Detroit is regarded around the world as one of the biggest centers of the auto industry, and this March, you can experience a car show worthy of Detroit’s reputation. The Autorama World of Wheels and Cavalcade of Customs event is touring the United States and will be making its way to Detroit, Michigan on March 2-4.
The Autorama event is prestigious in the custom car community, and enthusiasts from the world over make their way to the festival to show off their work and compete for the Ridler Award. This award is given to the vehicle deemed best in show. From individual cars to large collections, everyone in the custom car community is welcome. There are also activities such as chop-shop demonstrations and autograph sessions throughout the weekend.
When the Autorama World of Wheels event makes its way to Detroit this March, it will be taking place at the Cobo Center. Online tickets aren’t available as of yet, but keep an eye out for ticket prices. Make sure you mark your calendar for March 2-4 so you can make it to this can’t-miss event in the auto world, packed with creative vehicles from all over.
Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Continues to Earn Praise
If you think the minivan segment is slowly fading away, think again. The Chrysler Pacifica just debuted for the 2018 model year, and it has made huge waves in the automobile industry. This minivan sets new standards for its segment, offering thoughtful features like easy to use, flexible seating; an in-cabin vacuum; and intelligent, family-friendly entertainment technology throughout the cabin. The Chrysler Pacifica has even been named “the best” in several award categories.
One category in which the Chrysler Pacifica earned its honorable superlative was when it was called “2018 Best Hybrid Vehicle to Buy” by the The Car Connection. This minivan was the first to come in a hybrid powertrain, making it all the more versatile. The Car Connection also called the Chrysler Pacifica the “2018 Best Minivan to Buy.” Green Car Reports, which focuses on hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient vehicles, called this minivan the “2018 Best Car to Buy.”
At Rochester Hills CDJR, we love to hear that our favorite minivan is also a favorite among many shoppers and reviewers in the American market. Its sales have continued to increase and we expect that buyers will continue to choose the Chrysler Pacifica for its exceptional efficiency, its thoughtful features, and advanced safety and technology.
Winter driving can be stressful for you and hard on your vehicle. With a little preparation, though, there’s no need to let the cold weather slow you down. Here are some ways to properly prepare your car for winter from Rochester Hills CDJR.
Monitor your tires
Cold weather can cause the air in your tires to compress, which leads to deflated tires. Keeping your tires filled with the correct amount of air is crucial to optimal traction and handling. The last thing you want on snowy or icy roads is to lose grip, so keep an eye on your tires all winter long.
Test your Battery
Those cold winter mornings are extra taxing on your car’s battery, so before the weather turns ugly, make sure your battery is fully charged. If it’s not holding a full charge, it’s time to replace it.
Pack an Emergency Kit
It’s important to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle during the winter. If you’re ever stranded in the cold, be prepared by stowing blankets, water, food, and a cell phone charger in your car so you can wait out the elements until help arrives.
This year, skip the stress and be prepared. Take these simple winter car preparation tips and be ready for anything! If your vehicle needs a new battery or tires, stop by Rochester Hills CDJR before the cold rolls in.
There is no denying that a minivan is the ultimate family hauler. Now, with the first-ever Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, families have a new way to combine the versatility they need with the efficiency they want. This innovative model was recently named the Northwest Family Green Car of the Year by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA).
NWAPA members gathered in Portland, Oregon, to test drive 19 energy-efficient and fuel-saving vehicles, including gasoline-electric models, battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and even a hydrogen fuel cell model. The Chrysler Pacific Hybrid impressed the writers with its great range, efficiency, and excellent versatility.
“With its 33-mile electric-only range, the Pacifica Hybrid has plenty of range for most drivers’ daily commutes…” said NWAPA President John Vincent. “Journalists overwhelmingly picked the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the Northwest Family Green Car of the Year, recognizing the first hybrid minivan’s exceptional fuel economy as a groundbreaking way to extend family budgets.”
Along with its fuel-saving powertrain, the Pacifica offers more than 100 available safety and security features, along with an abundance of desirable tech features. Families will especially appreciate the available Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system.
Come experience the next-level of family transportation with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, available now at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
In a move that defies some recent political finger-pointing, Fiat Chrysler has announced a plan to create 700 new jobs in Michigan. The Detroit area factory has shown some signs of dwindling in more recent years. The factory has been producing the Chrysler 200 sedan, which is now being discontinued.
Now, Fiat Chrysler is reworking the factory’s plan, making it a central location for manufacturing the 2018 Ram 1500. It’s thanks to a $4.6 million grant and an $11.4 million tax break that they are able to remake the plant. Not only will the new Michigan plant create 700 new jobs, but it will also preserve current jobs and afford laid-off employees the opportunity to return.
Even as Fiat Chrysler creates 700 new jobs, some onlookers still react skeptically to their decision to move smaller productions to Mexico. Recently Ford has received some criticism for making a similar decision and moving some of its production to Mexico, too. For both Ford and Fiat Chrysler, the goal is to have all of the best-selling, most profitable vehicles made in the USA, with smaller products down south. This will centralize the production of big sellers like Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups in the states, a plan that hopes to boost the economy at each plant location.
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.
Chrysler has long been one of the industry’s most trusted automakers, and now, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has confirmed that status by giving Chrysler the 2016 Brand Image Award, a sought-after title in the automotive world.
The award was designed by KBB.com to “recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the attention and enthusiasm of new-vehicle buyers,” which Chrysler has surely done this past year, with exciting models such as the new Chrysler Pacifica.
To decide which automaker should win the award, annual new-car buyer perception data is evaluated among luxury, non-luxury, and truck shoppers, via KBB.com. Based on this evidence, Chrysler was also named the 2016 Best Car Styling Brand.
Here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, it’s no surprise to us that Chrysler reigns supreme as one of the most-loved brands. To learn more or to check out a Chrysler model for yourself, visit us anytime!