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If you own a Dodge Durango, you have a great vehicle on your hands. With this versatile and well-loved SUV, you can go off-road, merge on the freeway or go on a road trip. But, if you buy a Dodge Durango, you should invest in some accessories. With that in mind, here are five accessories to get with your Durango.

Performance and off-road auxiliary lighting: If you want to take your Dodge Durango out into the desert, you will want to be safe at night, and performance off-road auxiliary lighting will help you stay on the path and avoid going over a cliff. There are many top-notch brands, and it is wise for you to do your own research to see what works for your lifestyle and needs. Once you buy them, you can install them yourself or head to a professional who will make sure that the lights are installed correctly, and you can do so at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Premium chrome door handles: If you want to impress your friends when they get in and out of your Dodge Durango, you can buy some premium chrome door handles. While they don’t make it any faster or better off-roading, it will certainly add to the beauty of your Dodge Durango, and they are very easy to change. This is also an inexpensive accessory, so you won’t have to break the bank to show off your Durango.

Locking gas cap: To prevent people from stealing your gas, you should consider a locking gas cap. With this inexpensive and easy to install accessory, you can watch as it pays for itself in no time. Think about it, if someone steals your gas, or worse yet, damages your tank, you are going to be out a lot of money. But, with this easy-to-install accessory, your fuel is safe from tampering and theft.

Mud flaps: If you live in the desert and love to go off-roading, or if you love to go out to the mountains, you will get mud all over your Dodge Durango. To protect your paint job and give it a cooler and more rugged look, you should install mud flaps. With this accessory, you are going to make sure that your Dodge Durango is protected and looks cool. Easy to install, mud flaps are the ideal accessory for the off-roading fan who wants to make his or her Durango that much better.

Cargo liner mats: When owning a Dodge Durango, you can use it to carry all sorts of stuff. From big bags of dog food to bricks, you can carry it all in your SUV. But, if you want to protect it and ensure that you don’t damage your Durango, you should install cargo liner mats. They only take a few minutes to set up, and then you will go a long way in protecting your Durango, and it’s value.

The Ram is one of the most exciting, tough, stylish, and fun to drive trucks on the road today. Test driving a Ram is one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world. From the time you get in and close the door until you get out, this vehicle will take your breath away. Still, all it takes is a driver’s license, a serious interest in purchasing a Ram, and a visit to your local Dodge dealer to have the experience of your life. However, for the uninitiated, we present a step by step outline of exactly what it takes to properly test drive a Ram. Once you decide you want to test drive one, head down to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Step One

Locate a Dodge dealer near you. Fortunately for most people there’s usually one near where they life or work with an amazing selection of new and used Ram trucks. You can either call them to make an appointment or simply drop in and let the sales staff know you are interested in purchasing a Ram, one of the most durable, versatile, fun to drive vehicles on the road today. They will show you their impressive selection and allow you to choose the one that grabs your interest. Once you have made your choice, get ready for the ride of your life.

Step Two

Take a moment to walk around the truck and check out its exterior. Notice its the scooped hood, the number of air vents, the upgraded aggressive-looking chrome grille, elegant headlights, and front bumper with redesigned fog lamps. Its stylish 7-spoke alloy rims, streamlined, aerodynamic body, and chrome trim are beautiful and functional. Check out its easy-opening, large doors and trailer. They signal there’s lot’s of room for people and things. Plus the body’s made from materials that are both lightweight and durable.

Step Three

Get in the driver’s seat and look around the cabin. Check out the comfortable feel of the seats and steering wheel. Note how roomy the interior looks and feels. Pay attention to how well the dashboard is laid out and that everything is conveniently placed for ease of use. Plus there’s all the connectivity you need. Add great sounding speakers, navigation, and all the other parts of the Ram’s fantastic infotainment system, and both the driver and passengers are sure to be entertained, kept abreast of what’s going on in the world, and amazed by the technologically advanced Ram.

Step Four

This is where the fun really begins. Start the engine and hear all these horses come to life. This vehicle is prepared to go anywhere and handle anything. No matter which of the incredible Ram trucks you test drive, you’re in for the ride of your life. It’s only a test drive so you won’t be able to take it through the muck and mire, but you can still put it through some of its paces without frightening the salesperson. Even after driving a Ram for just a few miles and minutes you’ll know it’s the truck for you.

 

Challenger

Dodge had a great January 2016. Both the Challenger and the Charger posted their best January sales ever. These large, powerful rear-wheel drive vehicles were the prime target for car buyers in January. Chrysler has hinted there would be no upgrades on the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart. Instead they will gradually be replaced by smaller cars Chrysler’s partners will build.

Apparently buyers got the message. Sales of both the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart fell significantly in January 2016 compared to the same time last year. But while sales of the small cars produced by Dodge and Chrysler have gone down, sales all of the larger vehicles in their line-up have skyrocketed. This has led the company to reach a new milestone. For 70 consecutive months Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ year-over-year sales has improved. This may signal that focusing on its large cars, trucks, and SUVs was indeed the right move for the company. To check one out, head to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

What makes the increase in sales of the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger so surprising is that performance-minded rear-wheel drive automobiles models generally do not do well in January. True, there a few Chargers are available with all-wheel drive, but most are rear wheel drive vehicles. Plus, all Dodge Challengers are powered by rear-wheel drive. Traditionally, people in areas where there is ice and snow on the roads in January do not buy rear-wheel drive cars in winter. But buyers bucked that trend and made the Dodge Challenger number one and the Dodge Charger number two in sales among all the cars from the Chrysler Group in January 2016, making big gains over January 2015.

Some suggest the East Coast’s January snowstorm led to lower car sales by other brands. What makes the January 2016 rise in Dodge Challenger sales so surprising is this is it’s second year being offered and it still topped last year’s sales numbers by about 500. Last year, when the Challenger was new, everyone wanted to be the first to own the Hellcat and Scat Pack models. To surpass those sales numbers in year two is a testament to the Challenger’s quality.

In January Dodge sold 5,085 Challengers. That’s the car’s best January since being reintroduced and more than twice as many sales as the Challenger has had in Januarys past. The Charger and Chrysler 200 where the only Chrysler cars that sold more than the Challenger did. January 2016 also saw the best ever January sales for the Dodge Charger sedan. The 9,164 Chargers sold was the most monthly sales for any Chrysler car.

The Ram pickup, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee, and Jeep Grand Cherokee all sold more than the Charger. The impressive sales numbers of the Dodge Challenger and the Chrysler 200 were surpassed by the Jeep Patriot and Renegade, the Dodge Durango, the Dodge Journey and Grand Caravan, and the Chrysler Town & Country. Of the 11 top selling Chrysler vehicles there was 1 truck, 1 car, 2 minivans, and 7 SUVs.

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Has Up to Eight Seats and Great Fuel Economy

Chrysler is helping consumers to change the way they think about the minivan, starting with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The old Town and Country minivan has gone the way of the station wagon. It was a useful people hauler while it lasted, but the term “minivan” turned off people who weren’t quite ready to retire their sporty side. The new Pacifica, arriving at Chapman Chrysler Las Vegas later this spring, is a crossover that not only offers seating for eight, but promises to have best-in-class fuel economy. A hybrid version comes out later this year to provide even greater miles per gallon.

New Pacifica Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler proudly took the wraps off the new Pacifica at the recent Detroit Auto Show, the mecca for auto lovers and industry execs. The Pacifica is much sleeker than the old Town and Country, offering an aerodynamic look and as much sportiness as one could expect in a vehicle this large. The design adapts some of the looks of the popular Chrysler 200, including a rounded nose, hood definition and lower sideview mirrors to allow for a quarter window. The seats are also lower, which provides a feeling of more room for the passengers. There will be several different trim packages, with more expensive models adorned in chrome trim.

Chassis Redesign Lowers Weight, Increases Rigidity

Chrysler engineers really took their pencils to paper to cut out about 200 pounds from the Town and Country. Aluminum sliding doors, a lightweight liftgate and dashboard made out of magnesium all cut out some pounds. The second row of the Stow & Go seat compartments were aligned with heavy duty frame rails to provide a third more rigidity than the Town and Country. That equates to a smoother ride and safer structure for passengers.

Reliable 3.6-liter V6 is Initial Engine Choice

When the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica first arrives at Chapman Chrysler Las Vegas later this spring, you’ll find it equipped with Chrysler’s trusted 3.6-liter Pentastar engine. It will be paired with a nine-speed transmission to offer top fuel economy. Wait until later this year for the plug-in hybrid model to arrive, which does require some design changes. The batteries are in the floor, so that Pacifica will not have Stow & Go seats. Whether or not you plug the vehicle in, you should get gas mileage in the 80 mpge range. “Hybrid is a known technology that people trust,” according to Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge passenger car brands. “If you never plug this in, you’re still going to get a really, really good number.”

Viper

 

To many people the Dodge Viper is the last great American car. True, it had never been a top seller, but for sheer power, handling, and style, the Viper is in a class by itself. Lots of car enthusiasts were heartbroken when it was announced that the last Vipers would be produced in 2017. Now comes news that Fiat Chrysler may revive the Viper. The company’s CEO recently said it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Dodge Viper will be reprised. However, the company did not say exactly when a new model of this iconic sports car would be released.

The mid-engine, rear-wheel drive Viper with its 8.0 or 8.4 liter, V10 engine was first conceived in 1988 and unleashed on the public in 1992. It became something of a cult classic almost immediately. However, although many people loved the sports car, sales were modest. That led the company to slash $15,000 off the price in 2014. When sales did not increase significantly, the decision was made to discontinue the Viper once the 2017 model hits the market. The statement by Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, during the Detroit Auto Show this year that it’s possible the Viper may be re-released sometime in the future, has given Viper lovers hope that the reign of the Viper isn’t over. If you want to see any sports car or Dodge Viper model, check one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

“A new version of the Viper may surface.” Marchionne told the crowd. He went on to explain that within the brand architectural development continues. Automotive insiders point out that the next generation Viper Marchionne is talking about will probably have a Alfa Romeo Giulia inspired rear-wheel drive platform. The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be released in the U.S. soon, ending its long hiatus from the mainstream U.S. market. However, the Giulia will not be released in the States for at least another 6 months.

Lack of interest in pursuing the Chinese market for Alfa Romeos has led to less investment in the line than Fiat Chrysler had indicated not long ago. That delay will have a significant impact on the development and release of a new Viper. Marchionne said there is some uncertainty as to whether the new Viper will replace the current generation immediately or some time in the future. This has led to skepticism in some corners as to whether or not a new Viper will ever be released. Hope springs eternal, but many say they will only believe it when they hear the engine of the new Viper roar and see it blaze down U.S. roads.

Still Marchionne’s statement was somewhat heartening for Viper fans. Gone was the talk of the end of the Viper replaced by talk of a new and improved Viper to come. While the vague timeline for the Viper’s return is a little unsettling for fans of this stylish, powerful beast, any hint of its imminent return is welcome news. At the press conference at the Detroit Auto Show Marchionne seemed to be saying that the beloved American icon will be back.