Jul 29

Ram Becomes First Truck Lineup to Fully Adopt SAE J2807 Tow Standards

2015 Ram 1500Released in 2008 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the J2807 towing standards were created to place automakers on equal footing when it comes to reporting towing capacity for their vehicles. Even after revisions to the standards in 2010, though, vehicle manufacturers have been reluctant to step into the newly refereed ring. That could change following Ram Truck’s recent announcement that it will become the first brand to adhere to SAE J2807 across its entire pickup-truck lineup, starting with the 2015 model year.

Without SAE J2807 standards in place, automakers are mostly free to test a vehicle’s towing capacity as they please, so it is not surprising that tow ratings often end up lower than initially reported once the SAE’s criteria is introduced. That was not the case, however, with the 2015 Ram 1500, Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty, which saw either no changes or improvements in their maximum towing capacities after adopting SAE J2807.

“By becoming the first to align with SAE J2807 across all three weight classes of pickup trucks, Ram is proving it doesn’t have to hide behind biased testing or loose claims from its marketing department,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Concord, New Hampshire Ram dealer Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. “The SAE’s standards prevent automakers from finagling a few hundred pounds of towing capacity in order to claim segment leadership, so Ram’s impressive results will finally be able to speak for themselves.”

According to SAE J2807 standards, both V6-equipped 2015 Ram 1500 models feature segment-leading towing capacities, with the gas-powered 3.6-liter Pentastar model rated at 7,600 pounds and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel edition pulling 9,200 pounds. Among Ram Truck’s heavy-duty offerings, the 2015 Ram 2500 outfitted with the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine boasts a best-in-class towing capacity of 17,970 pounds, while the same powerplant in the 2015 Ram 3500 enables a class-topping 30,000-pound tow rating.

Jul 16

The New Chrysler 200 Gets Rave Reviews

2015 Chrysler 200At Bob Mariano, we’re excited to offer the completely redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200, which proudly sports a total makeover that has left reviewers (and customers) with their jaws on the floors.

The most noticeable changes to the new Chrysler 200 involve this sedan’s bold new look. The new design prioritizes a sleek outer appearance and luxury-on-a-budget look for the interior, and reviewers have noticed! “Its stunning good looks, futuristic interior and strong performance characteristics are capable of igniting passion,” raves Deb Semmler of the South Bend Tribune.

Buyers will also be getting a lot of bang for their buck, with great standard features that help those buying on a budget feel like they’re living in the lap of luxury.  “The “why buy” list of features for the all-new 200 goes beyond its sleek bodywork and high-quality interior materials,” says Forbes’ Karl Brauer. “Standard features on the 200 LX, like push-button start, keyless entry and a 9-speed transmission with electronic rotary shifter, feel like high value in a $22,695 vehicle.”

Another new feature of the Chrysler 200 is a nine-speed automatic transmission, which allows for an impressive max of 36 highway mpg. The car is surprisingly powerful, though, and Terry Box of the Dallas News notes that “[w]ith the optional 295-horsepower Pentastar V-6 — the Chrysler Group’s 3.6-liter workhorse — the front-wheel-drive 200 is the most powerful car in the midsize segment.”

Reviewers also praised the responsive and intelligent optional all-wheel drive, a feature not offered on many similar sedans. “The system is clever and maximizes fuel economy by completely disconnecting rear-wheel-drive when it’s not needed,” explains Andre Smirnov of TFLCar.

If you’d like to experience the 2015 Chrysler 200 for yourself (and really, who wouldn’t?), head on down to our New Hampshire Chrysler dealership to take the new car for a test-drive and see what all the fuss is about!