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Jeep® Wrangler Earns Ninth Consecutive SEMA '4×4/SUV of the Year' Award


Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America, celebrates with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show “4×4/SUV of the Year” award, captured by the Jeep® Wrangler for the ninth consecutive year.

  • Jeep Wrangler only vehicle to earn “4×4/SUV of the Year” honor since launch of SEMA Awards in 2010
  • Four Jeep vehicles customized with Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar on display in brand’s SEMA Show exhibit
  • Ram 1500 and Dodge Challenger finish in top three of SEMA “Truck of the Year” and “Car of the Year” classes, respectively
  • Mopar-modified Ram 1500 pickups, one for trail and one for street, part of Mopar SEMA display
  • Dodge vehicles in Mopar exhibit include drag-oriented, street-legal Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 and NHRA racer Leah Pritchett’s championship Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
  • Mopar to announce more news at SEMA press briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:26 p.m. ET/4:26 p.m. PT
  • Press briefing can be viewed live online at https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2018

For the ninth consecutive year, Jeep® Wrangler is celebrating “4×4/SUV of the Year” honors at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, following announcement of the 2018 award winners at the SEMA Vehicle Reveal event held outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday evening, October 29.

Jeep Wrangler remains the only vehicle to earn the trophy since the 2010 launch of the SEMA Awards. Wrangler earned its customization crown in recognition as the most accessory-friendly vehicle in its class, as voted on by SEMA Show exhibitors.

“The Jeep Wrangler continues to lead the way in the customization world following the Mopar brand’s introduction late last year of more than 200 Jeep Performance Parts and accessories,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “When it comes to personalization, Jeep Wrangler is a star of our portfolio and it just keeps getting hotter.”

For the second consecutive year, the Ram 1500 pickup was recognized as one of three finalists in the SEMA “Truck of the Year” class, while Dodge Challenger earned finalist honors in the SEMA “Car of the Year” category.

The SEMA Awards, launched in 2010, are the SEMA Show’s definitive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) award, shining a light on the hottest vehicles that showcase and launch aftermarket parts.

“Once again, the Jeep Wrangler is voted as a favorite from the aftermarket community, with more exhibitors choosing the Jeep Wrangler as the SEMA ‘4×4/SUV of the Year,'” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Whether drivers are accessorizing the Jeep for off-roading or for every day driving, there are outstanding options available for Jeep owners.”

The Mopar brand’s 15,345-square-foot display at the SEMA Show, scheduled for October 30November 2, will feature customized versions of the SEMA award winner and finalists, including four Jeep vehicles transformed with Jeep Performance Parts and accessories and two Mopar-modified Ram 1500 pickups, the trail-themed Ram 1500 Rebel and the street-styled Ram 1500 Big Horn “Low Down.”

The drag-oriented, street-legal, 392 HEMI® V-8 engine-powered 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 will also be featured, as well as NHRA racer Leah Pritchett’s Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car, which she drove to the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown World Championship.

Mopar has additional news on tap for its annual Mopar SEMA press briefing, which will take place on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:26 p.m. ET/4:26 p.m. PT. The presentation can be viewed live online at https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2018.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jeep-wrangler-earns-ninth-consecutive-sema-4x4suv-of-the-year-award-300739866.html

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4WD and AWD Tire Concerns

Flat tires—not only can they throw a curveball into your day, but they can put a dent in your wallet when the problem can’t be fixed with a simple puncture repair. And if you happen to be the owner of a four-wheel-drive (4WD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicle, you may have to swap out not just one, but two or even all four tires.

Why would you need to replace other tires that have a good tread remaining when only one tire is bad? The answer is that tire-size variations can have a major effect on the durability of modern 4WD and AWD systems.

A tire’s size, or more specifically its circumference, is important because a larger tire travels further with each rotation than a smaller tire. Although such variations may seem insignificant to the naked eye, they cause various 4WD and AWD drivetrain components to rotate at different speeds, which increases wear.

But that’s not the only problem. On some AWD cars, a circumference variation of more than one quarter inch between all four tires will result in expensive transmission or drivetrain component failure within a short time.

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There are also potential safety issues. Most modern 4WD and AWD systems are computer-controlled and come on vehicles that are also equipped with anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control. These safety systems require accurate wheel rotational speed information to work properly; if tire size variations result in conflicting wheel speed signals, the systems could perform poorly or be disabled.

To reduce your chances of tire-related issues on 4WD and AWD vehicles:

Check your tire pressures at least once a month and keep all four tires inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. This information can be found in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s door jamb.
Rotate the tires at your automaker’s recommended interval—generally every 6,000 to 7,500 miles—and in the recommended pattern. This will help equalize wear and prevent significant circumference variations.
Fit 4WD and AWD vehicles with matching tires so that all four tires are the same brand, model and size, and have the same degree of wear. If you are installing anything less than a full set of new tires, always consult the owner’s manual, a qualified tire installer or a dealership to make sure any size variations will not create problems down the road.

Read more at: https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/articles/4wd-and-awd-tire-concerns

Motorcycle Storage: 7 Ways to Keep Winter from Trashing Your Ride

Few things beat cruising down the highway on a warm summer day. But, as winter sets in, your motorcycle isn’t exactly the most convenient way of dashing through the snow. When it’s time to put your bike in storage for the season, it’s important not to give it the cold shoulder. Maintaining your motorcycle while you’re not riding it is just as important as when you are.

Nothing’s worse than dusting off your beloved road warrior to take it for a spin in the spring, only to find flat spots in your tires, fluid that’s turned into a sticky paste, and weird-smelling smoke coming from the exhaust. In order to avoid rectifying a few months’ worth of neglect, here are 7 tips on proper motorcycle storage for the winter.

1. Top off the tank

After putting some fresh fuel in the tank, add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from deteriorating and leaving a brown layer of muck on your carburetor’s parts. Turn that baby on and let it run for a few minutes so the treated fuel can cycle through.

2. Fill up your fluids

Double-check your bike’s brake, clutch, and coolant fluids, replacing or refilling if necessary. Remember to always use the type and amount of fluid recommended by your motorcycle’s manufacturer. You can also drain all of your motorcycle’s fluids entirely and then refill them when you’re ready to ride again.

If you live in a place where temperatures frequently reach sub-zero, check your bike’s antifreeze to prevent engine freezing. Lube up the throttle, kickstand, shifter, and clutch cables to prevent moisture accumulation and rust (but be careful not to get lube on the tires).

3. Oust old oil

Over time, a running engine’s oil transitions from a clean, golden fluid to dirty, black muck. The contaminants in old oil can corrode engine parts and do some serious damage over the course of a few months. Change the oil and filter plug before storing your ride to avoid a sticky situation later on.

4. Conserve your battery’s charge

Some newer motorcycles experience a slight battery drain (even when the ignition’s off) in order to maintain things like your clock and radio presets. You can remove the battery from your bike altogether and trickle charge it all winter. Or, if you prefer to keep things in one package, you can store your bike with a fully-charged battery. If you choose the latter, just give the battery a charge once a month while it’s not being used.

5. Tend to your tires

If you can store your bike with the tires off the ground, that’s great. Taking the weight off your wheels is the ideal way to avoid flat spots or uneven wear. But, if you don’t have the right setup for that, you’re not out of luck. Fill your tires to the maximum recommended volume, place your ride on its center stand, and remember to rotate the front tire once a week to keep the flat spots away.

6. Wax on, rust off

The metal on your motorcycle tends to accumulate moisture, which can cause rust if your bike is left unattended for an extended period. Washing, thoroughly drying, and then waxing your ride before putting it away for the winter will prevent corrosion and other damage.

Spray your exhaust pipes with WD-40 to keep moisture and rust away. For extra protection, stuff a clean towel or some crumpled up plastic bags into the intake and exhaust pipes to keep water and critters out.

7. Pick a place for your ride to rest

Sunlight can damage leather and cause paint to fade, so if you have a window in your garage, try to park your motorcycle in a cool, dark corner. Go a step further with a fitted, breathable cover that’ll prevent dings and scratches and protect your motorcycle from dust, grime, and moisture.

Kick back and relax until spring

If you’ve followed these motorcycle storage tips, there’s no doubt your ride will be ready to go when the snow (finally) starts to melt.

Want another way to protect your ride all year round? We can help you get the right coverage for your bike.

Read more at: https://blog.esurance.com/motorcycle-storage-7-ways-to-keep-winter-from-trashing-your-ride/

2019 Ram Promaster

Furnace inspection, extra insulation, lawn and garden cleanup – these are just some of the Fall winterizing tasks in full swing around the country. Busy contractors need tools they can count on to get the job done the first time, every time. And one tool they count on the most is their truck.

Ram Commercial vans and 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs are built to handle big payloads, tow heavy loads and efficiently adapt to each contractor’s specific needs with class-leading capability and a host of class-exclusive features. You’ve seen these hardworking trucks on the road all over town. Now, #TruckThursday kicks off a five-week video series focusing on the capability and features of this hardworking truck lineup, beginning with the 2019 Ram ProMaster.

 

The change in "Spare Tire" standards…

Getting a flat tire is always an unexpected challenge, but if a current trend continues you may face another surprise the next time a flat tire strands you at the roadside. AAA research found that over the last dozen years automakers have been eliminating spare tires from their vehicles. Today, approximately 30 percent of new cars come without a spare (up from just 5 percent in 2006) and it is estimated there are more than 30 million cars on the road that lack a spare tire.

The main reason manufacturers are removing spare tires is tough new government fuel economy standards. A spare tire, vehicle jack and related tools can weigh 30 pounds or more. While this might not seem like much, getting rid of the weight provides a small but measurable increase in fuel economy … an increase automakers like because it saves them money in the process. Removing the spare can also free up space for cargo and passengers. Additionally, automakers say the tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on newer cars reduce the likelihood of being stranded by the roadside with a flat tire – although AAA road service numbers do not bear this out.

What Should You Do?

First, determine whether your car has a spare tire. Most cars without them are equipped with either run-flat tires or a tire sealant/inflator kit. See your owner’s manual for more information. Run-flat tires can be driven at reduced speeds for limited distances without air pressure. Tire sealant/inflator kits can temporarily repair small punctures, but are ineffective for larger leaks or tire sidewall damage.

If a run-flat tire loses air pressure, or a conventional flat tire is fixed with sealant/inflator kit, immediately take the car to a quality tire repair facility, such as a AAA Approved Auto Repair shop, as soon as possible for a permanent tire repair. If you used a sealant/inflator kit, you should also replace that, which can cost up to $300 for certain vehicles. Some sealants have expiration dates and require replacement every four to eight years whether they are used or not.

Spare tires are optional on many cars, and AAA recommends the additional investment when buying a new vehicle. The cost of a spare tire may be less than that of replacing a sealant/inflator kit, and it will help ensure your mobility regardless of the reason for a flat. If your current car lacks a spare, auto dealers and aftermarket tire retailers sell spare tires and the related tools for vehicles that originally came with a sealant/inflator kit. The cost typically ranges from $300 to $600 depending on the vehicle.

Whatever you do, do not get caught with a flat tire, no spare, no run-flat tires, no sealant/inflator kit and no plan for what to do next. To minimize roadside frustration and delays, review the flat tire procedures for your car today. If you are among those drivers who would rather let someone else deal with a flat, make sure you have your AAA membership card with you at all times.

Good car maintenance can help reduce the likelihood of getting a flat. Keep your tires properly inflated and have them periodically rotated by an auto repair shop to equalize wear and extend tire life. Replace your tires promptly when they become worn; the less tread a tire has the more vulnerable it is to suffering a puncture.

Read more at: https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/articles/the-amazing-disappearing-spare-tire?sf94059362=1

Jeep, Ram stand out in resale-value report

Not that many years ago, Chrysler Group had a problem with low resale value, because too many cars were sold via heavily discounted fleets and severe incentives.

J.D. Power announced that three FCA vehicles had the lowest depreciation rate in their segments (Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Jeep Wrangler).

More impressive, the Ram 3500 actually had the lowest depreciation rate in the industry, while Jeep was the best-rated brand for depreciation, overall.

That’s a hefty improvement from past years, and may be pegged to increases in retail sales and more-controlled incentives. Customers may also see Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles as having higher quality than in the past.

The 2018 awards were based on 650,000 sales (to dealers) of three-year-old cars. 244 car models, divided into 25 categories, were involved in the study. FCA did not compete in every category, e.g. “small premium SUV.”

Read more at: https://www.allpar.com/news/2018/10/retail-sales-falling-incentives-helped-fca-in-resale-value-42505

Clean Sweep: 2019 Ram 1500 Crowned "Truck of Texas," 2019 Maserati Levante GTS Named "SUV of Texas," 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Named "CUV of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

  • FCA brands take highest honors at Texas Truck Rodeo
  • All-new 2019 Ram 1500 wins top award as Truck of Texas, plus Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas, Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, Best Powertrain (eTorque Mild Hybrid System) and Best New Technology (12-inch Uconnect Screen)
  • 2019 Maserati Levante GTS wins SUV of Texas and Full-Size Luxury SUV
  • 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio wins CUV of Texas and Luxury CUV
  • All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler wins Off-Road SUV of Texas and Mid-Size SUV of Texas
  • Ram Power Wagon wins Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee wins Mid-Size Luxury SUV category, scoring a win for the seventh consecutive year
  • Dodge Durango SRT wins Full-size SUV category for the second consecutive year
  • FCA US vehicles take home the most awards, 15 of 24, of any manufacturer at the annual competition

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 earned top honors as the Truck of Texas at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo, hosted by the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA), along with a clean sweep of the top awards with the 2019 Maserati Levante GTS named SUV of Texas and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio named CUV of Texas. The Dodge Durango SRT and Jeep® vehicles also collected several awards. Collectively, FCA brands secured the most awards, 15 of 24, of any manufacturer at the event.

This year’s Rodeo was especially challenging with muddy conditions and wet roads – an environment where the lineup of FCA vehicles particularly excelled.

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 stole the hearts of our members this year, and has earned our highest honor as the 2019 Truck of Texas. It’s not only capable, but it is comfortable, and the attention to detail is unlike anything in the truck market. It’s a home run for the Ram brand that scored the Truck of Texas trophy,” said Michael Marrs, President of TAWA.

A total of 57 pickups, SUVs, crossovers and commercial vehicles were entered in the competition and 69 TAWA members attended the event. Members cast their votes after two days of on- and off-road vehicle evaluations. Consideration is given to everything from exterior/interior styling and off-road capability to the entrant’s overall utility, value and performance.

Ram, Jeep, Dodge, Alfa Romeo and Maserati vehicles with top honors:

Ram Brand
Truck of Texas: 2019 Ram 1500
Full-size Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500
Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram Power Wagon
Luxury Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn
Off-Road Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel
Best Powertrain:  2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Mild Hybrid System
Best New Technology: 2019 Ram 1500 12-inch Uconnect Touchscreen

Jeep Brand
Mid-Size Luxury SUV: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Mid-Size SUV: 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Off-Road SUV: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Dodge Brand
Full-Size SUV: 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

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All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler offers greater safety and security features

The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler offers legendary 4×4 capability and more than 75 available active and passive safety and security features.

Some of the available features include:

  • ParkView rear backup camera and Rear Park Assist sensors
  • Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection systems
  • Four standard air bags, including seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags
  • Roadside assistance and SOS call, featuring overhead console-mounted buttons for emergency services, roadside assistance, Uconnect Customer Care and non-collision related emergencies

All-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler

All-speed traction control applies individual brakes alone or in combination with engine torque limitation to prevent wheel slip.

For more information about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and its many safety and security features, visit Jeep.com.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/10/17/wrangler-wednesday-all-new-2018-jeep-wrangler-offers-greater-safety-and-security-features/

Four FCA US Vehicles Win Top Honors in 2018 J.D. Power Resale Value Awards

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Ram 3500 Heavy Duty awarded with the Highest Resale Value in the industry
  • Dodge Challenger and Charger awarded with the Highest Resale Value in the Midsize Sporty Car segment and the Large Car segment, respectively
  • Jeep® Wrangler awarded with the Highest Resale Value in the Compact SUV segment

Four FCA US vehicles were awarded with a 2018 J.D. Power Resale Value Award, recognizing the best resale value across 24 model-level vehicle segments. Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks won for having the highest resale value in the entire industry. Dodge Challenger, Charger and Jeep® Wrangler won in their respective segments for having exceptional resale value.

  • Highest Resale Value Industry-wide: Ram 3500 Heavy Duty
  • Highest Resale Value Midsize Sporty Car segment: Dodge Challenger
  • Highest Resale Value Large Car segment: Dodge Charger
  • Highest Resale Value Compact SUV segment: Jeep Wrangler

For the 2018 award process, 244 vehicle models were evaluated using a sample of over 650,000 transactions with an average of 3,500 data points assessed on each vehicle. The award selection process utilizes used vehicle wholesale prices, which represent how much a dealer buys a used vehicle for. These prices are then divided by the vehicle’s original purchase price. These calculations are based on wholesale records from January through June 2018 for vehicles that are three years old. For the 2018 calculation, 2015 is the applicable model year.

Ram 3500
Ram Truck builds America’s longest-lasting pickups, proving a commitment to quality, reliability and durability. For 2018, Ram continues to offer incredible capability in three-quarter and one-ton pickups with 31,210 pounds of towing, 7,390 pounds of payload and 930 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram Heavy Duty offers more innovative features and better ride quality than competitors’ trucks, made possible by a five-link coil suspension or optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.

Dodge Challenger
Building on the success of the Challenger in 2018, Dodge launches the most powerful SRT Hellcat lineup ever in 2019, by leveraging the power of the record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to introduce the new performance halo for the brand and the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car – the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat returns with output now starting at 717-horsepower and both Hellcat models feature a new dual-snorkel hood that pays homage to the distinctive Dodge design themes from some of its most famous muscle cars, including the 1970 Dart Swinger and 1971 Demon. The new R/T Scat Pack Widebody includes fender flares, adding 3.5 inches of body width, 20 x 11-inch forged wheels, 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires and larger six-piston Brembo brakes in the front for improved on-road and on-track performance. The new Challenger GT rear-wheel-drive model extends its performance capabilities with standard Super Track Pak features, performance hood, splitter and seats, for the first time ever with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.

Eight distinct models make up the reconfigured vehicle lineup for 2019: SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. Numerous option packages offer all the upgrades, unique heritage cues and additional performance that Dodge//SRT customers demand. Challenger offers a full range of engine options, including the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 on SXT, SXT AWD, GT and GT AWD models, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 in the R/T models, the naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V-8 on R/T Scat Pack models, the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 on the SRT Hellcat and a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 on the SRT Hellcat Redeye.

Dodge Charger
From the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world to V-6 efficiency and all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, the Dodge Charger lineup is designed and engineered to provide the ultimate in high-performance comfort and road-ready confidence as America’s only four-door muscle car. Dodge Charger’s rear-wheel-drive (RWD) architecture enables a model lineup highlighted by extensive performance-driven powertrains with the latest technology under the hood and behind the wheel – further building on the Dodge brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class power, efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling.

Standard on every Dodge Charger model is the innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Charger offers a full range of powerful engine options on six distinct models, including the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 on Charger SXT, SXT AWD and GT, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI®® V-8 on R/T models, the naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V-8 on R/T Scat Pack models and the 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI SRT Hellcat V-8.

For 2019, Dodge repositions the lineup to include a new Charger SXT AWD model and a new Charger GT RWD performance V-6 model. Charger GT and R/T models get the performance look and features standard and receive a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades. Charger SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack feature standard performance upgrades, including Launch Assist and Line Lock; a new performance grille with dual air inlets; new Launch Control switch on R/T Scat Pack; and Torque Reserve, After-Run Chiller on SRT Hellcat.

Jeep Wrangler
The iconic Jeep® Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – delivers unmatched off-road capability and is produced with more than seven decades of 4×4 engineering experience. Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, electronic lockers and is one of the few midsize SUVs that offer a six-speed manual transmission in addition to its available eight-speed automatic.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments and private equity firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/four-fca-us-vehicles-win-top-honors-in-2018-jd-power-resale-value-awards-300731167.html

Rebelle Rally Ram Truck team goes for ‘three-peat’ with the 2019 Ram Rebel

The 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel is about to get ‘down and dirty’ with 1,243 miles of rugged southwest terrain when the 2018 Rebelle Rally hits the trails Saturday, October 13, in Lake Tahoe, California.

The all-female, off-roading and navigation rally brings teams of women from all over the globe together for seven days of intense off-road adventure through California and Nevada deserts, sand dunes and dirt trails.

Veteran off-roader Nena Barlow and her teammate Chris Mayne will be competing for the coveted Rebelle Rally Bone Stock Award in a stock 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel. Barlow’s 2016 and 2017 Rally efforts netted her a third and second-place overall finish, as well as back-to-back Bone Stock awards for being the highest finishing unmodified vehicle.

2019 Ram Rebel Team 4 Corners Chris Mayne (left) and Nena Barlow (right)

Their full-size Ram 1500 Rebel off-roader, which they’ve nicknamed ‘Pepper,’ has even more options for adventure on the road-less-traveled, like a factory lift, locking rear differential and a new-this-year Quad Cab configuration.

Barlow owns and manages a southwest off-road tour business called Barlow Adventures, and was recently named one of only eight people selected as a Master Trainer by the International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers’ Association (I4WDTA).

The competing teams have their work cut out for them because the Rebelle Rally calls on precision navigation and driving skills, not speed, to reach pre-determined checkpoints in a prescribed amount of time. No GPS, cell phones or other technology ‘helpers’ allowed.

Barlow and Mayne’s Team 4 Corners has loaded up their supplies and camping gear. Early Saturday morning, they’ll set out on the ultimate off-road adventure with maps, compass, road book and a determined passion to bring home the prize.

Click here to follow the Ram Rebel Team 4 Corners daily progress. We’ll check in again with the team early next week. And, of course, we’ll follow up with the final post-race team ranking.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/10/11/rebelle-rally-ram-truck-team-goes-for-three-peat-with-the-2019-ram-rebel/