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All-new 2019 Ram 1500 Wins ‘Official Winter Truck of New England’ by New England Motor Press Association

The 2019 Ram 1500 has earned the Northeast’s top truck honor, claiming the New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) Official Winter Truck of New England. The NEMPA prize adds to Ram 1500’s claim of America’s most awarded half-ton pickup.

“The 2019 Ram rides like a car, works like a truck and shows winter who is boss,” said John Paul, president of the New England Motor Press Association.

The 2019 Ram 1500 has been named the New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) Official Winter Truck of New England.
The 2019 Ram 1500 has been named the New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) Official Winter Truck of New England.

In March, after another harsh winter, more than 50 members of NEMPA gathered for their annual Winter Vehicle voting at NEMPA headquarters in Middleborough, Massachusetts. The 2019 Ram 1500 was chosen based on its ability to meet specific needs of New England drivers during winter.

“The 2019 Ram 1500 incorporates a long list of new technologies to help drivers stay informed and in control during rough weather, including automatic emergency braking and real-time weather maps on the Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The ‘Official Winter Truck of New England’ award from NEMPA backs our title of America’s most awarded pickup, and represents solid recognition of our efforts in delivering the industry’s benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and luxury.”

The new 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition played a key role in the Official Winter Truck of New England. The special edition includes equipment that helps drivers tackle challenging seasonal conditions, including:

  • Three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) severe snow service-rated on/off-road Falken LT tires
  • 4×4 transfer case with 4×4 Auto, 4×4 High and 4×4 Low settings
  • One-inch factory lift
  • Electric-locking rear axle
  • Tow hooks
  • Engine block heater
  • Heated seats and steering wheel
  • Remote start
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM Travel Link Weather
  • Mopar all-weather floor mats to contain slush and snow
  • 12-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar
  • Heated, folding mirrors
  • Front and rear Park Sense audible/visual warning system
  • Body-color bumpers, grille, mirrors, door handles and rear fender “4×4” decal

About the 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 New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA)
The New England Motor Press Association was founded in 1987 to coordinate professional media coverage of the auto industry in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, whose 14.5 million citizens have unique demographics and automotive preferences. NEMPA’s media members appear on network and cable TV, on the Internet and radio, and in regional and national newspapers and magazines. For more information, please visit:

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
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • 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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Summer driving: Avoiding highways helps keep orange barrels at bay

Summer time road construction and its evil twin, traffic backups, are pretty much unavoidable.

Or are they?

With just a small change or two in the settings of your navigation aid, whether it be a navigation-equipped Uconnect system or an app such as Waze or Google Maps, connected via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you can spend less time staring at orange barrels and deciphering personalized license plates while commuting to work and road tripping to a vacation spot.

One of the simplest ways to minimize getting trapped in construction zone quicksand is having your navigation avoid expressways/highways when calculating the route. Making this change is found in the options or route options part of the settings menu on your navigation unit or app.

For example, in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Uconnect 4C Nav system, select Nav Settings, then Guidance, then Route Options, then uncheck the box for Expressways Allowed.

The Uconnect 4C Nav gives you the option to avoid expressways/highways when calculating a route.

In addition to avoiding highways, the options list for navigation units and apps typically has selections to let you avoid toll roads and ferries.

The settings in the Uconnect 4C Nav also enables you to adjust the routing based on real-time traffic data, offering to suggest detours based on traffic events and setting a time-saved threshold for providing detours.

Depending on where you’re going, avoiding highways might add a few minutes to your drive time. But it’s bound to be more scenic that creeping along in construction zone congestion and you may discover a local icon – such as a sweet ice cream stand!

Ram Heavy Duty Takes Durability to the Max

Work-truck owners know toughness and durability are indispensable ‘tools’ in the trucks they drive and depend on day after day, week after week, year after year to get the job done.

The Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 lineup has built a solid reputation for delivering benchmark performance, even under the most extreme conditions. And for 2019, Ram Truck Chief Engineer Rod Romain points to an extensive and unrelenting battery of testing that has helped create “the most durable heavy-duty pickup trucks we have ever engineered.”

From customer-equivalent miles measured in the millions, to on-road testing over a variety of surfaces, to long stints on the dynos and the shaker, the new Ram Heavy Duty has earned its accolades for durability the hard way so work-truck customers can rest easy over the long haul.

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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.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at

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Mopar ready to customize the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator

The team at Mopar knew there was a “ton of anticipation” for the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator and they were at the ready to offer hundreds of parts to customers to personalize their new truck.

“We have been working tirelessly with the production teams since the inception of this concept to make sure we have what customers want, and what customers need, right at launch,” said Kim Mathers, Head of Mopar Performance and Accessories Portfolio.

Backed by a factory warranty, Mopar offers a full menu of more than 200 parts and accessories specifically designed for the Gladiator. And, all of the parts were created in conjunction with the Jeep brand, engineering and design teams. 

Before Mopar parts are available to the public, they go through tens of thousands of hours of development, testing and validation. 

A sampling of these available Mopar parts can be found on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, which has been on display at recent auto shows.

Exterior Mopar modifications on the Rubicon include a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 2-inch lift kit, JPP tube doors and rock rails and JPP 5-inch and 7-inch off-road LED lights. Additional Mopar accessories include unique five-spoke wheels, Mopar bed-mounted cross rails and lockable, dual sliding storage drawers inside the truck bed. 

It’s also armed with a Mopar cold air intake, which works with a Mopar cat-back exhaust system to add horsepower and torque.

Some of the other products available for the Gladiator include:

  • Bedliners: A durable, factory-backed spray-in bedliner available as a production option through Mopar Custom Shop, with drop-in bedliner also available
  • Roof rack/carriers: The Mopar roof rack accommodates a variety of lifestyle cargo carriers, such as a bicycle, ski and snowboard carriers
  • Tonneau covers: Hard-trifold, soft–trifold and soft roll-up tonneau covers are available
  • Rock rails: Unique, heavy-gauge steel JPP rock rails are thicker and wider and use the same powder-coating as Ram Truck bedliners to provide a non-slip finish
  • Wheels: Aluminum 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels help negotiate off-road terrain. Additional wheel options include five-spoke “gear” and five-spoke “slot” designs
Mopar five-spoke wheels for the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.

“We can’t wait to see the reaction to this vehicle, and we can’t wait to see what customers are going to do with it,” Mathers added.

For more information on JPP, visit To learn more about the Jeep Gladiator, visit

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National Tire Safety Week

Maintaining a vehicle’s tires is essential to maximize tire life and ensure safety on the road. There is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week in May to start checking tire pressure and condition regularly, says the Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council supports National Tire Safety Week held May 20-27 and conducted by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). With its “Know Your Roll” theme, USTMA urges motorists, including first-time drivers, to “know their roll” and check their tires in advance of the busy summer driving season.

“We encourage motorists to check their vehicle’s tire pressure, alignment and tread before they hit the road this summer. National Tire Safety Week is the ideal time to ‘be car care aware’ and ‘know your roll,’” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Tires affect a vehicle’s ride, handling, traction and safety. Checking tire pressure often and having your tires rotated and balanced regularly are an important way to keep your vehicle running efficiently and safely.”

It only takes a few minutes to check tire condition and stay safer on the road. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends a quick four-step tire check to help avoid the aggravation of changing a flat tire on the side of the road.

• Check that all tires, including the spare, are inflated to recommended pressure levels.
• Check tire tread depth with a simple penny test – if you see Lincoln’s head above the tread, then it is time for new tires.
• Check for irregular wear as uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment.
• Check tires for cuts, bruises, bulges, bald spots or other irregularities that can lead to a flat tire.

For more information on tire safety and maintenance, visit For service interval schedules, questions to ask a technician and other helpful auto care information, view the Car Care Council’s free digital Car Care Guide at

Confirmed: new Jeep plant for Detroit

A large new Jeep assembly plant is going to be built on the current site of the Mack Avenue engine complex.

Some time ago, Allpar pioneered the story, based on inside sources. Today, it’s official. FCA North America chief operating officer Mark Stewart issued a brief statement, thanking the support of the governor, state development authority, and the city of Detroit. ”I am pleased to confirm that plans to invest in our Jefferson North Assembly Plant and build a new state-of-the-art assembly plant in Detroit have been given the green light.”

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He added, “At FCA, we are continuing to build a secure future, not only for our Company but also for the communities in which we operate. This investment enables us to deliver on this promise in the state and city we call home.”

This particular area is not just part of Detroit; it’s also close to the historic site of some Chrysler offices and a glitzy showroom, in what used to be a quite fashionable neighborhood. Today, though it’s a good drive down straight roads from major highways, the area has  several Chrysler plants in an otherwise nondescript neighborhood. That includes the two Macks, the Jefferson Avenue plant (which makes Grand Cherokees and Durangos), and the former Champion spark plug and Viper plant on Conner Avenue, as well as a small airport.

Because of the size of the new plant, FCA required land belonging to other parties, which the city has acquired. FCA’s statement is the first proof that the City of Detroit has acquired all the needed land.

Once Fiat gained control of Chrysler, the company started making massive investments in the Michigan/Ohio/Ontario area, bringing parts formerly made by suppliers in Mexico and China to its own  regional plants.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Detroit News, and USA Today; and he literally wrote the book on minivans.

Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology, leading to his research and change and Mac statistics software sites. You can reach him by using our contact form.

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Truck Tuesday: Ram Heavy Duty: Where Capability and Comfort Combine for the Long Haul

For hardworking truck owners, long days on the road spent loading, hauling and unloading heavy loads come with the territory. With the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, an outstanding level of comfort and enjoyment also comes with the territory. 

The ‘marriage’ of benchmark hauling, towing and torque with exceptional ride quality was a Ram Truck engineering goal from the outset. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty offers work truck owners the quietest Ram Heavy Duty cabin ever built by reducing ambient cabin sounds by nearly 10 decibels. Ram Truck engineers also implemented suspension options that give truck owners a class-leading smooth ride whether carrying a heavy payload or fully unloaded. 

Meeting tough deadlines to deliver payloads on time 24/7 is stressful enough for work truck owners. This Truck Tuesday, Rod Romain, chief engineer for Ram Heavy Duty, shows how Ram Truck engineers succeeded in helping make those trips there and back the most comfortable and stress-free as possible. 

Truck Thursday: Engineers given a ‘unique opportunity’ to bring the all-new Jeep® Gladiator back to market

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator offers best-in-class towing and payload along with a number of unique features, such as a forward-facing camera.

When Jeep® engineers were assigned the task to bring back the iconic Jeep truck, they embraced the opportunity by creating a vehicle that’s a class-leader.

“What we wanted to do up-front is set a best-in-class target for these key characteristics from a payload perspective and towing perspective,” said Pete Milosavlevski, Gladiator chief engineer.

The all-new Gladiator builds on the Jeep brand’s rich heritage of dependable and durable Jeep trucks with a class-leading payload of 1,600 pounds and towing of 7,650 pounds.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Overland

There’s also an efficient powertrain in the Gladiator with the 3.6L Pentastar upgrade that’s rated to 285hp and 260 lb. -ft of torque. Every Gladiator also comes with a standard four-wheel-drive system.

When drivers take the Gladiator off-road, they will find a best-in-class approach angle of 43.6 degrees in the front and best-in-class departure angle of 26 degrees in the rear of the truck.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

Engineers kept customers in mind when developing the five-foot box on the Gladiator. Milosavlevski said it was important to get at least 48 inches of width to accommodate everything from dirt bikes to plywood.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

Another innovation is the forward-facing camera, which is exclusive to the Gladiator Rubicon models. The front camera sits behind the middle slot of Gladiator’s seven-slot grille and can be accessed through the available Off-road Pages. This camera allows oncoming obstructions on a trail to be easily seen. 

“We wanted to provide another innovative tool for the Jeep enthusiast that they can use to have a great time while they are off-roading the vehicle to get over any obstacle,” Milosavlevski said. “Now that off-road camera gives you those eyes.”

For more information about Jeep Gladiator, visit the Jeep website.

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Chrysler Pacifica Ad Previews Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4

Are you feeling it yet? Springtime is definitely starting to turn those winter blahs into fun times to come. 

The Chrysler brand is looking to help get the party started with a new television commercial that spotlights the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans and includes the characters from “Toy Story 4.” 

Chrysler created the minivan segment 35 years ago with the introduction of the 1984 Chrysler minivan. It was love at first sight. Since then more than 14.6 million families across the country have made these minivans part of their everyday lives around the neighborhood and for the ultimate in comfort and convenience on long family vacations. Over six generations of minivan, the brand has implemented 115 minivan-firsts, 37 of them for the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. Family-friendly features like industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storageUconnect Theater with two 10-inch touchscreens to keep the kids happy on the go. Hands-free power sliding doors that make packing up for the long haul super easy. And, when it comes to fuel savings, the segment-exclusive Pacifica Hybrid delivers an all-electric range of 32 miles with a total driving range of 520 miles. 

No matter what your busy schedule calls for, plan not to miss taking the family to see the newest Disney and Pixar sensation “Toy Story 4” when it hits theaters on June 21.

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