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Archive for August, 2015


Editors at “AutoBlog” Put Trailhawk to the Test

With it’s futuristic front end and sculpted sides, it’s easy to look at the new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with a discerning eye. For some people, it takes a little while to fall in love with the unique design, but for others it’s love at first sight. Such was the case when the editors at AutoBlog took on the task of a one-year test of the Trailhawk. They put 27,000 miles of tough love into the vehicle and came back with the conclusion that it was “one of the best all-rounders we’ve ever tested.” As a compact crossover vehicle, the Jeep was filled with personality. It was so beloved that staff members were fighting over who could take it out into the wild on weekends. See what the excitement was about for yourself with a trip to Chapman Dodge.

Off-Roader Has a “Premium” Feel

Despite the fact it’s not a top-of-the-line Cherokee, the Trailhawk had what the editors described as a “premium” feel. They loved the seats that were not only comfortable, but supportive when the off-road driving got a little dicey. A nice sound system, functional layout of the center console and tons of storage all added up in the pros category. Long road trips with friends were common ways to use and test the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The nine-speed automatic transmission was able to deliver excellent fuel economy, with the editors often surpassing the EPA estimate of 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Tough Little Jeep Survives Harsh Michigan Winter

Even though it had to suffer through last year’s Polar Vortex, the little Jeep that could survived with flying colors. Despite the harsh conditions, it didn’t develop any squeaks or rattles and the team didn’t have to repair anything. It did suffer a broken windshield, but that was out of the driver’s (and Jeep’s) control. Otherwise, the pounding of snow and hail and driving through slush and potholes had little effect on the Trailhawk.

Jeep Continues to be Flagship Brand

Fiat-Chrysler President Sergio Marchionne recently said he recognizes that Jeep is the company’s standard-bearer in the automotive industry. Although much of that credit lies with the iconic Jeep Wrangler, newer models like the Trailhawk also have a place for consumers who want some off-road capability, but also some comfort and gas mileage when driving on city streets. Go look over the entire Jeep lineup with a visit to Chapman Dodge and see which vehicle is right for you.

Pennsylvania Car Rally Displays Chrysler History

If you are a lover of Chrysler and all Mopar products, plan on a trip next summer to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals. Held in July each year, the car show is the premier gathering of both classic and modern Chrysler and Dodge vehicles. Dodge’s new devotion to the production of muscle cars is evident at the show, as this year’s rally featured more than a third of the vehicles from the last decade. Most of those were Challengers, Chargers and Magnums, featuring large HEMI engines. You can see the latest line of Challengers and Chargers at Chapman Dodge in Scottsdale.

Visitors Enjoyed Wide Range of Vehicles

From project cars and restored classics to the modern supercar, visitors to the Carlisle National enjoyed a wide variety of vehicles. It was a place where deals were made, as car owners sought to move their prized possessions and perhaps buy a new project to work on. Dodge muscle cars of the 1960s, like the Charger R/T, Super Bee and Six Pack Challenger were all popular with the audience who remembered when gas was cheap and street racing was just part of a Saturday night’s entertainment in their small town.

Hellcat Thrill Ride Provided Spine-crushing Excitement

Dodge executives are still trying to catch up with the demand for the new 707-horsepower Challenger and Charger Hellcats. Visitors to the Carlisle show didn’t have to wait for delivery, they just had to wait for a ride. Three Challenger Hellcat models totaled 300 passes per day each to let people experience the awesome acceleration when traveling down a 400-foot drag strip. The professional drivers made a run down the strip, turned around, then made another blast back to the starting line. Each Hellcat made nearly 1,000 runs in the hot, muggy weather with no breakdowns, attesting to the vehicle’s dependability on the open road. See what the status of the Hellcat deliveries are with a visit to Chapman Dodge.

Carlisle Devoted to Inspiring New Legion of Chrysler Fans

By showing the remarkable history of the Chrysler brand along with the new muscle cars that will make a person think twice about the importance of fuel mileage, the Carlisle National is developing a whole new legion of Chrysler fans. While baby boomers remember the good old days of the Super Bee and Roadrunner, a growing group of young people are going to remember what a thrill riding in the Hellcat was. Where does Chrysler go from here? Only time will tell.