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Capable Small SUV Inspires Action

Renegade. The word is the equivalent of “troublemaker” to some, but to others it just means a person who follows his own path without concern to what the rest of the world thinks. Jeep’s newest addition to its trail-busting lineup has earned the name Renegade, and it’s inspiring creative people all over the world to follow their dreams and create their own adventure. Visit Chapman Dodge Las Vegas to see how this compact SUV can inspire you to follow your own drummer.

Social Media Mavens Turn Followers Into Friends

Craig Hensel, Eric Ward and Ricky Staub are all experienced Instagram users with thousands of followers. They love telling stories with pictures, so it was a natural fit to hook up with Jeep and drive a pair of Renegades from Chicago to Pismo Beach, meeting up with followers along the way. Some of the trip was on freeways, but most was on back roads that offered some stunning photographs of landscapes, night skies and even wildlife. Check out some of the pictures for yourself at

Jeep Follows Adventurers Blazing New Trails

Kayaker Steve Fisher, surfer Kai Lenny and wing suit flyer Rex Pemberton were the perfect choices for Jeep to follow as they met new challenges and showed their Renegade spirit. Pemberton, an experienced wing suit flyer, took the challenge of staying aloft without power to an entirely new level as he attempted to soar from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Follow his adventures here. Kai Lenny’s first name actually means “ocean.” He first started surfing at age 4, and is now a champion in multiple surfing events. Watch as Jeep follows him in his attempt to paddleboard 115 miles in one day from Oahu to Maui. Steve Fisher started kayaking at age 6 in his native South Africa. From insane rapids to more insane waterfalls, there are few waterways that make him think twice. He and his team were the first to attempt to kayak the dangerous waterways of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. See his journey here.

Whatever Your Adventure, Attack it in a Jeep

While the Jeep Wrangler remains the best choice for serious off-road adventures, its new little sibling is quickly becoming a favorite among people who want a daily driver that’s also tough enough for trails. The Renegade is a fun little SUV that comes with cool features like removable roof panels so you can let nature be part of your adventure. Check out the new Renegade and all the latest Jeep models by taking a trip to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Ram Truck
If you are considering purchasing a truck, choosing the right truck is very important. But in order to select the best one, you first must ask the right questions. If you do, you will get a truck that will meet your needs. The following are five of the questions that you should ask.

  1. How Much Truck Do You Need?

The RAM is a versatile truck that offers lots of options. If what you need is a truck to tow ATVs, boats, and trailers, then the light-duty RAM 1500 which combines power with fuel efficiency and great handling is the perfect choice. It offers a class leading 1,900 lb maximum payload and 10,650 pounds of maximum towing. If your goal is to tow construction equipment, heavy commercial loads, RVs, and horse trailers, then you should go with the heavy-duty RAM 2500 or 3500. Both of these trucks lead their class with their ability to handle up to a 7,390 pound payload and tow as much as 31,210 pounds. To see the real-world towing capability of any RAM model, check one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas

  1. What Does Everything Weigh?

Another important factor when choosing a truck is its Gross Combined Vehicle Weight (GCVW). This is a combination of the weight of the truck and its cargo, the passengers, and the trailer and its cargo. Adding these numbers together will give you the GCVW. When you know the GCVW your truck’s powertrain can handle, picking the right truck becomes much easier. RAM trucks have some of the highest GCVW capabilities. This results in better safety, durability, and reliability.

  1. Max Payload Or Max Towing?

The maximum payload, the weight of the driver, passengers, and load on the truck bed, a truck can safely handle is important to know. Knowing the maximum towing capacity of the truck is also crucial. A truck’s engine, transmission, steering, and braking systems can only handle a finite amount of weight. Therefore, the heavier your payload, the lighter the weight your vehicle can safely tow and vice versa. Remember, RAM trucks have great payload and towing capacity, but it’s wise to think of your own wants and needs.

  1. Which Features Affect Towing?

There are several factors which impact your truck’s towing capacity. They include cab size, the number of people it can hold, the length of the box or truck bed, whether you have two wheel or four-wheel drive, the power of the engine, and the type of transmission the truck has. You must decide whether carrying more people, hauling more cargo, or towing more weight is most important when deciding which truck configuration you need. Sometimes you need a combination of all three.

  1. What Axle Ratio Best Suits Your Needs?

Deciding on the right axle ratio requires a trade-off. The higher a truck’s axle ratio the faster it can accelerate and the more towing power it has. The lower the axle ratio the quieter the vehicle will operate and the more efficiently the engine will perform. RAM trucks are available with a wide variety of axle ratios. Once you decide on the balance of engine efficiency and towing power you need, picking the right axle ratio will be easier.

Once you’ve answered the questions about the cab and box size, towing and payload capability, 2 or 4-wheel drive, the type of engine and transmission you need, and the axle ratio you want, picking the right RAM truck will be simple.


2017 Minivan

In January 2016, Chrysler will debut its 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan during the North American International Auto Show. A few months later, the company will reveal its plug-in hybrid version of the minivan. But that move does not spell the death knell for the Dodge Grand Caravan. The company will continue to build this iconic vehicle for the foreseeable future with strong sales in Canada and parts of the U.S. market. By producing both vehicles simultaneously, the company has shown it wants to control the past, present, and future of the minivan.

The company invented the minivan with the release of the Plymouth Voyager in 1983. It continued to dominate the minivan market and lead it in sales until 2007. During that time, it had 12 straight years where it sold over a million minivans. The minivan not only saved the company from financial ruin, it also produced millions in profits annually. But the company is not keeping the Dodge Grand Caravan for nostalgic reasons. The vehicle provides consumers with a lower cost option when they are looking for an automobile large enough to carry lots of people. To see how well it can fit into your lifestyle, check one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

The production of the plug-in version of the 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is a little surprising given Fiat Chrysler Automobile CEO’s reluctance to become involved in producing electric vehicles. Still, this new minivan will test the acceptance of hybrid technology by consumers. This is important because by 2023, most of its vehicles will have alternative powertrains. Plus, committing to produce this new generation of minivans signals Chrysler isn’t ready to abandon a segment of the automotive industry they invented and which is still profitable.

However, developing a new Chrysler Town & Country and not redesigning the Dodge Grand Caravan shows Chrysler is serious about ending duplication among its brands. Instead it will keep producing Dodge Grand Caravan’s current generation as long as the U.S. and Canadian market continues to have a demand for it. The company expects a good reception to the new minivan in both its standard and hybrid versions. How soon the Dodge Grand Caravan is phased out depends on the strength of the demand for the new Town & Country along with the company’s need for production capacity at its Windsor, Canada facility.

Crossovers are currently the U.S.’ most popular vehicle. But Chrysler hasn’t produced a full-size crossover since their Pacifica in 2007. Although the company recently filed an application to renew the trademark on the Pacifica name, they don’t have plans to begin producing it again. Plus the Pacifica lacks the name recognition of the Town & Country.

While SUVs and crossovers are now more popular than minivans, there’s still a market for minivans. Chrysler will continue to fill that need with the Dodge Grand Caravan while working to offer the first with plug-in hybrid minivan. They’re also working on a minivan-based crossover. The new hybrid minivan can be built in the Windsor that produces the current Dodge by just adding a few new stations for the hybrid powertrain and the foot-operated sliding door.

Chrysler spent $2 billion to retool the Windsor minivan plant. It’s also adding and training new workers for its minivan program to preparation to launch the new minivan next year. It doesn’t plan to relinquish the minivan market anytime soon.

Dodge Journey

Dodge has streamlined the lineup of the Journey models the company will be releasing in 2016. The automaker has reduced the number models of the popular Journey it will unleash on the public in 2016 from seven to five. The 2015 Dodge lineup set a number of sales records. The company plans to build on that momentum in 2016 and hope that it can equal or surpass the number of sales they had. All the models of the Journey, Dodge’s versatile crossover, sold well. Now Dodge has narrowed down the field, upgraded the features and is poised to impress.

By reducing the number of models, Dodge was able to put more time, effort, creativity, and testing into the five models of 2016 Dodge Journey that are prepared to hit the market. The lineup is simplified and improved, and both the drivers and passengers will reap the benefits. Those benefits include more comfortable seating with better lumbar support, a roomier interior, premium materials, the option of Three-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, heated leather-trimmed front seats, and even a leather-wrapped shift knob. To see the shift knob, heated steering wheel and the rest of the interior of a Dodge Journey, come to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas to see what all the fuss is about.

The five 2016 models of the Dodge Journey available are the SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus, R/T, SE, and SXT. They’ve all been redesigned to improve safety, performance, and comfort. It’s definitely not the same old Journey. It begins with the entry level, where the AVP has been replaced by the SE model. Plus the SE now has features like keyless entry, push button start, and 17-inch wheels, which is sure to impress anyone who takes a peak at the Journey.

There are two versions of the 2016 Crossroad, both with unique looks. The redesigned Crossroad Plus now boasts an array of standard interior upgrades, including leather seats. The exterior of the Crossroad and Crossroad Plus now have Platinum Chrome accented front and rear fascia, side sills with Platinum Chrome, and Hyper Black 19 inch aluminum wheels. Be prepared for a brand new, more adventurous Journey.

Under the hood, the Crossroad, Crossroad Plus, SE, and SXT get their power from a 16-valve, 2.4-liter, DOHC four-cylinder engine. This power source offers 173 horsepower and a righteous 166 foot-pounds of torque. It’s mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. Together, they deliver a respectable 26 miles per gallon while cruising down the highway. This is standard on all four models.

A strong 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine powers the R/T and all of its brethren with all-wheel drive. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, it dishes out 283 horsepower and a respectable 260 foot-pounds of torque. Together they help the R/T get as much as 25 mpg when it hits the highway. This powertrain is an option on the 2016 Journey Crossroad, Crossroad Plus, and SXT models.

Add innovative new hues, seating for seven, expanded cargo and storage space, loads of technology, improved comfort, performance, safety, and fuel efficiency and the 2016 Dodge Journey’s streamlined offerings are more exciting than ever.


Dodge Viper ACR

The Dodge Viper ACR continues to make its mark on the American automotive landscape. The incredibly powerful vehicle recently put another notch in its belt when it topped the Porsche 918 Spyder in a race at Laguna Seca recently. That marks the 13th track at which the amazing vehicle has set a speed record. With this new lap record, the Dodge Viper has now become the production car that holds more records than any other. That’s right. An American car has consistently driven faster than any other production car in the world. Not once. Not twice. Thirteen times. That’s domination.

The idea for the Dodge Viper was conceived at Chrysler’s innovative Advanced Design Studios in late 1988. But the first edition of this record breaking car did not hit the streets until 1992. In 1999, Dodge unleashed the American Club Racing model or the ACR. An updated model of the ACR was introduced in 2008. This Dodge Viper ACR is a street-legal speed demon that has been breaking records from the start. For more than 20 years, this American-made automobile has been consistently besting cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, and the McLaren P1 at tracks all over the world. To see the raw power of this car or many other Dodge vehicles, check them out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

While previous versions of the Dodge Viper ACR were fast, the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR takes it to a whole new level. This powerful beast has put down lap times at Virginia International Speedway, Road Atlanta, and now Laguna Seca that are faster than the best production cars the French, Germans, or anyone else has to offer. Plus it’s street legal. That means on your way to work tomorrow, you could pull up at the light driving the car that has left other supercars in the dust.

In setting its latest record, the 2016 Dodge Viper took aim at the lap record of 1:29.89 that the Porsche 918 held at Laguna Seca. Randy Pobst climbed aboard the Dodge Viper ACR, which had an Extreme Aero pack, and took off. When the dust cleared, the Viper ACR had blazed past the Laguna Seca record that the Porsche 918 held by an amazing 1.24 seconds, completing the lap in an incredible 1:28.65. FCA’s North American Head of Passenger Car Brands, Tim Kuniskis, said the company had always felt the street-legal 2016 Dodge Viper ACR was the fastest Viper track car they ever produced, but the 13 track records the newest Viper set erased any doubt.

There are reports Dodge will discontinue the Viper line after the 2017 model hits the market. That’s sad news for fans of this great American car. However, even if the line is discontinued, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR’s legacy as one of the fastest cars ever produced has been establish and will be fondly remembered by car enthusiasts for years.