Nov 14

SEMA Jeeps Hit the Road in L.A.

Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper

When you’re passionate about what you do, you don’t want to ever stop. That was true for Mopar, Chrysler’s specialty parts brand, which recently extended SEMA season by taking its modified rides from the annual aftermarket parts show on a road trip through L.A. While we wouldn’t trade living in New Hampshire for the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, we must admit we’re a little jealous of the opportunity to drive these fantastic vehicles.

Each year, Mopar puts on quite a show at SEMA, and 2012 was certainly no exception. Popular Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models were upgraded with new wheels, paint colors, trim details and more, then put on display so owners can get a sense of how they can customize their own vehicles with Mopar parts. This year, the Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper caught our eye with its matte-black wheels and prototype 42-inch Super Swamper Bogger tires, integrated rearview camera and CB radio for off-roading. We’re sure it looks just as good covered in mud as it does on the show floor.

While the Sand Trooper may have been our favorite Wrangler concept shown at SEMA, there were plenty of other options to choose from. In fact, the Jeep Wrangler won the “Hottest 4×4-SUV” award at SEMA. This SEMA award goes to the model that is on display in the most booths at the trade show, and the Wrangler won for the second year in a row. If you’d like to take a test-drive in what has proved to be a tuner favorite, visit our New Hampshire Jeep dealership today!

Oct 16

Ram Pickup Trucks Haul in Best September Sales Since 2007

2013 Ram 1500

Momentum can be a powerful force, and with 29 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth through September, the Ram truck brand has a full head of steam behind it. The prospects of extending that streak are improving further this month with the arrival of the new 2013 Ram 1500, which offers new capabilities and class-leading fuel efficiency.

With 25,973 models finding new homes in the United States, Ram pickup truck sales were up 6 percent last month year-year-year, good for their best September since 2007. That strong performance in the showroom helped boost year-to-date sales by 20 percent compared to the same period in 2011, totaling 213,593 units.

“Ram trucks continue to earn fans as buyers realize they don’t have to settle for a Chevy or a Ford to get the job done,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Concord, New Hampshire Ram dealership Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. “With features like multi-coil rear suspensions, proven Cummins diesel engines and aggressive styling that stands out in the Home Depot parking lot, Ram pickups offer a different take on capability.”

The 2013 model year is bringing even more unique features to the Ram 1500 truck, including a new eight-speed automatic transmission and Pentastar V6 engine that combine to return a best-in-class 25 mpg on the highway. Displacing 3.6 liters, the new V6 kicks out 305 horsepower, which is a stunning 110-horsepower advantage over the larger-displacement 4.3-liter V6 offered in the Chevy Silverado. In fact, that output even bests the 4.8-liter V8 unit offered in the Chevy by three horsepower. Of course, the venerable 5.7-liter Hemi V8 remains available in the 2013 Ram 1500, churning out 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque.

Inside, engineers have replaced the Ram 1500’s column shifter with a dash-mounted rotary e-shift dial for the new transmission, which frees up more space for the center console and allows for greater control of gears. Rather than moving a shifter to change gears when towing or hauling, drivers can choose shifts using buttons on the steering wheel, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Among the optional features in the 2013 Ram 1500 is a new air suspension system that can level the truck when it is loaded to the brim with cargo, improving the handling while towing and hauling. The system can also lower the pickup to make it easier to load the bed or get in and out of the cabin. Another convenient touch is that the available RamBox bedside storage system and the tailgate are now tied in with the central locking system, so there is no need to double check that everything is locked when parking the truck.

“While the other truck manufacturers have settled into providing the same rehashed features year-in and year-out, Ram is pushing to bring new, useful amenities to the pickup market,” Duval noted. “The new Ram 1500’s combination of power, fuel efficiency and technology is going to make a serious dent in the market share of its rivals.”

Aug 21

Take the Path Less Traveled by in a New Jeep Special Edition

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

If you’re a serious off-roader, the latest special editions coming from Jeep should have you grinning from ear to ear. The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Special Edition are set to debut in October, sporting some serious trail-loving equipment. In fact, the vehicles will have off-road equipment that has never before been offered on a production Jeep vehicle.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk starts with 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires with Kevlar reinforcement to help prevent punctures on the road and steel rock rail body protection. Drivers can choose either a V6 or a V8 engine depending on their need for speed.

The Quadra-Lift air suspension gives the Trailhawk nearly 11 inches of ground clearance, while the Selec-Terrain traction-control system offers five settings to provide the surest footing possible, whether you’re taking on snow, rocks, sand, mud or all of the above. And the Rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, available with the V8, can transfer up to 100 percent of the engine’s torque to one rear wheel, keeping the Trailhawk moving no matter what you come up against.

The Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear tires can also be found on the Jeep Wrangler Moab in 17-inch versions, and winch-ready steel bumpers and rock rails provide protection while out on the trails. Jeep fans will be able to choose from exterior colors like Crush, Dozer, Rock Lobster, Gecko, Black or Bright White on either the two-door or four-door version. Inside, you’ll find Moab slush mats and leather seating.

Which special edition Jeep would you rather take beyond the pavement? They’ll be arriving at our New Hampshire Jeep dealership later this fall, so be sure to stop by for more details!