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!

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety tips

If you have kids or grandkids, you might be helping them make the final touches on their Halloween costumes. For kids, Halloween is one of the best times of the year. Who doesn’t love dressing up in a costume and having people give you buckets full of candy?

But, with all this fun, we can’t forget the safety. Here are a few Halloween safety tips to make sure your trick-or-treaters stay safe:

For Walkers

  • Never dart out into the street. Only cross at corners and use crosswalks.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Add reflective tape or stickers to costumes to make them stand out more.
  • Avoid masks that can obstruct vision—use face paint or makeup instead.

For Drivers

  • Drive slowly in residential areas.
  • Be on constant alert for pedestrians, especially at intersections.
  • Eliminate distractions in your car—turn off the radio, put your phone away.
  • Turn your headlights on earlier than usual so you can spot children from farther away.

At Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep, we wish every a happy, safe, and spooky Halloween!

Ram Trucks and Rolling Stone Country Create Country Music Partnership

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Odds are high that if you love country music, you probably love yourself a good pickup truck, too. Which is why it makes perfect sense for Ram Trucks and Rolling Stone Country to come together to make country music even better.

As part of this partnership, there is a new, daily, hosted video series called the “Ram Report” available online. This series takes a look at some of the biggest country music news of the day and frequently features exclusive interviews with some of country music’s biggest stars.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ram on this exciting program, which marks Rolling Stone’s commitment to country music and our dedication to creating quality video content,” said Gus Wenner, Head of Digital of Wenner Media, in a statement. “We started Rolling Stone Country out of a deep love for the music, and look forward to this collaboration that will reach an audience who are as passionate about their trucks, as they are about their music.”

What kind of content would you like to see from this partnership with Rolling Stone Country? All of us here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge would like to know your thoughts!

How to Find an Oil Leak

how to find an oil leak

If your car is leaking oil, the problem could be minor or major, so it’s important to do some troubleshooting before you decide on your next step. Here are some tips on how to find an oil leak:

Some leaks are easy to fix at home. If your oil line has a leak, for instance, you can repair it with silicone tape. But most products claiming to patch up holes are notoriously unreliable, so if you have a more serious leak you should definitely go straight to a professional, especially if you have multiple leaks.

First, you’ll want to check your oil levels. If it’s low, fill it up with oil and check it every half hour. If it’s draining quickly, you might have a leak in your oil pan. There are all kinds of tricks to spot where a leak is coming from, like dusting talcum powder on the engine or adding fluorescent dye to the oil and using a black light to spot it.

Remember, this is an important thing to fix both for your car and the environment. Oil runoff is harmful and leaves ugly stains in your driveway! Bring your vehicle into Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, and let our service team look it over.

Yes, There Is a 1,000-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat in the Making

How much horsepower is too much? For some, the sky is apparently the limit, because new reports are saying that there is a Dodge Challenger Hellcat well on its way to hit an astounding level of 1,000 horsepower.

At Forza Tuning and Performance, an Indiana-based company of driving enthusiasts, the process of turning a Challenger Hellcat into a 1,000-horsepower-machine is proving to be surprisingly easy, and you can watch videos of their progress on their YouTube channel.

Though 1,000 horsepower does seem shocking, it’s not too surprising that the guys at Forza are going to be able to make it happen. The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the strongest American muscle car of all time, after all.

The real question is: what will they do next? Could they push the Dodge Hellcat to 1,250 horsepower? Only time will tell.

What do you think of a possible 1,000-horsepower Dodge Hellcat? Too much—or not enough? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

College Car Packing Advice to Get You Started Before the Big Trip

College Car Packing

Once you decide exactly what to bring to college and slowly pack it all up, the next great challenge is getting all of it to actually fit inside of your car. It may seem trivial, but a poorly-packed car can actually hinder your safety. To make sure you can bring everything you want with you—and you pack your car safely, here are some college car packing tips to get you started:

  • Before you begin, determine realistically if you’ll need to rent some sort of cargo van or truck, and make reservations for it.
  • Enlist the help of others, and if you must, split into two cars. Don’t cramp yourselves and make the ride unsafe.
  • Fold down as many seats as you can before starting to pack
  • If you’re planning to stay overnight at a hotel during your trip, pack your overnight essentials separately, and put them in the front of the car with you.
  • Trying to keep the weight of the car balanced, slowly begin to pack the vehicle with the heaviest objects on the bottom.

Do you have any other tips? Let Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge know what helps you pack your car.

Redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 Comes with Luxury Look

2015 Chrysler 200 redesign

2015 Chrysler 200

The Chrysler brand has redesigned several of its sedans, making them more marketable and valuable than ever before. One of the vehicles to receive this treatment was the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan, a sports sedan with a new aggressive exterior style and an awesome list of standard features and options that will appeal to even the pickiest consumers.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 redesign shares much of its DNA with that of the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Dart. It includes high-strength steel to give you better driving dynamics, a quieter ride, and a rigid body. The Chrysler 200’s powertrain lives up to the promise of that exterior and body design, too. The V6 engine goes from zero to sixty in just 6.2 seconds.

Of course, you can also opt for a 2.4-liter engine that comes with more fuel efficiency and front-wheel-drive capability, so you always have options when it comes to the powertrain. You can also use the “sport” mode on the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, though, so choosing between the two will probably be a hard thing to do. Learn more about this redesigned sedan at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep!

Jeep Celebrates Canada Day with Life-Size Jeep Wrangler Model Made of Cans

The Chrysler Group donates to charities all over North America, not just here in the United States. We were reminded of that in an especially exciting way recently, when Chrysler celebrated Canada Day with a life-size Jeep Wrangler model built entirely out of cans. It took over 4,500 cans of food to make the model, food that will then be repurposed into meals by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

“This unique Canada Day Canstruction project not only serves as a tool to raise awareness for issues of hunger and poverty in our country, it also demonstrates to the students involved how critical – and fun – subjects like science, technology, engineering and math can be,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “This project also provides a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to a community that has helped drive FCA’s success in Canada. In 2014 and year-to-date, FCA is the top-selling automaker in B.C. It’s fitting too, that the subject of today’s Canstruction is the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the top-selling small SUV in Canada and a great fit for the rugged terrain of British Columbia.”

The “Canstruction” was assembled in just twelve hours, a remarkable feat of engineering. This is the third time that FCA Canada and the FCA Foundation have partnered with Construction Inc. on a project, but this one is special for its charitable focus.

Get Rid Of Your Bad Driving Habits!

bad driving habits

Ever get cut-off in traffic and think, “Oh well.  I’ve made that same mistake before?”  Odds are, no – that’s not a common reaction. However, it is true. We all make mistakes in the car. Admitting we have a problem is the first step towards a solution. The next step is learning what we can do about it. Here are a bad driving habits that you may be guilty of:

Tailgating. A helpful tip to prevent you from tailgating is to remember that in the event that you rear-end someone, you will be faulted for not establishing a healthy clearance.

Territorial Drivers. It’s not YOUR road. We share the road with others. So, when someone is trying to merge, make room if you can.

Inconsistent Speeders. Though you may not care if you oscillate back and forth between 60 and 75 mph, it’s awfully annoying for the drivers behind you. Adaptive cruise control isn’t ubiquitous yet.

Skimmers. These are people who don’t move over a lane when passing a stopped vehicle on the shoulder. Ever try to change a tire when cars are going 80 mph about seven feet from you? It’s terror – abject terror. Get over if you can.

The bottom line in driving, just like in life, is the golden rule.  Treat other drivers how you’d like to be treated and you should fare well on America’s mean streets. We here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge want all of the drivers out there to be safe!

Dodge Viper ACR, The Latest Version Of America’s Most Unique Sports Car

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2015 Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper is just about as crazy as you’d expect it to be. Wired.com’s glowing review describes the latest Dodge Viper ACR as “the best, strongest, fastest version of a machine that is already insanely, impractically capable.”

Each Dodge Viper is hand-built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit by 64 craftsmen. The pace at which they build them is extremely slow compared to mass-produced models.

The current base model of the Viper features a 8.4-liter V10 engine. This ridiculously powerful engine sends power to the wheels by way of a manual transmission. As Wired.com points out, the Viper has never had an automatic. It’s just not that kind of car. In fact, “The car didn’t even get electronic stability control until the government decreed it, in 2012.”

The “ACR” part of the Dodge Viper ACR stands for “American Club Racer,” since the latest version of the Dodge Viper is a throwback. It’s just one way that Dodge is keeping this truly unique sports car alive.