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Chalk up another victory for the incredible Dodge Durango. At the annual Winter Vehicle Driving Event held by the New England Motor Press Association, the 2018 Dodge Durango was voted Official Winter SUV of the Year. It was part of a group of FCA US LLC vehicles that took home more awards at the eighth annual Winter Vehicle Competition than any other automobile manufacturer. The Durango won because of its ability to handle anything the New England weather threw at it, NEMPA president John Paul said.

With seating for seven, the ability to handle roads less traveled and enough engine choices to satisfy any buyer, the Durango was the clearly the right choice for Winter SUV of the Year. The Jeep Grand Cherokee with its 707-horsepower engine, a perennial winner, had a strong showing and blew away the competition. The legendary Jeep Wrangler was also a winner. For NEMPA members, the Ram 1500 with its controlled, comfortable ride, interior rivaling many luxury cars and excellent powertrain choices, was an easy choice. Three words sum up the Ram 1500: capable, comfortable and powerful.  To check out any Dodge, head to Chapman Chrysler Jeep, and you are sure to find what you want.

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Jeep Wrangler also impressed the New England Motor Press Association. The Jeep brand automobiles won the awards for Extreme and Heritage Vehicle, respectively. NEMPAA members gave the 2018 Ram 1500 glowing remarks and the vehicle took home the Pickup Truck segment’s top honors. The members of the NEMPA evaluated a wide array of vehicles from various manufacturers covering many categories. Journalists went through each vehicle at several locations throughout New England in the run up to the day the official testing and scoring took place at the headquarters of the NEMPA in Middleborough, Massachusetts in February.

Founded in 1987, the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA)was created to coordinate the auto industry’s professional media coverage in Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with their 14.5 million citizens and their different demographics and automotive preferences. The media members that make up the NEMPA are workers from network and cable TV, radio, the Internet, as well as regional and national magazines and newspapers.

The world’s eight-largest automaker, based on the total number of annual vehicle sales, FCA US LLC is an international automotive company based in North America in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, sells and distributes several brands of vehicles. They include Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep and Ram, along with the SRT performance designation. FCA also distributes parts and accessories under the Mopar and Alfa Romeo brand. FCA US is built on the historic foundation established by the Chrysler Corporation and F.I.A.T.

Walter P. Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation in 1925. Giovanni Agnelli and a group of pioneering entrepreneurs started Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino in 1899 in Italy. Listed as FCAU on the NYSE and FCS on Mercato Telematico Azionario, FCA US is part of the internationally known family of well-respected automotive companies known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. that produces excellent high-performance vehicles.

 

According to auto industry insiders in the know, the Dodge Ram lineup will soon be expanding. And that expansion to the lineup will come by 2022. Although not many details have been revealed, Dodge is expected to add a new mid-size pickup truck to its popular line. Some say this new pickup could potentially wear the Dakota nameplate when it’s introduced within the next few years. The Dodge Dakota is the last mid-sized truck sold by FCA in the American market. Over the past few years there has been a rise in the sales of pickup trucks and they’re now more popular than ever.

For quite some time the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 have led the U.S. market in vehicle sales. And interest in pickup trucks continues to grow. This trend has even been benefitting sales of mid-size pickups. With sales of the Chevrolet Colorado enjoying much recent growth and Ford planning to reintroduce the popular Ford Ranger model, Ram is the only one of the Big Three pickup truck brands that doesn’t offer consumers a mid-size pickup in their lineup. However, reports from a recent meeting of FCA investors says that is about to change with a official announcement from Ram about the addition of its new mid-size pickup. Whatever truck you are interested, you can check any model out at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge. Whether you are looking for a Ram 1500 or any other Ram, you can find what you are looking for.

According to reliable reports, the new mid-sized Ram will make its debut in the marketplace by 2022. Although Ford’s new Ranger pickup will be revived some time before that, it appears the release of the new mid-size Ram will be right on time to take advantage of the growing interest of consumers in pickup trucks. Beyond the anticipated release date for the new mid-size Ram pickup, the details from FCA about the new truck have been sparse. The company is probably doing that to prevent its competitors from getting information about the specifics of its new mid-size pickup.

However, FCA playing it close to the vest with details about the newest addition to its line of popular Ram pickup trucks hasn’t prevented automotive enthusiasts from making educated guesses about what consumers can expect to see on the new Ram. Many anticipate the new pickup will carry the Dakota name combined with a Ram moniker instead of the traditional Dodge brand name. FCA officially stopped producing the Dodge Dakota in 2011 because truck sales were declining at the time. Before it was discontinued, FCA officially sold the Dakota under the Ram brand.

It’s long been rumored Ram was adding a mid-size pickup to its lineup. But it never materialized. However, with the market for pickup trucks stronger than ever, this would seem like the perfect time for Ram to debut a new mid-size pickup. There was confirmation from FCA on June 1st in Balocco, Italy at their Capital Markets Day, that they intend to develop a new mid-size pickup and release it in the U.S. market as part of their five year plan for the Ram brand. The only question is whether it will carry the Dakota name.

Dodge Will Resurrect The Viper Another Time

 

The Dodge Viper is coming back. Dodge stopped producing the two-seater snake in 2009, restarted production, then stopped again last year. But there has been continued growing demand for the vehicle, so insiders at Car and Driver say Dodge will restart production of the popular Viper sometime between 2020 and 2021. They say the new Viper will have several differences from the previous models. While it will retain the mid-front engine layout, the rear-wheel drive will be in a new spaceframe. They predict the 10 cylinder engine will be replaced by a next-gen aluminum-block, naturally-aspirated, 550 horsepower Hemi V8 that Chrysler recently developed.

The use of lots of aluminum and carbon fiber will reduce the weight of the next Dodge Viper significantly, the experts at Car and Driver say. SRT will gin up the horsepower in several trims and eventually add the option of getting a 700 horsepower engine. They expect the company to initially offer the redesigned Viper as a convertible and add a hardtop model a few years later. With the company’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant now repurposed, insiders anticipate the new Viper will be built by Prefix Corporation in Michigan. That’s the company that built the fifth generation Medusa Viper convertible and Viper Tanga.

Some anticipate the Detroit Auto Show in 2019 will feature a concept car that’s a tribute to the original Viper. Production beginning on the new model in late 2020 to be released in 2021. Plus, the new vehicle won’t be called the Viper some say. According to Allpar forums, the new vehicle will be similar to the Alfa Romero 6C/8C and the Maserati Alfieri. 5thGenRam forums anticipate two new Ram Rebel trucks getting 7.0 liter Banshee V8s and 6.2 liter Hellcat engines currently under development. The 10 cylinder, 8.0 liter engine in the original Viper were developed for Ram trucks, so some postulate the new Viper could have one of those engines.

Any one of these predictions for the powertrain of the next Viper could be accurate. The connection between Dodge and Alfa Romero go back many years. In 2010, when Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, previewed the fifth-generation Viper, many dealers said while it had a Viper face, it closely resembled the Alfa Romero 8C Competizionne. And there is no denying the connection between Ram truck engines and the powertrain of the original Dodge Viper.

If you are one of the people that lamented the end of the production of the Dodge Viper, do not despair. Lots of automotive experts with inside connections are saying that within the next three to five years Chrysler will once again begin producing this popular automobile. Most agree that there will be some changes to the engine powering the vehicle and it will look somewhat different. But the essence of what made the Dodge Viper a classic will live on in the next generation of this stylish, powerful automobile. Dodge Viper lovers, fear not. You will soon see a new version in the showrooms. In the meantime, you can check out any Dodge car or truck at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge.

 

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a 475-horsepower, high-performance, 3-row family vehicle with the heart of a muscle car. While it may appear big and heavy at first glance, its adaptive suspension, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine and rear-biased all-wheel-drive system makes it feel and handle smoothly and deliver functional ass-kickery. This 17-foot long three-row crossover is rolling American thunder that goes from 0 to 60 in a skimpy 4.4 seconds. It also covers the quarter mile in an NHRA-certified 12.9-seconds.

The new Durango SRT has the same powerplant the Charger and Challenger has on several trims. It also sounds the same and its 475 horsepower engine delivers 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s perfect for the towing and hauling SUV owners do. At low speed, there’s little noise or vibration. Stomp on the gas and its growl lets people know there’s a beast under your hood. The Durango SRT’s towing capacity of 8,700 pounds is attention-grabbing. Plus, its cargo space of 47.7 cubic feet is impressive and can hold lots of stuff. If you head down to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas, you can see how much room a Durango SRT offers.

The interior of the 2018 Durango SRT is also impressive. Even if you don’t opt for the red leather interior and soft-touch surfaces in the higher trims, you can still get the captain’s chairs, front row seats with flip-up screens in the back and UConnect, one of the automotive industry’s best OEM infotainment systems. Plus, the Durango SRT is an SUV that handles great and is a pleasure to drive. Its well-insulated cabin is quiet and comfortable. Even though it weighs almost three tons, it corners surprisingly well and with six-piston caliper on the front end from its beefy Brembo brakes, its stopping power boosts the driver’s confidence.

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a three-row crossover with launch control, several driving modes, magnetic ride shocks, low-profile tires and an optional Trailer Tow package. It’s a performance SUV that gets high marks for comfort, luxury and hauling things and people. When it comes to curb appeal, this vehicle has that ‘Wow!’ factor. It has unibody construction, a tight chassis, a third row of seats and incredible towing capacity. It’s a 5,510 pound anti-minivan with loads of power, a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and a top speed of 155 mph.

Fold down the second and third row seat and the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT has 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s enough room to hold just about anything you need to carry. Fold the seats back up and your entire family can fit comfortably in the vehicle and enjoy a relaxing ride no matter the distance you have to travel. The 2018 Dodge Durango is the type of vehicle both parents and children of any age would feel proud to show up in because of the way it looks and the powerful sound of the engine. If you’re looking for the ideal family vehicle, one large and powerful enough for all the people and things you need to carry, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is the perfect choice.

 

The Dodge Challenger was first released in 2008 as the “new” muscle car for Dodge. The sleek car, powered with a Hemi engine, was quickly a best seller, and demand continued to rise for the car each and every month. Now, 10 years after its release and with only one “upgrade” to its credit, the Dodge Challenger remains one of the hottest selling muscle cars on the market today.

Muscle cars are changed every few years to keep the interest of buyers, Mustang, Camaro and even Corvettes release new body styles and major changes every few years to spark interest for buyers and entice current owners to upgrade to the newer model. On averag,e these cars see major changes take place every three or four years.

The Challenger, however, has only had one upgrade in 2015, seven years after its initial release. The upgrade fine-tuned all the amenities that Challenger already offered and really didn’t change the body style. Yet it was a success. Challenger sales increased that year as well and have continued to outpace other muscle cars on the market. No matter what type of Dodge Challenger you want, you can take one for a test drive at Las Vegas Dodge.

So why is the Dodge Challenger outperforming other muscle cars in sales? There are three really good reasons.

Raw Hemi Power

The Dodge Challenger offers four different V8 engines. Two of these engines offer more horsepower than any other muscle car on the market. The Challenger gives buyers a choice of the Hemi Demon 840 horsepower engine, the Hellcat 707 horsepower engine, as well as the Hemi 485 and 375 horsepower engines. For those who do not want the raw power of a V8, Challenger also offers a V6 model.

In comparison, the Mustang offers two V8 engines at 526 and 450 horsepower. Chevy also only offers two V8 engines that are 455 and 650 horsepower.

The Hemi engine has the ability to draw people that are seeking very powerful engines, those who are not loyal to any specific brand and those who are loyal only to Hemi. The engine is perhaps the top reason for the success of Challenger.

Trim Options

It is not unusual for a car to offer 10 or 11 variations to encourage more people to become interested in their product. The Mustang, for example currently offers 6 coupe and 4 convertible variations and Camaro offers 6 coupe and 5 convertible variations. The Dodge Challenger, however, offers 16 variations of its coupe style. The Challenger does not offer a convertible version.

While this may seem like a ridiculous amount of variations, Dodge has mastered being able to attract a larger variety of buyers by literally making something available for everyone. Buyers can go in and really buy the car of their dreams without having to settle for more or less than what they really wanted. This availability of choice is a real attraction to many buyers.

The 2015 Upgrade Was A Success

When Dodge refreshed the Challenger in 2015, the upgrades they made were fabulous. Not only did they add two more types of engines to the choice package, but they also improved the appearance of the car by adding LED taillights, projection headlights, while retaining the lines that gave the body its distinct appearance.

The upgrade also improved the comfort level within the car while still having a very muscle car appearance. Buyers absolutely loved the upgrades and sales have continued to improve since the upgrades and have not stopped since.