Fiat Chrysler Ending Car Production in U.S.

Fiat Chrysler Ending Car Production in U.S.

If you love Fiat Chrysler, then you might not love this news: Fiat Chrysler will be ending its car production in the U.S. So, what exactly does this mean for the Fiat brand?

Well, the biggest change is that Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. plants will be focusing instead on the production of Rams and Jeeps. The Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart will get less focus and Jeep SUVS will get more.

Don’t worry, though, it doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite Fiat Chrysler automobiles! Production will still take place at plants in Mexico, Canada, and other countries. So, why the change? Well, America loves SUVs and trucks, and the popularity of Jeep and Ram vehicles has been ever-increasing. The choice to use Fiat Chrysler plants for Jeep and Ram production was made in order to increase the output and popularity of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks.

Basically, American production of Jeeps and Rams can offer the company more of a competitive edge than the production of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles because of the growing popularity of SUVS and trucks.

Keep in mind that if you love Chryslers, you can still get them! They just won’t be “made” in the U.S.

Ram 1500 Named 2015 Fleet Truck of the Year

2016 Ram 1500 in front of stadium

Everyone knows that Ram rocks, but it’s still nice to hear.

Automotive Fleet magazine holds a yearly voting process in which its readers – over 20,000 operators and owners of commercial truck fleets in North America – select which truck they like the best. Competition in the segment is always rough, but Automotive Fleet said the votes favored a clear winner by a landslide. The results are in, and this year, the Fleet Truck of the Year title went to the Ram 1500.

The Ram 1500 is no stranger to the honor, either. This is the second time in the past three years the truck has taken home the award. The 1500 succeeded in categories such as application effectiveness, durability, quality, servicing, maintenance, and lifestyle costs. Amazingly, the Ram 1500 was one of forty trucks contending for the award, but managed to pull into the number one spot regardless.

Bob Hegbloom, the head of the Ram Brand of FCA North America, commented on the win, “Receiving an award based on such an experienced audience truly gives Ram Truck more momentum and confirms we are delivering the features most important to business owners.”

Ram enthusiastically accepted the 2015 Fleet Truck of the Year award, happy to receive recognition for their continued commitment to excellence.

Experience the Ram difference for yourself by scheduling a test drive at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram today!

Fighting Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Fatigue Behind the Wheel

Americans are living life at a faster pace than ever before. We are busier, more active, and more committed to our families, jobs, and hobbies than decades past.  In a world that seems to move at warp speed and there is never enough time to get everything done, we survive off less sleep and more coffee.

While we might be accomplishing more while feeling more fulfilled and successful, we might also be putting ourselves and other at serious risk. Fatigue behind the wheel is a serious and growing problem as more Americans find themselves exhausted during their commute. Driving while fatigued can be just as serious as drunk driving by impairing motor skills, cognitive ability, reasoning skills, and vision.

According to, AAA says that fatigued driving may be the cause for up to 11.6 percent of all fatal accidents. According to a survey from DMEautomotive, Americans are fighting fatigue in all the wrong ways. Drinking caffeine, opening windows, blaring loud music, pulling over to exercise and stretch, and turning up the air conditioning are the most common methods of combating the effects of sleep deprivation, but are ineffective.

The only real solution is to pull over and take a nap. The common methods listed above only remedy the problem for a short time. “This survey reveals a big problem: when people get sleepy on the road, too many take measures that simply don’t work,” said Mary Sheridan, director of research and analytics for DMEautomotive, in a release. “Most of us do ineffective things like stopping for that third triple-shot cappuccino or slapping water on our face just to keep going. As drivers, we need to heed our drowsiness and stop to sleep or let a rested person drive.”

If you experience any signs of drowsiness while on the road, make the responsible choice to get off the road. We here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep want all of our friends out there to be safe at all times!