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You have an RT even if you have an SE

Back in 2014, Chrysler added an extended warranty to early 3.6 liter V6 engines. The otherwise highly reliable engine could have a flaw in the left-hand cylinder head, which made itself known only under an odd set of circumstances (that was relatively common in Wranglers). Knowing that, Chrysler covered it for parts and labor for a good long time — 150,000 miles or ten years, whichever came first.

Pentastar V6 engines

The extended warranty covered the 2011, 2012, and early-2013 Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Durango, minivans, 200, Avenger, Journey, Challenger, Charger, and 300 with engine sales code ERB, if a trouble code of P0300, P0302, P0304, or P0306 was set (for a misfire in cylinder 2, 4, 6, or a combination of cylinders).

Some customers were confused by the service bulletin itself, when they saw it, since it refers to the cars by body code. The Caravan listing has (RT) next to it, suggesting that only the RT (R/T) trim level was covered. In this case, though, RT is a body code, not a model; the Caravan SE is an RT-body. Confusing, yes, but, really, only for that generation of Caravans. Oh, and the LX cars (for 2011-13, that’s just the 300), since Chrysler used to have LX as a model (along with LXi).

Fortunately, Chrysler never used JC, JK, JS, LC, LD, WD, or WK as trim levels.

U.S. dealers should have details as part of warranty bulletin D-14-12, dated June 10, 2014. Other warranty bulletins were SAB-2014-11 (Canada), BG-22-14 (Mexico), ID-14-04 (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), and ID-14-03 (everywhere else).

Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engines were critically acclaimed for their power, economy, and quiet operation; they have generally been trouble-free after the head issues were resolved.

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FCA to Expand Production Capacity in Michigan to Grow Core Brands, Electrify Jeep® Vehicles

$4.5 Billion to Build New Assembly Plant in Detroit and Add Production at Five Existing Michigan Facilities, Creating Nearly 6,500 Jobs

FCA total committed investments in the U.S. grow to nearly $14.5 billion since 2009, with nearly 30,000 jobs created to date

  • Investment would be next step in Company’s U.S. industrialization plan, announced in 2016 to expand Jeep® and Ram brands
  • Introduces two new Jeep-branded “white space” products in key market segments
  • Enables electrification of new Jeep models
  • $1.6 billion investment would convert Mack Avenue Engine Complex into manufacturing site for next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV, creating 3,850 new jobs
  • $900 million investment at Jefferson North to retool and modernize plant for continued production of Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee with 1,100 new jobs expected
  • Warren Truck 2017 investment increases to $1.5 billion for production of all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, as well as continued assembly of Ram 1500 Classic with addition of 1,400 new jobs
  • All three assembly sites would also produce plug-in hybrid versions of their respective Jeep models with flexibility to build fully battery-electric models in the future
  • Sterling Stamping and Warren Stamping plants to receive more than $400 million total investment to support additional production, potentially creating about 80 new jobs at Sterling
  • $119 million investment to relocate Pentastar engine production currently at Mack I to the Dundee Engine Plant; production at Mack would end by Q3 2019
  • Projects contingent on land acquisition and the negotiation of development incentives with the cities of Detroit, Sterling Heights, Warren, Dundee and state of Michigan
  • City of Detroit has 60 days to deliver on commitments outlined in Memorandum of Understanding related to Mack and Jefferson North projects

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) confirmed today plans to invest a total of $4.5 billion in five of its existing Michigan plants, and to work with the city of Detroit and state of Michigan on building a new assembly plant within city limits. The move would increase capacity to meet growing demand for its Jeep® and Ram brands, including production of two new Jeep-branded white space products, as well as electrified models. The proposed projects would create nearly 6,500 new jobs.

The plant actions detailed in today’s announcement represent the next steps in a U.S. manufacturing realignment that FCA began in 2016. In response to a shift in consumer demand toward SUVs and trucks, the Company discontinued compact car production and retooled plants in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to make full use of available capacity to expand the Jeep and Ram brands. Those actions have resulted in the recent launches of the award-winning all-new Jeep Wrangler and all-new Ram 1500, and the introduction of the newest member of the Jeep family, the all-new Jeep Gladiator, at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

“Three years ago, FCA set a course to grow our profitability based on the strength of the Jeep and Ram brands by realigning our U.S. manufacturing operations,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, FCA N.V. “Today’s announcement represents the next step in that strategy. It allows Jeep to enter two white space segments that offer significant margin opportunities and will enable new electrified Jeep products, including at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles and the flexibility to produce fully battery-electric vehicles.”

The city of Detroit has 60 days to meet the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding, which requires the acquisition of property critical to the execution of the Mack project. The additional investments are subject to the successful negotiation and final approval of development packages with the state and other local governments.

Plant Investment Details
FCA would invest $1.6 billion to convert the two plants that comprise the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the future assembly site for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, adding 3,850 new jobs to support production. The Company intends to start construction of the new Detroit facility by the end of Q2 2019 with the first three-row vehicles expected to roll off the line by the end of 2020, followed by the all-new Grand Cherokee in the first half of 2021.

Also as part of this announcement, the Jefferson North Assembly Plant would receive an investment of $900 million to retool and modernize the facility to build the Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA expects to create 1,100 new jobs at Jefferson North.

The reborn Mack facility would be the first new assembly plant to be built in the city of Detroit in nearly three decades. In 1991, Jefferson North was the last new assembly plant built in the city. When complete, Mack would join Jefferson North as the only automotive assembly plants to be located completely within the city limits of Detroit.

The Pentastar engines – the 3.6-, 3.2- and 3.0-liter – currently built at Mack I would be relocated to the Dundee Engine Plant as part of a $119 million investment. Pentastar production at Mack I would end by Q3 2019. Mack II has been idle since it ceased production of the 3.7-liter V-6 in September 2012.

FCA also confirms the investment at Warren Truck to retool for production of the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, announced in 2017, along with their electrified counterparts, would increase to $1.5 billion. Production is expected to launch in early 2021. In addition to the new Jeep models, the plant would continue building the Ram 1500 Classic, which is being extended to meet market demand. It is expected that 1,400 new jobs would be added. As a result of this investment announcement, production of the all-new Ram Heavy Duty will continue at its current location in Saltillo, Mexico.

To support the additional production, the Company’s Warren Stamping (Warren, Michigan) and Sterling Stamping (Sterling Heights, Michigan) plants would receive investments of $245 million and $160 million, respectively, with Sterling Stamping expected to add more than 80 new jobs.

This investment is part of the Company’s capital spending plan presented in June 2018.

Realignment of FCA U.S. Manufacturing Operations
Over the past two years, FCA has realigned production at four plants in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to increase capacity for the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 light-duty truck, and created additional manufacturing capacity for the Jeep Gladiator in Ohio.

The investments included:

  • $350 million in the Belvidere Assembly Plant (Illinois) to produce the Jeep Cherokee, which moved from Toledo, Ohio, in 2017. More than 300 new jobs were added to support production, which launched in June 2017.
  • $700 million in the Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio) to retool the North plant to produce the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Approximately 700 new jobs were added to support production, which began in December 2017.
  • $1.48 billion in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Michigan) to build the next-generation Ram 1500 truck, adding more than 700 new jobs. Production of the new truck began in March 2018. Production of the Ram 1500 Classic continues at Warren Truck (Michigan).
  • $273 million in the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare the facility to produce the all-new Jeep Gladiator. The new truck is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2019.

In total, FCA has committed to invest nearly $14.5 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, creating nearly 30,000 new jobs since June 2009.

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Car Mirrors: Are You Using Yours Correctly?

Your brand-new car came with high-tech gadgetry that warns you if you’re about to change lanes and hit a vehicle in your blind spot. So who needs car mirrors, right? Well … not so fast.

Making good use of your car’s more traditional elements—along with its advanced technology—is a smart move. The tips below will help you better use your car mirrors.

Why car mirrors are still important

There’s no doubt today’s car tech can make driving safer. In fact, research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driver assistance technologies—like forward collision, lane departure and blind spot warnings—have the potential to prevent more than 2.7 million crashes and nearly 9,500 deaths each year.

But there’s a hidden danger: Becoming too reliant on such technology—or not knowing its limitations—can leave you vulnerable to a crash.

When AAA surveyed drivers, it found that 80 percent wrongly believed that their car’s blind spot warning system could reliably detect bicycles, pedestrians and fast-moving cars. And a quarter of drivers said they feel comfortable relying only on their car’s blind-spot warning system and not performing visual checks in their car mirrors or looking over their shoulders for traffic. Scary, right?

How to use your car mirrors

Rearview mirror

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While sitting in the driver’s seat with the car in park, adjust the mirror so you can see the whole rear window—or as much of it as possible. You should only have to move your eyes, not your head, to check this mirror.

Pro tip: Remember that your car’s mirrors are only for glances to detect movement, not stares that can distract you from the road.

Side mirrors

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If you’re like most drivers, you probably position these mirrors while looking straight ahead—as you would when you’re on the road. But you may not be getting as good a view as you think.

Here’s how to gain a visual advantage over your blind spots:

  • To adjust the driver’s sideview mirror, lean your head against the closed window and then position the mirror so you barely see the left side of the car.
  • For the passenger’s sideview mirror, lean your head to the right so it’s just below the rearview mirror and above the center console. Then, adjust the mirror so you barely see the right side of the car.

Pro tip: A small, stick-on convex mirror can also help you detect movement in your side mirrors more easily. (Find them at NAPA and save 10 percent.)

Even with all your car mirrors properly set and your blind spot warning system in place, there’s no substitution for a driver’s visual checks and close attention while on the road.

Read more at: https://aaaliving.acg.aaa.com/auto/car-mirrors-how-to-use-tips/

2019 Ram Power Wagon First Look: Powering On

Ram claims the original World War II army truck-derived Power Wagon was the first 4×4 pickup and that that truck’s successor remains the most capable off-road pickup on the market—fans of the 1913-1928 Jeffery Quad might debate that former claim, but we more or less validated Ram’s capability boast on a run across the Newfoundland Labrador wilderness. As the Ram 2500 line gets upgraded for 2019, most of those upgrades get applied to the Power Wagon while it carries over most of its previous unique features.

Retained features include the custom-tuned suspension with the 2-inch lift, electrically disconnecting anti-roll bar, and Bilstein shocks, the locking front and rear differentials, and the 12,000-pound Warn winch. A major upgrade involves that integrated front-mounted winch. The new Warn Zeon-12 model features “a unique fairlead and fairlead retainer with a new synthetic line that cannot kink, does not fray, and is more maneuverable.” The new line is also 28 pounds lighter. This winch, by the way, is one small reason why the Cummins diesel is not offered on the Power Wagon—it occupies space the Cummins setup needs for cooling. (The diesel engine is also too heavy and expensive to suit the “ultimate off-road pickup. “)

Another major improvement is a new 360-degree camera option, which provides a top-down view of the entire truck while forward cameras provide a close-up view to help place the tires when rock crawling. The standard 6.4-liter gas V-8 engine gets the MDS cylinder-deactivation system that launched on the half-ton version, along with all the noise and vibration countermeasures that allow these trucks to operate in four-cylinder mode more often—new engine mounts, vibration-canceling frame shakers, and active noise cancellation through the stereo plus all new exhaust hanging brackets that transfer less noise and vibration. Heavy-duty trucks don’t get an EPA rating, but internal testing suggests customers should see an 8-10 percent improvement in fuel economy. The engine is now teamed with an 8HP75R strengthened version of the eight-speed that has been powering the 1500 series trucks. The much shorter first gear ratio in this transmission reportedly improves the Power Wagon’s low-range crawl ratio from 35:1 to an impressive 51:1.

Like the rest of the Ram 2500 lineup, the 2019 model carries over much of the sheetmetal from the previous model (much of the cab, doors, and box) while face-lifting the design to resemble the 1500s, switching to an aluminum hood (saving some 27 pounds), and adding features such as the power-release tailgate with damped lowering. We still regard it as a new truck, however, because of the extensive powertrain improvements and the all-new frame, which is 31 pounds lighter and considerably stronger and less prone to transmitting vibration to the cab. The same is true inside, where the look resembles that of the 1500, borrowing some parts directly and modifying others to mount to the unique HD cab.

 

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2019 Ram Power Wagon 30
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2019 Ram Power Wagon 23

As before, the Power Wagon is offered in crew-cab 6.4-foot box configuration only, and the functional aspects of the package can be ordered on the Tradesman trim truck of that configuration. (The option added $7,950 in 2018.)

Read more at: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/ram/2500/2019/2019-ram-power-wagon-first-look-review/

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 tireslose 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.

nstall 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/

Diverse talent in the spotlight during Black History Month

Over the years, a growing list of diverse FCA US leaders are recognized for their technical achievements, management skills, leadership and community service.

Perhaps the timeliest of these awards are those earned as part of the annual Black Engineer of the Year event held each year in February during the nation’s observance of Black History Month.

And while the event is a great opportunity to celebrate the current accomplishments of several very talented employees, it is perhaps a better opportunity to step back and consider all the FCA US employees of African American ancestry who have earned this important recognition each year for many years.

This year, U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine awarded its 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Gerald Johnson Legacy Award (BEYA) to Tanya Foutch, Quality Engineering Supervisor, FCA US LLC.

Tanya was named Resident Engineering Supervisor at FCA US transmission plants in Kokomo and Tipton, Indiana, in 2016.  In this role, she leads a team focused on identifying quality issues for the Company’s current and future portfolio of products.

Tanya graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  She earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2000 from Anderson University in Indiana.

She is an enthusiastic advocate of STEM education for youth in her community and actively engages with and mentors young women interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Since 2017, Tanya has been the energy and passion behind a successful annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) summer camp for youth in the Kokomo area.

Joining Tanya in accepting a BEYA award this year were three FCA US employees who were recognized as Modern Day Technology Leaders for 2019:

  • Mesgana Asmelash – Advanced Drive Assistance Systems (ADAS) Verification & Validation Engineer, Product Development (Electrical Engineering)
  • BranDee Tatum – Maintenance Area Supervisor, Manufacturing (Trenton South Engine Plant)
  • Jasmine Tompkins – Value Optimization Lead, Product Development (Interior)

Last year, Eric Burnett, Automatic Transmission Chief Engineer, FCA US LLC, earned BEYA’s Edward Welburn Legacy Award.

And before Eric, Kristal Fears, Manager – Central Stamping Assembly, FCA US LLC, earned a special recognition award at BEYA.

The achievements of these colleagues, and so many others through the years, deserve our attention and respect as we continue our observance of Black History Month.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2019/02/15/diverse-talent-in-the-spotlight-during-black-history-month/?fbclid=IwAR1FoUHpuS3DlOkL5Ouv2arrJ9j2HJ3m5uzkoouZ6kV_DvnerBvbP-mNECE

Ram Truck Launches New 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock

  • Based on the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, Warlock features the bold grille with R-A-M lettering, front and rear powder-coated bumpers, 1-in. factory ride height lift, Warlock decals and an available Sport hood
  • First introduced in 1976, the factory-customized Warlock pickup trucks appealed to young buyers looking for a custom-look truck right from the factory floor
  • 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock goes on sale late first quarter of 2019
  • Warlock pricing starts at $35,345 (not including $1,695 destination)

Ram Truck unveiled today the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock. The Warlock pays homage to the original Warlock pickups of the 1970s and offers buyers a well-equipped, factory-customized truck with unique style, capability and value.

“The Ram 1500 Classic Warlock is proof positive that value never goes out of style,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand, FCA. “With its sinister monochromatic exterior, award-winning interior and great price, this mean machine is certain to resonate positively with consumers.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock features a black grille with bold R-A-M lettering, 20-inch semi-gloss black aluminum wheels, front and rear powder coated bumpers, 1-in. factory lift, black wheel flares, LED fog lamps, projector headlamps with dark bezels, LED rear tail lamps, black badging, tow hooks, unique hood decals, heavy duty rear shocks and an optional Sport hood. Warlock decals on the bedsides round out the package.

Standard on the Warlock package is Diesel Grey cloth seating, ParkSense rear park assist and Ram 1500 Classic’s Luxury Group that includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, overhead console, 7-inch cluster display, LED bed lighting and power foldaway mirrors. Customers can also add heated bench or bucket seats, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with navigation, black side steps and a spray-in bedliner.

The Warlock is available with either with the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (305 horsepower /269 lb.-ft. of torque) or the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine (395 horsepower/410 lb.-ft. of torque) — both mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission — 4×2 or 4×4, Quad Cab or Crew Cab (5-ft. 7-in. bed only) configurations.

The Ram 1500 Classic Warlock is available in Blue Streak, Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Diamond Black, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel, Pearl White and True Blue.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock goes on sale late first quarter of 2019. Warlock pricing starts at $35,345, not including $1,695 destination.

Warlock History
In 1976, the first production Dodge Warlock was introduced following the public’s positive response to a pickup originally designed as an auto show concept vehicle. The Warlock was a factory-personalized pickup that could “play as hard as it works,” according to the period literature, complete with bucket seats, “fancy wheels, fat tires,” chrome-plated running boards, real oak sideboards and special gold accent stripes inside and out. Production ran until 1979.

Ram 1500 Classic
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic boasts numerous segment-exclusive features in areas most important to truck buyers. Outstanding ride and handling is accomplished via a unique link-coil rear suspension. Other features, such as RamBox bedside storage, hidden bins and a flat-load floor, offer unique solutions for cargo. New “Classic” badging is located on the front fenders.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock will be produced at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Michigan), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938.

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/ram-truck-launches-new-2019-ram-1500-classic-warlock-300795799.html?fbclid=IwAR3j9SrG8RG2MLoXqRCVNF3DXseJ5s54bbi1ve81KmMLhE0SW0qyWrqrbbo

FCA Pentastar Production Hits 10 Million

 

  • Award-winning Pentastar engine family comprises six variations in three displacements that power half of all vehicles produced for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial lineups
  • Soon to be available in 16 FCA models across five brands and 10 vehicle segments†
  • Highly flexible design has enabled timely evolution with seamless integration of advanced technologies – from two-step variable valve lift to hybridization
  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 contributes to 11 best-in-class U.S.-market fuel-economy ratings across four vehicle segments,† along with six unsurpassed ratings in three segments†
  • Best-selling engine in Canada, with its subarctic climate, for six years running
  • Introduced in model-year 2011, Pentastar replaced seven engine families, benefiting FCA with significant economies of scale

The 10-millionth Pentastar engine was produced here today at FCA US LLC’s Trenton Engine Complex.

Introduced as a 3.6-liter V-6 in 2010, the Pentastar engine family has accounted for six placings among the prestigious annual list of Wards 10 Best Engines and currently comprises six fuel-saving variations that feature technologies from Variable Valve Lift (VVL) to hybridization.

Acclaimed for it silky, torque-rich performance, today’s 3.6-liter Pentastar is the common denominator among 11 current best-in-class fuel-economy ratings for U.S.-market, gasoline-powered vehicles equipped with V-6 engines. (See below.) These are in addition to its ownership of the all-time minivan-efficiency mark, achieved in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Pentastars currently account for half the combined total of engines that power Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial vehicles. And with this year’s launch of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup, they will be available in 16 models across 10 vehicle segments.†

“The Pentastar family has all the hallmarks of an enduring icon,” said Bob Lee, Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion, and Systems Engineering, FCA – North America. “We upped the ante among high-volume, mainstream-market, V-6 engines. And our customers won big.”

Pentastar design distinguishes itself with innovative features ranging from a completely integrated exhaust manifold, to environmentally friendlier oil-filter cartridges made from paper. And with little or no modification, Pentastar engines can accommodate longitudinal or transverse mounting; front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive architectures; as well as automatic and manual transmissions.

Within four years of launch, this flexibility helped FCA replace seven six-cylinder engine families with a single V-6 design that lends responsiveness and fuel efficiency to every vehicle in which it is offered. These two attributes were key targets for the 2015 introduction of an upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar, which boasts cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for greater efficiency, particularly under high load situations.

Further, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar delivers a torque boost of up to 14.9 percent at engines speeds below 3,000 rpm – where torque really counts. FCA US also enhanced fuel economy and refinement with the addition of two-step variable valve lift (VVL).

Said Lee: “Pentastar engines do exactly what they were engineered to do. They deliver satisfying experiences in a wide range of driving conditions.”

In Canada, where most of the country’s climate is classified as subarctic, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is the best-selling engine for six years running.

For the 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar was adapted to accommodate the eTorque mild-hybrid system. It not only adds fuel-saving stop-start functionality that is seamless, it increases available torque, in short bursts, by up to 90 lb.-ft.

The eTorque-equipped Pentastar is also the latest member of the celebrated V-6 family to be named one of Wards 10 Best Engines. The remaining Pentastar family members are:

  • 3.6-liter V-6 hybrid in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • 3.6-liter V-6 (first- and second-generation)
  • 3.2-liter V-6, which is exclusive to the Jeep Cherokee
  • 3.0-liter V-6, which is exclusive to China

FUEL-ECONOMY ACHIEVEMENTS
Among model-year 2019 U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to best-in-class, miles-per-gallon (mpg) ratings in these vehicle segments†:

Middle Specialty Car

  • Dodge Challenger – combined city/highway cycle (23 mpg)
  • Dodge Challenger – highway cycle (30 mpg)

Large Regular Car

  • Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – combined city/highway cyle (23 mpg)
  • Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – highway cycle (30 mpg)
  • Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 – city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Sport Utility

  • Jeep Wrangler – combined city/highway cycle (20 mpg)
  • Jeep Wrangler – highway cycle (25 mpg)
  • Jeep Wrangler – city cycle (18 mpg)

Middle Sport Utility

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – combined cycle (21 mpg)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – highway cycle (26 mpg)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango – city cycle (19 mpg)

Among current U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to unsurpassed fuel-economy ratings in these vehicle segments†:

Middle Specialty

  • Dodge Challenger – city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Van

  • Chrysler Pacifica – combined mpg (22)
  • Chrysler Pacifica – highway mpg (28)
  • Chrysler Pacifica – city mpg (19)

Large Pickup

  • Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) – combined city/highway cycle (22 mpg)
  • Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) –city cycle (20 mpg)

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All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Wins “Editors’ Choice Award” from Edmunds

Edmunds editors announced today the 2019 Ram 1500 is their pick for the Edmunds Editors’ Choice Award.

“One of the best vehicles we’ve driven in a long time, the new Ram 1500 is a clever mix of old-school brawn, cutting-edge technology and thoughtful engineering,” said Alistair Weaver, Editor-in-chief, Edmunds. “It drives well, tows well, and inside it feels more upmarket than even some luxury cars. It’s a standout vehicle in all aspects and easily grabbed top honors for trucks in 2019.”

Edmunds editors test more than 300 vehicles per year and rate each vehicle on more than 30 criteria across five categories. Vehicles are subjected to this gauntlet to ensure winners represent the gold standard of automotive excellence and worthy of the Editors’ Choice designation.

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 Edmunds
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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.

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MotorWeek Announces Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and Ram 1500 as 2019 Drivers’ Choice Award Winners

  • 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the performance halo for the Dodge//SRT brand and the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car
  • As the most awarded truck in America, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation
MotorWeek has announced the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and all-new 2019 Ram 1500 are winners of the Drivers’ Choice awards for “Best Performance Car” and “Best Pickup Truck.” The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the performance halo for the Dodge//SRT brand and the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car. As the most-awarded truck in America, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation.

MotorWeek, television’s original automotive magazine series, today announced the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and all-new 2019 Ram 1500 are winners of the Drivers’ Choice awards for “Best Performance Car” and “Best Pickup Truck.”

Dodge//SRT launched its most powerful Challenger SRT Hellcat lineup ever in 2019, led by the new 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Dubbed the “Hellcat possessed by the Demon,” and powered by the Demon’s supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® high-output V-8, the new performance halo for the brand is also the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car.

“It’s awesome to know the muscle car spirit of the Demon lives on in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye,” said John Davis, creator and host of MotorWeek, television’s longest running automotive magazine show. “Sure, it cranks a little less HEMI power, but it’s still enough to get to 60 miles per hour in less time than it takes to say this sentence. Plus, it can handle a road course as well as it takes the quarter mile.”

The all-new Ram 1500 – the most awarded truck in America – continues its streak of impressive award wins, taking the Best Pickup Truck honors.

“The Ram 1500 continues to lead the way in making a big truck double as a big family pleaser with as much attention paid to interior conveniences and ride comfort as to cargo hauling and towing,” said Davis.

About MotorWeek’s Annual Drivers’ Choice Awards
Every year for the last 38 years, MotorWeek has paused half way through its television season to take stock of the state of the automotive business, and to judge the best new cars and trucks of the year. MotorWeek’s annual Drivers’ Choice Awards look at vehicles from a buyer’s point of view, with attention to automotive trends and innovations, as well as value and reliability – all to produce a list of winners that can be used as a practical guide for car shopping.

MotorWeek announced all of its Drivers’ Choice Awards winners today at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. All Drivers’ Choice Award winners are featured on Motorweek.org, and will appear on a special episode (#3823) of MotorWeek airing on public television stations beginning February 9, and on cable’s MotorTrend Network beginning February 19.

2019 Dodge Challenger
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.

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.

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