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Today we bring you another edition of the Brandl Media Minute. Follow along with yours truly as I break down some of the settings that you can change in the EVIC of your 2010 and newer Ram pickup, including how to make your key fob unlock all four doors on the first press, as well as how to make it so your Ram truck doesn’t honk when you press the lock button.

Today we’re working with a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie with a 5.7L HEMI and two tone paint. In the video we only go through how to specifically operate a few of the features, but if you hop in there and play around after watching this video you should have no problems!

Stay tuned because we will be doing more Brandl Media Minute Videos explaining more of the great things these vehicles can do! If you have any questions about how to operate your Keyless Enter and Go Passive Entry system, as well as your Uconnect or Media Center radio, or have suggestions on other topics we should cover, send me an email at LT@BrandlMotors.com

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. The top stories from Chrysler Group LLC for the week of October 28, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC third quarter earnings, industry honors, Active Lifestyle Vehicle winners, SUV of Texas and Ram expands line-up.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Moparized for Moab

Jeep Grand Cherokee Moparized for Moab

October 26, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – A group of automotive journalists and elite athletes from a variety of sports gathered in Phoenix last week to choose the Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) winners for 2012. The new 2012 Jeep® Wrangler captured the “Best Value Off-Road” award, while the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee earned top honors in the “Luxury Off-Road” category.

“Both the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee beat out vehicles which had dominated their competitive segments for multiple seasons. The new, more powerful engine and the reconfigured cargo area make the Wrangler a very easy vehicle to live with on a daily basis, as well as a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts who like to get off the grid on the weekends. The tremendous improvements to the interior of the Grand Cherokee in terms of design, fit and finish, as well as the new engine were in my opinion both game changers. And of course, the Grand Cherokee remains capable of navigating the most extreme off-road trails.”

Nina Russin,
Automotive Journalist and ALV program founder

Moparized Jeep Wrangler

Moparized Jeep Wrangler

The ALV evaluations took into consideration overall vehicle design, engine power, fuel efficiency, and cargo capability. In the final tally, the athletes’ votes and those of the journalist jury panel each accounted for 50 percent.

Jeep vehicles offer the perfect blend of fun, performance and capability – and are built for any adventure – so Grand Cherokee and Wrangler were right at home in this unique competition. We are delighted to have earned awards in both the Value and Luxury categories with the two pillars of the Jeep brand.”

Mike Manley, President and CEO
Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC

2012 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty:  MW3 Special Edition

2012 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition

2012 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – becomes even more capable both on- and off-road for 2012, courtesy of an all-new, more fuel efficient and more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and a new five-speed automatic transmission – both of which it shares with the award-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler Group’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – winner of the prestigious Ward’s 10 Best Engines award – delivers 285 horsepower (209 kW) and 260 (353 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque, while delivering up to 21 miles per gallon highway in the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The improvement, when compared to the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine, is 40 percent in horsepower and 10 percent in torque.

Additionally, for refined shifting and greater performance, the Jeep Wrangler migrates from a four-speed to a new five-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler also features the company’s first application of a manual transmission to the Pentastar V-6.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara interior

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara interior

Jeep continues to refine the successful Wrangler formula by combining legendary, benchmark capability with an interior that delivers rich styling with significantly upgraded touch surfaces, occupant comfort and versatility, and a premium appearance courtesy of a body color hard top for the popular Sahara and Rubicon models.

2012 Jeep Wrangler interior highlights include a recently redesigned instrument panel and storage areas with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials. A lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas boast comfortable touch points, while a redesigned center stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated, power mirrors are available, and drivers and passengers enjoy enhanced visibility courtesy of large rear windows.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The all-new-for-2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee captured more than 30 awards, making it the most-awarded SUV ever. Grand Cherokee delivers premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand’s legendary four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and towing capability. It offers improved fuel economy (up to 23 miles per gallon), a driving range of more than 550 miles, superb on-road ride and handling, a world-class interior cabin, more than 45 safety and security features, and a variety of advanced technology features.

Contributing to Grand Cherokee’s class-leading capability is the combination of Jeep’s Quadra-Lift™ air suspension system and the Jeep Selec-Terrain™ traction control system that lets customers choose the 4×4 setting for the optimum driving experience on all terrains.

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with three 4×4 systems, and with either V-6 or V-8 powertrains.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Brand

Built on 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand 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 includes Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all six Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

October 24, 2011 1:02 AM- Jeep® brand, the company that created the SUV segment — decades before anyone heard of the term — and its sibling Dodge, did a little Texas two-step around other SUV manufacturers this weekend during the annual Texas Auto Writers Association’s Texas Truck Rodeo.

The Detroit-built 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee (above) defended its SUV of Texas honor.

Jeep Grand Cherokee has once again demonstrated its superior levels of performance, quality, interior craftsmanship, and reliability that make it an award-winning SUV,” said TAWA President Mike Herzing. “Grand Cherokee is clearly the SUV of Texas.”

Also for the second year in a row, Toledo, Ohio-made 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (below) was named the Mid-size SUV of Texas.

2012 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2012 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

New for 2011 is the TAWA Luxury of SUV of Texas award, won by the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit.

Not to be out-done by its siblings, the 2012 Dodge Durango (below), built at the same Detroit plant as the Grand Cherokee, earned an award:

“The 2012 Dodge Durango made quite an impression at this year’s TAWA Truck Rodeo,” Herzing said. “With its spacious and refined interior, impressive driving dynamics, and class-leading towing capability, it’s only fitting that the Dodge Durango is named the 2012 Full-Size SUV of Texas.”

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

This weekend, 57 TAWA members were given two days of on- and off-road evaluation time with a variety of vehicles from major auto manufacturers. Consideration was given to everything from exterior styling and off-road capability, to the vehicles’ overall utility, value and fuel efficiency. At the end of the two-day evluation, TAWA members voted for their top choices in number Texas Truck Rodeo categories.

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep®, SRT and Fiat Brand Vehicles Get Mopar® Treatment

  • Company’s 28,400-sq.-ft. exhibit to showcase more than 30 “Moparized” Chrysler Group vehicles and more than 500 Mopar accessories
  • Sketches of image vehicles released

October 25, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC will have a major presence at next week’s 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

This year, the 28,400-square-foot exhibit will include more than 30 Mopar®-modified vehicles from the company’s Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep®, SRT and Fiat brands. More than 500 Mopar accessories will be showcased in the exhibit.

“The aftermarket is a $34 billion-a-year industry and SEMA is the perfect place to showcase everything that Mopar has to offer. At Mopar, we believe in giving our customers a lot of choices when they go to personalize their vehicles. And that is why we offer extreme personalization for every single car in our showrooms. In addition to head-turning image vehicles at the SEMA show, we also will introduce new must-see product and technology.”

-Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar,
Chrysler Group LLC’s service parts and customer-care brand

Mopar image vehicles that will be on display at SEMA include:

Chrysler 300 SF6

Inspired by Chrysler 300 “Spring Festival” owners who participate in the Southern California owners’ gathering, the Mopar Underground Team designed the Chrysler 300 SF6 image vehicle with discrete styling and Mopar performance parts and accessories for the sixth-annual event.

Enhancing the “born-with-attitude” look of the Chrysler 300, the 300 SF6 is bolted with hardcore enthusiast hardware. Staggered 22-inch-by-9.5-inch and 22 inch-by-10.5-inch Savini Mono Di Forza SM3 aluminum wheels are wrapped with 265/35 R22 (front) and 295/30 R22 (rear) performance tires. For improved cornering and braking, this 300S model features a custom Mopar/KW coil-over-spring kit, front and rear strut-tower braces and larger SRT8® performance brakes.

A Mopar cold-air intake, custom Mopar long-tube headers, and Mopar/Corsa custom exhaust system combine to deliver even more performance from the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine. The Chrysler 300S model’s black-accented headlamps and monotone Tungsten Metallic look provide a ready-for-the-streets appearance, while unique body-color grille, front-chin and trunk spoilers provide an even more aggressive touch. Topping off the unique look is a gloss black painted roof that accentuates the clean lines of the Chrysler flagship sedan.

The interior of the Chrysler 300 SF6 exudes an athletic-luxury theme with Mopar/Katzkin performance seats trimmed in black with black/blue perforated leather and Mopar blue accent stitching.

The use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door-panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance.

The Mopar audio by Kicker system in the Chrysler 300 SF6 features a dual 10-inch subwoofer enclosure mounted in the trunk; two, two-way speakers with domed tweeters mounted on the rear deck; 6-inch-by-9-inch midbass speakers mounted in each front door; and two 3.5-inch, two-way speakers with domed tweeters mounted in the left and right corners of the instrument panel.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Chrysler 300 SF6 include: (Item & Part number)

  • Front strut-tower braces- P5155950
  • Strut-tower brace caps- P5155763
  • Rear strut-tower braces- P5155951
  • Rear strut-tower brace close out panels- 68145039AA
  • Cold-air intake- 77070044
  • Illuminated door-sill guards- 82212284
  • Kicker audio system- 77KPK316

Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

For the 2011 SEMA show, the Chrysler Group’s Mopar Underground team created a Challenger image vehicle with some cool ties to modern history. Influenced by the success of the Mopar Drag Pak Challenger and more recently, the Dodge Viper SRT10® ACR resetting the production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany, Mopar Underground created the Dodge Challenger ACR based on the stellar Challenger SRT8 392. Some of Dodge’s and SRT’s best handling vehicles of all-time come with the ACR acronym attached to them, and the Challenger ACR is no different. The Challenger ACR is a no-frills homage to the original option-delete cars of the 1960s and 70s.

Equipped with Mopar parts, such as a coil-over suspension, front-and rear-strut tower braces, short-throw shifter, front splitter, cat-back exhaust, custom exhaust headers and a set of Goodyear F1 Supercar performance tires, the Challenger ACR is an animal that has as much bark as its cornering bite. Performance enhancements in the interior include carbon fiber door panels, front race bucket seats with openings for a racing harness and the rear seat is removed and replaced by a roll bar and fire extinguisher. An SRT three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, SRT gauge cluster, custom bright pedal kit, Mopar Drag Pack center stack and a carbon fiber center console finish off the interior modifications.

The exterior has design cues similar to those found on the Viper SRT10 ACR, including a white body, charcoal painted roof, carbon fiber hood, rear deck lid, rear spoiler and tail lamp surround and an offset flame red stripe that runs the length of the car. Red painted mirror caps and brake calipers, unique black painted five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and red “ACR” fender badging finish off the exterior design details. The white and red theme carries over to the interior with white accents on the carbon fiber door panels, red armrest bars with white foam padding, red door latch release tethers, red painted roll bars and red accents on the carbon fiber racing seats covered in black Katzkin leather.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Dodge Challenger ACR include: (Item & Part number)

  • Coil-over suspension- P5155942
  • Front-strut tower brace- P5155950
  • Front-strut tower brace caps- P5155763
  • Rear-strut tower brace- P5155751
  • Rear-strut tower brace close out panels- 68095921AA
  • Short-throw shifter- P5155458
  • Cat-back exhaust- P5155957
  • Front-strut tower brace- P5155950
  • Drag Pack center stack- P5155250
  • I/P and shift bezel kit- carbon weave design- 82211876
  • Door sill entry guards- 82211234
  • Mopar fuel door- 82212406
Dodge Durango Tow Hook

Dodge Durango Tow Hook

Dodge Durango Tow Hook

Dodge will be turning heads at this year’s SEMA show with a special Dodge Durango Tow Hook image vehicle designed by Mopar Underground. The Tow Hook infuses a healthy dose of eye-catching style to the already-sporty Durango design. The vibrant four-coat orange and satin-black color scheme is executed both inside and out to make this Durango one of the most unique and exciting vehicles at the show.

The exterior features a muscle-car inspired four-coat orange paint scheme, with satin-black roof, fascia accents and hood graphics, along with blacked-out lighting and twin-spoke 22-inch-by- 9.5-inch forged Superalloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. A custom mandrel bent exhaust system featuring Corsa components increases performance and belts out an unforgettable tone. To finish off the exterior, the Dodge Durango Tow Hook wears a piano black split-crosshair grille and has a 25 mm reduced ride-height for a more aggressive stance.

Tow Hook’s interior features carry over the theme from the exterior and uses high-quality Mopar components, such as Durango logo door sill guards, aluminum pedal kit and premium carpeted floor mats to add a strong sense of sport to the cabin. The black, perforated Mopar Katzkin leather seats feature orange leather trim on the tops of the seat bolsters and are decorated with orange stitching and piping. Perforated Barracuda suede covers the seat inserts, while smooth suede bolsters with orange accent stitching and piping make the seats pop. Orange leather trim, stitching and piping is found on the center front armrest as well. The door panels also feature orange stitching and silver metal brush trim that is shared on the dash just above the glove box. Finishing off the interior modifications are an SRT steering wheel, black chrome trim around the vents, and piano-white trimmed radio/HVAC and center console bezels.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Dodge Durango Tow Hook include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Durango logo door sill guards- 82212281
  • Pedal kit- 82212055
  • Premium carpet mats- 82212326AB
Fiat 500 Titanium

Fiat 500 Titanium

Fiat 500 Titanium

Created for the performance enthusiast who wants a discretely “tuned” Fiat 500, the Mopar® Underground Team designed the Fiat 500 Titanium image vehicle with even more aggressive styling and premium sport-luxury details.

Below its Matte Titanium ‘whiskers and logo’ face, an aggressively sculpted front fascia is more pronounced and features large honeycomb grilles for maximum engine cooling. A satin black fascia insert with integrated LED fog lamps delivers a technical look. Above, circular projector headlamps are finished in gloss black to match the Fiat 500 Titanium’s exterior paint. From the side, 16 –inch-by- 6.5-inch Matte Titanium wheels feature a two-piece design. Custom Mopar lowering springs provide a lowered ride height and Matte Titanium front-and rear-brake calipers with larger rotors deliver improved stopping performance. Aggressively styled side skirts provide a more vertical profile and highlight the iconic curves of this performance Cinquecento. Matte Titanium exterior door handles and mirror caps add contrast to the deep-tinted glass. A large liftgate spoiler adds down force for improved stability at higher speeds, while a more aggressively styled rear fascia features a diffuser insert for improved aerodynamics. Additional exterior details on the Fiat 500 Titanium model include a Matte Titanium license plate brow and center-mounted trapezoidal exhaust tip. And to make sure the Fiat 500 Titanium delivers improved power, a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust have been installed.

Inside, the Fiat 500 Titanium continues the athletic look with a black environment highlighted by Titanium Metallic accents. High-performance front seats are designed to be lightweight, and feature massive side bolsters and a racing-harness pass through for at-the-limit driving. Both front and rear seats are wrapped in smooth black leather and accented with Titanium Metallic vinyl seat centers. For added detail, all four seating positions feature a black leather center stripe with Metallic Gray accent stitching for a precise look. Titanium Metallic vinyl door bolsters feature accent stitching and pair with the Matte Titanium instrument panel and gauge cluster brow. Black floor mats with Titanium Metallic “500” logo and edge binding complete the look.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Fiat 500 Titanium include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Cold-air intake- 77070046
  • Strut-tower brace- P5155954
  • Cat-back exhaust- P5155986
  • Lowering spring kit- TBD

Fiat 500 Carbon

Adding even more style to the new 2012 Fiat 500 Sport, the Mopar® Underground Team designed the Fiat 500 Carbon image vehicle with Anodized Azzurro (blue) paint and unique blackened exterior and interior appointments – all designed to amplify the hatchback’s athletic Italian styling, craftsmanship, and nimble handling.

Enhancing the Fiat 500 Sport front fascia, the 500 Carbon integrates satin carbon fiber fog-lamp bezels and chin spoiler. For a more aggressive appearance, its signature ‘whiskers and logo’ face and circular projector headlamps are lacquered in Dark Hyper Black. Larger 17 –inch-by- 7-inch Dark Hyper Black aluminum wheels with wider 205/40 R 17 performance tires and exterior door handles are paired with satin carbon fiber mirror caps and tinted glass on the side profile. For greater cornering and performance, custom Mopar lowering springs, strut-tower brace and cold-air intake have been installed.

A more aggressive satin carbon fiber liftgate spoiler improves the Fiat 500 Carbon’s aerodynamic efficiency while adding down force for improved handling. Below, a powder-coated carbon fiber exhaust tip with Mopar cat-back exhaust provides an aggressive sound. Satin carbon fiber rear fascia bezels and valance provide additional detail, while a Dark Hyper Black license plate brow and tail lamp bezels continue the Fiat 500 Carbon’s serious look.

The interior of the Fiat 500 Carbon continues the blacked-out look and is highlighted by Anodized Azzurro accents. For a contemporary look, black leather sport seats feature embossed fabric with a textured geometric pattern in the seat centers. Azzurro accent piping on the seats, accent stitching on the sport-steering wheel and binding on the floor mats are color-matched to the Anodized Azzurro instrument panel bezel. Black chrome replaces traditional chrome on the Fiat 500 Carbon’s interior accents, while a carbon fiber instrument panel accents and shift knob provide added detail.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Fiat 500 Carbon include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Cold-air intake- 77070046
  • Strut-tower brace- P5155954
  • Cat-back exhaust- P5155986

Ram 392 Quick Silver

Ram 392 Quick Silver

Ram 392 Quick Silver

The Ram 392 Quick Silver began life as a 2011 Ram R/T. A 470 horsepower, 392 HEMI V-8 from the SRT lineup was dropped in and mated to the R/T’s 4.10 gear set and a high-stall converter. For additional performance, the Ram 392 is equipped with a cold-air intake kit and headers featuring an electronic exhaust cutout for maximum power and sound at the track.

For normal driving, a cat-back dual exhaust system intensifies the HEMI rumble. To improve braking performance, discs and calipers are replaced with a Brembo big brake kit, featuring 15-inch vented rotors and bright silver six-piston calipers in the front and rear. With the exception of a gloss black roof, the body is finished in a three-stage bright silver while the wheels, grille inserts, mirrors and select interior trim components are coated in anodized red paint.

A Mopar Underground, reverse deep-cowl aluminum hood design with functional heat extractors is inspired by the new Dodge Charger SRT8 and smoked lenses cover all exterior lighting. The Ram 392 Quick Silver is lowered 2 inches with the help of a custom suspension kit. The “slammed” look is made more evident by a Mopar body kit, consisting of sill and box pieces, finished up with a chin spoiler.

Mopar Underground added their 22-inch wheels wrapped in 275/45R22 tires up front and 305/40R22 tires in the rear. A Mopar hard tonneau cover with a unique integrated spoiler redirects the air for additional down force at high speeds and Mopar’s Bed Rug protects the paint. The interior features high-bolster SRT seats covered in Katzkin leather with red stitching and accents to match the steering wheel, instrument panel and Laramie Longhorn inspired leather shift knob, door panels and center console trim.

A set of Mopar Pedals and door sills are installed giving the interior an additional splash of functional aesthetics. Music is blasted through Kicker speakers, including tweeters in the instrument panel, mids in the doors and in the back, and woofers in the doors leaving plenty of room for gear behind the seats. Simply put, the Ram 392 Quick Silver is designed to be a truck that would appropriately share a garage with a Dodge Viper.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Ram 392 Quick Silver include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Tonneau cover- 82212215
  • Body kit- 82211365
  • Bed rug- 82209888
  • Door-sill guards- 82212427
  • Katzkin leather seating- LTHROCS1DU
  • Premium carpet floor mats- 82211003
  • Pedal kit- 82212138

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers

Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers

• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format

• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters

2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot

• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and SRT vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and SRT vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at http://www.mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. This week’s stories include: Top Safety Picks, Sterling Heights Assembly investment, Chrysler Group’s 2010 sustainability report and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 building wrap.

Today we bring you another edition of the Brandl Media Minute. Follow along with yours truly as I break down some of the awesome features of Ram‘s new offering in this week’s Brandl Media Minute. Today we’re working with a 2011 Ram C/V Cargo Van. That’s right, a minivan from Ram! This bad boy was known as the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V in a previous life, but with the split of Dodge and Ram, Ram apparently got the Cargo Van in the divorce.

New for 2011 is best in class towing, cargo payload, fuel range and more! One of the great new features is the easy load flat floor which has been upgraded over previous models. Check out one of our previous posts on the Ram C/V for more info.

Stay tuned because we will be doing more Brandl Media Minute Videos explaining more of the great things these vehicles can do! If you have any questions about how to operate your Keyless Enter and Go Passive Entry system, as well as your Uconnect or Media Center radio, or have suggestions on other topics we should cover, send me an email at LT@BrandlMotors.com

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

October 21, 2011 , San Antonio – Ram has announced that it will launch a new truck model designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about the great outdoors.

The 2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition will be a limited-availability model that further extends the multi-tiered relationship between the Ram Truck brand and America’s top camouflage brand.

Ram Truck owners are deeply involved with the outdoors and proudly participate in hunting and fishing. In recognition of the millions of American hunters, we’re launching the Ram Mossy Oak Edition, as we did the Ram Outdoorsman, to keep our focus on the needs and wants of our customers so that they can enjoy their enthusiasm for the outdoors and their sport of choice.”

-Fred Diaz, President and CEO,
Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico
Chrysler Group LLC

Ram 1500 owner demographics illustrate a love for the outdoors: 30 percent hunt, 44 percent fish, 27 percent are boaters and 42 percent are campers.

“The Ram Truck brand has been a great partner to Mossy Oak. The people there love trucks, but they’re also into hunting and fishing and understand that their customers are, too. To have Ram take that relationship to the next level by offering a special Mossy Oak Edition speaks volumes about their commitment to hunters and Outdoorsmen and women, and we are extremely proud to partner with them.”

-Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland,
EVP of Mossy Oak

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

Ram is the official truck of Mossy Oak and Mossy Oak is the official camo pattern of Ram Trucks.

The Mossy Oak Edition Ram 1500’s bedcaps and tailgate are covered in Mossy Oak Breakup Infinity camouflage pattern and the Mossy Oak logo is prominently displayed on the rear quarter panels.

Inside, the center column of the Ram’s instrument panel is finished in Mossy Oak Breakup Infinity, as are the door panel inserts. The Mossy Oak logo is embroidered on the four primary headrests. Buyers also can opt for Espresso Tuscany-colored Katzkin Leather seats with Mossy Oak headrest embroidery.

The Ram Mossy Oak Edition is available exclusively as a Ram 1500 4×4 Crew Cab model, and is based on the popular Ram Outdoorsman.

Ram Mossy Oak Edition available colors include Black, Bright White, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Mineral Gray Metallic, Saddle Brown and Sagebrush monotone. The truck is also available in Black, Bright White and Deep Cherry Red Crystal two-tone, with Metallic Gray Metallic lower body.

Ram Mossy Oak Edition trucks will arrive in dealerships in December 2011. Ram Mossy Oak Edition pricing starts at $39,910, including $995 destination charge.

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

Ram and Mossy Oak

Ram Trucks and Mossy Oak brand camouflage are partners in a multifaceted program aimed at America’s outdoor enthusiasts.

The Ram Truck brand is a major sponsor of Mossy Oak-produced television shows airing on the Outdoor Channel and the Pursuit Channel. In addition to commercial slots, Ram Trucks are utilized by and featured in many of the shows.

Ram Trucks is a full or presenting sponsor of:

  • Hunting the Country, Outdoor Channel (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET)
  • The Obsession Revealed, Pursuit Channel (Sundays at 9 p.m.)
  • Fist Full of Dirt (1Q/2Q) / Gamekeepers (3Q/4Q), Pursuit Channel (Wednesdays at 9 p.m.)
  • Turkey Thugs (1Q/2Q) / Deer Thugs (3Q/4Q), Pursuit Channel (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.)

About Haas Outdoors

Haas Outdoors Inc., headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak (www.mossyoak.com). Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, and Mossy Oak Properties.

The Ram Truck previously announced its sponsorship of Pursuit Channel’s “True North Wednesday.” Pursuit Channel’s True North Wednesday programming block features shows — such as Mossy Oak’s “Fist Full of Dirt” — that focus on the conservationist aspects of hunting.

The True North Wednesday programming block airs from 7 to 10 p.m. ET. The block includes programming from Mossy Oak, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and other conservation-minded producers.

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

About the Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The 2011 Ram 1500 was named a Consumers Digest Best Buy and AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star. Ram 1500‘s smooth-riding suspension and 20 mpg, 390 horsepower HEMI® V-8 are just two of the reasons it beat the competition. Ram 1500 also was named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association in 2011.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Ram trucks now boast these segment exclusives:

  • Coil-spring rear suspension on Ram 1500 for best-in-class ride and handling
  • Available RamBox lockable and lighted bedside storage
  • In-floor storage on all Ram Crew Cabs
  • The largest cab in the market – Ram HD Mega Cab
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission on all diesel models
2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition

Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

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TORC racing at Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

October 19, 2011 4:36 PM- Ricky Johnson helped lead the way for Mopar® and Ram in the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series that finished Oct. 16, 2011, at Cycle Ranch MX in Floresville, Texas.

Johnson captured the title in PRO 4 in his Red Bull Mopar Ram, after starting in the sixth position. He quickly moved up to fourth and battled rival Johnny Greaves for third. The pair had a great duel for the lead on the seventh lap, with Johnson taking the top spot.

The multi-time AMA champion was out front on the eighth lap when the mandatory competition caution flew. He led on the restart and began to pull away as the laps wound down. Johnson would pace the remainder of the distance to record his sixth win of the season and wrap up the PRO 4 title.

“It was an amazing weekend and season for that matter,” said Johnson. “We fought our way back. We had some DNFs (did not finish) and shortcomings earlier this year and everyone kept pushing me and stuck behind me.”

TORC racing at Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

“With Bryce Menzies, my teammate, winning the title in PRO 2 (Oct. 15), I didn’t want to let anyone down today. It’s great to win a title for Red Bull, Ram, Mopar and everyone that helps us out. The best off-road racers in the world compete in the TORC Series, so it means a lot to win this championship.” (See more from Johnson in the video below.)

In addition to Johnson’s PRO 4 championship, Menzies captured the PRO 2 title, and Andrew Caddell brought home the PRO Light title.

In the race among the truck makers, Ram Truck won the Manufacturer’s Championship in the PRO 2 and PRO Light categories, and finshed second in the PRO 4 category.

“Mopar and Ram simply dominated the inaugural TORC season, with 27 wins and all three championships during our 2011 campaign,” said Mopar President/CEO Pietro Gorlier.

“We more than doubled the amount of wins recorded by the next-closest manufacturer. Congratulations to Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Andrew Caddell on bringing home championships for Mopar and Ram.”

Check out the video below. As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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