New 2017 Pacifica Interior Wins Awards from Wards Auto

The new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already winning awards, including the Wards 10 Best Interiors award. This annual prize is given to the top models in the world, focusing on those with premium interior designs. The Pacific was a no-brainer, with a sophisticated design and high-tech gadgets.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

According to Chrysler, Wards took two months to look at a total 47 vehicles, scoring the best on materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish, and aesthetics. The editors at WardsAuto decided the 2017 Pacifica interior was definitely one of the best.

“The folks who put the minivan on the map in the 1980s have stunned the segment yet again with the lavishly appointed Chrysler Pacifica,” said Tom Murphy, senior editor of WardsAuto. “Shoppers buy minivans out of necessity, but there are many aspects of the Pacifica they will want…A trip to school, hockey practice or the doctor’s office will never be the same.”

Believe it or not, Chrysler invented the minivan more than 30 years ago—the Pacifica is just the result of years of design. This model is great for large families who want to enjoy driving, with the latest in entertainment and comfortable seating no matter where you are going.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle User Guide Gives Drivers Access to the Info They Need

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Have you ever had that experience when you don’t know what a certain light on your dashboard means? Or you don’t know how to access a feature you know your vehicle has? Sometimes you can find the answers to these and other questions in your car’s owner’s manual—that booklet in your glove compartment that you’ve never opened. But what happens if you need the info while you’re driving?

FCA is going to make it really easy for drivers to look up this information by pre-installing a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle User Guide into the Uconnect system of every Pacifica model. Drivers will be able to easily navigate the User Guide either by searching for keywords or browsing through four categories: Vehicle Operation, Uconnect Radio, Vehicle Maintenance, and Emergency & Support.

Some of the features will even be VIN-specific, so you won’t have to read through information that doesn’t apply to your car.

The Uconnect Vehicle User Guide made its debut first in the 2016 Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300.

If you had the Uconnect Vehicle User Guide installed in your car, would you take advantage of its easy-to-use features?

Why April Is Car Care Month

car care monthTaking care of something is the simplest way to make it last longer. This applies to your car just like everything else, and a well cared for car will not only last longer, but it will be safer and more efficient. This is why April is recognized as Car Care Month.

With spring finally here, it’s time to take care of your car by catching up on its neglected maintenance. This will make your car ready for any upcoming spring and summer road trips. And, by taking care of minor issues now, you can prevent them from becoming major catastrophes down the road.

According to the Car Care Council, 84% of vehicles participating in car care events in 2014 were in need to service or repairs. Some of the most common maintenance issues included needing an oil change, needing a new air filter, and having low or dirty coolant.

If your car is in need of some spring maintenance, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment with us here at Gossett Chrysler Jeep Dodge Fiat. We will make sure your car is ready for the road ahead.

Dodge Charger Hellcat with Hennessey Tops Out at 1,032 Horsepower

Dodge Charger HellcatYou read that headline right: the Dodge Charger Hellcat with Hennessey reached an unthinkable amount of horsepower back in late February.

Hennessey Performance is a tuning house specializing in customizing and modifying sports cars for maximum performance and thrill. When it comes to classic American performance, these are the guys who made it “classic.”

The Dodge Charger Hellcat with Hennessey modifications reached 1,032 horsepower and 987 lb-ft of torque due to the added twin-turbocharging system paired with the factory supercharger. There’s also a high-flow air-to-water intercooler, dual-turbo waste gates, and stainless steal turbo headers and downpipes. The new additions led to a 0-to-60 sprint time of just 2.7 seconds and a quarter-mile sprint time of 9.9 seconds, moving at 142 mph. That’s pretty fast for a four-door sedan!

This Dodge Charger Hellcat comes with a numbered plaque signed by John Hennessey, the godfather of turbocharging (not an official title but it should be), and by the technician.

Yoenis Cespedes’ Jeep Is Cooler Than Yours

baseballDo you love baseball? Of course you do. Do you love baseball as much as New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes? Certainly not. He loves baseball so much he turned his Jeep into a $100,000 rolling homage to America’s classic sport.

Yoenis Cespedes’ Jeep flaunts an alleged $80,000 worth of custom upgrades done by Alex Vega at the Auto Firm in Miami. Inside the Jeep are actual “baseball” seats: red leather units with exaggerated white stitching up the sides. Yoenis Cespedes’ Jeep also features custom bar lights, mesh gates in lieu of doors, and enormous off-road tires that really prove how serious the Mets slugger is.

Back in February, Cespedes made a habit of rolling up to practice in one of his many exotic cars. You might be concerned by Cespedes spending, thinking he’s heading down a dangerous road, but something tells us he’ll be just fine—maybe it’s the $75-million, three-year contract he just signed with the Mets. That’s a whole lot of auto upgrades.

Spotlight on 4 Unique Presidential Vehicles

President's DayEvery year in February, our country celebrates the lives of our country’s leaders during Presidents Day. The job of the Commander-in-Chief is not easy. Fortunately, many of our country’s presidents had some special vehicles at their disposal to help get them from one place to another. In honor of Presidents Day, here are four unique Presidential vehicles from history.

  1. President Taft’s 1908 Baker Electric

Long before the introduction of today’s electric vehicles, another one was making waves in the White House. President Taft’s car could actually run pretty far on one charge.

  1. President Johnson’s Amphicar

A little known fact about LBJ is that he loved to play pranks. The perfect vehicle to do so in was his Amphicar, which could run on land and on the water!

  1. President Reagan’s Subaru BRAT

The Great Communicator thought that this Japanese vehicle was pretty cool. He wanted one so badly that he actually acquired one in secret!

  1. President Obama’s The Beast

Presidential limos have come pretty far since they were first introduced. Obama’s limo, dubbed the Beast, includes 5-inch thick bulletproof glass to protect the President.

Alloy Editions of Chrysler 200S and 300S Are on Their Way

2016 Chrysler 300

Current Chrysler 300

The vehicles that make up Chrysler’s fleet are some of the most stunning vehicles in the entire automotive industry. A few of those Chrysler vehicles are about to become even more breathtaking.

According to a press release from Chrysler, the Alloy Editions of Chrysler 200S and 300S models will be available for the 2016 model year.

What make the Alloy Editions so special? They not only highlight the beauty of the 200S and 300S vehicles, but the Chrysler line as a whole. Sporting distinct Dark Bronze and Titanium finishes, these automobiles are beautiful to look at.

They are also beautiful to drive! The Alloy Editions of the Chrysler 200S and 300S come available with an advanced all-wheel drive system with a Sport mode for even more precise handling.

“Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged with cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City’s ingenuity and creativity,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America.

The Alloy Editions prove once again that when it comes to style, Chrysler is king!

Increasing Fuel Economy: Saving Green at the Pump

fuel pumpEvery driver is looking for ways to increase fuel economy. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your gas tank. From changing driving habits to simple maintenance, increasing fuel economy is easier than you might think.

According to the EPA, one of the best things you can do, besides buying a fuel-efficient vehicle, is to drive more efficiently. Driving less aggressively helps you to optimize engine and vehicle performance, eliminating waste. You should avoid things like speeding, slamming on the brakes, and rapid acceleration. At highway speeds, aggressive driving can reduce economy by up to 33%.

You should also perform regular maintenance in order to ensure proper engine combustion. This includes simple things like oil changes and new air filters. You should also consider replacing spark plugs and tuning your engine every few years. Cleaning fuel injectors/carburetors can also increase performance.

Finally, sharing rides and driving during off-peak hours also increase fuel economy. Carpooling is a great way to save big on your everyday commute, while avoiding rush hour will eliminate gridlock and unnecessary idling.

Chrysler’s “Automakers and the Arsenal of Democracy” Documentary Released

Military MedalsIn order to celebrate the history of the brand, Chrysler recently produced a short documentary about the corporation’s participation in the Allied war effort. Nearly 75 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made his famous “Arsenal of Democracy” radio broadcast.

According to Chrysler, the Automakers and the Arsenal of Democracy documentary is narrated by Fiat-Chrysler historian Brandt Rosenbusch, and lasts roughly six minutes. During the Second World War, Chrysler produced trucks, tanks, aircraft parts, guns, ammo, rockets, and even bombs–all of which were vital for military operations.

“FCA US LLC is proud to support the men and women of the US Armed Forces, both at home and abroad,” reads the Chrysler webpage. “The FCA US has numerous military-related programs emphasizing community growth, support and gratitude throughout the US and the world.”

Chrysler continues to support the military today, though in a different way. Military-related programs include annual donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, support toward the construction and maintenance of the WWII Memorial in DC, financial support of the USO, and donations of Jeeps to selected Operation package recipients.

Car Buying Habits of Millennials Revealed

technologyEdmunds.com recently did some research on the car buying habits of Millennials and as it turns out, they may not be quite the consumers you might imagine them to be. In fact, we all may have a little to learn from them.

Yes, Millennials are very open-minded to new automotive technology. When surveyed, almost 75% said that they would consider an electric vehicle or a hybrid. Well over half said they would consider buying an autonomous vehicle if one ever hit the market.

Eighty percent of those surveyed said that integrating their smartphones with their vehicles was important and 62% said that they would pay more for a vehicle equipped with Wi-Fi.

On the other hand, in what may be a surprising fact, Millennials placed qualities like price, fuel economy, and performance far ahead of technology. And as it turns out, they like used cars too. Last year, almost 80% of vehicles purchased by Millennials were used.

Perhaps Millenials are more frugal than we realized.