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2015_300sc_gallery_ext_01Kings and Queens of America

Narrated by “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, the “Drive Proud” advertising campaign is Chrysler’s way of celebrating people who have made their own way in the world. This includes everyone from celebrities to small business owners who have an entrepreneurial spirit, such as the one captured in the development of the Chrysler 300, a luxury reward for people who have achieved the American Dream. The first 60-second commercial is titled “The Kings and Queens of America” and recognizes that real achievement is not handed to anyone on a platter; it is earned. Head over to Chapman Dodge today to see why the Chrysler 300 has earned its place on the list of most popular cars for overachievers.

Unusual Celebrity Spotlight in Campaign

Although some of the names in the Drive Proud campaign may not be instantly recognizable, they have all made their mark in the world. Betty Hammon is the world’s first full-time NBA female assistant coach, Phil Ivey is a professional gambler and Mercedes Yvette is a renowned jewelry designer who owns the popular Gilded Fox. “The Chrysler brand celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans who refuse to give up, dedicate themselves to a craft and have the guts to turn dreams into reality,” said Fiat Chrysler Automotive’s Olivier Francois. Chrysler chose Dinklage to narrate, proving that it’s the size of the heart of a person that matters, not the size of the body.

2015 Chrysler 300 is Distinctively American

With a design that turns heads and incorporates the finest quality materials, the all-new Chrysler 300 has four specific models that offer different features. The Chrysler 300 Limited is the base model that provides plenty of luxurious appointments including heated leather seats, voice-activated infotainment, a driver information display and Sirius XM radio. The 300S adds blacked out accents, stunning 20-inch wheels, sculpted sides and a new in-deck lid spoiler. Moving up a step on the luxury ladder, the 300C offers heated and cooled seats finished in Nappa leather, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and an upgraded sound system. The top-of-the-line 300C Platinum adds a quilt to the Nappa leather to create an unbelievably plush feel. All models include the 7-inch driver display, electric power steering and a rotary transmission selector. Drive the new 300 today at Chapman Dodge and see the rewards that await those who achieve their dreams.

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Ionic 4-wheeler Undergoing Some Stylish Changes

If spy pictures on the Internet have any truth to them at all, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is undergoing some changes to bring aerodynamics to the iconic military 4 x 4. A slanted grill, body sculpting, more modern mirrors and folding back glass let the Jeep retain most of its familiar shape while allowing that times have changed since it was first unleashed as an off-road vehicle. Fiat-Chrysler America, parent company of the Jeep, knows that the Wrangler is the ultimate off-road machine so it seems unlikely the company would do anything to damage its reputation as an off-the-shelf penultimate four-wheeler. Keep your eyes peeled to the showroom at Chapman Dodge for the new Wrangler.

Patent for Folding Back Glass Could Apply to Jeep

Chrysler has applied for a patent on a folding back window that doesn’t necessarily apply to the Wrangler, but according to Allpar.com it is really the only vehicle for which the design makes sense. The new glass would fold up and over the top, which could require the front windows to stay open or some other design change to keep the fumes on the outside of the vehicle. Taking the Wrangler’s soft top off and putting it back up again can be a bit of a challenge, so an open rear window could appeal to off-road enthusiasts who enjoy the fresh wind of a mountain trail.

Wrangler Going on a Diet

Because of the low gear ratio that’s needed to provide power for climbing over rocks the Jeep Wrangler is never going to be the highest gas mileage vehicle in the Jeep family. Since cutting the power is not a viable option, Jeep is committed to dropping the weight in order to meet gas mileage standards. A much more extensive use of industrial strength aluminum will help bring the weight down, as will the development of a hydroformed frame that provides the much-needed strength without all the bulk of steel. A diesel option is another possibility for Wrangler to retain all its performance while keeping up with efficiency standards of other vehicles.

Possible Pickup in the Works

Jeep lovers are salivating over rumors that the company may issue a limited production pickup in the general size range of the Wrangler. The Comanche, based on the Cherokee, was the last Jeep pickup to make an appearance aside from a couple of concept vehicles. A Jeep pickup has been in the rumor mill ever since as it makes perfect sense for people who want something more aggressive to compete with the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma.

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Follows Two Days of Extensive Testing

When the Northwest Automotive Press Association hosts its annual “Mudfest” competition, it invites off-road manufacturers to enter vehicles to undergo a litany of tests. The new Jeep Renegade not only took home the honors as outdoor activity vehicle of the year, but also placed first in the compact utility division. The Jeep Cherokee won the family utility category, while the Ram 1500 won for best pickup and the Ram Power Wagon was voted the top dog in the extreme capability classification. See all the latest Jeeps and Rams at your Scottsdale Jeep dealer, Chapman Dodge.

New Renegade is Tiny but Mighty

By winning the best overall vehicle award, the little Jeep Renegade announced its presence in the off-road vehicle world with authority. “Don’t let its size fool you, this is one capable little machine,” said co-chair of the Mudfest, Ryan Douthit. “It was the smallest Jeep’s remarkable off-road abilities that really impressed our members.” The Renegade provides off-roaders a fun and functional entry into the small SUV category. It offers the open-air experience that Jeep is know for, along with plenty of power to traverse the roughest trails and outstanding fuel efficiency.

Cherokee Not Taking a Back Seat

Although the Cherokee has been around for a while, it proved that an old dog can hang with the young pups. With the iconic Jeep 4×4 heritage, outstanding ride and superior handling, the mid-size SUV now delivers up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The Cherokee offers a choice of two engines, including the 2.4-liter four cylinder or the 3.2-liter V6. Creature comforts like an 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system and luxurious appointments make the Cherokee a joy to drive on or off road.

EcoDiesel 1500 Has Best in Class Fuel Efficiency

Stop by Chapman Dodge and see for yourself why many pickup drivers are converting to the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Rated at 29 miles per gallon on the highway, this tough Ram truck still delivers tons of torque and plenty of ability to tow your boat or horse trailer. If you need a little more towing power, step up to the heavy-duty line offered by the Ram Power Wagon. The Power Wagon’s towing limit is a hefty 30,000 pounds, plenty for the average recreational driver or small business owner. Select the 4×4 Crew Cab and you’ll have plenty of truck for long hauls or taking the family or friends on that off-road adventure.