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Archive for June, 2015


Joins Line of Award-winning Trucks

With a lineup of trucks that ranges from the basic Tradesman work truck to the decked out Laramie Limited, Dodge has won awards ranging from Truck of the Year to being a Consumer Report’s Best Buy. Now, with the addition of the bold new Rebel, Dodge is making a dynamic entry into the stock off-road pickup market. Based on the stock 1500, the Rebel is loaded with factory upgrades designed to enhance your off-road experience.

Start with Big Bold Grille

The Rebel makes the statement it’s here to play in a serious way with a massive black grille that doesn’t have a stitch of chrome. The giant “Ram” on the front could as easily be an instruction to someone trying to break down the castle walls as it is an iconic nameplate. A powder-coated skid plate that lies below the grille is one of three plates that protect the front, oil pan and transfer case. The vents on the twin snorkel hood combined with blacked-out headlamps resemble a dragon just awakening from a long slumber. Flared wheel wells and 33-inch tires add to the bravado of the Rebel’s stance.

Choose From HEMI or V-6

Choose from the 5.7-liter HEMI with on-demand four-wheel drive or the 3.6-liter V6 with part-time four-wheel drive to power the new Rebel. For those who want the beastly look without the four-wheel drive, there is a two-wheel drive version available that only comes with the HEMI. Take a trip to Chapman Dodge in July and be one of the first in your neighborhood to own the new Rebel.

Off-road Tests Show Rebel Holds its Own

The editors at “Car and Driver” magazine took the four-wheel drive version with the HEMI off road in northern Arizona to test the truck against some harsh conditions. At elevations topping 8,500 feet, the truck powered through miles of volcanic ash. Although they did engage the four-wheel drive at times, the drivers never had to use the winches to pull their Rebel out of trouble. Heading down the mountain they encountered some muddy tracks, which the Rebel handled with some slip-sliding fun that never resulted in a loss of control.

Not in Competition With Raptor

Although at first glance it might seem Dodge created the Rebel to compete with the Ford Raptor, the two are more aptly defined as distant cousins than battling siblings. The Rebel starts at $45,000 and is more aptly described as a stock truck with a bunch of aftermarket goodies added on. The Raptor is designed for the more serious off-road enthusiast featuring performance suspension and off-road technology. Check the Ram Rebel out for yourself when it comes to the Chapman Dodge showroom this July.


Low Winter Gas Prices Spur Sales Increase

With gas prices dropping to record lows last winter and still hovering about $1 a gallon less than a year ago, the sales of big SUVs and pickup trucks are soaring. Americans love their pickup trucks and lamented having to switch from the big, beefy road monsters to hatchbacks and crossover vehicles. Now more confident that gas prices will remain reasonable, sales of the mighty trucks are up 10 percent from a year ago. Large luxury model SUVs are up by almost 26 percent, with midsize SUVs showing a 17 percent hike. Not ones to pass up an opportunity for a sale, automakers are unleashing a slew of new and redesigned pickups and SUVs for sale in 2016.

Ram 1500 Rebel

Dodge’s new sport truck, the Rebel, is coming to take on the Ford Raptor for supremacy in the road ready, off-road market. Big, bold styling and a blacked out grille tell you from a distance that this truck is ready for trouble. Standard air suspension provides plenty of clearance for off-roading, but also adjusts during highway travel to provide the best height for fuel efficiency. Visit Chapman Chrysler Jeep to get a true appreciation of just how much attitude the Ram 1500 Rebel brings to the off roading community.

Audi Q7

With more aggressive exterior styling and a more roomy exterior, the Q7 is looking to take a larger share of the large SUV market. Now 700 pounds lighter due to the use of more aluminum, the 2016 Q7 is expected to get better fuel economy and has superior handling to the current model.

Honda Pilot

Anticipation is high for the release of the new Pilot, a much more streamlined version of the boxy SUV that was due for a redesign. With a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 280 horsepower, the Pilot has plenty of pop to dominate the large SUV marker. An all-wheel drive system automatically detects which tire is losing its grip to improve control in wet weather and rough conditions. A full range of creature comforts makes this Honda high on the list of luxury SUVs.

Ford Raptor

Although it seems like only yesterday, the Raptor has been around since 2010 providing off-the-shelf offroading ability for the amateur 4×4 enthusiast. Redesigned for 2017, the Raptor features the use of military grade aluminum to increase both structural strength and fuel efficiency. The new Raptor continues to look like the baddest toy in the toy box with an aggressive stance, blacked out grill and wide body ready to take on all comers.


Everything Old is New Again

It wasn’t that long ago when the muscle car, a big-engine behemoth born in the days of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights protests, was all but dead in America. If the model wasn’t completely retired, Detroit had butchered the original intent so much that it was an unrecognizable pile of steel with a once-proud nameplate. Everything from the Mustang and Camaro to Dodge’s iconic Challenger and Charger underwent the knife and the results were far from pretty. Fast-forward to 2015 and the introduction of the 707-horsepower Hellcat models of Dodge’s Charger and Challenger and you can see that the Beast Mode of the 1970s has come back with a vengeance.

“Cross Shoppers” Keep Muscle Cars Alive

The inability of Dodge to keep up with Hellcat orders shows the company is very much in tune with the desires of a specific niche of American car buyers. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis calls these people the “cross shoppers,” because of their love for all muscle cars. While they may buy a Challenger today, the next purchase could very well be a Charger or a Viper. The complexity of the modern vehicle makes them very difficult to work on for the modern consumer, so instead of showing their love with a wrench and a new set of after market headers, these cross shoppers simply like to try all the options available to them. Head over to your Scottsdale Dodge dealer, Chapman Dodge, to get a close-up look at Dodge’s new muscle cars.

Modern Muscle Cars Have Full Functionality

The joy of the modern muscle car is that it has all the safety features and creature comforts of modern sedans. You are as apt to see a four-door Charger dropping the kids off at school as barreling around a closed course track at well in excess of 100 miles per hour. While the mini-van is still a perfectly valid functional choice, it’s hard to top the throaty roar of a HEMI beneath the hood when taking your kids to soccer practice. The emphasis on producing sportier cars is also dropping the demographic age of the Dodge buyer down, according to Kuniskis. As long as the company continues to make cars that appeal to this age group, Dodge has the potential to create loyal buyers that keep coming back for more.

Is the Sky Literally the Limit?

It wasn’t that long ago that a 300 horsepower engine was the output of a top-of-the-line V8. Three-hundred horsepower still delivers an exhilarating ride, but is a number produced by many base model V6 engines. Although 707 horsepower would seem to be adequate for just about any job, Kuniskis says the sky is the limit. “Technology gets pushed down,” he said. “At some point, iron block, push rod V8s are not going to be possible. Performance will never go away in my view.” Test drive the sporty lineup of Dodge muscle cars and trucks at Chapman Dodge in Scottsdale.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Marchionne answers questions from the media during the FCA Investors Day in Auburn Hills

U.S. Safety Regulators Cracking Down

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is concerned that a new United States emphasis on crash testing and safety will make it much more difficult for some automakers to stay in business. Chrysler will comply fully with regulator requests, Marchionne said, but that a difference in attitude is going to end up costing consumers in the long run. “(It) is bound to increase the costs of execution of the car,” he said. “I just want clear rules. This is the only thing that we, humbly, will request. We can’t change the rules after the event.”

Some Customers Won’t Bring Cars in for Repair

Marchionne said that although FCA is willing to do repairs on 100 percent of recalled vehicles, some customers don’t want to make the effort to bring the vehicle in for service. Depending on the severity of the problem, some customers would rather not have their week interrupted with a trip to the dealership. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a target for automakers to repair at least 75 percent of all recalled vehicles within 18 months of the recall. Marchionne said FCA will comply with all new regulations.

Chrysler Industry Leader in Safety

Despite some administrative problems in the handling of recalls, FCA continues to be an industry leader in offering safety innovations designed to avoid and minimize the impact of collisions. Features like adaptive cruise control automatically bring your car to a safe following distance behind the vehicles in front of you as traffic slows down. Forward collision warning, rear view camera, parallel park assist and lane departure warning are additional technologies available in the Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Town and Country minivan lineups. Stop by Chapman Chrysler Scottsdale today to see how all the FCA innovations are designed to keep you and your precious cargo safe.

Airbag Surround Reduces Chance of Injury

You’ve heard of surround sound? Chrysler offers surround airbags, with eight deployable units surrounding you and your passengers in the case of collision from any angle. A one-touch 9-1-1 Call system connects you with emergency operators to get first responders out on the scene as quickly as possible. Other safety features include blind spot monitoring, Keyless Enter ‘n Go and an electric parking brake that automatically engages should the driver leave the car without putting the vehicle in park. See what Detroit has been up to for the past few years by examining the all new Chrysler lineup at Chapman Chrysler Scottsdale.