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5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

While making preparations for winter, it’s not only important to make sure your vehicle is prepared, but also you home. Winter is one of the most wonderful times of year: beautiful snow, cozy weather, festive decorations, and holiday parties with friends and family. But with all that fun sometimes come problematic forecasts that can really throw a wrench in your plans. And when that happens, you’ll need to take the necessary steps to be prepared when an ice or snowstorm hits.

From buying gasoline for a generator to trimming back trees that surround your property, these five tips will help you get your home ready for the winter:

1. Inspect surrounding trees, your roof and gutters

 

When you begin to winterize your home, start outside. Observe the trees that surround your home, driveway, garage and nearby power lines. If you have branches growing over these areas, damage may occur if there’s snow or ice buildup. Also look for branches that rub together and any dead limbs. You can identify dead limbs by checking for dead leaves, areas without bark, or spots with mushrooms.

Next, inspect your roof. It’s best to have your roof inspected by a professional annually to ensure that small issues don’t become big problems. Roofing professionals will check for curling, buckling, tearing or missing shingles; rusted, dented or damaged flashing; and secure gutters that are clear of debris. It’s important that your gutters are cleaned before an ice or snowstorm as debris can freeze and cause roof damage.

2. Ensure your home is covered from damage caused by snow and ice

 

It’s never a bad time to review your home’s insurance policy, but before winter hits is a better time than any other. If low temperatures cause a pipe to burst or the weight from snow and ice causes a tree to fall onto your property, you’ll appreciate the peace of mind that your home is covered.

To be ready for a winter storm, you’ll want to check your insurance policy before winter sets in. Ensure your policy includes peril coverage to protect your home from weather-related damage like frozen plumbing, damage resulting from the weight of snow and ice, and damage caused by water seepage from your roof.

3. Tune up your furnace and boilers

 

Furnaces and boilers should be looked at monthly, but it’s especially vital to call in the professionals for an inspection before winter hits. Inspections help to ensure that your furnace and boilers are operating safely and efficiently, and they help to prolong use. A professional can also determine if there are any gas or carbon monoxide leaks.

4. Insulate your windows, entryways, pipes and attic

 

If you’re a homeowner during the winter, your first concern might be frozen pipes. That’s why it’s especially important to insulate exposed pipes alongside walls or unheated areas, as water can freeze and cause the pipes to burst if the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Insulating pipes is easy, too. Most hardware stores have pipe insulation, and all you need to do is cut it to fit the length of the pipe, wrap it around and then secure with duct tape.

Windows and entryways are often the culprits that cause cold air to seep into your home. If you notice cold air around closed windows and doors, consider replacing the weatherstripping, which is used to seal gaps. Old or damaged weatherstripping can cause warm air to escape and let cold air enter. If you’re unsure which areas in your home are creating a draft, hold a lit candle along your windows, baseboards and entryways. If you see the candle flicker, you’ve found a draft.

Although it’s a short-term solution, you can also use plastic film to effectively insulate your windows during colder weather. And if you live in an especially cold climate, try adding Bubble Wrap over the film for extra insulation.

If your home has an attic, ensure that it’s well insulated to prevent heat loss and ice dams. Ice dams form when heat escapes into the attic and warms up the snow that’s sitting on your roof. When the melted snow refreezes into ice, water can get trapped under the roof’s shingles and cause water damage inside of your home.

5. Equip your home with supplies

 

Milk and bread will only go so far if you and your family are stuck inside because of an ice or snow storm. You’ll of course want to prep your home with nonperishable food items, water, flashlights and blankets, but also consider items like battery backups and a first-aid kit.

For the outside areas, make sure that you have a snow shovel, ice pick, salt, salt spreader and gas if you have a snow blower or generator.

Read more at: https://aaaliving.acg.aaa.com/home/get-home-winter-ready/?sf94592906=1

FCA US Safety Feature Helps to Reduce Repair Costs and Enhances Vehicle Performance

FCA US has put the feature that helps keep you out of harm’s way, out of harm’s way.

A typical Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system comprises a forward-facing radar mounted in the lower grille and a camera positioned behind the rearview mirror. These components combine to warn of certain frontal collisions that may be imminent and, if necessary, signal the system to apply a vehicle’s brakes.

The result? Impacts may be lessened or avoided altogether.

However, when frontal collisions do occur, grille-mounted radar sensors are in the immediate impact zone. So, the redesign of two high-profile, high-volume FCA US vehicles presented an opportunity for an overhaul.

Introducing on the 2019 Jeep® Wrangler SUV and Ram 1500 full-size light-duty pickup, the Integrated Radar Camera Module or IRCM.

“FCA, working closely with its Tier 1 suppliers, integrated the camera and radar into one module behind the rearview mirror,” says Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development, FCA North America.

This innovative approach could promise potential savings on repairs, provided collision damage does not affect the windshield. A recent AAA study puts the cost of some grille-mounted radar sensors as high as $1,300.

Such component integration also simplifies the interface that connects camera and radar.

In addition, equipping the redesigned Wrangler and Ram 1500 with the IRCM paid dividends, unique to each.

Removing the radar sensor from the grille “enabled the new Jeep to maintain its supremacy in off-roading capability by not sacrificing the vehicle approach angle,” Jansen says.

“For the Ram 1500, it was more about cooling airflow needed for towing capability and packaging of active grille shutters to achieve our fuel economy targets,” he adds.

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has combined city/highway fuel-economy ratings that are two miles per gallon (MPG) better than those of the previous-generation truck, whether powered by the award-winning, standard-equipment 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the iconic 5.7-liter HEMIⓇ  V-8.

The IRCM’s benefits continue to add up, as it affords protection from the elements. The new FCA system no longer needs the heating element used to lessen ice accumulation on grille-mounted radar sensors.

And finally, there is the issue of aesthetics.

Compelling grilles are among the hallmarks of FCA design, from the Chrysler 300 to the Fiat 500. Arguably, none is more aggressive than the Ram’s forward-leaning face, while none is more iconic than the one that fronts the Jeep Wrangler.

But with no sensor to integrate, FCA designers are free to preserve these legendary looks, while customers continue to benefit from state-of-the-art safety technology.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/11/13/fca-us-safety-feature-helps-to-reduce-repair-costs-enhances-vehicle-performance-saves-face/

The Jeep Gladiator May Be the Name of Your New Wrangler Pickup

Over the past few months, many have been operating under the assumption that the upcoming pickup version of the Jeep Wrangler would be called the Scrambler. But now a “long-time trusted source” of the forums claims to have spotted a screenshot of the company’s website listing the highly anticipated pickup as the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

The long-time trusted source’s screenshot was emailed to us by JeepScramblerForum, which seemingly needs to change its name to JeepGladiatorForum soon. The source on the forums claims they saw the name on Fiat-Chrysler’s media site, listed as the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, on both their iPhone and their computer browser before the listing was apparently taken down.

 If you search the media site for “Gladiator” now, all that comes up is a press release for the 2005 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck concept. Previously, the “Scrambler” name for the new truck was assumed due to the “JT” model code designation, which it shares with the previous Jeep based pickup of the same name.

The forums also claim to have confirmed three additional pickup codes for the truck, Sport Pickup JTJL98, Overland Pickup JTJP98 and Rubicon Pickup JTJS98, suggesting those will be the trim options.

Last month, a press release for this year’s LA Auto Show mentioned the reveal of “a pickup truck from Jeep,” so we’ll know at the end of this month if the forum source is right about the name.

Either Scrambler or Gladiator or whatever, Jeep is going to sell so many of these things. They could have called it the Fumbler and people would still be lining up to trade their 2017 regular Wranglers in for it.

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/the-new-wrangler-pickup-may-be-called-the-jeep-gladiato-1830379492?utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR1Q-Vdcw6Lh1w9BzzfJhOB_FWopUm9V-Qiw9pd9Z5s9FoeTlsZmtEwpqdk

Ram 1500: 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

WE LIKE New eTorque V-8, high-quality interiors across the line

WE DON’T LIKE Base eTorque V-6 could use a bit more low-end power

It’s gotta be tough playing third fiddle in the truck sales race to the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado, but FCA’s Ram team seemed to have turned any animosity it has toward its crosstown rivals into a new pickup that ought to have them looking over their shoulders.

Ram brass freed its engineers from chasing down the (relatively) lightweight Ford F-150‘s segment-best payload and towing figures so that they could focus on a holistic approach to improving performance and fuel economy. The driver behind that is largely Ram’s new lineup of eTorque mild-hybrid engines, which use small electric starter-generators paired with a tiny 0.43-kW-hr battery to help the stop/start system and provide a minor torque assist while cruising so the standard eight-speed automatic doesn’t need to downshift. The new eTorque technology is standard on the base 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and available on the 395-hp 5.7-liter V-8. A non-eTorque version of the V-8 is also available.

 The base eTorque V-6 feels gutsy for such a small engine, though we noted it felt like it made most of its power higher in its powerband. Additional low-end torque would be welcome, especially when towing and hauling. Both V-8s felt smooth and powerful, even with a trailer attached, but especially the eTorque one. “I find the eTorque drivetrain a bit smoother through the revs and shifts and when accelerating up steep grades,” features editor Scott Evans said.

Although Ram may not lead the pickup sales race, its refresh should make even the most brand-loyal Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Nissan, and Toyota buyers think twice.

Read more at: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/ram/1500/2019/ram-1500-2019-truck-of-the-year-finalist/

School’s Open – Drive Carefully

Every fall, over 55 million children across the United States head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous – over the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Launched in 1946, AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign was created as a way to help reduce child pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Here are several recommendations from AAA regarding ways drivers can help to keep kids safe:

  • Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian Boy Walking on School CrossWalkstruck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
  • Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
  • Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.
  • Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.
  • Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com

In addition, AAA, in partnership with Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries, offers safety information for children, including coloring pages, games and car seat safety videos, at SafeSeats4Kids.AAA.com.

Read more at: https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/child-safety/schools-open-drive-carefully/?sf94707374=1#.W-XYMeJG2Um

Most Popular Recent Car Technologies Everyone Loves

Let’s be honest, not every piece of new technology that arrives in the automotive world is strictly necessary (heated cupholders, anybody?). However, that is also not to say we should dismiss the arrival of all new gadgets with murmurings of how cars were so much better when there were fewer things to go wrong. Take the features listed below as proof, each of which brings a tangible benefit to the driving or ownership experience, whether it’s related to safety, entertainment, or simply having warm hands.

HEAD-UP DISPLAY
Ideally here we are talking about the fully integrated systems that project a car’s speed and sat-nav commands directly on to the windscreen, rather than the cheaper alternative where a flimsy looking plastic panel flips up from the top of the dash. The purpose of such a system is to reduce how much time the driver spends looking away from the road – and it really does work. With a head-up display you can have a much clearer idea of how quickly you are travelling at any given time than would ever be possible with traditional dials.

BLIND SPOT MONITORS
One of the few downsides of cars becoming so much safer in recent years is that the driver’s view out has actually deteriorated. For that thank the chunkier bodywork that’s required to house multiple airbags and crash protection structures. Blind spot monitors are one of several driver aids designed to combat this reduced visibility by warning – via a light in the wing mirror – if another vehicle is sitting in the blind spot over your shoulder. The latest systems also incorporate rear cross traffic alert to warn you if a car is about to cross your path when you reverse out of a parking space.

BACKUP CAMERA
Even cars with excellent visibility can benefit from having a reversing camera. These are mounted on the rear of the car, pointing outwards so as to project an image of what’s behind you on to the infotainment screen. This makes reversing both easier and safer, and is particularly useful when there are low objects behind the car you might not otherwise spot. To avoid the lens becoming spattered with dirt, some systems even hide the camera out of sight when not in use.

 APPLE CARPLAY/ANDROID AUTO
It must be galling for car manufacturers when, having spent millions developing their own infotainment systems to work like smartphones, an outsider comes along and does it better. That though is precisely what you get with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which (unsurprisingly) do a much slicker job of bringing smartphone functionality into a car than any manufacturer-developed system. Key to this are the large icons, simple menu structures and restricted use of certain features when on the move, all of which mean that any function you can carry out is as simple and as intuitive as it would be on the phone itself. Better still, with these systems appearing on an increasingly wide assortment of new cars, you no longer need to spend a fortune speccing a factory fitted sat-nav either.

HEATED STEERING WHEEL
Heated cupholders might be a step too far, but never let it be said that a heated steering wheel isn’t a gadget worth having. Paired with heated seats it is capable of injecting pleasure into even the earliest of starts on a chilly winter morning. Better still, while it might sound like the kind of luxury reserved for high rollers, heated steering wheels can actually be found on a surprisingly wide selection of cars. That includes everything from Land Rovers and Jaguars right through to a Vauxhall Corsa or Kia Picanto. Toasty.

Read more at: https://blog.cargurus.com/2018/10/23/six-recent-car-technologies-everybody-should-try

Wrangler Wednesday: Mopar unveils performance axles for the all-new Jeep® Wrangler at SEMA

Mopar and Dana have teamed up to introduce new Jeep® Performance Parts axles for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

The OEM-quality performance “JPP Ultimate Dana 44™ AdvanTEK®” axles were revealed at the SEMA show in Las Vegas and feature high-strength AdvanTEK® gear technology, increased clearance, expanded range of gear ratios and direct bolt-in axle assembly.

“Performance axles for the all-new Jeep Wrangler are the latest additions to our extensive line of parts and accessories for hardcore off-roaders,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “From lift kits to beadlock wheels to LED lights and now performance axles, the Mopar brand has trail enthusiasts covered with more than 200 Jeep Performance Parts.”

These made in America axles are the latest products to come from the more than 70-year relationship between Mopar and Dana, and were on display in the Nacho Jeep Wrangler concept in the Mopar SEMA Show exhibit.

Jeep® Nacho concept on display at the SEMA show.

The high-strength “JPP Ultimate Dana 44™ AdvanTEK®” axles feature AdvanTEK gear technology that reduces gear set packaging with more strength and durability, allowing for a condensed carrier and improving ground clearance.

Chromoly 4340 axle shafts, thicker quarter-inch steel bracket mounts, thicker 9.5 mm tubes and upgraded 1410 U-Joints also increase trail durability. A nodular iron differential cover adds to the rugged appearance while providing extra ribbing for strength and increasing overall rigidity.

Mopar has teamed up with Dana to introduce new Jeep® Performance Parts (JPP) axles for the all-new Jeep Wrangler. “JPP Ultimate Dana 44™ AdvanTEK®” axles will be on display in the Mopar brand’s exhibit at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, scheduled for October 30 – November 2 in Las Vegas.

The high-clearance carrier design adds an additional half-inch of ground clearance, and an expanded range of gear ratios (4.56, 4.88, 5.13 and 5.38) helps accommodate for a variety of tire sizes. The direct bolt-in axle assembly allows the use of OEM components and provides virtual “plug and play.” The axle assembly includes electronic differential lockers already installed.

For more information about the axles, visit www.Mopar.com.

To learn more about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, visit www.Jeep.com.

Seeing is Believing When it Comes to Road Safety

It’s no secret that properly functioning vehicle lights, wipers and mirrors allow for better visibility while driving, yet these items are often forgotten or ignored when performing basic auto care, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

“Making sure that you can see and be seen on the road is essential to avoiding motor vehicle accidents, yet many motorists overlook simple maintenance steps that can improve driving visibility,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “For example, community car care events held throughout the country reveal that nearly one in three vehicles inspected had insufficient wiper fluid. This simple auto care service can make a world of difference on the road.”

Following a few auto care visibility tips can be illuminating, helping to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other vehicles around you.

  • Replace any exterior or interior lights that are dimming, rapidly blinking or non-functioning, and be sure headlights are correctly aimed.
  • Make sure that vehicle mirrors are clean and properly positioned.
  • Check windshield washer fluid level and when it gets low, replace it.
  • Replace wiper blades if they show cracking or if they chatter or streak when operating. Don’t forget to check the rear wiper blade.
  • When in doubt, turn your lights on to help you see and help other drivers see you. Some states have laws that require headlights to be on when windshield wipers are operating.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights. Maintain a speed that will allow you to stop within the illuminated area, otherwise you create a blind crash zone in front of your vehicle.

Read more at: media.carcare.org/2016-11-08-Seeing-is-Believing-When-it-Comes-to-Road-Safety

FCA Year-End "Big Finish" Campaign Puts a Spin on Holiday Classics with Musical Artists Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic and Actress Kathryn Hahn

FCA Year-End “Big Finish” Campaign across Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram puts a spin on holiday song classics with musical Artists Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic and actress Kathryn Hahn

  • Actress Kathryn Hahn and the kids go “Caroling” with an assist from the Chrysler Pacifica and a re-imagination of the holiday favorite “Jingle Bells” titled “Lit Christmas”
  • Dodge brand’s 30-second spot sees Santa’s sleigh receiving a hemi-sized upgrade, including replacing a “red nose” with a “red eye” against backdrop of the heavy metal track “Santa Claus is Back in Town”; Consumers can get in on the reindeer action by purchasing a Hellcat Redeye Reindeer T-shirt on Dodge.com
  • Social series on Dodge’s YouTube channel launching in December will chronicle the elves’ entire process of overhauling Santa’s sleigh
  • OneRepublic’s reimagining of the holiday classic “White Christmas” for Jeep® brand 30-second video is the second collaboration with the Jeep brand this year; Song will be available for free download exclusively on Jeep.com until Thursday, November 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Gwen Stefani’s original track, “You Make it Feel Like Christmas”, serves as backdrop for Ram brand 30-second spot celebrating the spirit of giving

FCA’s year-end “Big Finish” advertising campaign launches on television, social and digital channels beginning Monday, November 5. The “Big Finish” campaign includes actress Kathryn Hahn and features musical renditions of holiday classics by artists including multiplatinum, Grammy®-nominated band OneRepublic (Interscope Records), and features an original track from Gwen Stefani and her just-released deluxe holiday album You Make it Feel Like Christmas.

“We set out to accomplish three objectives with our Big Finish campaign – it must be unique to each brand personality, it must be impactful to help sell cars during the automotive industry’s biggest selling season, and it must be relevant,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA. “Our challenge during the holidays – when we are oversaturated with holiday music and bells ringing — is how do you get more than your fair share of attention if you use the same device as everyone else, and at the same time remain true to the identity of our brands? The answer, as always is the creative twist. From a rap reimagination of ‘Jingle Bells’, to the heavy metal track ‘Santa Claus is Back in Town’, to enlisting artists including OneRepublic and Gwen Stefani to put their own spin on holiday music, it gives us the opportunity to hear a story that speaks to the moment and stands out at the same time.”

Chrysler Brand: Kathryn Hahn | Featuring Original Rap Track “Lit Christmas” (a reimagination of “Jingle Bells”)
Kathryn Hahn takes the kids out “Caroling” in her neighborhood with her Chrysler Pacifica serving as a boom box to jam out to “Lit Christmas,” a rap re-imagination of the holiday classic “Jingle Bells,” in this 30-second spot. “Lit Christmas” is an original track created by Scott Stallone ft. MC Rellik and Stones Throw Records.

Hahn first teamed up with the brand’s Chrysler Pacifica in a March 2018 television, social and digital campaign. Hahn and Chrysler extended their partnership with a social video campaign that launched this summer, with new videos continuing to run throughout the holiday season.

Jeep® Brand: OneRepublic | “White Christmas”
The Jeep brand and OneRepublic join for its second collaboration in 2018. The 30-second spot features a vibrant re-imagination of “White Christmas” by OneRepublic, with the Jeep brand’s full vehicle lineup celebrating the colors of the holiday season, set against mountainous red rocks, emerald green forests, aqua blue coastlines, softly lighted city streets, and white snowy landscapes. The holidays are where you take them, and in a Jeep SUV, you can take them anywhere.

“White Christmas,” as performed by OneRepublic, will be available for free download exclusively on Jeep.com until Thursday, November 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Ram Brand: Gwen Stefani | “You Make it Feel Like Christmas”
Gwen Stefani’s original holiday track “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” from her newly released deluxe holiday album by the same name, is the backdrop to Ram brand’s 30-second video. With a truck lineup built to serve, the all-new Ram 1500, the Ram 2500 and the Ram 3500 take part in the construction of a Christmas project – complete with giant gumdrops, huge marshmallows, and gigantic graham crackers for what is revealed to be a life-size gingerbread float. 

In addition to this 30-second video, a second commercial from the brand will be filmed live on Saturday, December 1. The second spot will feature a Ram 1500 towing the life-sized Gingerbread float, revealed in the first commercial, to the 2018 Nashville Christmas Parade benefitting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. As the title sponsor of the parade, Ram Trucks will tow all of the parade floats, including the life-size gingerbread float constructed by the brand.

Dodge Brand: “Santa Claus is Back in Town” from Album “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year”
In the Dodge spot, Santa stares at his centuries-old sleigh and proclaims to his elves – “It’s time for an upgrade!” The elves proceed to take inspiration from the Dodge brand line-up to put a decidedly Dodge-spin on Santa’s classic sleigh, from the 797-horsepower Challenger Red Eye engine, dual exhaust tips, six-piston Brembo brakes and seven-passenger seating. Dodge tagline: “There’s more than one way to fly!”

As an extension to the 30-second television commercial, the Dodge brand will launch a social series in early December that sends up popular car restoration reality shows. The social series, which will run across the brand’s digital and social channels, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, will chronicle the entire process of overhauling Santa’s sleigh, revealing the reasoning for many of the sleigh’s new features, and includes Dodge “personalities” Bill Goldberg (professional athlete, NFL player, pro wrestler and automobile aficionado) as Santa and “All Girls Garage” host and automotive enthusiast Cristy Lee as Mrs. Claus.

Consumers can get in on the reindeer action by purchasing a Hellcat Redeye Reindeer T-shirt on Dodge.com, with more holiday merchandise to follow, including the same version of the sweater worn by Goldberg in the commercial.

The heavy metal track behind the spot – “Santa Claus is Back in Town” – is from the album We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year. The song was first recorded by Elvis Presley for one of his holiday albums.

The Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram campaigns were created in partnership with Doner.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fca-year-end-big-finish-campaign-puts-a-spin-on-holiday-classics-with-musical-artists-gwen-stefani-onerepublic-and-actress-kathryn-hahn-300743857.html

Holy “Hellephant”! Mopar unveils 1,000-hp 426 HEMI® Supercharged Crate engine at SEMA

The crowd at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas has seen plenty in terms of power and performance.

Mopar turned heads this year by going big. 1,000 horsepower big.

That gets us to the new “Hellephant,” a supercharged 426-cubic-inch HEMI® V-8 crate engine unveiled at SEMA 2018 and which goes on sale in the first quarter of next year. The “Hellephant” feeds 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque into any pre-1976 street or off-road vehicle you can fit it into. That output level is on pump gas, by the way, not some exotic racing fuel.

The name? Like the engine, it blends elements of legacy and modern heritage. The 426 Gen 2 HEMI V-8 from the ‘60s and early ‘70s carried the “Elephant” nickname due to its power output and physical size, while the modern supercharged Gen 3 HEMI V-8 is the “Hellcrate” engine, debuted by Mopar last year at SEMA.

Key elements of the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate Engine include:

  • Race-proven aluminum block from the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars that dominated the NHRA’s Factory Stock Showdown class
  • 3.0-liter IHI supercharger with higher-efficiency rotors, running 15 psi of boost
  • Valvetrain and valves adopted from the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon engine
  • High-lift camshaft
  • Custom-forged pistons

Just like the other members of the Mopar Crate Engine family, the “Hellephant” 426 offers true plug-and-play installation with the Engine Kit that includes an unlocked Powertrain Control Module, engine and chassis wiring harnesses, power distribution center and electronic throttle pedal. There’s also a Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) kit that includes an alternator, pulleys and drive belt.

The 1968 Dodge Charger, left, was the starting point for the FCA Product Design Office’s update, the Dodge “Super Charger” concept.

What can you do with a “Hellephant” 426 engine? Mopar and the FCA US Product Design Office decided it was a great starting point on a project to mark the 50th anniversary of an iconic design – the 1968 Dodge Charger.

The second-generation Charger is a long and wide car that exudes speed and performance and became a favorite of movie directors, most notably flying through the streets of San Francisco in “Bullitt.” The design was built for only three years but it still turns heads today.

Five decades later, designers tackled the challenge of preserving the spirit of the 1968 Charger while modernizing it. The result: the 1968 Dodge “Super Charger” concept, also unveiled at the 2018 SEMA show.

Of course, the heart of the “Super Charger” is the “Hellephant” 426 HEMI Crate Engine under the custom fiberglass hood with a modified scoop adopted from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

The FCA design team wanted the car’s looks to match the engine’s brawn. The list of changes includes:

  • Two-inch stretch in the wheelbase, moving the front wheels forward to reduce the overhang
  • Front and rear tracks widened by 5 inches
  • 2.5-inch lower ride height in front, 3.5 inches lower in the rear
  • Headlamps from the 2019 Dodge Challenger shine behind blacked-out fixed vertical slats grille
  • Door handles and window drip rails “shaved” to create smooth body appearance
  • Custom “De Grigio” gray metallic paint
  • Wing vent windows in front doors replaced by single-piece door glass
  • Rear seat deleted, front bench seat replaced by bucket seats from Dodge Viper

In a real twist, the design team kept the original look and location of round taillights, but converted the four units into high-mounted exhaust outlets (using Alfa Romeo Stelvio exhaust tips from the Mopar catalog) with the exhaust pipes routed through protective boxes in the trunk. LEDs cast red light around the exhaust ports for the proper brake light illumination.

While the 1968 Dodge “Super Charger” is a one-off concept, it shows what performance car enthusiasts can do with a dose of creativity and the Mopar parts catalog, including the family of crate engines headed by the Hellephant 426 HEMI.

What more does it take to prime your imagination?

Mopar Or No Car!

The crowd at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas has seen plenty in terms of power and performance.

Mopar turned heads this year by going big. 1,000 horsepower big.

That gets us to the new “Hellephant,” a supercharged 426-cubic-inch HEMI® V-8 crate engine unveiled at SEMA 2018 and which goes on sale in the first quarter of next year. The “Hellephant” feeds 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque into any pre-1976 street or off-road vehicle you can fit it into. That output level is on pump gas, by the way, not some exotic racing fuel.

The name? Like the engine, it blends elements of legacy and modern heritage. The 426 Gen 2 HEMI V-8 from the ‘60s and early ‘70s carried the “Elephant” nickname due to its power output and physical size, while the modern supercharged Gen 3 HEMI V-8 is the “Hellcrate” engine, debuted by Mopar last year at SEMA.

Key elements of the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate Engine include:

  • Race-proven aluminum block from the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars that dominated the NHRA’s Factory Stock Showdown class
  • 3.0-liter IHI supercharger with higher-efficiency rotors, running 15 psi of boost
  • Valvetrain and valves adopted from the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon engine
  • High-lift camshaft
  • Custom-forged pistons

Just like the other members of the Mopar Crate Engine family, the “Hellephant” 426 offers true plug-and-play installation with the Engine Kit that includes an unlocked Powertrain Control Module, engine and chassis wiring harnesses, power distribution center and electronic throttle pedal. There’s also a Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) kit that includes an alternator, pulleys and drive belt.

The 1968 Dodge Charger, left, was the starting point for the FCA Product Design Office’s update, the Dodge “Super Charger” concept.

What can you do with a “Hellephant” 426 engine? Mopar and the FCA US Product Design Office decided it was a great starting point on a project to mark the 50th anniversary of an iconic design – the 1968 Dodge Charger.

The second-generation Charger is a long and wide car that exudes speed and performance and became a favorite of movie directors, most notably flying through the streets of San Francisco in “Bullitt.” The design was built for only three years but it still turns heads today.

Five decades later, designers tackled the challenge of preserving the spirit of the 1968 Charger while modernizing it. The result: the 1968 Dodge “Super Charger” concept, also unveiled at the 2018 SEMA show.

Of course, the heart of the “Super Charger” is the “Hellephant” 426 HEMI Crate Engine under the custom fiberglass hood with a modified scoop adopted from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

The FCA design team wanted the car’s looks to match the engine’s brawn. The list of changes includes:

  • Two-inch stretch in the wheelbase, moving the front wheels forward to reduce the overhang
  • Front and rear tracks widened by 5 inches
  • 2.5-inch lower ride height in front, 3.5 inches lower in the rear
  • Headlamps from the 2019 Dodge Challenger shine behind blacked-out fixed vertical slats grille
  • Door handles and window drip rails “shaved” to create smooth body appearance
  • Custom “De Grigio” gray metallic paint
  • Wing vent windows in front doors replaced by single-piece door glass
  • Rear seat deleted, front bench seat replaced by bucket seats from Dodge Viper

In a real twist, the design team kept the original look and location of round taillights, but converted the four units into high-mounted exhaust outlets (using Alfa Romeo Stelvio exhaust tips from the Mopar catalog) with the exhaust pipes routed through protective boxes in the trunk. LEDs cast red light around the exhaust ports for the proper brake light illumination.

While the 1968 Dodge “Super Charger” is a one-off concept, it shows what performance car enthusiasts can do with a dose of creativity and the Mopar parts catalog, including the family of crate engines headed by the Hellephant 426 HEMI.

What more does it take to prime your imagination?

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