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DNR waives fees for recreation activities during Summer Kickoff, June 7-8

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the 2014 Summer Kickoff, with a variety of recreation activities across the state. During Summer Kickoff, fees will be waived for some of the state?s most popular outdoor activities, making it a great time to grab a fishing pole, ride an ORV or enjoy a day in the outdoors at a state park. The DNR Summer Kickoff includes:
-    June 7-8 is Free Fishing Weekend, when all fishing license fees are waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species…
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Do Your “PART” during Tire Safety Week

Maintaining your vehicle?s tires is not only essential to getting better gas mileage, but it is also crucial to ensuring safety on the road. To maximize tire life, the Car Care Council recommends checking tire condition and pressure regularly, and there is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week.

?It takes only five minutes to check tire inflation, including the spare. Since tires effect a vehicle?s ride, handling and traction, checking tire pressure frequently and having tires rotated and balanced are an important part of vehicle safety,? said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council…
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The diesel-powered Dodge Ram 1500

I bought a new test truck, and there was much rejoicing. Celebration for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the first half-ton diesel truck in more than 25 years, goes far beyond the yard work needs of the Consumer Reports auto test staff.

Evidence of this came from very strong initial orders from dealers, with customers practically lining up to buy. We saw this firsthand as we tried to buy our diesel Ram. Getting our hands on a truck took several weeks, and it was a challenge to find one that wasn?t super-loaded with options.

Even taking that into account, our…
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Toledo’s tribute to vets, Jeeps

On Memorial Day, Jeep?s Toledo Assembly Complex (TAC) unveiled its own tribute to veterans. Vice President of Assembly Operations Zach Leroux, Toledo Plant Manager Chuck Padden, UAW Local 12 Chairman Mark Epley, employees, and five veterans with ties to the plants, including three retirees who served in World War II, dedicated a permanent veteran?s memorial in the shadow of the giant Jeep sign at the intersection of I-75 and I-280.

 

Incorporating a restored 1942 Willys Military Jeep, the memorial recognizes  the service of those in uniform and the city?s nearly 75-year history of building Jeep vehicles. Mr…
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Chrysler Commercial Vehicle Heritage | Dodge Brothers Inc. Joins the Chrysler Group Family

May 28 marks an important milestone in our history here at Chrysler Commercial Vehicles.  It was on this day in 1928 that Dodge Brothers Inc. ? a pioneer in utility and work vehicles ? became a part of the Chrysler family.

The official history of the Dodge automobile begins in 1914, but the story of the Dodge brothers in the automobile business reaches back even further. Brothers John and Horace Dodge, talented machinists and ambitious businessmen, rose from humble beginnings to become giants in the early American automobile industry.

In 1901, after several years of building bicycles and piecework components for the…
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Secondary Drowning: What Every Parent Needs to Know

With warmer weather here and swimming a favorite past time of most kids, here is an article every parent should read and be aware of when taking children around water...


The weekend of May 17, writer Lindsay Kujawa and her toddler son Ronin were at a family pool party. Kujawa sat at the edge of the pool while Ronin played on the top step of the spa, and for five seconds she shifted her position to say something to a relative. Suddenly, she noticed Ronin wasn't on the step and was instead being whirled around by the jets in…
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2014 Nissan Altima named "Most Affordable Midsize Sedan" by Cars.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ? As Nissan celebrates record-breaking Altima sales in April, potential buyers have another great reason to consider Nissan's top-selling vehicle. Citing its "great" gas mileage and "very good" crash test results, Cars.com has named the 2014 Nissan Altima the "Most Affordable Midsize Sedan."

To be considered for the Cars.com's most affordable midsize sedan challenge, contending vehicles were required to have an automatic transmission, cruise control, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, power driver's seat and a backup camera. These features, coupled with a favorable five-year estimated fuel cost, resulted in the 2014 Altima's…
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Is Your Car Road Ready?

If your vacation plans include a road trip, the last thing you want is to have unexpected car trouble to leave you stranded at the side of the road, ruining all the fun. A pre-trip vehicle check is the best way to be car care aware and ensure that your car is ready to get you to your destination, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council recommends the following pre-trip checklist before hitting the road this summer:

-         Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.

-         Check filters and fluids, including…
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The NEW 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Officially Unveiled

Dodge has officially unveiled the most powerful vehicle to ever wear the Challenger name ? the SRT Hellcat ? complete with over 600 horsepower courtesy of a supercharged, 6.2-liter Hemi V8. It will be offered alongside the 485-hp Challenger SRT.



The new, force-induced V8 isn't just the most powerful ever fitted to the Challenger, it's the most powerful eight-cylinder Chrysler Group has ever built. Power figures…
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Be Safe, Ride Smart: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Spring is in full swing and around the country, motorcyclists are returning to the road after a long winter. But with a sudden spike in the number of motorcycles on the road, it?s a good time to remind all motorists, whether on two wheels or four, to keep a special lookout for motorcyclists.

That?s why May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time for drivers to be reminded to share the road with motorcycles, and riders to be reminded to make themselves more visible to others.

Most motorcyclists are fully aware of the risks they…
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