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Jeep Invests $1 Billion in New Products

Commitment to Jobs in Michigan and Ohio

Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) recently announced its intention to invest up to $1 billion in Ohio and Michigan manufacturing plants as the company tools up to add some more products to the Jeep lineup. Look for a new Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and Jeep pickup truck to show up on the lot at Chapman Jeep in the next few years as the result of this move. The investment will also mean an additional 2,000 jobs to bolster the local economies in Warren, Mich. and Toledo, Ohio. “The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market,” according to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Ram Truck Also Moving Back to America

The $1 billion investment will help the Warren Truck Assembly Plant get geared up for the production of both Wagoneer models, along with giving it the capability to bring the Ram truck production into the fold. The Ram is currently manufactured in Mexico. The money will also go to upgrade the Toledo Assembly Complex in preparation for the production of the Jeep pickup truck. “The expansion of our Jeep lineup has been and continues to be the key pillar of our strategy. Our commitment to internationalize the Jeep brand is unwavering, and with these last moves, we will finally have the capacity to successfully penetrate markets other than the U.S. which have historically been denied product due to capacity constraints,” Marchionne continued.

New Product Announcement Coincides with Unveiling of Compass

The announcement of the new Wagoneers and Jeep pickup come on the heels of the unveiling of the all-new Jeep Compass, a global compact SUV with phenomenal capability. With two available advanced 4×4 systems to choose from, the new Compass delivers off-road capability in a small package. “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” according to Mike Manley, Jeep Brand chief. The new Compass will get up to 30 mpg, depending on your engine choice, and comes with a choice of three different transmissions. Look for it this spring on the sales lot at Chapman Jeep.

Specially Outfitted Vans Heading to Streets

Google and Chrysler are teaming up to use the innovative Pacifica Hybrid minivan as part of the tech giant’s self-driving vehicle program. Now called “Waymo,” the project will put 100 Pacificas on the streets outfitted with a sensor suite controlled by a special computer. Telematics will relay information to a central command station. Drivers will be onboard all vehicles during driving times to take over should anything go wrong. “The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet,” according to Waymo CEO John Krafcik. “FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners, enabling us to go from program kickoff to full assembly in just six months. They’ve been great partners, and we look forward to continued teamwork with them as we move into 2017.” See why the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is an innovative masterpiece by visiting Chapman Chrysler.

Self-Driving Cars Wave of Future

It will probably be decades before self-driving cars are the sole mean of transportation on the road, but that technology is closer than you may think. Analysts say that self-driving cars have the means to drastically reduce the 1.2 million deaths that occurs on the nation’s highways each year as 94 percent of those deaths are caused by driver error. The ability of Chrysler to quickly modify the Pacifica to meet the needs of the Waymo program, specifically modifying the electrical, powertrain and chassis assemblies, means important testing will be done sooner than anticipated.

Pacifica First Hybrid Minivan

The Pacifica is the first hybrid minivan available in the United States. Stay in touch with Chapman Chrysler to get first word of its delivery to the Scottsdale location. With a range of 33 miles just on electric power, the Pacifica Hybrid has earned an equivalent rating of 84 miles per gallon from the Environmental Protection Agency. “To make sure owners and their families get the most out of the innovative, efficient hybrid powertrains, the all-new Pacifica is loaded with high-tech features that make it easy to connect, charge and maximize the efficiency of their minivan, even remotely from their smartphones,” according to Tim Kuniskis, passenger car director for Chrysler. “Whether it’s scheduling the Pacifica Hybrid’s charge times, locating nearby charing stations, remotely checking the vehicle’s charge status or maximizing efficiency while driving, the Pacifica Hybrid’s advanced technologies let owners easily connect with the vehicle whenever and wherever best suits their schedule.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes with a unique variation on the standard Uconnect 8.4 system, which provides infotainment, navigation and communication on other vehicles. In the Hybrid, the system has special pages to provide information like power flow, driving history and charge scheduling. It’s just another technological advancement that makes the new Pacifica Hybrid special.

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Family Haulers Just Not for Parents Anymore

The New York Daily News calls the new Chrysler Pacifica “a van that’s almost impossible not to like,” as one of their millennial writers discovered hauling his family around on a holiday weekend. “This is a handsome van from all angles,” Brian Leon wrote, “With interesting curves and styling cues, a sort of ‘50s-looking curb appeal with abundant chrome and piano black accents.” Class is the word that comes to mind when describing the Pacifica, but you don’t need to take a New York writer’s word for it. Check the all-new minivan out for yourself with a quick trip to Chapman Chrysler.

Luxurious Cockpit Defines Overall Feel

Step inside the new Chrysler Pacifica and you’ll find an interior that’s more at home in a premier luxury SUV than a minivan. Materials are soft to the touch and the contrast of colored leather adds an air of sophistication and comfort. Controls are placed in logical locations and there are unique features like an in-vehicle vacuum, available Dual HD video touch screens in the second row and built-in games with a DVD player and mobile USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connections let the kids turn the volume up while the parents listen to their favorite tunes.

Pacifica Earns Top Safety Pick +

A whole suite of camera and sensor-driven driver assistance safety features helped the Pacifica earn the Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These devices warn you when you’re drifting out of your line, keep your vehicle a safe distance away from the vehicle in front of you when using cruise control, and help you with both parallel and perpendicular parking. Forward collision warning with active braking first lets you know of an impending head-on collision, then takes action to brake the vehicle if you fail to react.

Ride in Comfort with Athletic Handling

Leon says the new Chrysler Pacifica ride “is on the softer side, gliding over bumps and imperfections with ease, and absolutely no shimmying, shaking, or out-of-place squeaks in the cabin.” He calls the handling “athletic,” whether you’re on a mountain run or just trying to maneuver in city traffic. Powered by the Pentastar V-6 engine, the new Pacifica has the ability to tow up to 3,600 pounds, or more than enough for a small recreational trailer. The Pacifica is a perfect vehicle for families, but its also great for millennials on the go who like to take friends on weekend adventures. Let your adventure begin with a test drive at Chapman Chrysler.

Grand Cherokee 4×4 Earns Top Safety Honors

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NHTSA Gives High Marks to New Jeep

With more than 70 safety features available to consumers, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned the highest rating available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard equipment on the new Cherokee includes multistage airbags for the driver and front passenger, advanced curtain airbags to protect passengers on the side, supplemental side air bags for the front seat and an inflatable knee bolster bag for the driver. NHTSA testing simulated several different crash scenarios, including a head on collision with another car, a side impact against a pole and a side impact with another car. Get a better look and explanation of all the Cherokee’s safety features by taking a trip to Chapman Jeep.

Crash-avoidance Technology Minimizes Damage

The best way to avoid injury and property damage, of course, is to not have a wreck in the first place. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an available sensor and camera-driven technology suite called Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation. By combining the strengths of both on-board cameras and sensors, the system determines that a head-on crash is imminent and goes to work. It first pre-fills the brakes while delivering both visual and sound warnings to the driver. If the driver does not react, the system applies the brakes briefly. If the drivers still fails to respond, the Jeep applies the brakes to either slow down the vehicle or bring it to a complete stop.

Grand Cherokee Provides Off-road Sophistication

You might expect a vehicle with the Jeep brand to be superb at handling tough road conditions along with exploring off-road trails, but the Grand Cherokee brings a touch of sophistication to your adventures. There are several different trim packages from which to choose, but the Summit sets the mark as one of the most luxurious vehicles on or off the highway. With a leather-wrapped interior, deluxe Harman Kardon audio system and premium exterior styling including the iconic Jeep kidney grille, the Grand Cherokee is at home whether you’re spending the night on the town or climbing a remote ridge.

Trailhawk Provide Serious 4×4 Chops

Choose the Trailhawk trim level and you get the ultimate Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system that provides the best traction for winter driving and off-road conditions. By automatically transferring power between the front and rear axles, the Quadra Drive provides superior control and helps ensure you get to your destination safely. Stop by Chapman Jeep to look over the entire Jeep Grand Cherokee inventory and take a test drive.

Ram Rebel Gets Two New Color Packages

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Confident Pickup Offers Variety of Shades

When you arrive on the scene in the 2017 Ram Rebel 1500 pickup, you don’t need to announce your arrival with loud, splashy colors. The Ram Rebel is a pickup with such outstanding off-road capability that it can come in more quiet tones, like the recently released Mojave Sand, which pairs with some black accents to create a quiet, yet aggressive look. Of course, if loud and boisterous is more your cup of team, the Rebel is happy to oblige with the also recently-released Ignition Orange Sport package, which includes black decals on the hood and black Ram badging on the tailgate and hood. Both color combinations come in a limited production run of just 1,500 units. See how you can get your hands on either the subdued or boisterous Rebel by talking to the pros at Chapman Dodge.

Powered by HEMI for Outstanding Performance

If you think of 1960s muscle cars when you think of HEMI performance, it’s time to expand your thought process. The latest iterations of the HEMI engine are still in the Challenger and Charger, but have also made their way to the Ram Truck lineup. The Rebel has a 5.7L HEMI V8 option that produces 395 horsepower and a stunning 410 pound feet of torque. That’s plenty to pass any truck on the highway, or climb that ridge that seems too steep for others to conquer. The HEMI gets a respectable 22 mpg on the highway, but if you’d like to up that figure the Rebel comes with a standard 3.6L 24-valve V6 that still provides plenty of power.

Rebel Also Provides Plenty of Creature Comforts

From an available integrated navigation touchscreen to the leather seats with the Rebel logo stitching, the new Ram Rebel provides a comfortable interior from which to do your dirty work. Add the Luxury Group package and you not only get an auto-dimming exterior mirror, but turn signals and courtesy lamps in your side mirrors, which are also heated and offer power folding ability. Remote Start, a reconfigurable instrument cluster, rear back-up camera and keyless enter n’ go are other fun features. An available Rambox cargo management system provides a secure place for tools, camping gear or any item. It is illuminated, drainable and can still haul a full sheet of plywood. Four Wheeler Magazine named the 2016 Ram Rebel its “Offroad Truck of the Year.” See why by visiting Chapman Dodge for a test drive.