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!

Sep 30

2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition Is Set for Flight This Fall

Jeep Wrangler Dragon

The Jeep Wrangler is constantly being shown in customized guises, but one such model caused such a stir at last year’s Beijing International Automotive Exposition that Jeep has decided to place it into a special-edition production run. Arriving at dealers this fall, the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition nods to Chinese mythology inside and out, donning dragon decals and Black and Bronze Satin Gloss treatments.

Using the Jeep Wrangler Sahara as a base, the black Wrangler Dragon Edition wears a Dark Charcoal dragon decal that stretches from the hood to the driver’s side of the vehicle, as well as a second dragon decal on the black spare tire cover in the rear. Meanwhile, Bronze Satin Gloss accents on the grille slats, headlamp surrounds and Jeep badges help to create an air of royalty. The dragon-inspired black-and-bronze theme carries over to the interior, with bronze bound floor mats, a dragon graphic overlay in the gauge cluster and a Satin Bronze Dragon Scale on the outer bolsters of the heated black Nappa leather seats.

“The Dragon Edition gives discerning Wrangler buyers a way to stand out from fellow owners with its upscale and somewhat mysterious design,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Concord, New Hampshire Jeep dealership Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. “Though fans of Chinese folklore will be particularly attracted to the special-edition model, you don’t have to be a dragon expert to appreciate the sophisticated-yet-stealthy styling and go-anywhere capability.”

For drivers who prefer regular production vehicles, Jeep has added upgrades to its Wrangler lineup for the 2014 model year. A newly available Trail Kit contains two D-rings, a tow strap and gloves, while the Wrangler’s park lamps and turn-signal indicators are now clear instead of amber. Additionally, Sport models are now available with a Uconnect 6.5-inch touchscreen radio with hard-drive storage and SiriusXM Radio, as well as optional 32-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires on semi-gloss black 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels.

The Jeep Wrangler remains very popular at dealerships, with the iconic utility vehicle recording its best-ever August sales last month. Moving 15,825 units in the United States, the Wrangler experienced a 19 percent sales increase in August compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date, nearly 108,000 Wranglers have found new homes, resulting in a 12 percent rise over the same time period in 2012.

“In the past few years, the Wrangler has received both an award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a redesigned interior, and Jeep keeps on refining the vehicle, so it continues to set new sales records,” Duval added. “The modern Jeep Wrangler is as rugged and capable as ever on the outside, but it is now more comfortable, convenient and fuel efficient. Those qualities have helped the model expand its appeal to a broader group of drivers.”

Mar 22

Demand for Jeep Wrangler Spurs 200 New Jobs at Automaker’s Ohio Plant

2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

 

Last year, the Jeep Wrangler received a more powerful and fuel-efficient V6 engine, and it is likely no coincidence that the iconic utility vehicle ended up being produced in higher numbers than ever before. Now Jeep has announced that it will be hiring 200 more workers at the Wrangler’s Toledo, Ohio, plant to keep up with that record demand.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Jeep will add 130 workers starting on April 1 to provide “tag relief” to current employees during the two 10-hour shifts at the Wrangler’s Toledo Supplier Park assembly line. Meanwhile, the addition of a third shift at the facility’s paint shop will require hiring about 70 additional workers. The Toledo Supplier Park manufactured more than 200,000 Wranglers last year and demand remains strong, with the vehicle achieving its best-ever February sales last month, an 8 percent increase compared to the same month last year.

“The Wrangler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar engine not only makes the vehicle faster and more capable than before, but it also saves more cash at the pump, which is a very tempting proposition for U.S. buyers,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Concord, New Hampshire Jeep dealership Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. “Another big factor in the increased demand is the Wrangler’s growing popularity overseas, but in either case, the rapid sales are resulting in more jobs for Americans.”

Jeep hopes that its sales will get an additional boost after it begins production of the all-new Cherokee at its Toledo plant this May. A revival of the popular nameplate that was discontinued after 2001, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee will debut at the New York International Auto Show later this month. Though it was designed as a replacement for the Jeep Liberty compact SUV, the new Cherokee will feature a sleeker, more crossover-like shape.

Recently released photos of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee reveal softer design lines and a unique front fascia, with slanted slots for the LED running lights and turn signals, as well as separate pods for the headlamps positioned below. While Jeep’s recognizable seven-slot grille is still present, it is has been shaped to match the Cherokee’s more contoured style. Aesthetics aside, buyers can expect the new model to be more capable and fuel efficient than the outgoing Liberty, thanks to a 3.2-liter version of Jeep’s Pentastar engine and a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission.

“The new Jeep Cherokee should attract a lot of new buyers to the brand with its modern, streamlined design and impressive gas mileage, but at the same time, it will still live up to the Cherokee name when it comes to capability,” Duval noted. “The new Pentastar engines are allowing the Jeep lineup to meet demands for fuel economy while maintaining the trail-rated genetics of past models, and that is a recipe for solid sales for years to come.”

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!

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!