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Today we bring you another edition of the Brandl Media Minute. Follow along with yours truly as I go through the steps needed to pair up your phone into your Media Center radio.

Now, remember to make sure that your phone is compatible by going to Dodge.com/Uconnect as well as making sure that your Media Center radio is equipped with Uconnect connectivity. (Just because there’s a Uconnect button DOES NOT mean that your radio has Uconnect! The only to truly tell is to push the voice button to see if it’s supported.)

It may seem intimidating at first, but trust us, it’s extremely easy! Unlike the other processes we’ve helped you with, this task uses only the on-board Voice Command System. So all you need to do is press the Uconnect button and follow the steps outlined in the video.

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

Media Center Radios come equipped in many different Chrysler Group Vehicles, including but not limited to, the 2011 Chrysler 200Jeep Grand CherokeeRam 1500Dodge Durango, and more! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

April 13, 2011 , Center Line, Mich. – A new Dodge Avenger rally car was unveiled today at Chrysler Group LLC’s Mopar Complex in Center Line, Mich., heralding the first collaboration in the brand’s newly announced relationship with Magneti Marelli.

The public will get their first glimpse of the vehicle up close at the New York International Auto Show, April 22–May 1.

“Our Dodge Avenger Rally car showcases Mopar’s new relationship with Magneti Marelli,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Our companies worked closely together to bring this vehicle to life in a joint build that utilizes proven, quality-tested performance parts and accessories from Mopar and Magneti Marelli. We will gauge reaction to this vehicle and determine which parts will go into production.”

Mopar’s choice of a rally car to christen the new alliance with Magneti Marelli found its roots in the Italian aftermarket parts supplier’s rich tradition in rally car competition in Europe, as well as the rising popularity of the motorsport in the United States. The build was conducted at Mopar’s accessory and performance parts lab in Center Line, Mich., where the vehicle was prepared. The result is a rally car that blends American flair with distinct European tradition.

“This is a purpose-built vehicle with collaborative parts from Magneti Marelli and Mopar,” said Dino Maggioni, CEO of Magneti Marelli Aftermarket. “We selected Magneti Marelli and Mopar parts, adapted them to the Dodge Avenger and made them unique. The result is a fascinating blend of these two iconic brands.”

Starting with a stock 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat, Mopar and Magneti Marelli engineers transformed the vehicle into a race-inspired vehicle equipped to handle the most challenging rally courses, while reducing the weight of the vehicle by nearly 200 pounds.

The Dodge Avenger’s interior was stripped down to bare essentials then outfitted with a variety of unique Mopar and Magneti Marelli parts to complete the conversion into a rally car, including a purpose-built center stack and console with a compact high-performance 1 GB data logger and an integrated GPS and inertial platform with real-time calculation of pitch and roll angles. A full 8-point Mopar roll cage, race seats with 5-point racing harnesses, steering wheel and diamond-plate foot well from OMP, a world-renowned racing component manufacturer, round out the interior transformation.

A new Dodge Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine powers the Dodge Avenger rally car, controlled by paddle shifts integrated into the steering wheel. To enhance performance, the exhaust system and Mopar cold-air intake boost horsepower from 283 bhp to 300 bhp. A high-performance Mopar/Magneti Marelli braking system provides a stable, solid braking performance under all driving conditions for the Dodge Avenger. As part of this braking package, a single-lever, dual-control rear braking system, which allows the driver to actuate both rear brakes in order to initiate the sudden slides and turns required in negotiating tough rally courses, is included.

A special Mopar/Magneti Marelli-modified suspension lowers the ride of the Dodge Avenger by 1.5 inches, improving handling, cornering ability and response as the vehicle zooms over rally course obstacles on durable Pirelli tires and unique Mopar/Magneti Marelli 18-inch alloy racing wheels. The exterior is finished in Brilliant Black and features a Mopar/Magneti Marelli graphics wrap with a rear spoiler, hood and mud flaps.

Upon completion of the vehicle, engineers conducted extensive performance testing at Chrysler Group’s proving grounds in Chelsea, Mich.

Chrysler released a video yesterday afternoon that goes into depth about their TPMS system that is equipped on most newer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. TPMS means Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is the series of sensors located inside the tire that communicates with the vehicles computer, telling drivers when the pressure has dropped in one of the four tires.

TPMS Light

TPMS Light

Chrysler explains not only the operation of their TPMS system, but also offers some tips for how to keep your tires properly inflated to the correct pressure, as well as explaining how to obtain proper pressure on the Ram 2500. With the Ram 2500, the proper air pressure will vary from 45 to 70 psi, depending on whether the truck is empty or loaded down.

TPMS Wheel Sensors

TPMS Wheel Sensors

In other news, it appears Chrysler has addressed the issues iPhone users have been having with the 730N radio (RER).

Previously, users had intermittent connectivity when using Bluetooth to connect their iPhone 4 to a RER radio. The software upgrade is designed to eliminate any “disconnects” and give customers uninterrupted service.

Media Center 730N (RER) Radio

Media Center 730N (RER) Radio

The software upgrade is covered under the 3-year/36,0000-mile warranty, and possibly under some service contracts. For specific details in your case and to schedule an appointment to upgrade your 730N radio (RER) for the iPhone 4 compatibility issues, contact your local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® or Ram dealer.

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