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The 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty

Dodge Ram trucks near Wood RiverAll Star Dodge Dealer, home of a great lineup new and used Dodge Ram trucks near Wood River knows that if you are in the market for a used truck, the 2010 Dodge Ram HD truck is a great choice.  The 2010 Ram has the same proven chassis and frame as the previous generation but with added comfort and capability, and more body options available in 5 trim levels included ST, SLT, TRX, Laramie, and Power Wagon.

The 6.7  turbodiesel engine is the same, “but with a new particulate feature that slashed nitrides of oxygen by 90%; in the pickups, the engine produced 350 hp at 3,000 rpm, and 650 lb-ft of torque at a stunning 1,500 rpm, just off idle (automatic transmission). With the G56 manual transmission, the Cummins put out 350 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque; with the chassis cabs, 305 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque,” according to AllPar News.  The Hemi V8 engine delivers 383 hp and 400 lb/fot of torque on the Ram 2500 model.

Updates include; a new back up camera to help with proper trailer hook ups, a lift assist feature, and standard bedrail protection with the 6’ 4” and 8’ boxes.

Safety features in the 2010 Dodge Ram HD trucks include;

  • Advanced antilock brakes modulated the four brakes individually
  • Auto-reverse windows automatically moved windows down when they hit something on their way up
  • The Ram 3500 has Brake Assist, applying extra brake power when a panic stop was detected
  • Load-limiting retractors with a two-stage system to limit maximum force on the seat belts
  • Steering columns with two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to each other in order to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy-absorption during an impact
  • In an accident, the interior lights were turned on and doors unlocked for rescue people
  • Height adjustable front seat belts
  • New pillars were designed to limit head impact force
  • Power adjustable pedals
  • Ultrasonic rear parking alert with visible and audible warnings

To test drive a new Dodge Ram HD truck, visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton MO today.

2011 Dodge Durango

dodge Ram trucks in MissouriAll Star Dodge Dealer, home of the top selling Dodge Ram truck in Missouri knows that in today’s market the choices are limited if you are shopping for a full size 3 row utility vehicle which offers premium driving performance such as the 2011 Dodge Durango.

Durango is joining the Dodge lineup this year offering a new approach to a crossover SUV.

After a one-year hiatus, the Durango rejoins the Dodge lineup in the fourth quarter of this year, offering a whole new approach to the full-size SUV segment. This dynamic Dodge offers a highly capable suspension and a choice of two engines; the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8.

The new technology in the V8 engine allows it to be powered by four cylinder mode which helps Durango deliver a high level of performance and fuel efficiency.  It also delivers best in class towing of 6,200 lbs. with its V6 engine and 7,400 lbs. with its HEMI engine.

Inside the cabin is the Durango’s high-quality interior with soft-touch materials throughout the cabin, and the vehicle’s three rows of seating can be deployed in as many as 22 different configurations.

The new 30-second television advertisement states; “the SUV is back”, and “long Lost Performance.”

“In all of our advertising campaigns, we look for creative solutions that entertain the audience, capture the essence of each of our individual brands, and showcase our competitive advantages,” said Olivier Francois, Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “With bold and creative treatments characteristic of the Dodge brand, the new ads prove the point that Durango can go head-to-head with the competition and always come out the winner.”

Whether you are shopping for a Dodge Ram or a new Durango, All Star Dodge in Bridgeton MO is the place to go.

Dodge RamBox Receives Automotive Innovation Award

Dodge Ram Trucks near Jerseyville All Star Dodge home of a great lineup of new and used Dodge Ram trucks near Jerseyville is pleased to announce that the RamBox has received an award for ingenuous use of plastics in the automotive industry from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

Chrysler’s all new process of production and innovative design has enabled the RamBox to be enlarged while still meeting stringent guidelines to fit uniformly while being dimensionally accurate.  Weight savings was also attained with the special grade of glass reinforced polypropylene plastic resulting in a 20 percent cost savings.

Chrysler/ Fiat also won an award for its environmental use of DuPont Zytel which is a renewable source of polyamide plastic for biodiesel fuel lines.

The lines are made for Fiat for use in new turbo and Multijet diesel engines used on several Fiat vehicles, including the Fiat 500, Panda, Punto, Lancia Delta, Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta.

This is the first automotive use and the bio-based application of the special material which is 60 percent renewable.

Chrysler Group received 8 awards in all, announced by Consumers Digest.  The Chrysler’s 2012 “Best Buys” are: Chrysler 300, Chrysler Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango, Dodge Grand Caravan, Fiat 500, and Ram 1500.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have so many vehicles named as ‘Best Buys’ by Consumers Digest,” said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President – Quality, Chrysler Group LLC. “We have gone to great lengths to enhance the craftsmanship and quality of all of our vehicles. These awards are evidence that we’re producing cars, trucks, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that customers – and critics – appreciate.”

Annually the publication named Consumer Digest automotive “Best Buys” edition features vehicles deemed high in quality, performance, and great features such as ergonomics, acceleration, fuel economy and more.  Editors selected winners for other reasons as well such as the cost of ownership.

To test drive an award winning new or used Dodge Ram, visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton MO today.

Chrysler Will Introduce 3 New Dodge Ram Models

Dodge Ram truck near St. LouisAll Star Dodge, home of the best selling Dodge Ram truck near St. Louis is pleased to announce that Ram pickup sales are up 26% through the first 3 quarters of 2011 and there are no signs of a slower market in the near future.

Chrysler has now revealed that there will be 3 additional Ram models in its line-up, all designed to meet customers’ expectations.

The new additions include the Power Wagon Laramie, and the power Wagon ST both designed to offer a unique spin on the most capable truck on the market.  Each model offers all the ruggedness offered by the Power Wagon SLT with the Laramie increasing the luxury and comfort features including; leather seats, upgraded audio features, dual-zone air-conditioning, wood-grain-trimmed door panels and dash,. Body colored fender flares and other unique exterior accent, and chrome mirrors, bumpers and grille.

According to All Par; “The Power Wagon ST is off-road performance stripped to its essentials, with a high-value price that makes it perfect for fleet uses that aren’t limited to the pavement—such as fire and emergency services or forestry departments—or just for any driver who wants an easy way into one of the hardest-working trucks in the U.S.”

“When it comes to off-road capability, no other pickup truck compares to the Ram Power Wagon,” said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “Expanding the Power Wagon’s availability to ST and Laramie models is not only what our customers have asked for, but also a true measure of the truck’s success and popularity with truck buyers.”

The all new Ram Power Wagon ST and Laramie are scheduled to arrive in dealer’s showrooms in December, priced from $42,620 for the ST model, and $51,995 for the Laramie.  The Power Wagon SLT is is available for a special sale MSRP of $46,560

Headlight Maintenance for Your Jeep Grand Cherokee

used Jeep Dealer in MissouriAll Star Dodge, new and used Jeep Dealer in Missouri knows that with all of the regular car maintenance required to keep your new Jeep Grand Cherokee in perfect running condition, one area that gets overlooked is headlight maintenance.

When it comes to keeping headlight cleans, its more than just keeping your new or used Jeep looking great, it’s also about safety.  Recent research has revealed that nearly 2,300 pedestrians are killed in the U.S. every year as a result of driver’s poor night vision.

Below are some tips in keeping your headlights maintained and in safe working condition:

  • Give headlights a quick cleaning whenever you see the need to clean your windshield, for example, at regular service center stops. Clean headlights will help prevent glare and improve your ability to see well at night.
  • Make sure your headlights are aimed properly, they can often be knocked out of position by driving off-road in your Cherokee or by driving over potholes. Have your local All Star Dodge service technician check your headlights each time you get your oil changed.
  • Inspect your headlights regularly to make sure they are free of chips, condensation and scratches, which can decrease visibility and contribute to glare during night time driving.

Experts feel that performing regular maintenance on your headlights is as important as rotating your tires on a regular basis.

It’s also important to set up a regular schedule for changing the bulbs in your headlights before they get a chance to burn out, or carry a spare in your glove box so that you can be prepared the minute your old headlight burns out.

Another method of improving visibility is to install high performance replacement headlight bulbs which are whiter, brighter halogen lights.

To test drive a new or used Jeep Grand Cherokee or any other Dodge or Jeep vehicle, visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton MO today.

Jeep Wrangler Investigation is Closed by the NHTSA

used Jeep Dealer in MOAll Star new and used Jeep Dealer located in MO is committed to keeping its loyal customers updated on the latest automotive news, particularly related to Chrysler recalls.

Chrysler is pleased to announce that The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed the preliminary investigation into possible airbag system problems on 2007-2008 Jeep Wranglers.

In May the investigation was initially opened after consumers reported “the air bag warning light being displayed with a higher incidence of problems being reported on right-hand-drive Wranglers,” according to automotive news.

Faulty clockspring wiring in the steering column was found to be the problem.  There were no reports of accidents or injuries related to any of the consumer complaints.

Chrysler performed it own internal investigation which revealed a higher rate of RHD Wrangler failures occurred in Jeep Wrangler’s driven website traffic analyzer
by U.S. Postal Service carriers with rural routes.  The investigation found that the Postal carriers use was “more severe duty cycle than would typically be expected.”

Chrysler agreed to conduct a recall in November 2011 of all 2008 through 2012 model year RHD Jeep Wranglers and an additional 3,000 model year 2009 through 2012 Jeeps which were identified as having a high potential for the problems.  The total number of vehicles recalled is 5,334 Jeep Wranglers.  Chrysler will take care of the cost of replacement for clockspring circuits with an updated version or an improved steering housing according to auto news.

Model year 2007 Jeep Wranglers which have less than 150,000 miles will also be covered by an extended Chrysler warranty.

To test drive a new or pre owned certified Jeep Wrangler or any other Dodge or Jeep vehicle, visit your local Missouri Jeep dealer; All Star Dodge located in Bridgeton Missouri today, you won’t be disappointed!

U.S. Automakers May be Forced to Increase Incentives in 2012

used dodge dealer near Illinois Chrysler Group may soon boost incentives or cut production to lower inventory which is currently at a 31 month high according to Bloomberg News.

“GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. had 80 days supply of cars and light trucks as of Nov. 30” according to a report by Kevin Tynan, Bloomberg analyst. Inventories are considered manageable when in the range of 55 days to 65 days, he said.

“You just don’t want to be out there with so much inventory when a price war starts or it’s going to get ugly,” Tynan said today in a phone interview. “If I’m GM, Ford or Chrysler, I’m trying to get that days supply down” before Japanese automakers’ inventories return to 60 days supply.

Analysts predict that auto sales in the United States may reach 12.7 million this year, the best annual sales numbers since 2008.  According to Bloomberg, sales may increase to 13.5 million next year which will be a rise for the 3rd consecutive year from the 27 year low in 2009 f only 10.4 million units sold.

Japanese automakers’ U.S. inventories fell to 47 days after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami caused a shortage of automotive supplies.  Japanese automakers’ supply has yet to surpass 50 days every since the disaster.  Korean carmakers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. have inventories of only 40 days during that time span according to Bloomberg.

If auto sales slow in early 2012 as Japanese auto supplies are still recovering, Chrysler and other auto dealers may be forced to increase incentives which could negatively impact the 2nd quarter net earnings according to Tynan.

To learn more about new Chrysler incentives available at your local Missouri Dodge Dealer in Bridgeton, visit All Star Dodge today.

 

 

Chrysler Will Build the Next Generation Viper

new Dodge Dealer near St. LouisAll Star new Dodge Dealer near St. Louis is pleased to announce that Chrysler plans to reopen its Detroit plant to get ready for the launch of the all new Dodge Viper for the 2013 model year.

Chrysler Group said that the company has reopened its shuttered Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit to produce the next generation of the SRT Viper sports car; assembly will start late next year.

In July of 2010 the last Viper rolled off the assembly line and production ceased, but the new 2013 model year will be the next generation model according to Chrysler Corporation.

The plant was idled in July 2010 when Viper production ceased. The next-generation Viper will be a 2013 model, according to Chrysler.

Chrysler has recalled as many as 150 auto workers, both hourly as well as salaried employees and the first of those workers have already returned to the plant to begin preparation for re-tooling in order to start production of the new Dodge Viper Chrysler stated.

“We’re extremely excited that our ultimate American sports car will continue to live on and be produced exclusively here in the Motor City,” said Ralph Gilles, president of the SRT brand and motorsports for Chrysler Group.

In 1992 at the New Mack assembly plant Viper began its initial production then transferred operations to the Connor Avenue site in October of 1995.  The Vipers built at that plant were actually hand built via “a low volume modular process,” according to Automotive News.

In 15 years of Vipers initial production at Connor Avenue, auto workers produced approximately 12 cars every day for a total of 22,070 first generation models.

The V10 powered SRT10 Roadster was first introduced in 2003, followed by the SRT10 Coupe in 2005, 28,056 2nd generation Vipers were built before production eventually ceased at the Connor Avenue plant.

To learn more about the new Dodge Viper, visit your local Missouri Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton today.

Dealer’s Obstacle Course is Ready for Jeep Test Drive

Jeep Dealer serving IllinoisAll Star Dodge and Jeep Dealer serving Illinois is pleased to announce that new customers can ride in a Jeep on Ford’s new obstacle course which has hills, rocks, and logs on its quarter mile course.

Any Jeep dealer can explain the features of a Jeep to customers, but now many new Jeep Dealers can actually step outside of the dealership and  take potential new Jeep owners for a test drive over hills, rocks, and logs on a private dirt track.

Ralph Mahalak is a Jeep dealer in Ohio who purchased the obstacle course for his Monroe Dodge Chrysler Dealership.  The quarter mile track has 18 obstacles to be driven over, around and through-including a 25 foot hill, mud pit, rock and log crawls.  It takes 10 minutes to complete the course; potential customers are driven by trained staff members.

Steve Gordin from Highland Michigan actually designed the course; he builds off road courses for Chrysler’s annual camp Jeep events.  The course costs approximately $15,000 to build.

Mahalak Jr states; “The $15,000 course is probably one of the best investments I ever made.””Wrangler customers, Liberty or Grand Cherokee customers — they want to see what a Jeep can do,” Mahalak said. His dealership sold over 200 Jeep Wranglers since January 2010.

Customers are limited to riding in a Wrangler, Liberty, or Jeep Grand Cherokee because those are Chrysler’s vehicles which have transfer cases able to crawl in 4WD low across the obstacles.

There are less than 12 dealerships nationwide which have purchased the obstacle course.

Mahalak stated; “the track has truly been a gift” to the dealership, “it’s probably one of the best investments I ever made, in terms of paying for itself.”

Chrysler’s V6 Pentastar Engine on Ward’s Top 10 List

used Dodge Dealer near Wood RiverAll Star new and used Dodge Dealer near Wood River is pleased to announce that for the 2nd consecutive year, Chrysler Group’s V6 engine was chosen as one of Ward Auto’s top 10 picks.

For the second consecutive year, The editors of Ward’s Automotive have named Chrysler Group’s Pentastar V-6 as one of 2011′s “10 Best Engines. The Pentastar powerplant is available as a standard or optional feature of the Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country; Dodge Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey and Caravan; Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. Ward’s tested the Pentastar in the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Wrangler.

“Every year, Ward’s Automotive recognizes the industry leaders in engine technology,” said Drew Winter, editor at Ward’s Automotive. “Chrysler has successfully demonstrated the breadth of this engine and how it delivers on all fronts including fuel economy, lower emissions and power.”

Even though the Pentastar is one of the few winners that was not equipped with direct injection, according to editors, the Pentastar offered better fuel economy than comparable models with direct-injection V6 powerhouses in the competition. Editors realized up to 25 miles per gallon. The editors stated that the Pentastar delivered “outstanding refinement and power.”

“Since the introduction of the Pentastar V-6 engine just 16 months ago, we have produced more than 900,000 engines for front- and rear- drive passenger cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles,” said Bob Lee, vice president and head of powertrain and electrified propulsion systems engineering, Chrysler group LLC. “We are continuing to look forward at adapting future technologies to the Pentastar V-6 as they become available for even more fuel efficiency and performance.”

To test drive a new Chrysler with an award winning engine, visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton MO today.