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Wrangler may leave frame, factory, steel behind

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News? Larry Vellequette.

The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission).

Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight and might need an aluminum unibody setup; previously, he had implied that Wrangler would be Chrysler?s first car to make extensive use of aluminum since the Plymouth Prowler, whose team was largely hired by Ford…
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Ram 1500 relying more on diesels

Dodge?s use of Cummins diesels back  in 1989 succeeded beyond expectations, reviving a nearly dead truck line. When the company added a VM diesel to the Ram 1500, sales were, again, much better than expected. Chrysler had predicted a 10% take rate, perhaps up to 15%; but Allpar reported in August that the line was running up to 25% diesels when the engines were available.

Like the Cummins B-series engines, the VM has been both reputable and technologically advanced; and sales have exceeded expectations.

Ram announced today that 20% of its pickups would be diesel-powered by November, double its…
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Checking Tire Pressure

Picture this. It?s a brisk fall morning, and and you?ve overslept a few minutes, because let?s face it, the bed is warmer than the air outside. You rush through your morning routine. When you finally get into your car, you are greeted by an ominous warning on your dash: Low Tire Pressure. You get out and walk around the car checking your tires to see if they look low. But they look fine, so you take the risk and drive to work, wondering if you are about to experience a flat tire. Later that day, you get…
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2015 Durango additions

Refreshed  in 2014 with a standard eight-speed automatic and other improvements, the 2015 Dodge Durango has had few ?core? changes but two package changes and a new Black Forest Green Pearl paint (SXT, Limited, and Citadel only). The popular Rallye and Blacktop packages are now available across more models.

The Rallye appearance package carries over from 2014?s SXT, except that the headlamps are ow halogens with LED daytime running lights. It is now available on V6 Limited Durangos, as well as SXTs. The package includes a roof-rack delete, 20? black aluminum wheels, bright-tipped dual exhaust, and body-color grille surround…
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Autumn Driving Safety Tips

- Make adjustments for the light. Did you know that we lose a minute of daylight every day until the clocks are set back in November? Fewer hours of daylight make it more difficult to see pedestrians, cyclists and children playing in the late afternoon. Also, later sunrises mean that drivers need to adjust to the brighter sun at different times of the morning. Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your car to shield your vision.

- Avoid driving over wet leaves. Fall foliage is beautiful but once those leaves start falling and get wet from rain, they can become a…
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September is National Preparedness Month: Make Sure Your Car is Ready if Disaster Hits

Would your car be ready if you had to leave at a moment?s notice? If you were stranded in your car, would you be prepared? During National Preparedness Month in September, the non-profit Car Care Council is reminding drivers of the importance of regular maintenance and do-it-yourself checks, as well as a stocked emergency kit.

?Emergencies and natural disasters come in a variety of forms, and you don?t always have time to prepare,? said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. ?It is important and gives you peace of mind to know that your vehicle is always ready…
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Dodge Brothers Club issues Centennial Poster

The Dodge Brothers Club is celebrating the Dodge Centennial with a special, limited-edition poster showcasing the largest gathering ever of early Dodge Brothers vehicles.

The Centennial gathering photo was taken June 26 at Meadow Brook Hall, the home built by  Matilda Dodge Wilson, John Dodge?s widow, in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It was one of the highlights of the Club?s six-day Centennial Tour event that ran from June 22 to June 27.

?The poster spotlights the biggest gathering of 1914-1938 Dodge Brothers vehicles ever, at least that we are aware of,? said Barry Cogan, the club?s president. ?Our…

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Michigan’s Must Visit Cider Mills

The beginning of fall is a colorful time of year for us in Michigan.  A cascade of color falls over our trees and foliage while a different palate of reds, yellows, greens, golds and amber falls upon our markets and weekend trips.  Yes we are talking about baskets, bushels, buckets and barrels of apples!  See our quick list below of 9 cider mills that are sure to help you get your cider fix.

The sweet nectar of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala and Honey Crisp apples awaits!!

Michigan Cider Mills

-Franklin Cider Mill-

The Franklin Cider Mill in the Franklin…
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Five Years Later, Chrysler’s Gamble on Ram Trucks Is Paying Off

WARREN, Mich. ? In December, the sprawling, four million-square-foot factory here where workers assemble Ram pickup trucks, along conveyors that weave for more than 30 miles, suddenly went quiet.

Thousands of workers looked on where a makeshift stage, draped in black, had been assembled. Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group?s chairman and chief executive, stepped up to address the crowd.

In the dark days of Chrysler?s bankruptcy ? when the company barely escaped extinction thanks to a taxpayer bailout and the purchase by Mr. Marchionne?s Fiat of a major stake, which later turned into ownership ? such a staged display and work…
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Big rebates on 2014s

With the 2015s coming, and in some cases already here, Chrysler is slapping major rebates onto some 2014s.

The 2014 Chrysler 300, for example, comes with $3,250-$5,000 cash back, as dealers hasten to clear their lots and make room for the 2015s, due in three months. Town & Country minivans are running $1,000-$3,500 rebates, and Caravans at $500-$2,000, but this may simply be a way to keep Sienna and Odyssey from regaining the sales lead.  2015 minivans will also have rebates, albeit smaller ones (up to $1,500).

The outgoing Avenger retains its…
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