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Truck Tuesday: All-New Ram 1500 Invites Buyers to Get Personal

Ordering a new 2019 Ram Truck 1500 now comes with a unique opportunity to let your creativity really shine. With more than 200 new factory-backed Mopar products created specifically for the new Ram 1500, buyers are now able to add their own finishing touches to their new truck before picking it up from the dealer

Once off the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant production line, your Ram 1500 heads for the nearby Mopar Custom Shop where Mopar ‘techs’ install the part, or parts, you’ve chosen that personally speak to your Ram 1500 inspiration.

The process is seamless for the customer. The options are all Mopar-designed to harmonize with the all-new Ram 1500. The  result? A truck that’s yours, and yours alone! 

Watch as a factory-fresh 2019 Ram Rebel 1500 gets the Mopar Custom Shop personal touch:

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FCA to Launch New In-vehicle Uconnect Market Commerce Platform

  • Uconnect Market is a new platform that allows FCA customers to make on-demand reservations and to purchase products and services directly from the vehicle touchscreen
  • Customers interact directly with a variety of merchants, including Shell, Domino’s, ParkWhiz and Yelp Reservations
  • Uconnect Market platform will deploy in the second half of 2019
  • New platform, developed in partnership with Xevo, follows recent announcement of new connected system for FCA vehicles
Uconnect Market is a new platform that allows FCA customers to make on-demand reservations and to purchase products and services directly from the vehicle touchscreen
Uconnect Market is a new platform that allows FCA customers to make on-demand reservations and to purchase products and services directly from the vehicle touchscreen

FCA continues to advance its in-vehicle technology, announcing today the launch of Uconnect Market, a new in-vehicle commerce platform that gives customers the opportunity to conveniently order food, find the nearest gas station, save money on fuel purchases and make dinner reservations, all from the comfort of their vehicles.

With the new platform, FCA owners will be able to skip lines and save time by ordering (and paying for) food and beverages, reserve a table on the way to their favorite restaurant or locate and securely authorize pump-and-pay fuel at participating locations. Drivers can also locate and pay for nearby parking and schedule service appointments at FCA US dealerships, all while in the vehicle without having to reach for a physical credit card.

“Our customers live busy lives, and our goal with the Uconnect platform is to provide an advanced portfolio of services to make their daily drive more convenient, productive and enjoyable,” said Alan D’Agostini, Global Head of Connected Services, FCA. “This is why we are launching Uconnect Market, as we continue to ramp-up our connectivity efforts around the world with the goal of having all new FCA vehicles connected by 2022.”

The lineup of brands participating in the Uconnect Market platform at launch includes Shell, Domino’s, Park Whiz and Yelp Reservations.

Uconnect Market includes the following services:

  • Wallet: When setting up a Uconnect Market account, vehicle owners can enroll a credit card for use with selected Uconnect Market partners
  • Service: Consumers will have access to national Mopar service offers, the ability to locate a certified Mopar service center and schedule service appointments
  • Fuel: Owners can view a list of nearby fuel stations and authorize a fuel pump charge at participating Shell stations by using Shell Pay & Save program
  • Food: The platform uses Yelp to display a list of nearby restaurants by category; consumers also have the option to make reservations at participating restaurants
  • Parking: Find, book and pay for parking at thousands of garages across North America through ParkWhiz, an Arrive-powered brand

Uconnect Market was developed in partnership with Seattle-based Xevo, recently acquired by Lear Corporation. The platform will deploy in the second half of 2019 via an over-the-air (OTA) update for model-year 2019 and 2020 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram brand vehicles equipped with connected services and the latest generation of 8.4-inch touchscreens, and will continue as a carryover feature for future models equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Commitment to Connectivity
The Uconnect Market introduction follows the recent FCA announcement of a new in-vehicle “ecosystem” using HARMAN (Samsung) and Google Technologies. The new system will promptly and securely manage in-vehicle and additional data using an architecture based on the HARMAN Ignite cloud-based platform. It will also be powered by Android, offering a strong, proven and intuitive app-based environment that provides fresh content via OTA updates, fast interaction and seamless wireless integration with the customer’s mobile devices.

The key components of the new “ecosystem” will start to rollout in phases across global regions during the second half of 2019, and all new FCA vehicles will be connected by 2022.

About Uconnect
Launched in 2003, Uconnect is the award-winning connected vehicle platform that is built into Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT vehicles. It delivers advanced connectivity, entertainment, navigation and communication services that are as powerful as they are easy to use, keeping customers focused on the road. For more information, visit

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA is an international automotive group listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Dodge Brand Scores Highest Ever Results In J.D. Power Awards:

The results are in. The J.D. Power Initial Quality Awards results show that the Dodge brand had an improvement of 8% in the brand’s initial quality score compared to last year’s study. The Dodge brand was also placed in the industry’s top-10 at 8th overall. This marks the brand’s highest ranking ever in the awards. 

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. (Dodge).

The Dodge brand scored high with its Dodge Challenger and Dodge Grand Caravan models. But the Dodge brand wasn’t the only brand to achieve acclaim in the awards. The Jeep® Grand Cherokee also scored high in the midsize SUV segment.

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Blacktop. (Dodge)

“Dodge continues its leadership position among Midsize Sporty Cars and Minivans by taking first and second place with the Challenger and Grand Caravan, respectively,” said Mark Champine, Head of Quality – FCA North America.

  • Dodge Challenger – No. 1 in Midsize Sporty Car segment
  • Dodge Grand Caravan – No. 2 in Minivan segment
  • Jeep® Grand Cherokee – No. 3 in Midsize SUV segment (three-way tie)

“We’re especially proud of the Grand Cherokee’s 20 percent year-over-year improvement in initial quality, which was strong enough to put it in the top three among Midsize SUVs,” Champine added. “This type of quality improvement reinforces our commitment to Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV ever and to our recently announced $900 million investment at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, the home of Grand Cherokee.”

2019 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. (Jeep).

J.D. Power measures initial quality by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. 

The 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study is based on responses from 76,256 purchasers and lessees of new 2019 model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study is based on a 233-question battery organized into eight vehicle categories. The study was fielded from February through May 2019.

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Truck Thursday: See the road ahead with the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator’s forward-facing camera

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator was designed to tackle any obstacle, but occasionally there will be a large rock, log or possibly an unforeseen dropoff that can’t be seen over the hood.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

To assist off-roaders with situational awareness of these pathway obstructions, the Gladiator’s designers added an innovative forward-facing camera in the middle slot of the midsize truck’s seven-slot grille.

With a push of a button on the Uconnect Off-road pages, the camera is activated with images streamed right to the radio screen.

“The inspiration for the forward-facing camera was our customer, the Jeep enthusiast,” said Pete Milosavlevski, Gladiator chief engineer, who added that feedback for this camera came from riding with customers during off-road excursions. “We wanted to provide another innovative tool for the Jeep enthusiast to use and have a great time while they are off-roading.”

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

The forward-facing camera, which is exclusive to the Rubicon model, is one of more than 80 available advanced safety and security features available on the Gladiator.

When activated, the off-road camera can detect obstacles less than two feet in front of the bumper and as far out as 10 feet in front of the Gladiator. The camera not only provides a view of the road ahead, but also dynamic gridlines to help navigate oncoming obstacles.

Uconnect off-road pages.

Designers also paid attention to the little details when it came to the camera. Since it is an off-road camera, it’s bound to get dusty. When drivers want to remove the dust, and stay in the comfort of the Gladiator, there’s a camera washer that can be activated from the radio screen.

For more information about the forward-facing camera and the many other features on the Jeep Gladiator, visit

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Truck Tuesday: 2020 Ram 1500 America’s Half-Ton Diesel Torque Leader

The 2020 Ram 1500 will soon become America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with the introduction of the third-generation turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6.

480 lb.-ft.of torque and the highest available half-ton diesel towing capacity at 12,560 pounds really set the Ram 1500 apart from the competition. Coupled with the record 1,000 lb.-ft.of torque achieved by the new Ram Heavy Duty, Ram pickups now own the top spots in torque ratings.

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will be available on all models and configurations, including a first-time offering for the Ram Rebel. It goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.

Mauro Puglia, Diesel Engine Chief Engineer, FCA North America, goes behind the numbers for a closer look at how this new EcoDiesel engine benchmark was achieved.

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Minivan Monday: Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid Master the Mess

You know that sinking feeling the moment you make plans to drive your friends, family or co-workers, forgetting your minivan could really use a good cleaning? With the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, you can quickly and easily make good on both tasks with standard seven-passenger seating and the available Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum.

As the first to introduce the minivan, and through now six generations of the popular people mover, FCA has innovated 115 minivan-firsts and continues to lead the segment with popular customer-centered convenience.

Over the last 35 years, more than 14.6 million families have enjoyed untold hours of fun, togetherness, unforgettable memories and, yes, collected plenty of leftover snacks and crumbs along the way.

With the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, its quick and easy to keep the fun and memories going without all the mess, thanks to the innovative Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum cleaner. It’s always on board – ready to sweep away the messiness when you are.

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Ram Trucks in 2019: A Lineup for the Ages and an Eye on What’s Next

From the All-New 2019 Ram 1500 to the Ram 1500 Classic to Ram Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab, our current lineup of trucks is without a doubt the best I’ve ever seen.

As Vice President of U.S. Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business, FCA US LLC, I’m biased of course. But after 34 years in the automotive business, I also know trucks. And so does my team. We know what makes a good one. We know capability and performance are paramount to fleet managers and business owners alike, that residual value and total cost of ownership are as well. We know the 2019 Ram lineup excels in these categories and more.

Not only do we know trucks, we’re not afraid to give a nod to the competition, when it’s deserved, or credit to our colleagues when they’ve earned it. In this case, the nod goes to our FCA associates who worked tirelessly developing a Chassis Cab with best-in-class horsepower* (Ram 3500), a Heavy Duty truck with best-in-class diesel towing (Ram 2500), a Light Duty pickup with best-in-class available V8 towing (All-New Ram 1500). And the list goes on.

We know it’s not just us taking notice. From articles like this one hailing the Ram 1500 as THE truck to buy in 2019 to multiple Truck of the Year awards from highly respected organizations, Ram Trucks is getting the media and industry attention it deserves.

That said, we are not a company that will rest on its laurels. As much as we believe in our current lineup, we are constantly seeking out opportunities to better serve our customers. For example, while the industry as a whole has struggled in recent years to meet increasing commercial demand, we recognized and addressed the issue early on, implementing a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar plan to ramp up production at plants in Michigan and beyond, well before the competition. We see it as an investment in our future and our communities. It’s also a doubling down on our commitment to provide great vehicles in a timely manner to our customers, who deserve – and will get – the best we have to offer.

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Truck Thursday: The Jeep® Gladiator is the only pickup to offer open-air freedom

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

The Jeep® Gladiator sets itself apart from the competition with best-in-class towing, best-in-class 4×4 payload and open-air freedom, which is something only a Jeep vehicle could offer.

The Gladiator is the only true open-air 4×4 pickup truck and offers an easy-to-use premium soft top, two hardtops and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations.

“You will never find another pickup truck that offers the open-air freedom that only a Jeep can offer,” said Chris Benjamin, head of Jeep engineering design. “Doors off. Top off. It’s something that is absolutely unique to the Gladiator.”

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

These unique features include a premium Sunrider soft top, which provides a segment-exclusive easy open-air option, which helps to quiet wind noise and allows for access to partial and full open top positions.

Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models offer an available three-piece body-color hardtop option. A black three-piece hardtop is also available.

The two freedom panels and quick-release latches on the hardtop enable fast removal and installation of the hardtop. All hardtops feature a manual rear-sliding window.

In addition to having the ability to remove the top, the lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors can be easily removed. These doors feature the Torx bit size stamped directly onto the hinge to eliminate guessing as to which size bit is needed to remove the doors. A tool kit with the necessary Torx bits to remove the doors is provided as standard equipment.

Similar to the new Wrangler, the Gladiator’s windshield can easily be folded down by using the included Torx bits to remove bolts on the windshield frame. After the wipers are pulled off, the windshield can be lowered.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

“Fun modes of transportation don’t have windshields: horses, skateboards, dirt bikes and roller coasters,” said Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, FCA – North America. “It’s just more fun.”

For more information about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, visit

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2019 Ram Heavy Duty redefines cabin comfort for the long haul

When you measure your days in highway miles, hauling heavy loads across town or across the country, keeping customers happy and satisfied with on-time delivery, you need more than the occasional coffee and lunch break to get through.

With that in mind, 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck designers went to work creating a cabin that would surround hardworking drivers with benchmark comfort and luxury … luxury they can  feel, touch, smell and experience on every level over every highway mile.

Ryan Nagode, Ram Chief Interior Designer, takes a closer look at how choosing only premium materials, over-the-top innovation, leading-edge technology and a laser focus on fulfilling the comfort and confidence Ram Truck customers desire produced a Ram Heavy Duty truck cabin for the long haul, unmatched by the competition.

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Quick Facts to Know: 2019 Ram 3500

The 2019 Ram 3500 is a heavy-duty pickup that competes with the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD, Ford F-350 and GMC Sierra 3500HD.

The fifth-generation Ram 3500 was introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show as a 2019 model-year vehicle. The truck is built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

Here is a summary of the 2019 Ram 3500’s specifications.


  • The 2019 Ram 3500 has a starting price of $34,845 not including a $1,695 destination charge.
  • The high-end Limited trim has a starting price of $62,350 not including the $1,695 destination fee.
  • The 2018 Ram 3500 had a starting price of $34,445 not including the $1,695 destination charge.


  • The 2019 Ram 3500 is available in five trims: Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited.


  • The 2019 Ram 3500 comes with a variety of wheelbases, depending on configuration.
  • The regular cab with the 4×2 powertrain is the smallest, with a 140-inch wheelbase, a 232-inch overall length and an 83.5-inch width.
  • The longest model is the Crew Cab 4×2 with the eight-foot box. It has a 169.1-inch wheelbase, a 260.8-inch overall length and an 83.5-inch width.


  • The base engine in the 2019 Ram 3500 is a 410-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces 429 pound-feet of torque.
  • Two other engine options are available. Each uses a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel, with the standard-output version producing 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. The high-output version produces 400 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque.
  • No hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full-electric powertrains are available.
  • 4×4 and 4×2 modes are options on all models.
  • The 2019 Ram 3500 uses either a six- or eight-speed automatic transmission.
2019 Ram 3500

With a high-output 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine, the Ram 3500 produces 400 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. (Photo: Ram)


  • Maximum towing capacity for a 2019 Ram 3500 is 35,100 pounds (requires 4×2 with regular cab and the high-output turbodiesel engine.


  • Heavy-duty trucks are not required to be rated for their fuel economy by the EPA. Media reports place the truck’s fuel economy at 15 mpg overall.


  • All 2019 Ram 3500 models, regardless of cab option, are equipped with six standard airbags, including advanced multistage front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags.
  • Standard safety equipment also includes hill-start assist, low beam daytime running headlamps and a rear back-up camera.
  • Optional safety and driver-assistance technology includes blind-spot and cross-path detection, Parksense rear park-assist system and trailer brake control.
2019 Ram 3500

The Ram 3500Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited. (Photo: Ram)


  • The standard infotainment system includes an AM/FM radio Uconnect 3 system with a 5-inch display that is compatible with SiriusXM, Bluetooth, voice command and hands-free calling.
  • A 12-inch Uconnect system compatible with Apple CarPlay is available.
  • A 750-watt, 17-speaker Harman/Kardon premium audio system is available on the Limited trim.


  • The 2019 Ram 3500 can be equipped with wireless phone charging and up to nine USB ports, five Type-A and four Type-C USB ports.
  • Up to three 115-volt auxiliary power outlets are available.
  • Two rearview cameras are available on the 2019 Ram 3500. One is a standard back-up camera. The other is a cargo-view camera. The latter monitors payload in the bed and helps align fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers.
  • Work-grade vinyl bench seats are standard in the Tradesman trim. Ten-way power adjustable heated front seats are standard on the Laramie trim and above.
  • A 360-degree surround-view camera is available on the Limited trim.

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