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Made with pride, crafted with passion: This is the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is the best of what we’re made of.


2014 Grand Cherokee: best performing Jeep SRT

2014 Grand Cherokee
Should you happen to be looking for a Jeep that’s capable of doing more than climb hills and crawl over rocks at slow speeds, how about one that can rip around a race track at high speed with surprising control, agility and stability? The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is just such a beast.

Okay, perhaps “beast” is not really a proper or appropriate term for a rapid transit vehicle that displays a new level of luxury and performance not experienced before in a Jeep. This, my friends, is no ordinary Jeep. It is totally at home on a rural country road, on a freeway, or more especially, on what may well be the premiere race track in the country today — the new Circuit of the Americas raceway not far from Austin’s airport in Texas Hill Country.

The highly technical and challenging track is an ideal site for Formula One racing at its finest. COTA is 3.4 miles from start to finish, with 20 turns (11 left and 9 right) and with several elevation changes. Awesome and incredible are words that come to mind in describing the driving experience that the track serves up.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Design Review

This is the Jeep manufacturer video of the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT discussing the SUV’s new design changes. If you are interested in the latest SRT Jeep you’ll like this video that explains how the new Jeep was designed.


2013 Chrysler 200 convertible, sir

In a classic “Simpsons” episode, Homer objects when his wife wants to leave a ritzy private club because she’s uncomfortable with all the high-brow snootiness. “But, Marge,” Homer protests, “it’s the first time anyone’s ever called me ‘sir’ without adding ‘you’re making a scene.’ ”

I can relate.

During our recent stint with the 2013 Chrysler 200 Limited convertible, the surprising elegance of this affordably priced drop-top drew a bevy of gushing compliments. Among them was one from a young lady strolling past our top-down 200:

“I’d sure love to have your car, sir.”

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2013 Chrysler Town & Country: Minivan Popularity Continues

2013 Chrysler Town & Country
Thirty years ago, Chrysler’s tinkers put a van body on a car-like front-drive platform and the modern minivan was born.

A flexible beast of burden good at hauling both people and cargo, the Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth minivans became a big hit in suburbia – and thus played a large role in the company’s escape from insolvency. Their considerable profitability was why the folks at Chrysler called them “the crown jewels.”

Indeed, Chrysler gets more than a third of the apple. It gets more than half. U.S. sales of Chrysler’s three minivans -  Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and a pure cargo variant called the Ram Truck Cargo Van – totaled 260,287 last year. That’s almost 16 percent of Chrysler’s total vehicle sales for 2012, which was 1.61 million.

The minivan has been able to stay in the half million-per-year sales range, in Velisek’s view, because of the functionality edge it holds over crossovers. Simply put, it’s roomier than most crossovers. I can’t think of a crossover that will carry a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood.

The Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan utilize the same architecture and mechanicals. The difference is in their amenities and price. The Dodge has a base price of $19,995, which is rather remarkable for a minivan that has 144 cubic feet of cargo space, gets good pep from its 3.6-liter V-6, and boasts EPAs of 25 m.p.g. on the highway.

The Town & Country, while it uses the same bones, the same 280-horsepower Pentastar V-6, and the same six-speed automatic, is markedly more upscale. The base Touring model starts at $30,395, and the top-of-the-line Limited opens at $40,395. The middle-of-the-pack Touring-L that I spent a recent week in based at $33,395.

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New Documentary Focuses on Tale of Hemingway’s 1955 Chrysler New Yorker

A 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Convertible that once belonged to author Ernest Hemingway is being restored by a museum located at his former home near Havana. Actor David Soul is helping with the restoration, which is being captured for a documentary film.

What happened to the car after Hemingway’s death reads like a novel. His driver hid it for a time; then the New Yorker ended up with the author’s doctor and his family for a number of years. After that it passed through several other owners and disappeared. In 2010, rusted and topless, the car re-emerged, its authenticity apparently verified by information on an insurance certificate in Hemingway’s name.


Click the image to watch this amazing video of David Soul’s quest

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Design Review

This is the Jeep manufacturer video of the new
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT discussing the SUV’s new design changes. If you are interested in the latest SRT Jeep you’ll like this video that explains how the new Jeep was designed.

Chrysler Sales Up Five Percent In March 2013

2013 Jeep Compass
Following in the footsteps of February’s four-percent sales increase, Chrysler announced today that its U.S. volumes in March 2013 increased five percent year-over-year, totaling 171,606 units. Chrysler’s happy to boast about March being its 36th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains, but more importantly, its first-quarter sales in 2013 are up eight percent compared to the same period in 2012.

What model lines saw the biggest swings in March?

Dodge Challenger:
People are apparently still clamoring for Mopar muscle, as Challenger sales increased a whopping 42 percent year-to-year, totaling 6132 units. This is the fourth consecutive month where Challenger volumes grew by 20 percent or more, and the best monthly sales figure for the model since its re-introduction in 2008. Perhaps the $2000 cash incentive on 2013 Challengers offered in March helped spur this growth.

Jeep Compass: Jeep purists may loathe the thing, but it seems small crossover shoppers actually like the C-segment Compass. Sales grew 28 percent in March, amounting to 5111 units. Jeep says that volume was constrained by the switch over to the 2014 Compass, which boasts a number of small refinements and the adoption of a proper six-speed automatic transaxle.

Ram Pickups: Chrysler also says the launch of the updated 2013 Ram 1500 and 2013 Ram Heavy Duty models negatively impacted volumes in the first quarter, but it didn’t seem to affect Ram pickup sales in March. 33,831 units were sold last month, marking a 25 percent year-to-year increase, and an increase of 10,542 trucks over February 2013.

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Chrysler Achieves New Milestone: 36 Consecutive Months of Growth

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Chrysler Group LLC expects its sales streak to hit 36-consecutive months of year-over-year sales in March.

Reid Bigland, Chrysler head of U.S. sales, said he anticipates the Auburn Hills-based automaker to achieve the milestone, including a double-digit sales growth for the Dodge brand.

“March is going to be a squeaker, but I think we’ll be up from a sales perspective,” he told media following the unveiling of the 2014 Dodge Durango at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

Bigland, also head of Dodge president and CEO, said all of the Dodge brand’s vehicles are helping contribute to its success.

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The Chrysler Foundation to Fund ‘Out of This World’ Science Initiative

The Chrysler Foundation
More than 50 years since a Chrysler-built Redstone rocket launched Alan Shepard into space, The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, will present Warren (Mich.) Consolidated School’s Butcher Educational Center with a $17,500 grant to help send their science experiment to the International Space Station this fall.

Overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) typically gives 300-plus students across a community the ability to design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, first aboard the final flights of the Space Shuttle and then on the International Space Station–America’s newest national laboratory. The Butcher Educational Center, which includes the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC), Community High School and North Star Academy, is one of 11 school districts selected nationally to participate in this national science, technology engineering and mathematics initiative.

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