT brand’s commitment to the NHRA, and our growing involvement in the series allows us to further connect with grassroots racers and car enthusiasts who share our love of performance on the street and at the drag strip.”

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulator “Drag Strip Showdown” to debut in Denver

Dodge//SRT is inviting enthusiasts and NHRA race fans to participate in the “Drag Strip Showdown,” a head-to-head competition in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators where the top four drivers with the best race times will win a trip to the Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School near Phoenix. Winners will be paired up and coached by either Mopar Dodge Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett or Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car driver Matt Hagan for a final competition that will take place at Bondurant in the actual 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicle – the most powerful muscle car ever.

The “Drag Strip Showdown” kicks off during the Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil on Thursday, July 19, in downtown Golden, Colorado, continues during the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar and will run through November 11 at Dodge-sponsored NHRA races throughout the country, as well as at the August 11 Motor Trend Group’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” popular street drag racing and car festival on historic Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, Michigan, and the October 30-November 2 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

Enthusiasts have another opportunity to attend the Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School by entering the “Drag Strip Showdown” sweepstakes component of the promotion at Dodge Garage when the promotion begins July 19. Two additional winners will be randomly selected to receive gift certificates to the school at a date of their choosing.

Hagan, Pritchett lead DSR nitro racers into Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar

Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan and Mopar Dodge Top Fuel pilot Leah Pritchettwill lead Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers in the NHRA Nitro classes into competition at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar. 

Hagan enters Denver on a hot streak with back-to-back wins and sits second in the Funny Car standings, while Top Fuel’s Pritchett, runner-up last year at Bandimere, is perched at fourth in the standings with one win on the season. Both are seeking their first Wally trophies at the venue, while their DSR teammates Jack Beckman and Tony Schumacher will look to bulk up their existing win totals. Beckman holds three Funny Car trophies in Denver in his Infinite Hero Dodge, while Tony Schumacher has also claimed three Wallys in the Top Fuel class.

Hagan and Pritchett will also resume their series of grudge match races in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicles, which began last year at Bandimere Speedway. The pair will square off in between qualifying rounds on Friday and Saturday. Last year, Pritchett was a perfect 2-0 at Denver in her Demon against Hagan.

17th annual Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil

For the 17th consecutive year, the Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil, scheduled for Thursday, July 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. MT, will serve as the “Official Starter” of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar race weekend.

The popular free-admission event, held on the streets of downtown Golden, Colorado, provides race fans the opportunity to meet their favorite Mopar Dodge Pennzoil NHRA drag racing stars in an hour-long autograph session. Attendees can experience virtual “rides” down the drag strip in Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators and virtual spins in simulators located in the Pennzoil display, hear live music from the Steve Thomas Band and visit a variety of food, drink and merchandise tents.

Mopar and Dodge race and classic muscle cars will be on display, as well as Mopar-customized all-new Jeep Wranglerand Ram 1500 vehicles. Fans can enter to win $45,000 toward the purchase of any new FCA vehicle and can share photos from the event on social media by using #MoparBP18 or #MoParty. Popular Denver-area morning show host and Mopar fan Willie B. from KBPI 106.7 FM will serve as the event emcee. For complete information on the Mopar Big Block Party Presented by Pennzoil, visit www.milehighblockparty.com.

Pair of military heroes to serve as event Grand Marshal, Honorary Starter

Two real-life military heroes, Sammy Davis and Neil Duncan, are set to serve as Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter, respectively, at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar.

Grand Marshal Davis served as an artillery man in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was wounded in 1967 during a harrowing firefight while setting up a forward support base. Despite his injuries, Davis continued to battle against advancing enemy forces. Hearing cries from three wounded GIs cutoff from his group, Davis bravely navigated across a river on an air mattress to rescue his compatriots. In 1968, Davis received the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson for his actions; years later, footage of Johnson putting the medal around Davis’s neck was used in the film Forrest Gump, with Davis’ head replaced by that of actor Tom Hanks via movie magic. 

Honorary Starter and Ret. Army Sgt. Neil Duncan has climbed some of the highest mountains in the world, figuratively and literally. Leading a team of elite paratroopers deployed to southern Afghanistan in 2005, Duncan was gravely wounded by an IED. Despite losing both his legs, Duncan was soon up and running on high-tech prosthetic legs and, after intensive training, began a series of mountain-climbing challenges. In June 2010, Duncan and two other veteran amputees climbed 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak on the African continent, and he later climbed the tallest peak in South America, Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, at 23,000 feet. Duncan also currently serves several veteran support organizations, including as part of the grant committee for the Infinite Hero Foundation.

Event Info: Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar

The Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar is scheduled for July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway, with qualifying scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and elimination rounds on Sunday. Qualifying coverage will air live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 21. Three hours of eliminations coverage will air live on the national FOX Network starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 22.

See the video preview of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar: https://youtu.be/7u0qPUO0yLg

About Dodge//SRT

Dodge//SRT offers a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out in their own segments. Dodge is America’s mainstream 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, as well as the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, which features fender flares from the SRT Hellcat Widebody and adds 3.5 inches of width to Scat Pack’s footprint. 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. fills out the brands’ 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.

About Mopar

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) is the service, parts and customer-care brand for FCA vehicles around the globe. Born in 1937 as the name of a line of antifreeze products, the Mopar brand has evolved over more than 80 years to represent both complete care and authentic performance for owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

Mopar made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era, with Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, and expanded to include technical service and customer support. Today, the Mopar brand’s global reach distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 25 customer contact centers globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance customer and dealer support worldwide.

Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for all FCA US LLC vehicle brands. Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles, offering a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. Complete information on the Mopar brand is available at www.mopar.com.

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