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!

Sep 26

New Virtual Tour Reveals the Innovation Behind the 2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200The Chrysler Group invested nearly $1 billion to revamp its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Michigan for production of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, and now the automaker wants its customers to see for themselves just how far that money has gone. Featuring Google Maps Business View technology and narrated by SHAP Senior Manager Shawn Jeffers, a new virtual tour covers the expansive birthplace of the redesigned Chrysler 200, capturing everything from the new body shop to the advanced metrology center through 360-degree interactive films and photography.

Viewable at www.chrysler200factory.com, the Chrysler 200 Factory Tour kicks off with an introductory video from Jeffers and then invites viewers to either explore the plant on their own or take a guided tour with 12 videos that showcase key areas of the facility. Those sections include a modern body shop powered by more than 1,000 robots, a streamlined butterfly-assembly process that gradually connects the two sides of the Chrysler 200’s body, a metrology center that ensures impeccable fit and finish, and a highly energy-efficient paint shop. All told, the SHAP relies on 3,260 workers and encompasses 5 million square feet, or the equivalent of 86 football fields.

“Car buyers often have to base their decisions purely on an automaker’s reputation, but the Chrysler 200 Factory Tour gives drivers an up-close look at the cutting-edge technology and meticulous attention to detail that go into the new model’s production,” said Brian Duval, general manager of Bob Mariano Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a New Hampshire Chrysler dealer in Concord. “In fact, buyers will be hard-pressed to find another midsize sedan that is not only built with so much modern equipment, but also offers so many advanced features in the car itself.”

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the first midsize sedan to come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to return up to 36 mpg on the highway with its base 184-horsepower 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 Tigershark four-cylinder engine. For drivers who live in snowy areas, an optional all-wheel-drive system features an industry-first automatic fully disconnecting rear axle, which provides extra confidence during inclement weather and improved fuel economy when only the front wheels require power. Inside the cabin, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is available with either a five-inch or 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen that controls technologies like Bluetooth Streaming Audio and integrated Voice Command.