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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye: a Demonized Version of the Regular Hellcat

Nothing screams “America” like giving a 707-hp muscle car another 90 horsepower.

When hometown heroes Van Halen learned that David Bowie was set to receive a seven-figure payday for appearing at the 1983 US Festival in San Bernardino, California, the boys did exactly what any masters of self-promotion would do: demand an additional half-million bucks and, once acquired, promptly parade “Diamond” David Lee Roth, the band’s effusive stoner-philosopher front man, before the TV cameras to gloat. As any hype man worth his weight in shrimp cocktail and middle-shelf booze knows, the true victory is putting ludicrous numbers on display to be worshiped by a nation of red-blooded, gape-mouthed Americans.

This game of one-upmanship is largely the same one playing out across the entire SRT Hellcat board, the latest piece of which is the Redeye. With each of the 3300 Challenger SRT Demons spoken for, Dodge needed to leverage its 808-hp asset (840 on race gas) in order to ensure the nation’s strategic tire reserve remained on notice. So they plunked the Demon’s supercharged V-8, eight-speed automatic, and driveline bits—including the line lock and launch control but not the trans brake—into a Hellcat and added the Redeye suffix to differentiate it from lesser 707-hp (and now 717-hp) Hellcats.

Blame the Redeye’s twin-snorkel hood for its slightly reduced 797-hp output. Even with the driver’s-side headlamp void and an inlet near the front-left wheel liner supplementing the air supply, Dodge had to recalibrate the engine for the reduced airflow. Running race gas won’t get you any more grunt, as the Redeye’s ECU isn’t equipped to conjure up the Demon’s extra 32 ponies when fed high test.

Dodge claims the Redeye should run a 10.8-second quarter-mile out of the box, but the best we could do was an 11.8, despite removing a shoe to finesse the throttle. That’s the same as the last automatic-equipped Challenger Hellcat Widebody we tested. Lest you forget, 797 is a larger number than 707. You don’t have to be Chuck Goodyear to figure out that the dilemma lies with the tires. Even delicate throttle inputs transform the Pirelli P Zero 305/35ZR-20 tires into smoky orbs of delight, spinning halfway through second gear and hooking up just long enough to announce the two-three shift with an authoritative bark.

With standard three-mode Bilstein dampers at all corners, the Redeye is capable of changing direction without an executive order. Pressed, it produced 0.95 g of grip and stopped from 70 mph in just 152 feet, but anyone who cares probably has a Camaro SS 1LE or a Shelby GT350 in the garage already. The Redeye is all about big numbers and crass consumption, and that includes its 4514-pound curb weight and the 16.7 gallons of fuel we burned in just 81 miles of testing. Those numbers would make even Diamond Dave jealous.


Stoner references aside, the term “Redeye” is often associated with highly contagious bacterial infections or a particular strain of gravy made with ham fat and coffee. Both are an acquired taste. In the case of the Dodge Challenger SRT, the Redeye suffix indicates that the Hellcat has been possessed by many of the Demon’s powertrain components, and it’s a nod to the red color of the engine block. Nonetheless, it’s an awkward name. We offer the following alternatives: Coxsackie • Bottom Sop • Elon Musk Edition • Visine Special

Read more at: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2019-dodge-challenger-srt-hellcat-redeye-first-drive?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&src=socialflowFBCAD&utm_campaign=socialflowFBCD&fbclid=IwAR2UmXLwoTSXwr53FBFgFqL3augoJIFyv3X0dcybkR9wRfcf5rnnGaRNshA

3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 With eTorque Named to Wards 10 Best Engines List

The editors at WardsAuto have named the proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with its innovative eTorque mild-hybrid system as one of Wards 10 Best Engines for 2019. Making its debut in the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, and rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, the Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque helps to improve fuel economy – without sacrificing horsepower, torque or capability – and requires no extra effort by the driver.

 

  • Latest iteration of workhorse Pentastar V-6 engine from FCA US delivers significant gains in fuel economy with innovative eTorque mild-hybrid system
  • eTorque combines a belt-driven motor generator unit with a 48-volt battery pack to enable improved fuel efficiency, drivability, performance and value with quick, seamless stop-start functions and energy recovery with brake regeneration used to support increases in towing capacity and payload
  • eTorque restarts the engine in half the time of many starter-driven stop-start systems and adds up to 90 lb.-ft. of supplemental torque to the crankshaft during stop-start maneuvers
  • Ninth consecutive year and 19th overall that FCA US is represented on Wards 10 Best Engines list

The editors at WardsAuto have named the proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with its innovative eTorque mild-hybrid system as one of Wards 10 Best Engines for 2019.

Making its debut in the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, and rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, the Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque helps to improve fuel economy – without sacrificing horsepower, torque or capability – and requires no extra effort by the driver.

Fuel economy is U.S. EPA rated at 20 (city)/25 (highway)/22 (combined) miles per gallon (mpg) in rear-wheel drive and 19 (city)/24 (highway)/21 (combined) mpg in four-wheel-drive Ram 1500 models. The city mpg rating is an 18 percent improvement and the combined mpg rating is improved 10 percent from the previous model.

“The Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque shows how electrifying components of conventional engines can create magic under the hood,” said Drew Winter, senior content director at WardsAuto. “The all-new 48-volt mild-hybrid eTorque system provides a dollop of electrical propulsion during launch and while shifting gears, creating seamless, buttery smooth power to the wheels and improved fuel economy.

“Our judges recorded 21 to 22 mpg, outstanding for a full-size, four-wheel-drive pickup,” Winter added. “The power of the eTorque system also makes the Ram’s fuel-saving stop-start system work almost imperceptibly. It’s one of the best around.”

The eTorque mild-hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a belt-driven motor generator unit that performs several functions. The motor generator unit works with a 48-volt battery pack to enable improved fuel efficiency, drivability, performance and value with quick, seamless stop-start functions and energy recovery with brake regeneration used to support increases in towing capacity and payload.

With the engine running, eTorque’s motor generator unit feeds 48-volt current to a 430 watt-hour lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt (NMC)-graphite battery. The battery pack includes a 3-kilowatt DC-to-DC converter to maintain the battery’s state of charge and convert 48 volts to 12 volts to power the Ram 1500’s accessories and charge its conventional 12-volt lead-acid battery.

The Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque retains a conventional 12-volt starter motor, used for cold starts and the first start of the day due to its greater efficiency in extreme temperatures.

eTorque delivers seamless and nearly unnoticeable engine restarts by sending up to 90 lb.-ft. of supplemental torque to the crankshaft during stop-start maneuvers. Torque to the wheels travels within 400 milliseconds, more than twice as fast as many starter-motor engine stop-start systems.

In addition to spinning the engine for restarts to help launch the vehicle, eTorque also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to charge the battery pack. eTorque also enhances the driving experience by adding torque to the crankshaft during gear changes to minimize noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

The liquid-cooled eTorque motor generator is mounted on the front of the Pentastar engine and employs a pair of belt tensioners to keep the eight-rib drive belt tight when the unit is generating electricity or adding torque to the crankshaft.

The newest Pentastar V-6 engine’s advanced technologies, such as wide-range variable valve-timing and two-step variable-valve lift, deliver the optimal blend of power and fuel economy based on the driver’s demand. A cooled exhaust gas recirculation system enables improved fuel economy and emissions performance at higher loads.

The compact, 60-degree, all-aluminum block is constructed of high strength die-cast T380 aluminum with cast iron bore liners. Six-bolt main bearing caps contribute to an extremely rigid lower engine structure. Cast aluminum pistons, treated with a friction-reducing coating and piston rings, drive forged connecting rods. Aluminum cylinder heads carry dual-overhead cam shafts, four valves per cylinder and use high-tumble intake ports. The exhaust manifolds are integrated with the cast cylinder heads.

A compression ratio of 11.3:1 delivers an optimal balance of power, fuel efficiency and refinement. Despite the high compression ratio, the Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque runs on regular 87-octane fuel to reduce the cost of ownership.

The two-step variable-valve lift (VVL) system remains in low-lift mode in most driving situations. When the driver demands more power, VVL switches to high-lift mode for improved performance.

The variable valve timing system, with dual-independent cam phasing and 70 degrees of authority, helps reduce pumping losses in the engine.

“The versatility of our workhorse Pentastar V-6 engine family is unquestioned, with more than 9 million produced; and this latest Wards milestone represents the sixth time the 3.6-liter engine has been recognized with three different iterations,” said Bob Lee, Head of Engine Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, FCA-North America. “With the new eTorque mild-hybrid system, receiving the Wards 10 Best recognition validates our mission to provide customers optimal ownership value without sacrificing performance.”

Clean Sweep
With this latest 10 Best Engines recognition, the 2019 Ram 1500 has earned a sweep of Wards 10 Best honors by being acknowledged on all three prestigious lists in a single calendar year, including:

Wards 10 Best Engines Honors from FCA US  
In the 25-year history of Wards 10 Best Engines, nine engines/systems produced by FCA US and its predecessor companies have accounted for 19 winners, including (engine/latest vehicles tested/years listed) in reverse chronological order:

  • 3.6-liter Pentastar Upgrade with eTorque (Ram 1500): 2019
  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 hybrid (Chrysler Pacifica): 2017-2018
  • 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 (Ram 1500):2014-2016
  • 6.2-liter Hellcat supercharged HEMI® V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat): 2015
  • 83-kW electric motor (Fiat 500e): 2014
  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 300S, Ram 1500): 2011-2013
  • 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 (Dodge Charger R/T, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Challenger R/T, Ram 1500): 2003-2007, 2009
  • 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel I-6 (Ram HD): 2004
  • 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 (Jeep® Grand Cherokee): 1999

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/3-6-liter-pentastar-v-6-with-etorque-named-to-wards-10-best-engines-list-300765188.html

June dates announced for North American International Auto Show


DETROIT (WXYZ) – Organizers have announced the official dates for the first North American International Auto Show to occur in June.

It was announced earlier this year that the show was moving from it’s traditional January dates in 2020. At the time organizers announced that the show would be transformed and expanded outside of Cobo into other areas of Detroit.

The first spring North American International Show will take place beginning with The Gallery on June 6, 2020. The Press Preview will then run June 9 and 10 and Industry Preview on the 10 and 11.

The Charity Preview will be Friday, June 12th and the Public Show will run June 13 to the 20th.

The announcement of the show dates comes as NAIAS organizers announced that they have signed a seven-year contract that would keep the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center through June 2026.

“Cobo Center is a world-class venue and the perfect home for NAIAS each year,” said Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS, in a news release. “Over the past 30 years we have hosted thousands of international journalists, industry executives and thought leaders, and consumers. We are delighted to continue our partnership and look forward to the transformation NAIAS will undergo in 2020.”

Read more at: https://www.wxyz.com/money/auto-news/first-june-dates-announced-for-north-american-international-auto-show?fbclid=IwAR0St2BsxW3h8NLQGbZhvAhOtFJyd909ZnpHq7xhUU7H8sOYhwfM2eZ0Sv0

Winter Driving Tips

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Visit AAA’s YouTube page for more videos on winter driving tips.

Read more at: https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/winter-driving-tips/?sf96221020=1#.XA_iNuJG2Ul

Avoid holiday gridlock with Uconnect and Waze

 

Holiday hustle and bustle? It’s more enjoyable if you avoid the fun-sapping traffic gridlock.

Owners of ChryslerDodgeJeep®, Ram and FIAT vehicles with a Uconnect 4, 4C or 4C NAV system can cut the chance of imitating a lawn display in the parking lot by taking advantage of the Waze traffic app with their Uconnect display.

Waze is now available for owners to use from their Uconnect 4, 4C or 4C NAV system that supports Apple CarPlay. Previously, Waze could be used from an Android phone plugged into a Uconnect system compatible with Android Auto. Now you can also use Apple CarPlay and an iPhone to run Waze on your Uconnect 4, 4C or 4C NAV touchscreen.

Waze, a navigation app, helps plot the fastest route to your destination, taking into account traffic flow, construction detours and crash-induced slowdowns. The app collects real-time data from users and offers to change the routing in response to changes in traffic conditions.

No update is needed to your Uconnect system, so long as it is a 4, 4C or 4C NAV system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Apple users should make sure they are running iOS 12 on their iPhone and that the latest version of the Waze app is installed.

That’s just one of the ways Uconnect can put some jolly in your holiday travels. Learn more about Uconnect at www.driveuconnect.com.

Detroit auto show inks 7-year venue deal, confirms June 2020 dates

The North American International Auto Show is staying put at Cobo Center. The show will remain at the downtown Detroit venue through at least June 2026 after signing a seven-year contract Friday, according to a press release.

The show also confirmed dates for June 2020, the first year it moves to the summer.

Here’s the confirmed schedule for the 2020 show in June:

  • The Gallery: Saturday, June 6
  • Press Preview: Tuesday – Wednesday, June 9-10
  • Industry Preview: Wednesday – Thursday, June 10-11
  • AutoMobili-D: Tuesday – Thursday, June 9-11
  • Charity Preview: Friday, June 12
  • Public Show: Saturday-Saturday, June 13-20

“Cobo Center is a world-class venue and the perfect home for NAIAS each year,” said Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS in the release. “Over the past 30 years we have hosted thousands of international journalists, industry executives and thought leaders, and consumers. We are delighted to continue our partnership and look forward to the transformation NAIAS will undergo in 2020.”

Cobo Center is also happy to have the relationship continue.

“We are thrilled to extend our multi-year agreement with NAIAS that extends this contract through 2026. The new trend of event festivalization is an exciting one, and this contract keeps Cobo Center on the industry’s cutting edge through our continued partnership with NAIAS,” said Claude Molinari, general manager of Cobo Center. “It’s wonderful to work with such forward-thinking customers.”

Last year, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which runs the show, made an eight-year commitment to Cobo Center after a successful renovation that improved the venue and improved management under the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority.

While the June show will be a change for the iconic Detroit event, there’s one last chance to experience it in its traditional chilly element.

The 2019 Detroit auto show events begin Saturday, Jan. 12. The show opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 19.

Here are the important dates for the 2019 show:

    • The Gallery – Saturday, January 12
    • Press Preview – Monday-Tuesday, January 14-15
    • Industry Preview – Wednesday-Thursday, January 16-17
    • Charity Preview – Friday, January 18
    • Public Show – Saturday-Sunday, January 19-27

Read more at: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/detroit-auto-show/2018/12/08/detroit-auto-show-dates-cobo-center/2249540002/?fbclid=IwAR1YZpWzDexmKBHCSHlaRUggBl-PP4FZeJkZyZ9kilttz5g6JjawzV0qJkY

Worn Tires Increase Wet-Road Stopping Distances

Rain showers and storms can make for treacherous travel due to an unlikely suspect — tires. The only thing keeping a vehicle on the road are four patches of rubber, each about the size of a smartphone, but many drivers fail to replace worn tires when it’s time. The less tread your tires have, the higher the probability they could hydroplane and completely lose contact with the road in wet conditions.

(AAA Image)

AAA and the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center tested new all-season tires and all-season tires worn to 4/32” in wet conditions. Compared to new ones, the worn tires increased stopping distances an average of 87 feet for a passenger car and 86 feet for a light truck – longer than a semi-trailer truck.

“Tires keep cars connected to the road,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Even the most advanced safety systems rely on a tire’s basic ability to maintain traction, and AAA’s testing shows that wear has a significant impact on how quickly a vehicle can come to a stop in wet conditions to avoid a crash.”

How do you know if your tires are worn to the point of needing replacement? The answer may be in your pocket. “Slip a quarter into the tire tread grooves with Washington’s head facing down — if you can see the top of his head, it’s time to start shopping for new tires,” Nielsen said.

To help navigate slick conditions, AAA recommends that drivers:

• Do not use cruise control, slow down and avoid hard braking and sharp turns.
• Stay alert and be prepared to respond quickly if the tires lose traction with the road.
• If possible, follow in the tire tracks of other cars where water has been partially cleared away.
• Increase following distances to provide extra room should a sudden stop become necessary.


If the car begins to hydroplane, ease off the accelerator to slow down. Don’t jam on the brakes because this could cause a skid and loss of vehicle control. If the rear of the car begins to slide sideways, steer smoothly in the direction the vehicle should be going until traction is regained.

For more information please read the full report AAA Tire Research Report

Read more at: https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/articles/worn-tires-increase-wet-road-stopping-distances?sf95884646=1

2019 Ram 1500 ‘steps up’ cargo hauling convenience

‘Tis the season of parcels and packages wrapped up with love.

It’s nice to know the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has stepped up to help make loading and safely storing your bags, boxes, barrels and other cargo items in your pickup’s cargo bed easier and faster than ever.

Here’s how it works. With one quick kick, the Ram 1500 Bed Step deploys from under the rear bumper to offer a firm foothold and comfortable vantage point for you to transition cargo into or out of the pickup bed. When you’re finished loading up, another quick kick restores the Bed Step to its original ‘home,’ out of sight until you need it again. Because the Bed Step literally disappears when not in use, it always pops down clean, dry and ready to go to work.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Bed Step is another one of the thoughtful ways Ram made sure to integrate customer wants and needs across the all-new Ram 1500 model lineup.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/12/06/truck-thursday-2019-ram-1500-steps-up-cargo-hauling-convenience/?fbclid=IwAR2y49cO8vqKRZ1Z2irIkYIE1FddttcBTa6m9KYr1mFZ5xNLBONgs9CckcA

2020 Ram Power Wagon 2500 Pickup Spied

2020 Ram Power Wagon 2500 Pickup Spied in Its Birthday Suit

What It Is: The 2020 Ram Power Wagon, caught completely uncovered in metro Detroit. Even before the recently refreshed 2019 Ram 1500 was released into the wild, camouflaged test mules of the Ram HD 2500 and 3500 trucks were common sight in Michigan, so we knew it would only be a matter of time until we snagged a photo of a Ram HD wearing nothing but the paint it was born in. In this case, it’s a Power Wagon, Ram’s reptilian off-road beast based on the Ram 2500.

Why It Matters: The new-for-2019 Ram 1500 has impressed many with its class-leading ride and well-executed interior, to the point of attracting the attention of die-hard Ford and Chevy fans. If Ram’s HD trucks can pull off the same trick, it could mean some big returns in the cash office, because heavy-duty pickups are a high-margin product.

Platform: While we don’t expect it to deviate dramatically from the current robust body-on-frame construction, the 2500-based Power Wagon captured here appears to be taller and larger overall, taking many of its styling cues from the 2019 Ram 1500 series. As an indicator of its overall size, note how small the wheel-and-tire combination looks in those giant wheel openings. Expect Power Wagon standbys to return, including front anti-roll-bar disconnect, locking differentials, and an integrated winch. It will be interesting to see whether Ram outfits the new HD series with the same active vibration-quelling technology used in the new 2019 Ram 1500.

The grille looks similar to those on previous models, but the hood shape is new, and the bumper appears to be an all-new design that “kicks up” on the ends below the headlamp housings. The rearview mirrors are also similar, but the plastic wheel arches feature a slightly new design with a notch at the top. The taillamps are of a new design, but for obvious reasons the tailgate doesn’t display the Power Wagon nomenclature; the integral front winch, however, is traditional Power Wagon kit.

Powertrain: We don’t expect much in the way of powertrain changes. The 410-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 and six-speed manual transmission are likely to return, although we wouldn’t be floored if Ram upped the gear count for improved fuel economy. As long as we have our wish list out, the return of the venerated Cummins turbo-diesel as an available engine in the Power Wagon would be a welcome addition to the lineup.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Price is still undecided, but without revolutionary technology or powertrain updates the Power Wagon will need to stay near the current model’s $54,540 base MSRP. Expect the 2020 Ram HD and Power Wagon to break cover at the 2019 Detroit auto show. Currently assembled in Ram’s Saltillo, Mexico, facility, Ram HD assembly is slated to be moved to its Warren, Michigan, plant in or around 2020, where it will be produced alongside the 1500. Whether or not Ram will wait until the move is completed to put the next-gen HD trucks on sale is yet to be seen. Either way, tradition dictates that it hit showrooms by the third quarter of 2019.

Read more at: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/ram-power-wagon-2020-pickup-spy-shots?src=socialflowFBRAT&fbclid=IwAR2Mt-7-2am2VB8RXU-lQlVRbPa2CraV4XJmAYXZgQumbWj8F5GlMiplsw0

7 Tips to Help You Drive Safely in Wintry Weather

Driving in the winter can be a nerve-wracking experience. Slick roads, reduced visibility, freezing temperatures and other factors all can contribute. It’s important to know a few safety rules before you head out. Here are some tips and insights to help you smartly navigate the wintry roads:

1. Know What’s Coming

Don’t get caught off-guard. Watch weather reports, get free Weather Company Alerts and delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival. Even if you can drive well in snow, others can’t.

2. Get Your Ride Ready

As winter hits, keep your vehicle in peak operating condition. When the temperatures drop, keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid a gas-line freeze-up. Pack blankets, gloves, a hat, food, water and necessary medication in case you become stranded in the snow.

3. Clean All the Snow

Even if you’re only driving a short distance, clean the snow and ice off your whole car—not just the windshields. This protects you from snow falling onto your windshield—and onto cars behind you.

4. Drive Slow and Steady to Stay Safe

Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maintain traction, and keep plenty of distance between your car and other vehicles. Never use cruise control on any slippery surface. When you do slow, keep your heel on the floor and use the ball of your foot to brake gently, squeezing the pedal slowly. Take extra care on bridges and overpasses, where slick spots freeze first and melt last.

5. Stay a Step Ahead

Plan your movements well in advance and do one thing at a time. Brake, then turn, then accelerate. Don’t stop if you can avoid it; slow your speed and keep moving. When driving uphill, keep a steady, consistent speed and don’t press your brakes.

6. Use the Right Lights

In heavy snow at night, use your low beams. The light from your high beams will reflect off the snow—as well as heavy rain and fog—and can cause a glare, impacting your visibility. Fog lights can be a good way to improve nighttime visibility in bad weather, when extra light is needed.

7. Get Practice Early

During the first snowfall, take your teens to an empty parking lot in daylight and let them practice to gain experience. Teens are at greater risk than adults of crashing, due to their inexperience, and those who got their license in warmer months may have never driven in wintry conditions.

Read more at: https://aaaliving.acg.aaa.com/auto/winter-weather-tips-to-drive-safely/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=fb-11_26_2018&sf95513038=1