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New Ram 1500 Leading Light in Safety

Safety is nothing to make light of. But light can certainly enhance vehicle safety, as demonstrated by the 2019-20 Ram 1500.

FCA recently refined the performance of the redesigned pickup’s available, curve-adaptive, LED projector headlamps with high-beam assist. The result? 

The reigning Motor Trend Truck of the Year made history as the first full-size pickup to capture a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Specifically, the rating applies to models built after May of this year that feature the refined headlamp system and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking technology, Forward Collision Warning-Plus. 

But the road to Ram’s success runs through an elite test site in a corner of Canada known as that country’s automotive nucleus – the Lighting Research Facility at the Advanced Research and Development Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

“The Lighting Research Facility features an exceptional working dynamic,” says Antonio Mancina, FCA Head of Canada Engineering. “And the results we are able to achieve resonate where they matter – on the road, for the benefit of our customers.”

Jointly operated by FCA and the University of Windsor, the facility leverages the combined energy and insights of students, professors and engineers as they work together on research initiatives. At more than 25,000 square feet, it is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world.

Such scale is appropriate because redesigning FCA’s best-selling vehicle, the Ram 1500, was no minor responsibility. The truck’s lighting technology profited from the site’s controlled laboratory environment that simulates a two-lane roadway, including roadside markings and reflectors. 

It also houses advanced light-measurement equipment to accommodate optimal accuracy when compiling quantitative lighting assessments.

Such resources signal lights out for the Ram 1500’s competitors. 

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Chrysler, Hello Bello Team Up for Detroit School Kids

The Chrysler brand and two Michigan natives who ‘made it big’ have teamed up to help 250 K-4 Detroit school kids get the school year off to a great start. On September 13, two Hello Bello-wrapped Chrysler Pacifica minivans rolled up to Detroit Prep, a free public charter school located on Detroit’s east side.

Actress Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard co-founded Hello Bello with the goal of providing families with better and cleaner solutions to tackle their everyday lives. The company distributes its signature plant-based baby care products to various groups across the country.  

The minivans were jam packed with personal items, including shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizers and detergents for each of the students. In addition, Tea clothing provided a selection of new shirts, pants and other clothing items for the students. 

The Chrysler brand donated enough lunch boxes for every Detroit Prep student, along with much-needed school supplies. A big, and very welcome, surprise for the school came when the Chrysler brand, Hello Bello and Walmart teamed up to presented the school with two separate checks totaling $22,500 to turn their dream of a new playground into a reality.  

Both Hello Bello and the Chrysler brand share the goal of helping all children achieve a quality education, whether public, private or charter school. Detroit Prep impressed the teams with its entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to education, and its contribution to the City of Detroit’s continued growth by moving into and restoring a 100-year-old school that had been abandoned for the past nine years.

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All-new Jeep® Gladiator has features only a Jeep pickup could offer

The interior of the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator offers a number of unique features that only a pickup by Jeep could offer.

Exclusive all-new rear seats with a secure storage design, open-air freedom and a heritage-inspired center stack are among the many innovative, functional and intuitive features offered in a Gladiator. 

Jeep Gladiator

This mix of precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials resulted in the Gladiator being named one of Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2019.

“The Gladiator’s rugged interior styling is a subtle balance of premium materials, must-have features and technology that turns the basic daily drive into an adventure,” said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, FCA. “The truck encompasses the spirit of the Jeep brand while checking all the boxes our customers desire.”

These offerings include the ability to take the doors off and the top off, something that is absolutely unique to the Gladiator. A push-button starter, featuring a weatherproof surround, comes standard. A 7.0- or an available 8.4-inch touchscreen houses the fourth-generation Uconnect system and sits prominently atop the center stack.

“We think that all of the thoughtfulness that we put into the interior offers the customer something that they’ve always wanted in a pickup truck, but was never available to them,” said Chris Benjamin, head of Jeep engineering design. “The Gladiator is about functionality. It is about how you use it. It is about your lifestyle.”

One of the most versatile features of Gladiator is the rear seat, which offers a number of different storage solutions. The rear seat is divided into a 60-40 configuration and can be folded up into “stadium” position to reveal a standard open storage bin.

There’s also an optional lockable bin to provide secure storage space when the top or doors are removed. The available lockable storage bin features two different sized doors that correspond to the 60/40 split rear seat cushion, and use the same lock as the glove box and center console.

Removable dividers can provide up to five separate compartments to allow for storage of items ranging from fishing rods to backpacks, yoga mats, food and other gear in the bin. 

“The great thing about it is that the seat is lockable” Benjamin added. “When you are out exploring and you’ve got the doors off and you’ve got the roof off, you can still have your items in there and they are secured and you don’t have to worry.” 

He added that the Gladiator is the latest in a long line of Jeep vehicles “that inspire people to take adventures and try new things.”

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

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With power and fuel economy, is a diesel right for you?

This has been a big year for fans of diesel engines.

In January, the redesigned 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup was unveiled with a new Cummins 6.7-liter I-6 Turbo Diesel that delivers up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm.

That was followed this summer by Ram rolling out a new, third-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbo V-6 that debuts in the 2020 Ram 1500 and delivers 480 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm.

Is a turbo diesel the right engine for your next vehicle? Here are some things to consider:

  • Diesel engines are suited for doing the heavy work – towing and hauling. That’s because they deliver plenty of torque (pulling power) at lower engine rpm. For example, the 2019 Ram 3500 4×2 Regular Cab can tow up to 35,100 pounds with the Cummins engine.
  • Diesel engines also deliver better fuel economy, 25% or more, than a comparably sized gasoline engine. Why? Diesel fuel contains more usable energy than gasoline.
  • Diesel engines use a high compression ratio in the cylinder (the squeeze of the air/fuel mixture) to generate heat to ignite the mixture. So diesels don’t have spark plugs like a gasoline engine, but they do use glow plugs to provide heat in the cylinder when the engine is cold.
  • Yes, diesel fuel costs a bit more than gasoline at the pump, but the better fuel economy translates into greater range on a tank of fuel and fewer refueling stops. Diesel fuel is widely available at gas stations, not just truck stops.
The 6.7-liter Cummins I-6 turbodiesel in the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty can generate up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

Modern diesel engines run quieter and cleaner than ever. Diesels have special catalytic converters that use a urea solution to reduce emissions. This requires occasionally refilling the urea tank. There’s a urea level gauge to alert drivers when it is time to refill the tank (the fill port is located next to the diesel fuel tank) and the solution is available at service stations and auto parts stores.

For people who make a living with their truck as an essential tool, and those who like to tow a boat or trailer or haul power vehicles, a diesel offers a hard-to-beat combination of pulling power and fuel economy.

It might be the combination you’re looking for in your next vehicle.

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Mopar offers more than 200 products for the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator

The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator continues the brand’s legacy of go-anywhere capability and the ability to personalize a vehicle to the needs of the owner.

When Jeep unveiled the Gladiator last year, there were more than 200 Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar accessories available for the Jeep Gladiator at launch. Since then, the teams at Mopar have continued to add to this list.

A sampling of these accessories were placed on a new Jeep Gladiator to showcase the diverse options available.

“The (Moparized) Jeep Gladiator has a more aggressive stance and that’s because of Mopar’s two-inch suspension lift,” said Keith Wisinski, Mopar Accessories and Product Planner. “The Mopar suspension lift was designed by Mopar engineers and Fox Shocks to develop a more aggressive stance, allowing you to put bigger tires and wheels on your Jeep Gladiator.”

Ingenious, useful and helpful Mopar-tested accessories can be found throughout the Moparized Gladiator.  On the front, there’s Mopar 7-inch LED lights with 8,000 lumen output attached to a Mopar grille guard. Attached to the Gladiator’s A-pillar are 5-inch LED off-road lights that can put out 4,800 lumens.

There’s also Mopar’s off-road wheels, heavy-duty off-road rock rails and two-inch tubular doors.  

On the back of the Mopar-modified Gladiator there’s a tri-fold tonneau cover over the bed. Inside of the bed is a modular storage system that has two drawers with 200-pound capacity.

Inside of the Gladiator are grab handles that are available for the first and second row. There’s also Mopar all-weather floor mats with a removable drain plug for easy drainage. 

In addition to all of the noticeable exterior features, under the hood is Mopar’s cold air intake, which provides clean, fresh air to the engine. 

Learn more about these and other accessories for the Gladiator by visiting To learn more about the all-new Gladiator, visit

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Ram 1500 First Full-size Pickup to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 10, 2019/PRNewswire/ —

  • 2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab and certain 2019 Crew Cab models are first full-size pickups to earn Top Safety Pick+ under current Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) guidelines 
  • Top Safety Pick+ is highest rating awarded by IIHS 
  • Ram 1500 achieves highest possible ratings in each of the six crashworthiness tests conducted by IIHS 
  • Crashworthiness aided by FCA’s patented splayed front frame rails 
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology graded “superior,” benefiting from industry’s only pickup-segment application of Integrated Radar Camera Module (IRCM) – one of more than 100 available safety and security features

The Ram 1500 Crew Cab full-size pickup has been named a Top Safety Pick+ for 2019, the highest rating given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The rating applies to 2020 Ram 1500 pickups, and 2019 trucks produced after May of this year, when equipped with adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Mitigation.

“This recognition validates our unrelenting efforts to deliver more value for our customers,” says Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The new Ram 1500 has earned many accolades for its capability and design. It is immensely satisfying to have the IIHS recognize our truck for its compelling safety story.”

The Ram 1500’s safety story begins with innovations such as its patented approach to frame-rail construction. The truck’s front frame-rails are splayed to better manage crash energy in certain types of frontal collisions.

Of the six crashworthiness evaluations conducted by the IIHS, three simulate frontal impacts. And the Ram 1500 recorded “good” results in each, the highest possible rating.

Outcomes were the same in the three remaining crashworthiness tests, which inflict damage consistent with a side impact, rear impact and a rollover.

Also unique to the Ram 1500 is its use of an Integrated Radar Camera Module (IRCM) to accommodate Forward Collision Mitigation. The IRCM consolidates radar and camera components behind the vehicle’s rearview mirror, which not only simplifies their interface, but keeps important technology out of harm’s way in the event of minor collisions.

Meanwhile, Forward Collision Mitigation in the Ram 1500 earned a “superior” rating from IIHS. The optional feature boasts sensor-fusion technology, which blends camera capability with radar detection to determine when an impact is imminent.

The system initially warns the driver to take action to avoid a collision. If the driver does not act in a timely manner, the system may activate the vehicle’s brakes if collision risk remains.

The Top Safety Pick+ rating is also enabled by adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist. The technology was refined in May of this year, earning the highest IIHS rating of “good.”

A “good” rating in headlamp testing is the latest IIHS requirement to earn Top Safety Pick+.

The 2019 Top Safety Pick+ rating is the culmination of many months in the spotlight for the Ram 1500 – from Motor Trend Truck of the Year to a place among Wards 10 Best Engines with its standard-equipment 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eTorque.

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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All-new 2020 Gladiator carries on the Jeep® truck heritage

The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator is the latest iteration in a long line of Jeep trucks with more than 40 years of rich heritage to draw from.

Jeep’s truck heritage began back in 1947 when Willys Overland introduced a one-ton truck with four-wheel drive based on the CJ-2A. 

In the early 1960s, the first Gladiator was introduced. 

“The most iconic Jeep truck is probably the Jeep Gladiator,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, FCA Manager of Historical Services. “It’s got that round or oval ‘rhinoceros grille’ as they called it. It was just a tough strong looking vehicle.”

The Gladiator was the third Jeep truck to be introduced after World War II. The truck, which was available in pickup, stake bed, and cab and chassis models, was built until 1965.

“Willys Overland expanded beyond the CJ series into trucks because they knew there was a market for them,” added Rosenbusch, who said the truck didn’t even have a name when it was first introduced. “It was just known as the Jeep truck. It had the same reputation: it could go anywhere and do anything like the rest of the Jeep models.”

In 1957, Jeep launched the FC-150/170 Pickup. These were essentially work trucks with an 81-inch wheelbase for the FC-150 and 103.5 inches for the FC-170. 

Jeep brought the Scrambler, which was similar to the CJ-7 but with a longer wheelbase, to market in 1981. The truck was known internationally as the CJ-8 and was available in either hard- or soft-top versions.

The final Jeep truck model was the Jeep Comanche. It was produced from 1986-1992 and was based on the Cherokee platform and was similarly equipped. It received a six-foot bed in 1987, with later models offering Selec-Trac® or Command-Trac four-wheel drive.

As Jeep reenters the midsize truck market, Rosenbusch stated that the new Gladiator pays homage to its lineage while offering the latest in technology, engineering and capability. 

“I think the new Gladiator really harkens back to those Jeep trucks. You know its a Jeep when you see it,” Rosenbusch said. “It has the workload and the work ethic that all the other Jeep vehicles had. I think it’s something we can be proud of calling the Gladiator name again.”

Jeep® Brand Kicks Off NFL Season With New Gladiator Commercial:

Earlier this evening, the Jeep® brand launched a new 60-second commercial campaign for the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator on tonight’s first NFL football game of the season featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The new commercial shows the brand’s new strategy towards the high-profile placement exposure for its popular new midsize pickup.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon. (MoparInsiders).

Entitled “Seats” the commercial speaks to the “restless,” those who can hardly sit still, who need to move, roar, and ride.  The new ad was created in partnership with the Jeep and agency DDB Chicago. It features the song “Gladiator” by artist ZAYDE WØLF.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon. (MoparInsiders).

“As the name evokes, our all-new Jeep Gladiator is meant for action, to conquer,” said Marissa Hunter, Head of Marketing, FCA North America. “Whether you choose to go open-air, doors-off, through rock, sand, snow or the urban jungle, Jeep Gladiator’s rugged utility and functionality is not meant for those in the spectator seats. Gladiator is 100% Jeep 4×4 and 100% truck. A game-changer that embodies the truest spirit of freedom – something only found in a Jeep vehicle.”

“The Jeep Gladiator is more than just a truck,” added Hunter. “It opens the door to the Gladiator lifestyle, which means we’re going to find consumers wherever they’re chasing or pursuing their passions, whether it’s sports, outdoor adventure, current events and so much more. That means our media plan couldn’t be one dimensional either, so beyond sports properties, our television, digital and social strategy is coordinated to fully optimize the dimensionality of consumers who see the Jeep Gladiator as the perfect complement to their active lifestyle.”

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon. (MoparInsiders).

Jeep will be placing an aggressive advertising campaign for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which will include more digital media strategically surrounding outdoor content, such as off-roading, rafting, snowmobiling, and other lifestyle sports. 

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Jeep® Offers Two New Special-edition Wrangler Models for 2020

  • Jeep® Wrangler Willys returns featuring a limited-slip rear differential, rock rails, aggressive 32-inch mud terrain tires and a rugged look with black accents
  • Wrangler Black & Tan adds special exterior and interior content, including a premium tan soft top with black exterior badging and accents
  • Both special-edition Wrangler models are available to order now
Jeep® introduces new 2020 Wrangler Black & Tan edition
Jeep® introduces new 2020 Wrangler Black & Tan edition
Jeep® returns Willys edition to Wrangler lineup for 2020
Jeep® returns Willys edition to Wrangler lineup for 2020
Jeep® introduces new 2020 Wrangler Black & Tan edition
Jeep® returns Willys edition to Wrangler lineup for 2020

The Jeep® brand is returning the Wrangler Willys edition to the iconic SUV’s lineup and introducing the new 2020 Wrangler Black & Tan. Both models are based on the Wrangler Sport S and feature unique exterior and interior content. 

“Special editions are a perfect way for Jeep to connect with customers and feed their ideas and passion into the brand and its vehicles,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “Wrangler Willys harkens back to the original Jeep while Wrangler Black & Tan offers a unique look with a tan top. We are proud that both new models will add to the wide appeal Jeep Wrangler already offers.” 

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys and Black & Tan editions are available to order now.

Jeep Wrangler Willys 
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler lineup sees the return of the popular Willys edition and marks the first time it is available on the newest generation Jeep Wrangler (JL). The Wrangler Willys edition features a limited-slip rear differential, Rubicon rock rails and shocks, heavy-duty brakes and 32-inch Firestone mud terrain tires. These features, combined with Jeep’s Command-Trac 4×4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, bolster the Jeep Wrangler Willys’ off-road capability.

This added capability is highlighted with a rugged appearance. Special exterior design cues feature a Willys hood decal, unique black 17-inch aluminum wheels with gray pad print and a gloss black sport grille. All-weather slush mats, as well as LED headlights and fog lights, are also standard on the Wrangler Willys edition. 

The Wrangler Willys edition is available in 10 colors: Black, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Billet, Ocean Blue, Firecracker Red, Punk’n, Hellayella, Mojito! and White. 

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys has an MSRP of $33,740 for the two-door model and $37,240 for the four-door version.

Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan
Joining the Wrangler lineup for the first time for 2020, the Wrangler Black & Tan features a unique look with a distinct heritage flair. Available in all exterior colors, the Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan edition features 17-inch Machine Granite wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, side steps, Low Gloss badging and a premium tan soft top. 

Inside, Wrangler Black & Tan features a Wizard Black painted instrument panel mid bolster and Heritage Tan cloth seats. The Technology Group, featuring Uconnect’s 7-inch radio, a 7-inch driver’s display screen and dual-zone climate control, is standard. 

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan has a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,940 for the two-door model and an MSRP of $36,440 for the four-door version.

About the Jeep Wrangler 
The iconic Jeep® Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – delivers unmatched off-road capability and is produced with more than seven decades of 4×4 engineering experience. Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with engine stop-start (ESS), 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with mild-hybrid e-Torque technology, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with ESS and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid e-Torque technology. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, electronic lockers and is one of the few SUVs to offer a six-speed manual transmission in addition to its available eight-speed automatic.

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.

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Building the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator is a point of pride for Toledo Assembly Complex employees

Building the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator continues a decades-long, interconnected relationship between the city of Toledo and the Jeep® brand. 

For nearly 80 years, Jeep vehicles have been built in Toledo, and that’s a point of pride for the women and men who build the Gladiator in the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex.

While these highly skilled workers have worked for FCA for anywhere from a few years to a few decades, they all have an appreciation for their place in the long history with the Jeep brand and Toledo.

This is true for Codey Simpson who was born and raised in the Toledo area. He initially worked on the Jeep Wrangler, which is built in the north plant, before moving to the Gladiator decking area. 

“I get to say I am part of it,” Simpson proudly states about building the Gladiator. “Going through this whole process is just a dream come true for me.”

Michael Carroll has been with Jeep for six years and is impressed with the new Gladiator. 

“It’s one of the best vehicles I’ve seen in a long time with all the different options that are available,” he said. “This is the only truck that you are ever going to find with a top that comes off, doors that can be removed and a windshield you can drop down to experience all the freedom of a topless truck.”

Team leader Jack Mullins has worked on a variety of Jeep models over his more than 30 years working at the Toledo Assembly Complex.  

“It’s a wonderful feeling being part of the Toledo crew,” said Mullins, who is impressed by the Gladiator. “The technology and four-wheel-drive capability of the Gladiator can’t be beat.”

To learn more about the all-new Gladiator built by the women and men of the Toledo South Plant, visit

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