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Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa's Challenger

Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa’s ‘CUDA

  • The Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ program recognizes the most skilled Mopar enthusiasts and their modified Mopar vehicles
  • ‘Top Eliminator’ winners will also be picked at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pa., and via an online competition
  • Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ winners will have their vehicles showcased in the Mopar display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas later this year

June 8, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Neil Wedeking of Marble Rock, Iowa, was named the second 2012 Mopar “Top Eliminator” winner for his 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda during the 28th Annual Midwest Mopars in the Park car show in Farmington, Minn., on June 2–3. Wedeking’s car was chosen from the more than 1,200 Mopar vehicles on display at the event.

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2012 Dodge Durango Crew

2012 Dodge Durango Crew

2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series

2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series

  • Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands all have vehicles recognized as Consumer Guide Automotive ‘Best Buys’ or ‘Recommended Picks’ for 2012 model year
  • Quality and craftsmanship of 16 all-new and significantly-refreshed models launched in 2010 and 2011 are reflected in new Consumer Guide awards
  • Chrysler Group sales were up 26 percent in 2011 versus 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

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 Chrysler 300 SRT8

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Mike Driehorst- October 11, 2011 10:09 AM- White is the most popular color for new vehicles. That’s according to a story last week by The Detroit Bureau (quoting from a PPG survey), as well as current data on new Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and SRT 2011 and 2012 model year vehicle sales.

But the Chrysler Group‘s Communications Facebook Page and Chrysler Twitter communities have slightly different preferences for their new vehicle colors. We’ll give you those stats, but first let’s look at those doing the buying.

From The Detroit Bureau‘s car color story:

“At 21%, white not only rolled into the top spot but displaced the perennial favorite, silver, which slipped just a micron behind black….With white, black and silver all coming in at over 20%, the rest of the spectrum had to pick up the scraps.”

Dodge Challenger 392

Dodge Challenger 392

Our customers agree. According to sales data, their color preferences for 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles ranked:

  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat
  • Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat

For this post, I didn’t gather numbers but you can see that, as in the national survey, white, black and silver are in a pretty close race for most popular color honors.

From the Chrysler Communications Facebook and Chrysler Twitter communities, we received more than 60 replies, with at least a few people offering up two answers to the question (first posted Wednesday): If you bought a new car/truck/SUV, etc., right now, what color would it be?

Three people said white.

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

However, echoing closely to national survey and our own customers, black came out on top with 16 votes. That was closely followed by red with 15. No other color was close: orange (including Mango Tango) tallied nine votes, green tallied seven votes and blue pulled in six supporters.*

Other favorites included gray, silver, yellow, tan/light brown and fuscia.

If you want to add your colored two cents, please leave a comment.

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 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. The top stories for the week ending October 7, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC‘s sales for September 2011 surging 27 percent compared to the same month in 2010; test fleets of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are delivered to select U.S. cities, including the home of Chrysler Group LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich.; Penske Racing‘s Kurt Busch drove his Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T to a first place finish in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the third leg of the 10-race “Chase for the Sprint Cup.”

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Mopar Car Care Tips

Mopar Car Care Tips

October 4, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Before winter settles in, fall is the time for owners to get their vehicles into shape.

“Now is the time to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter-driving season. Preventative maintenance helps vehicles perform at optimum levels in a variety of conditions. With original-equipment Mopar parts, our factory-trained technicians provide full service to Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT and Fiat vehicles. And with the addition of proven, quality-tested parts from Magneti Marelli, we also service all domestic and most import vehicles as well.”

-Jim Sassorossi,
Head of Sales and Product Development at Mopar®
Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand

Mopar’s Fall Car-Care Checklist

Brakes

Brakes

1: Brakes

Summer travel gives brake pads a heavy workout, resulting in the removal of thin layers. Now is the time to check pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hardware and the parking brake for wear and tear.

Tires

Tires

2: Tires

Closely inspect the tread and sidewall areas of tires for uneven or irregular wear. In addition, excessive edge wear, center wear and shoulder wear can act as an indicator for other trouble spots on your vehicle. It’s also important to ensure correct air pressure at all times in order to prevent premature wear. Be sure to check the spare as well. If replacements are needed, Mopar offers a complete lineup of tires and winter tires from BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Kumho, Michelin, Uniroyal and Yokohama brands.

Battery

Battery

3: Battery

Summer heat does the most damage to battery life and is why they often fail in the winter. Check for corroded terminals and a bulging or cracked case. Test and replace battery if necessary.

Wiper Blades

Wiper Blades

4: Wiper Blades

Winter driving conditions challenge your ability to see the road. Mopar’s lineup of wiper blades now includes Beam Blades, which provide superior all-weather performance and aid driving visibility. The wiper blades boast a skin coating that seals the aerodynamic spoiler in order to protect it from winter weather. Mopar Beam Blades also are constructed to eliminate exposed parts and to resist snow- and ice-clogging.

5: Shocks and Struts

For motorists located in cold and snowy climates, fall and winter also usher in a dreaded time of year: pothole season. Shocks and struts are the most overlooked service parts on a vehicle, but they affect ride control and comfort and can also affect a number of related parts. Mopar shocks and struts optimize vehicle handling, tire life and keep vehicles riding smoothly.

Engine Oil

Engine Oil

6: Engine Oil

Ensure your engine oil has the correct viscosity in order to endure cold weather. Engine oil should be changed or replenished at recommended intervals. Low or dirty fluids affect how an engine and its components perform and could potentially cause engine damage under extreme conditions.

7: Fluid Levels

All vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals. Key fluids include antifreeze/coolant level and concentration, as well as power steering, brake, transmission and windshield washer fluids.

Engine Belts and Hoses

Engine Belts and Hoses

8: Engine Belts and Hoses

Replace belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Quality-tested Mopar belts and hoses offer precision fit, optimal service life and original-equipment performance.

Air Filter

Air Filter

9: Air Filter

The air filter is designed to protect your engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow to the engine inhibits performance and generates greater fuel consumption. A new air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance for a longer life.

10: Headlamps and Taillamps

Days become shorter in the fall and winter, meaning more nighttime driving and increased usage of headlamps and taillamps. Inspect and test all lamps on your vehicle to ensure proper function and proper alignment.

Mopar Fall Service Specials and Rebates

Mopar has a full slate of fall service specials and mail-in rebates on tap for consumers, including:

  • $70 rebates on select sets of four Goodyear premium tires
  • $20 rebates per set of any other four Goodyear tires
  • $20 rebates per set of two Value Line struts
  • $10 rebates per set of two Value Line shocks
  • $2.50 rebates per each Value Line wiper blade (applicable for all makes and models)

At select Chrysler Group dealerships, one special low price for three services: oil and filter change, Mopar Value Line wiper blades and multipoint vehicle checkup, plus a 10 percent discount on needed repairs

At select Chrysler Group dealerships, customers can take advantage of the Mopar Service Clinic, a program that offers free vehicle inspections in October and November

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

  • Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
  • Vehicle-information smartphone 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 introduce new vehicle tracking system that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on set parameters
  • 2011 Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
  • WiFi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
  • Brand-specific customer-care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours to customers
  • 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 and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at 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.

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. Stories in this week’s edition include new incentives, Toledo Assembly Complex statement, back-to-school with the Fiat 500, Chrysler Canada Family Day and a glorious weekend for NASCAR’s Dodge Boys.

Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

July 18, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – U.S. News & World Report has named the 2011 Ram 1500 the best full-size pickup. In the magazine’s ranking of top vehicle choices, Ram 1500 scored the highest among the eight full-size pickups available to U.S. buyers.

The rankings are based on an in-depth analysis by U.S. News editors of all published vehicle ratings, reviews and test drives.

“This honor recognizes, in aggregate, the consistent, positive reactions we’ve been getting since we launched the current Ram 1500 model. In developing the Ram 1500, our team worked hard to understand what truck customers want. Ram Truck is committed to being the truck technology and innovation leader, and that commitment will guide us as we continue to improve what is already the most awarded Ram truck ever.”

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

Ram drew praise for its interior comfort, class-leading handling and HEMI® V-8 performance.

“The 2011 Ram 1500’s smooth, car-like ride, well-designed and comfortable interior and powerful V-8 engines make it a top pick in its class,” said the U.S. News editors.

“When Ram’s designers updated the Ram 1500 for 2011, they managed to make improvements to an already-impressive truck,” the magazine went on to say. “The result is a full-size pickup truck that many in the auto press say is the best in its class.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

““Reviewers love the Ram 1500’s ride, handling, power, and interior, even on less expensive trim levels. The Ram 1500 offers many convenient cargo solutions, such as storage cubbies underneath the rear seats on Crew Cab models. Other models offer the RamBox, lockable storage containers built into the truck bed above the wheel housings.”

The magazine cites other third-party accolades in naming the Ram 1500 the best full-size pickup:

“The Ram 1500‘s interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment.” — Edmunds

“The available V-8s are impressive performers, the chassis is well suited to heavy work and the Ram‘s cabin is a class leader in terms of design, ergonomics and materials.” — Edmunds

Ram earns high marks for ride comfort, creative storage options, and abundant available power. Impressive cabin trappings are a nice bonus as well. Chevy, Ford, and Toyota loyalists would do well to have a look. You may well be won over by this Best Buy.” — Consumer Guide

“When towing various size trailers on a short loop, the HEMI-powered Ram acted as if nothing was attached to the rear. It just chugged along, getting up to 60 mph with ease, even with a 9,000-pound Air Stream attached on a simple hitch” — Detroit News

“There are lots of nooks and crannies (more than 40) to hold cell phones, gloves, tools, folders and just about anything else. There are even two floor storage bins that include removable containers for easy cleaning.” — Detroit News

“Storage spaces abound: under the rear seats; in the doors, the center console, and the dual glove boxes; and within the new drainable, lockable ‘RamBox‘ bins in the bed walls.” — Car and Driver

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer.

As a stand-alone brand, Ram Truck is focused on truck customers – how they use their trucks and what features they’d like to see. Whether it’s a family that drives their half-ton Ram 1500 every day, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles without fail, Ram is going to be there for them.

For 2012, the Ram Truck brand increases the capabilities of its hardest-working trucks – the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks – and adds a new Ram Cargo Van, which expands Ram’s reach into the Class 1 segment.

Also for 2012, Ram 1500 – the most-awarded Ram truck ever – and Ram 2500 / 3500 Heavy Duty pickups get new safety, fuel efficiency and convenience features.

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.

2011 Ram 1500

2011 Ram 1500

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

• 3,600-lb. towing for Class 1 cargo vans

The Chassis Cab trucks provide customers with first-time innovations and features along with new standards of strength, utility and driveability. Building on Ram Truck‘s leadership in the heavy-duty pickup segment, Ram’s commercial-grade work trucks are built on proven frames and chassis, and engineered for maximum uptime, low cost of ownership, optimum performance and enhanced commercial capability.

Equipped with a choice of engines, including the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine or the powerful 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel, Ram Trucks offer the best powertrains in the industry and are known for their reliability. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine offers an amazing combination of power and fuel economy with 390 horsepower and 20 mpg highway. The Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram pickup is the only heavy-duty pickup to meet 2012 EPA compliance rules, without the need for a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

Truck customers – from half-ton to commercial – have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. The Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs and Ram Cargo van are designed to deliver a total package.

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

Ram Trucks

Ram Trucks

The Ram Truck Brand yesterday released a series of six videos that show various 2011 Ram Truck Vehicles. You can see the 2011 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn, 2011 Ram 1500 Express2011 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab with Dakota Bodies service body upfit, 2011 Ram 3500 Max Tow2011 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab with Knapheide dump body as well as the 2011 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab with Terex aerial device and Dakota body in the videos below.

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as the newest Chrysler Group LLC vehicle brand. Creating a stand-alone 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.

For 2011, the Ram Truck brand added the hardest-working Ram trucks — the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks — to its already award-winning truck lineup which includes the rugged and reliable Dakota, the Ram Cargo Van, Ram 1500 – the most-awarded Ram truck ever – and Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups.

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 hp HEMI V8 are just two of the reasons it beat the competition. Ram 1500 was also named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).

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