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Happy Little SUV Both Fun and Tough

Whether you need to negotiate some tough off-road trails or just like driving around town with a smile on your face, the rugged Jeep Renegade is proving to be a popular option for people seeking something different. With a front end that looks like its smiling, roomy interior and peppy choice of engines, the Renegade is an agile vehicle that is as much at home climbing a trail as it is whipping into a tight parking space in a crowded urban environment. Now with a Trailhawk model that is “Trail Rated” for the toughest terrain, the Renegade provides an affordable choice to get families out on the back roads of America. See the different trim packages and test drive the Renegade for yourself with a visit to Chapman Jeep Scottsdale.

Trail Rating Covers Off-Road Attributes

Jeep doesn’t just hand out Trail Rated badges willy-nilly. Each vehicle that earns that distinction has to pass a number of tests, including the ability to ford a stream, ground clearance, the ability to crawl with a low gear ratio, articulation and a tight turning radius. Although not in the same class as the Rubicon Wrangler, the Renegade Trailhawk will handle most off-road excursions with ease. The vehicle’s short wheelbase gives it an advantage over pickups and other longer vehicles in tough terrain. The shorter vehicle is more maneuverable and doesn’t get hung up as easily due to departure or approach angles.

Efficient Valve Lift System Delivers Efficiency

Whether you choose a model with the 2.4L Tigershark engine or the more standard 1.4L motor, the Jeep Renegade delivers 32 mpg on the highway thanks to a lift system that provides precise control of the intake valves. Along with outstanding fuel efficiency for an off-road vehicle, the Renegade also has low emissions and a smooth ride. The larger engine delivers 180 horsepower compared to 160 for the 1.4L motor.

4-wheel Drive System Comes with Driver Select

The Renegade 4×4 models not only come with Jeep’s famous Selec-Terrain drive package, but also with the ability to choose from a variety of different terrains. The driver can pick between Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud on most models. Recognizing you might be pushing the Trailhawk version a little harder, Jeep engineers have added a fifth selection, Rock, to help you crawl over those tough little boulders. Frequency selective damping on the front and rear struts deliver a premium driving experience whether you’re on the trail or the road. Take the Renegade for a drive by visiting Chapman Jeep Scottsdale.

Pacifica Google

First Time Search Giant to Work With Automaker

Google is working with an automaker for the very first time as it teams with Chrysler to integrate its self-driving technology with the new Pacifica Minivan. By installing its software and sensors into the Pacifica, Google is looking to bring a self-driving vehicle into production. Both Google and Chrysler engineers will work side by side in a Michigan plant, with each company focusing on its expertise. While Chrysler provides the vehicles that are specially designed for the project, Google will install and integrate the software, sensors and computers necessary for self-driving cars to work. The Pacifica is replacing the Town and Country as Chrysler’s flagship minivan. Drive a Pacifica today at Chapman Dodge in Scottsdale.

Self-Driving Cars Important for Transportation Future

If you’ve ever driven in a major urban area during rush hour, you know the commuting nightmare that millions of drivers face each working day. Some urban areas, like Seattle and Los Angeles, don’t even need to blame the rush hour; traffic is bad from early morning well into late evening. Self-driving cars will communicate with each other, not only providing a safer driving experience but also opening up traffic by effortlessly weaving into open spaces. Chrysler’s involvement will speed up the actual date a self-driving vehicle is operational.

“FCA (Fiat Chrysler America) has a nimble and experienced engineering team and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is well-suited for Google’s self-driving technology,” according to Google self-driving project CEO John Krafcik. “The opportunity to work closely with FCA engineers will accelerate our efforts to develop a fully self-driving car that will make our roads safer and bring everyday destinations within reach for those who cannot drive.”

Google Has 1.5 Million Miles in the Books

In the 7-year history of the self-driving car project, Google has logged 1.5 million miles on highways in Arizona, California, Texas and Washington. The goal is to get people safely from one place to another with just the push of a button. More than 90 percent of all deaths from accidents are caused by human error. The reality of a self-driving vehicle means many of the 33,000 people that die on the nations roadways each year will live. “Working with Google provides an opportunity for FCA to partner with one of the world’s leading technology companies to accelerate the pace of innovation in the automotive industry,” said FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne. See all the technology that’s included in the new Chrysler Pacifica with a trip to Chapman Dodge.