May 18

Digital Trends Names Uconnect Infotainment System of the Year

UconnectChrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles are no strangers to awards and accolades. We recently told you that Jeep and Dodge models were recognized as best resale value cars, and all about how Ram set a world record. Now, FCA US can add another accolade to its ever-growing list of praise. The automaker’s Uconnect system was honored with the ‘Infotainment System of the Year’ award from Digital Trends, an industry-leading consumer-technology publisher with the goal of simplifying technology in an increasingly digital world.

“Receiving this prestigious award from Digital Trends is a tribute to the team of hardworking engineers, designers and human machine interface experts who continue to evolve the Uconnect system, features and services,” said Joni Christensen, Head of Uconnect Marketing and Customer Experience, FCA US LLC, in a release. “The Uconnect team’s mission is to assist drivers and help keep them focused on the road.”

And keep drivers focused on the road it does — the incredible 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system uses a clean, responsive interface to make staying connected simple for drivers of all ages. It includes a host of entertainment and audio options for driver and passenger enjoyment, as well as navigation choices for a stress-free journey every time. With Uconnect systems, users also can listen to SiriusXM Satellite radio, take advantage of Travel Link and traffic update services, hear text messages read aloud and even access the internet through a Wi-Fi hotspot subscription.

Digital Trends chose the Uconnect system as its ‘Infotainment System of the Year’ because it boils all the best parts of an infotainment system down into one easy-to-use, accessible package. To check it out for yourself, stop by our Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep dealership near Manchester, NH, and see our selection of Uconnect-equipped models!

Apr 24

Ram Picks Up World Record for Longest Parade of Pickups

On Saturday, Ram truck owners gathered at the Ram Truck ‘Round-up’ in Arlington, TX, with the goal of breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest parade of pickup trucks. Drivers from more than seven states, as well as Canada, made the trip down to the Lone Star State for this momentous occasion. Break the record they did — Ram narrowly defeated the previous record of a 438 truck line-up by with 451 dedicated drivers cruising down the parade route.

The Ram Truck Round-up was held in conjunction with the 50th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. As the official truck of the ACM Awards, Ram invited its loyal customers to help celebrate the show’s anniversary by breaking this Guinness World Record.

Drivers started on the East side of AT&T Stadium and traveled 3.2 miles around it and the nearby Globe Life Park grounds. In addition to being a part of this legendary event, participating Ram owners were given exclusive access to live performances, just for them. Not only did they have the opportunity to witness an epic car-crushing demonstration by the Raminator Monster truck, but they also got their own country concert before the awards show even started. Recording artists Kix Brooks, Thomas Rhett, Easton Corbin and the Austin-based band Midnight Social all took the stage.

Those who participated in the Ram Truck Round-up are dedicated Ram fans who passionately support the notion that the automaker builds the best pickups in the industry. If you want the opportunity to see why those 451 Ram owners love their trucks so much, visit our Ram dealership near Lebanon, NH, and take one of our most popular models for a test-drive today!

Mar 31

Dodge Charger, Challenger Star in Upcoming Furious 7

New Hampshire Dodge fans, if you’re gearing up for the latest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, get ready to sit back and enjoy the ride. When it’s released on April 3, you’ll get to see not one, but two of your favorite Dodge muscle cars speeding across the silver screen. The latest film in the series, Furious 7, includes plenty of the heart-pounding chase scenes you’ve come to live for, and this year it stars the performance-inspired Dodge Charger and the iconic Dodge Challenger.

Actors Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez will be seen racing about in Dodge’s famous muscle cars, just like the ones you’ll find at our Dodge dealership in Concord, NH. Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto, will drive a candy red 2015 Dodge Charger during several chase scenes, while Rodriguez’s Letty Ortiz gets behind the wheel of a black and green 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T. Plus, NH Jeep fans will also have the thrill of watching Ludacris’ Tej Parker flooring it in an armor-plated 2015 Jeep Wrangler.

While Dodge cars have been highlighted in the Fast and the Furious franchise since its 2001 inception, the latest installment comes after an official partnership between the legendary automaker and Universal Studios. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles provided 30 different vehicles for the movie and TV advertisements, and even created a dedicated page on Dodge’s website for the vehicles used in the film. Dodge also partnered with Atlantic Records to feature vehicles in the music videos of the songs on Furious 7’s soundtrack.

If you have a need for some adrenaline-pumping speed, head to Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram today, and we’ll get you behind the wheel of a Charger or Challenger for a test-drive!

Feb 27

Chrysler Announces Plans for Plug-In Hybrid Town & Country Minivan

Black 2015 Chrysler Town & CountryWith eco-friendly cars on the up-and-up, it was only a matter of time before an automaker would tackle a new challenge: a larger hybrid vehicle well equipped to handle a crowd. Leave it to the masterminds at Chrysler, who more or less invented the minivan with the Town & Country, to reinvent it to fit the modern ideal.

At this year’s Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler brand – FCA North America president and CEO, Al Gardner, confirmed that the automaker is working on the first plug-in hybrid minivan. The new type of vehicle will bear a striking resemblance to an old favorite when it pulls into dealerships, though. Chrysler is reworking the Town & Country to include an environmentally friendly powertrain for the 2016 model year, with the highlight, of course, being a plug.

While details about Chrysler’s plug-in hybrid minivan are still sparse, we do know that it will present a new opportunity to green-car enthusiasts with growing families. FCA confirmed that the Town & Country PHEV will get 75 MPGe. In the same announcement, Chrysler revealed that it’s also working on a full-size plug-in hybrid crossover for environmentally friendly families, with an expected release date in 2017.

The news of a plug-in hybrid minivan follows Fiat Chrysler Automobile Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne’s announcement that he hopes to unveil a new minivan at the next North American International Auto Show in January of 2016.

If you can’t wait until 2016, we have the full lineup of new Chrysler Town & Country minivans available now at our Chrysler dealership near Bedford, NH. Each current 2015 Town & Country comes fully equipped with premium features, including leather seating, power sliding doors, a power liftgate, a backup camera and second-row fold-in Stow n’ Go seating. Stop by Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and check out everything else the Chrysler Town & Country has to offer!

Jan 30

Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Charger Recognized As KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Cars

2015 Jeep Wrangler in NHIf you’re a value-conscious shopper, chances are you took resale value into consideration when deciding which new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram to purchase at our Jeep dealership in Concord, NH. Did you choose the iconic Jeep Wrangler or super cool Dodge Charger? If you did, now there’s further proof that you made a smart decision: the 2015 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Dodge Charger were all recently recognized amongst the winners of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards.

With its extraordinary capabilities and modern technology, is no wonder the Jeep Wrangler was honored more than once. The 2015 Jeep Wrangler not only placed on the Top 10 overall models list, but also earned the top prize in the Compact SUV/Crossover category. It’s not the Wrangler’s first drive around the block though: this iconic vehicle has been named the Best Resale Value in its class for four consecutive years now, and has placed among the Top 10 list five years in a row. Plus, the slightly larger four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited scored as the winner for the Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover segment, proving the brand’s undeniable strength.

“The entire list of Top 10 Best Resale Value vehicles is dominated this year by trucks, SUVs and crossovers, which is a testament to the strength these categories will carry in the future,” Eric Ibara, director of residual value consulting for Kelley Blue Book, said in a release.

Rounding out KBB.com’s impressive list of winners is the unmistakably cool 2015 Dodge Charger. Aggressively restyled for the 2015 model year, the most successful four-door fastback-styled muscle car on the market boasts unique design elements and enough space for both people and cargo. The Charger scored the top spot on Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards: Full-Size Car list, proving it’s much more than just a pretty fascia.

Kelley Blue Book’s annual KBB.com Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book Official Residual Value Guide, and winners are chosen by talented automotive analysts. The awards recognize vehicles expected to maintain a majority of their original list price five years down the road.

If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon and are still looking for a car you can rely on for years to come, stop by our NH Dodge dealership at your earliest convenience. We’ll get you behind the wheel of a new Jeep or Dodge for a test-drive as soon as possible!