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Jeep® Wrangler and Ram 2500, 3500 Receive Vincentric Best Value in America Awards

  • 2019 Jeep® Wrangler captures a Vincentric Best Value in America award in Compact SUV segment
  • 2019 Ram 2500 earns Vincentric Best Value in America: Full-Size 3/4-ton Pickup segment
  • 2019 Ram 3500 earns Vincentric Best Value in America: Full-Size 1-ton Pickup segment
  • Ram brand honored with Best Value in America: Truck Brand category
  • Awards honor vehicles with the best value in each vehicle segment

Vincentric has named the 2019 Jeep® Wrangler and 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 winners of its 2019 Vincentric Best Value in America awards. The Ram brand was honored with Best Value in America in the Truck Brand category.

Jeep Wrangler has been named the winner of the Vincentric Best Value in America award for the Compact SUV segment, while the Ram 2500 and 3500 received the Vincentric Best Value in America award for the Full-size 3/4-ton and 1-ton Pickup segment, respectively.
 
The Vincentric Best Value in America awards are model-specific honors that determine the best value in each segment. Value is determined using a statistical analysis that incorporates the total cost of ownership of all vehicles for the 2019 model year along with the current market price of those vehicles.

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
 
About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles.
 
That focus leads Ram to design the industry’s most innovative, award-winning trucks, emphasizing durability, strength, technology and efficiency.
 
With a full lineup of trucks, including ProMaster and ProMaster City vans, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. From the no-compromise Ram 1500 that defines the future of pickup trucks with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology, to the Ram Heavy Duty which combines the ability to out-power, out-tow and out-haul every single competitor with the segment’s most comfortable ride and handling, Ram is committed to product leadership.
 
Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:

  • Most powerful: 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Highest towing capacity: 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Heaviest payloads: 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the Ram Truck lineup steps forward with the full force of modern capability providing confidence-inspiring features and class-exclusive vehicle safety.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jeep-wrangler-and-ram-2500-3500-receive-vincentric-best-value-in-america-awards-300785758.html

Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness Cold Weather Hazards FAQs

  1. What is Wind Chill?

The Wind Chill Temperature is how cold people and animals feel when outside exposed to cold air and wind. Wind makes it feel much colder and when combined with cold can result in frostbite and hypothermia faster than if there was no wind. More information, including a Wind Chill Temperature Chart and Times to Frostbite from exposure to cold and wind can be found at: www.weather.gov/safety/cold-wind-chill-chart.

  1. What is frostbite and what can you do to treat it?

Frostbite is when your body tissue freezes. The most susceptible parts of the body are fingers, toes, ear lobes, tips of the nose and eyes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling in extremities and a white or pale appearance. To treat frostbite: Slowly rewarm the area and seek medical attention immediately. Do NOT rub the area, apply snow or plunge the affected area into very hot or cold water.

  1. What is hypothermia and what are the warning signs?

Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and develops whenever body heat loss exceeds body heat gain. Hypothermia is often mistaken for fatigue or irritability. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and exhaustion.

  1. How do you treat hypothermia?
  • Get medical attention immediately!
  • Begin warming the body slowly. Warm the body core first, NOT the extremities
  • Prevent further heat loss. Get the person into a warm area and into dry clothing
  • Wrap the person in a warm blanket covering the head and neck
  • Do NOT give the person alcohol, drugs, coffee or any HOT beverage
  • Give the person WARM broth and food

For more information on severe weather hazards, please visit mcswa.com.

15 things you should have stashed in your vehicle during a winter storm

#6 Emergency roadside flares

You may think this one is overkill, but flares and a reflective triangle are good to keep on hand. They can help your vehicle be seen better at night if it’s on the side of the road.

#7 Extra Hat, Mittens, Warm Clothes

Sure, you’re wearing a winter jacket. But if you have to wait in a cold vehicle for any length of time, you’ll want a little extra warmth. Even if you’re not wearing them, make sure you’ve got an extra hat, mittens, scarf and sweatshirt for each person in your car. If you have to walk for help, you’ll be glad they’re there.

#8 Battery-powered radio

A battery-powered or hand-cranked radio are the best choices.

#9 Kitty Litter or Sand

When Mother Nature brings ice and heavy snow, it’s wise to have some traction on hand. Keep a tube of road sand or even a container of kitty litter in your trunk. Sprinkled around your wheels, it can give you the instant traction that’s the difference between getting back on your way, or calling a tow truck.

#10 Blankets or a Sleeping Bag

No, we don’t recommend you ever sleep in your car in the winter. But having an extra blanket – or even a rolled up sleeping bag – at the ready can add extra warmth if you have to wait for help.

#11 Snacks

Keep small, easily-stored snacks on hand. A Ziploc bag filled with granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, and cheese crackers will do the trick. Or you can be like me and tuck away a couple Snickers and some banana chips.

#12 Water

Keep a container of fresh water in the car, whether that’s a couple plastic water bottles you bring on each trip – don’t just leave them in the trunk, they’ll freeze solid – or a metal drink container you carry with you regularly.

#13 Ice Scraper

We’re surprised by how many people we know who have an ice scraper in their garage, but don’t keep one in their back seat. And no, don’t think you can just use the side of your gloved hand, or a credit card. Yes, we’ve seen you do that.

#14 Shovel

We know, shovels are for driveways. But there are times you might need a small shovel or broom to dig yourself out of a jam. And when you do need it, you’ll be glad you were smart enough to put it in your trunk.

#15 Know the Forecast

You wouldn’t hop in your vehicle without knowing where you were headed. So don’t get on the road until you’ve checked the forecast. Know what you’re driving into, especially if a storm is in the forecast. Know the timing of the next big snow, and any other conditions that could make travel hazardous.

Read more at: https://www.mlive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/267a3891623625/15-things-you-should-have-stashed-in-your-vehicle-during-a-winter-storm.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlivedotcom_sf&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR09kvTsNe8TcPYGltPXZ7GhWJL4gggVOK4uW176mamcMiwpuDI60XDUN1E

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn Makes Its Debut

  • Ram introduces new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn Edition, the most powerful truck ever, with a Southwestern theme
  • Class-leading Laramie Longhorn interior with premium materials: real wood, leather and steel trim
  • New 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the benchmark for performance, capability, technology and luxury
  • Ram outpowers, out-tows and outhauls every other pickup available — 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque, 35,100 lbs. towing and 7,680 lbs. payload
  • Ram redesigns Heavy Duty line to be the best riding, handling and towing ever, with an emphasis on comfort and confidence

Ram unveiles the new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn Edition luxury pickup truck.

The Ram Laramie Longhorn is the world’s benchmark for upscale pickup trucks, earning the title Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas from the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) three years in a row.

“The new Ram Heavy Duty sets benchmarks in HD capability, ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology, extending well past any competitive offerings,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram brand. “The Laramie Longhorn is filled with more craftsman-like details, including wood surfaces and 100 percent full-grain leather seats, than any other truck in the segment. Yet as hardworking heavy-duty trucks, the Ram 2500 and 3500 give maximum effort all day, every day with confidence.”

Layered with premium materials, the Laramie Longhorn carries iconic features and design cues from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as the antique pocket watch, hand-tooled leather cowboy boots or a horseman’s saddle. The Ram Laramie Longhorn’s wood, metal and leather elements are all authentic.

Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn models are distinguished externally by a chrome-slat grille and header surrounding the premium LED lamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Chrome bumpers, tow hooks and side steps (power optional) come standard as do wheel flares. Two-tone color options include correlating RV Match Walnut Brown bumpers, flares and lower panels. New 20-inch wheels are offered with a variety of finishes. The large belt-buckle badging continues to adorn the side of the Laramie Longhorn trim.

Ram Laramie Longhorn’s interior trim is the pinnacle of quality with a segment-exclusive hand-wrapped, 100 percent full-grain leather-wrapped dashboard, door-panel coverings and armrests in Southwestern style. Throughout the cabin, a new alligator skin-embossed surface covers the center console, instrument panel, seats and door-panel inserts. Other unique details, such as satin warm-chrome accents with a brushed-nickel metal badge flush with the console lid and new burned-in “Longhorn” branding mark on upper glove box, give the Laramie Longhorn a well-crafted, high-quality feel and appearance. Real barn-wood accents are found throughout the cabin. Wood tandem doors on the center console reflect the heightened attention to detail and provide closed storage. At night, the cabin is accentuated with ambient lighting to create a luxurious and soothing atmosphere for passengers. Laramie Longhorn interior colors include Mountain Brown/Light Mountain Brown and Black/Cattle Tan full-leather seats with contrast piping. Heated full-leather rear seats are standard on Laramie Longhorn.

The Ram Heavy Duty pickup is the first to break the 1,000 ft.-lb. barrier and tow more than 35,000 lbs. But comfort does not take a back seat to capability in new Ram Heavy Duty pickups. Ram has improved the towing and hauling experience by focusing on confidence-inspiring features and class-exclusive vehicle safety, while adding many features from the award-winning 2019 Ram 1500.

The new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks were designed from the outset to deliver the segment’s highest levels of capability without compromising comfort. With 35 all-new and 21 class-exclusive features, Ram combines benchmark performance with strength, luxury and technology. Ram Heavy Duty trucks offer 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.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2019-ram-heavy-duty-laramie-longhorn-makes-its-debut-300782943.html

Proceed With Caution: A Guide to Driving on Ice and Snow

You’re driving down the road when suddenly your car starts to slide on ice or snow. Other than taking it slow, do you know what to do?

Use this guide to find out how to stay safe while driving on ice—and what to do when your car begins to slide:

How new technologies help maintain control

Most of today’s vehicles are equipped with antilock braking and electronic stability control, two technologies that help you maintain control on slick roads. Understand how these technologies can help, so you’re aware of how your car may react while driving on ice or in snowy conditions.

Antilock brakes: An antilock braking system prevents wheel lock-up by automatically regulating the brakes. It can decrease braking distances on slippery pavement, prevent skidding and provide greater control during sudden stops.

Electronic stability control: A system that provides selective wheel braking to improve vehicle handling and help drivers regain control in certain extreme circumstances. It uses components of the anti-lock braking system and is required on all passenger vehicles starting with the 2012 model year.

How your car will react in snowy conditions

When you purchased your vehicle, you might’ve chosen between front-wheel, rear-wheel, all-wheel and four-wheel drive based on the driving and weather conditions of where you live—or maybe just whichever came with the vehicle. Don’t know the difference between the four? Here’s a breakdown to help you understand how each works while driving on ice and snow:

Front-wheel drive: Front-wheel drive pulls the vehicle forward. It offers better traction out of the four, which can be especially useful in rainy or snowy conditions.

Rear-wheel drive: Rear-wheel drive pushes the vehicle forward, and it’s helpful to have in more rugged conditions where your vehicle may take some wear and tear.

All-wheel drive: All-wheel drive powers all four wheels at the same time, but these systems come in two types: full-time and part-time. Full-time powers all four wheels, while part-time mostly uses two wheels until additional traction control is needed.

Four-wheel drive: Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive work similarly, except four-wheel drive can be more helpful in off-road terrain.

What happens when your car slides on ice

When your car starts to slide while driving on ice, it’s simply because you’re going too fast for the conditions. That’s why it’s recommended to drive at a slower, safe speed so you can avoid taking abrupt actions like slamming on brakes.

What to do when you start sliding on ice

While you’re driving on ice, few things compare to that moment of panic when your tires lose traction and your vehicle starts to slide. Although you may feel helpless, you’re not. Prompt action, combined with new automotive safety technologies, can help you quickly regain control of your car.

Step 1: Decelerate, and avoid slamming on brakes. Your wheels must be able to turn freely.

Step 2: Look in the direction you want your car to go and turn your wheel in the same direction—this is more commonly referred to as “turning into the slide.”

Step 3: Straighten your steering wheel as you feel your car straightening out.

Also keep in mind how fast and far your car is sliding. If it’s a smaller slide, slightly turn your wheel. If it’s a wider slide, turn it more—but remain cautious. Lastly, always keep your eyes in the direction you want your car to go, and be prepared to respond if your car slides in the opposite direction.

How to help avoid sliding on ice or snow

Now that you know how to correct a slide, here are a few ways to avoid it altogether.

Drive slowly and steer smoothly: It may be obvious, but it’s something to be mindful of while driving in icy or snowy conditions—especially when other cars on the road might zoom past you. Keep it slow and steer smoothly so you don’t cause any abrupt movements.

Allow extra room between you and the car in front of you: If your vehicle slides, you’ll want to give yourself some space to correct it, as it’s best not to apply the brakes.

Install winter tires on all four wheels: If you live in an area that’s prone to frequent ice and snowstorms, installing winter tires on your vehicle may be a worthwhile investment.

Never use cruise control on a wet or slippery road: While you may want to use cruise control to maintain a slow speed, avoiding cruise control will allow you to respond instantly to a loss-of-traction situation when you lift your foot off the accelerator.

Add weight to the trunk: If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, put several sandbags in the trunk to add weight and improve traction while you’re driving on ice and snow.

Read more at: https://aaaliving.acg.aaa.com/auto/driving-on-ice-snow-how-to/?sf97861605=1

Vintage trucks complete cross-country trek to Detroit for auto show

A group of vintage American pickups dating to the 1950s finished its 10-day, 3,200-mile journey Saturday as it rolled into downtown Detroit.

The fourth-annual trek, known as “The Drive Home,” began in Houston and ended here for the kickoff to the North American International Auto Show Jan. 14-27, when automakers show off their newest cars, trucks and SUVs — many of which are becoming increasingly automated.

“Let’s honor the past, but celebrate the present by driving and showing people that even as the world changes, there are cars that need to be driven,” said David Madeira, vice chairman of America’s Automotive Trust. “Not commuting — you can have a driverless car to commute. But get out and see America, and get on the roads, which is what we’ve done.”

Each year, a group of drivers on “The Drive Home” takes a different route across the country to Detroit.

The trucks along this year’s route included:

  • America’s Car Museum’s 1955 Chevrolet 3600
  • RPM Foundation’s 1965 Ford F100
  • Club Auto & Hagerty’s 1962 International Travelette
  • Concours Club & The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage’s 1957 Ford Ranchero Custom

The group of drivers made stops in Dallas; Little Rock, Ark.; Greenville, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Auburn, Ind. and more, including Michigan cities: Hickory Corners, Birmingham and Troy.

William Hall of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, a writer for classic cars news source Hemmings.com, told the Free Press he’s been participating in the Drive Home event since it began, and it’s been a really fantastic experience.

“What we did this year is we took primarily backroads, so we went through a lot of small towns, and we also made sure that we ate at local diners, no fast food,” Hall said.

“Every time we would pull into a diner, we would basically take over the place and just have these great interactions with local people who had memories of their time in old cars and trucks, and who wanted their photos taken with them.”

Along the way, Hall said there were some car breakdowns, but watching the team members respond to adversity has made these trips rewarding.

“The first night we had a major failure on the blue truck, it’s a ’55 Chevy 3600, and we spun a rod bearing on that. So, that took that truck out of commission for the rest of the tour, and then ever since then we’ve had little incidents, but nothing major,” he said.

It wasn’t until the drivers were on their last leg on Friday night that they had to put a starter on the Ford pickup truck and ran into a transmission problem on the International.

“You just overcome problems,” he said.

Many memories were made and pranks were played along the way, Hall added.

Also, a part of their caravan was “the world’s fastest SUV,” a Hennessey Grand Cherokee Jeep with 1200 horsepower, he said.

“We have a 20-year-old traveling along with us, and along the way we’ve been having local police officers kind of like do a fake arrest with him, and so these pictures have been showing up on social media,” he said. “Well, one of them was very convincing.”

Hall said the driver’s mom back in Texas caught sight of the fake arrest on social media, and after going out of cellphone range for about an hour, his phone lit up with about 12 missed messages.

“His mom (was) crying, saying: ‘I’m on my way up with bail money.’ She thought it was real,” he said.

Tabetha Hammer, Hagerty’s Senior Manager for Car Culture who drove the 1962 International Travelette along the route, added that she’s also experienced the occasional “little joke” on the trip.

The lights on the International’s dash don’t light up very brightly when the turn signals are on, and the car doesn’t have automatic canceling, so Hammer admitted she often forgets the turn signal is on.

Fellow road rally team members started playing a points game every time she was caught driving with her blinkers going off, she said. One day on the trip, Hammer said she came out from lunch and as soon as she started the pickup, the horn started going off and she couldn’t figure out why.

“Kind of like a car alarm would, ” she said. “Meanwhile, all of the other vehicles the drivers are in and they start honking at me. I’m like guys, I’m not playing a joke here… I’m underneath the dash starting to unhook the wires from the horn and they start gathering around me.”

Turns out, the troupe had wired in a switch so that the horn would honk whenever the turn signal is on, Hammer laughed.

“It’s a family, you get out on the open road, and it’s just like any sports team or any book club, or whatever it might be,” she said. “We all have nicknames for each other and little stories.”

Hammer added that Hagerty, a Traverse City-based insurance company, supports America’s Automotive Trust, plus several of its entities, including the RPM Foundation.

Hagerty has sponsored The Drive Home each year, and Hammer said they’ve driven the ’62 International Travelette in the event this year and last year.

The company picked up the car about a decade ago at an auction. It had been a family vehicle that was restored as a hobby, she said.

“It certainly isn’t a perfect restoration, but it sure is fun to look at, and it’s great to take out on the road and drive for events like this,” she said. “I picked up the tour in Louisville, Kentucky. So, just about 3 or 4 days back, and I’ve had some of my co-workers kind of doing other segments of the trip, so that they get the experience of being behind the wheel.”

Hammer added that a “huge variety” of vintage cars came out to join the caravan for their ride down Woodward Avenue on Saturday morning. She said she saw about 12 or 15 vintage cars added onto their line-up by local enthusiasts.

Among them, a 1963 Corvette Convertible belonging to Matthew Buchanan of Detroit, who was with his girlfriend Mercedes Bens, of Dearborn Heights.

The pair told the Free Press they connected online over their love of classic cars.

“We saw each other’s classic cars and we started kind of teasing each other, because she’s a Mustang person (and) I’m a Corvette person, and then we said, ‘OK, well we’ve teased each other enough, now we have to meet,'” Buchanan said.

Although Bens, who has a 2014 Mustang, said the pair have a “Mustang-Corvette rivalry,” they still met up and went joyriding around all night in his Corvette.

A year and a half together, Buchanan said they’ll be “together ’til the end.”

Buchanan said his dad owned a shop in Atlanta, so he grew up around “grease monkeys” and classic cars.

“In college, I drove a ’71 Dart Swinger, I’ve had a ’66 Ford F-250…,” he said.

Bens, whose parents are also car fans, said she’d always gawk over classic cars as a kid, and it was something she and her dad bonded over.

The idea to drive vintage cars cross-country in a road rally ending in downtown Detroit first came about 5 years ago at a meet-up over Scotch and a cigar, Madeira told a crowd of car enthusiasts gathered at The Spirit of Detroit on Saturday.

It was a meeting with Rod Alberts, executive director of the North American International Auto Show, and Madeira said he had been contemplating how the trust could be more involved in celebrating Detroit and help the NAIAS, which had done much to showcase their vintage cars and helped launch efforts to bring to life to America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash.

The museum officially opened back in 2012, and Madeira said he wanted to do something different. The first-ever “The Drive Home” event started at the museum and ended in Detroit.

“I said, let’s drive vintage cars across America in the wintertime,” Madeira said. “And so we did.”

Read more at: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/detroit-auto-show/2019/01/12/vintage-trucks-detroit-auto-show/2557396002/?fbclid=IwAR0ixI0wmXk9vT_o2_m-E8PvdrupyMmVcBNLaYghvOXU7GSqZqqb8FTRR9s

Photo tour of the FCA Core brands at NAIAS 2019

The world debut of the next generation Ram Heavy Duty pickups was arguably the biggest news from yesterday’s opening of the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but even without any new vehicle introductions, the other FCA Core brands have an impressive layout of vehicles. As always, Dodge has a huge spread of high performance machines, offering more raw power than any other brand on display in Cobo Hall.
Dodge EntryThis year marks the final time that the North American International Auto Show will be held in Detroit’s winter, as the 2020 show will be held during the summer. With all of the major auto shows being spread out during the colder months and no major shows in the summer, the shift for Detroit makes good sense. It will be the only major show in the summer and best of all, it means that attendees won’t have to deal with Detroit in the winter. Unfortunately, the winter-holding of the Detroit auto show is not going out with a bang, as 2019 didn’t have all that many huge debuts.

New Ram HD Lineup

The biggest introductions this week were the new Toyota Supra, the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the next generation Ford Explorer and, of course, the next generation Ram Heavy Duty. There were other big debuts, such as the long-awaited arrival of the Subaru WRX STI S209, but aside from Ram, none of the FCA Core brands had anything to introduce.

Blue Dodge Charger

 

That being said, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Fiat all share a sprawling portion of Cobo Hall that drew tons of attention during the media days and they are sure to draw big crowds when the show opens to the public next week. For those of you who can’t make it to Detroit, here is a tour-in-pictures of the FCA area at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Below, you will find a rundown of each core brand along with a few pictures, but there is a full gallery at the end of the piece.

Chrysler

The Chrysler brand only has two vehicles right now – the Pacifica and the 300. With the Pacifica being one of the company’s bread and butter vehicles, it is prominently featured in a variety of trim levels, as well as in hybrid form.

Pacifica Lineup

The 300 is also on display, but the minivans are the star of the Chrysler brand.

Fiat

Next to Chrysler is the smallest FCA brand in terms of vehicle size and that, of course, is Fiat.

500 Abarth

The Italian compact brand is highlighting its popular 500X, but the 124 Spyder and 500 are both on display in their sexy, sporty Abarth trim.

500X

Jeep

Clear at the opposite side of the large FCA display is the Jeep brand.

Wrangler Front on Rocks

All of the Trail Rated models are on display, but as you might imagine, the Wrangler and Renegade are the highlighted vehicles for the brand.

Renegade in Orange

Ram

Next to the Jeep brand is Ram.

Ram 1500 and HD

This area was filled with the media viewing area when we were at the show, so it will most certainly look different when the public arrives later this week, but you can expect a hefty dose of the strongest trucks in America.

New Ram 3500 DRW

Both the 1500 and the new Heavy Duty will be well-represented and the Ram brand is sure to be one of the busiest during the public show days.

Dodge

The centerpiece of the huge FCA corner display at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show is the Dodge brand and as you might expect, this area is all about power.

Challenger 1320 Front

As you enter the area, you are greeted by the Challenger 1320 on one side and the Durango SRT on the other. In the middle is the Hellcat Charger and beyond that, on the turntable, is the 797-horsepower Redeye Challenger.

Challenger Redeye

Behind this front line of high performance monster is an array of other Charger, Challenger and Durango models with V8 engines of varying sizes, along with a few Pentastar-powered vehicles.

Plum Crazy Dodge Charger

Dodge also has a simulator setup again this year, giving attendees a chance to “drive” a Hellcat Redeye Widebody in Bondurant Racing School livery on the panel of screens while sitting in the actual car. The brand has had something like this for the past few years now and it is always very popular.

 

Mopar

Finally, tucked in the back corner of the FCA display, behind the Dodge area, is the small Mopar booth.

Hellephant Super Charger

This is where you will find the most powerful vehicle in the entire auto show in the form of the Hellephant-powered Dodge Super Charger from the 2018 SEMA Show. Packing a 1,000-horsepower Hemi crate engine, this car – while not production-friendly – is the strongest vehicle on display in Detroit.

Hellephant

The Hellephant-powered vintage muscle car is joined by a Ram Rebel and a Jeep Wrangler, both of which have been modified by Mopar, along with the Hellcrate and Hellephant crate engine displays.

 

Chrysler Pacifica and Ram 1500 Named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs List

 

  • The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica wins the Van category for the third consecutive year
  • The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 wins the Full-Size Pickup category
  • Car and Driver evaluates each contender against its peers using a 100-point scale, basing each score on how well it meets its intended purpose, how good a value it is and how compelling it is to operate

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list.

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list.

 

Experts at Car and Driver have named the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 to their “10Best Trucks and SUVs” list as the winners in the Van category and the Full-Size Pickup truck category, respectively.

Car and Driver evaluates each contender against its peers using a 100-point scale, basing each score on how well it meets its intended purpose, how good a value it is and how compelling it is to operate.

This is the third year in a row Pacifica has been named one of Car and Driver’s 10Best.

According to Car and Driver, “The Pacifica is the best minivan on sale today. Not only does it provide the most-comfortable way to haul the tribe across town and country, it corners with surprising confidence (for a one-box, that is) thanks to its refined chassis. And when equipped with class-exclusive Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seating (base and hybrid models lack this feature), it quickly converts from soccer-team shuttle to bathroom-remodeling supply hauler by allowing the second- and third-row seats to be folded into cubbies beneath the floor.”

The new 2019 Ram 1500 – the most-awarded light duty truck in America – continues its streak of award wins, taking the full-size Pickup category this year.

According to Car and Driver, “In its comfort, composure, and capability, the Ram 1500 is America at its best. In the upper trims, Laramie Longhorn and Limited, the detailing and material richness exceed not only those of any other current pickup, but the standards established by any domestic vehicle in many decades. And the Ram’s rear suspension delivers a class-leading ride with or without a trailer, smoothing out high-frequency chatter and shrugging off big impacts with ease.”

2019 Chrysler Pacifica
The Chrysler Pacifica reinvents the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, with more than 100 available safety and security features, the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, available 4G Wifi and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica has earned its spot as the most awarded minivan since 2016 – serving as a no-compromise minivan ideally suited for today’s families.

2019 Ram 1500
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation. Ram leads the full-size truck segment with significant gains in fuel efficiency through an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. The frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

Augmenting the Car and Driver 10Best Cars franchise, which for the past 37 years has recognized the 10 best cars on the market in each January issue, the 10Best Trucks and SUVs awards in the February issue are organized around 10 segments. The list, based on extensive testing, recognizes one honoree from each category: subcompact SUV, subcompact luxury SUV, compact SUV, compact luxury SUV, mid-size SUV, mid-size luxury SUV, large SUV, mid-size pickup, full-size pickup, and van.

Car and Driver evaluates each contender against its peers using a 100-point scale, basing each score on how well it meets its intended purpose, how good a value it is, and how compelling it is to operate. Any vehicle with a base price higher than $90,000 is excluded from consideration, based on the editors’ belief that an oversize price should guarantee excellence.

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Detroit auto show: 2019 Ram Heavy Duty hits torque milestone

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going big for its 2019 Detroit auto show unveiling, rolling out a new, beefier 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup.

FCA wants you to know, however, that this is not just a heftier version of the 1500, proclaiming that “for 2019, there will be no mistaking the Ram Heavy Duty (2500 and 3500) with its light-duty counterpart.” The new truck makes its official debut Monday morning on the show floor.

A “barrel-chested profile” and new monolithic grille — it’s got six grille styles — and a front bumper with larger openings to boost airflow “to the largest turbo intercooler Ram has ever adapted to its halo pickups” are some of the things, FCA says, designed to make the truck stand out.

But power and capability are the Heavy Duty’s calling cards, and FCA promises a towing capacity of 35,100 pounds and payload capacity of 7,680 pounds.

In particular, the company is highlighting a 1,000 pound-feet of torque milestone possible with the optional (in most trim levels) Cummins 6.7-liter inline-6 turbo diesel. That engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, can also provide 400 horsepower.

By comparison, the 2018 Ram HD 3500 manages 385 horsepower and 930 pound-feet of torque, with a max towing capacity of 31,210 pounds.

The standard engine in the new truck is a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, mated to an eight-speed automatic, which can deliver 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

With multiple trim levels — Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Power Wagon, Laramie, Larmie Longhorn and Limited — FCA will offer a range of amenities, but as with its light-duty trucks, FCA is also pushing more luxury offerings, especially into its higher trim levels.

“We’ve added deeper color contrasts, exceptional materials and textures that give customers an upscale, high-quality experience in all trim levels while integrating specific features heavy-duty pickup owners will appreciate,” according to Ryan Nagode, Ram’s chief interior designer.

There’s also a push-button start on all trims and a redesigned rotary e-shifter dial with the Hemi V8. Diesel versions get a chrome-accented column shifter with leather wrap available, according to the company.

Automakers have been rushing to address the demands of truck buyers who want more amenities in their trucks, and the new Heavy Duty is continuing the trend.

Jim Morrison, who leads the Ram brand in North America, noted that “when I started, luxury in a heavy-duty truck was a seat belt, really just to keep you from bouncing out of the truck.”

The updated luxury touches show most prominently in the Limited, which has a corrugated mesh grille and lots of chrome on the outside — bumpers, tow hooks and more — and a “segment-exclusive 100 percent full-grain hand-wrapped leather dashboard, door panel coverings and arm rests” inside.

Here are some other options and features available in various trim levels, according to the company:

  • 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer reverse guidance
  • Trailer tire pressure monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • A bed-lowering mode to make loading easier
  • Center console with 12 storage configurations
  • 12-inch Uconnect display screen
  • Factory-installed winch on Power Wagon

One of the questions about the Heavy Duty has been whether FCA has completely abandoned its plans announced last year to bring production of the truck to Warren. The question went unanswered at a recent media event, and the 2019 Heavy Duty, which is expected to be on sale in the spring, is being built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

Pricing has not been released.

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2019 Ram 1500: North American Truck of the Year

The all-new Ram 1500 has been named 2019 North American Truck of the Year by a panel of automotive experts. The award is unique and considered by many to be one of the world’s most prestigious based on its diverse mix of 60 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada who serve as the voting jurors.

The winners were announced at a news conference today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

All-new 2019 Ram 1500 wins North American Truck of the Year, jurors cited Ram’s eTorque mild-hybrid tech, luxury interiors and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen among reasons for selecting the Ram 1500

 

 

 

 

“The Ram 1500 is an important product for FCA and winning this award is one of the highest honors,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “In what is arguably the most competitive segment in the automotive industry, for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 to be named North American Truck of the Year is tremendous recognition of the FCA employees who design, engineer and build a pickup that truly stands out.”

Jurors cited Ram’s eTorque mild-hybrid technology, luxurious interiors and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen among their top reasons for selecting the Ram 1500 over competing vehicles.

This is the 26th year of the awards. The 2013 Ram 1500 also won North American Truck of the Year honors — the last time the truck qualified for voting.

2019 Ram 1500
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation. Ram leads the full-size truck segment with significant gains in fuel efficiency through an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. The frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

About NACTOY
To be eligible, a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. In December the jurors voted on a short-list of vehicles, sending their ballots directly to Deloitte & Touche in Detroit. The awards are financed by the jurors’ dues and the organization does not accept advertising or fees from automakers.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles.

That focus leads Ram to design the industry’s most innovative, award-winning trucks, emphasizing durability, strength, technology and efficiency.

With a full lineup of trucks, including ProMaster and ProMaster City vans, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. From the no-compromise Ram 1500 that defines the future of pickup trucks with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology, to the Ram Heavy Duty which combines the ability to out-power, out-tow and out-haul every single competitor with the segment’s most comfortable ride and handling, Ram is committed to product leadership.

Ram continues to out-perform the competition, and sets the benchmarks for:

  • Most powerful: 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Highest towing capacity: 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Heaviest payloads: 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Most awarded light duty truck in America
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the Ram Truck lineup steps forward with the full force of modern capability providing innovative features and class-exclusive vehicle safety.

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