Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ram 1500 First Truck to Win Back to Back Truck of the Year Honors

The 2014 Ram 1500 wins Motor Trend magazine Truck of the Year award for the second year in a row.  The magazine says it offers all the things truck buyers want: choice, value, great design, and more than enough power and torque.

This was the first time any truck has won the award two years in a row.  The 2013 Ram 1500 won the title last year.  Motor Trend’s Editor-In-Chief Ed Loh said, “Not only did the Ram 1500 withstand our rigorous testing, it thoroughly impressed our judges with its vast array of standard and optional equipment, and, most notable, its fuel efficient, segment exclusive EcoDiesel V6.  With 420 pound feet of torque and up to 28 ‘Real MPG’ highway, the EcoDiesel is a true game-changer.”

 USA Today said The Ram stood apart because of “its new diesel engine and eight-speed transmission, which easily topped the other models in fuel economy.”

When put through the tests, Ram won due to its ample torque and excellent fuel economy.   The judges were also impressed with the air suspension and its sense of style and luxury.

This years’ competition featured a total of nine different trucks.  The winner was determined by a panel of judges after running the vehicles through a grueling series of tests at the 5,000 acre Continental Tire Automotive Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas.

Come see this record setting truck that made history for yourself at Monroeville Dodge 3633 William Penn Highway Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Friday, December 13, 2013

2014 Dodge Durango is Set Apart says “In styling and connected tech, the 2014 Dodge Durango shows what the future holds for SUVs.  That is impressive.  It is one thing to keep up with the technology of your peers but when you have experts and critics raving about what you have done and saying that your technology is the future for your market segment, you have done something special.  With its improved fuel efficiency and economy, the Durango is singlehandedly saving the SUV car segment by showing that all SUV’s are not gas guzzling vehicles but can evolve into a modern connected vehicle.

The latest installment of the popular SUV continues to impress as a stylishly designed, modern vehicle.  The Exterior is sleek with an interior that is refined class with a nice balance of maximum functionality without feeling crowded or busy.  It has the versatility and functionality of a crossover yet the power and performance of an SUV.

The editors of Auto Week magazine says, “The Durango R/T represents an excellent compromise between the practical needs of a family of four (or six or seven) and the irrational needs of a performance enthusiast.  The lower, darker and meaner appearance of the Durango definitely shows an upgrade in character.

The Tampa Bay Times say that the Durango is a stylish and comfortable large SUV.  “Whether you need to haul the family or your recreational toys, it’s up to the task, and to offers enough trim levels to satisfy most tastes and budgets.”  

Come see what has critics and customers raving and test drive one for yourself at Monroeville Dodge 3633 William Penn Highway Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ron Burgundy and Dodge Durango

Most people know Ron Burgundy as the news anchor on Anchorman. However, with Dodge’s new ad campaign, Ron Burgundy may consider a career as a Dodge salesman. In the first month of the campaign, which began in early October, Dodge Durango sales increased by 59%. YouTube videos of Ron Burgundy and the Dodge Durango have received well over seven million views, urging people to check out the new SUV, and they like what they see.

To go along with the new funny ad campaign, the Durango has also received a new look and content for the 2014 model. The height of the grille has been shaved down, the headlights are now sleeker and LED running lamps have been added.

Chrysler’s V-8 is back with the 360-hp, 5.7 liter Hemi. To keep up with the fuel regulations, the 5.7 V-8 keeps its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation system that idles four cylinders when cruising under a light load. It is estimated that the new changes will improve the estimated EPA highway from 20 to 22-23 mpg depending on the driveline.

All new with the 2014 engine is the Eco mode that gives it an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway. With the Durango’s 24.6 gallon fuel tank, you could go 600 miles between fill-ups.

The Durango remains a stylish yet powerful truck with available V-8 power, plenty of towing ability and new fuel-economy technology. Whether or not Ron Burgundy or the new features have increased the sales, the results are the same: the 2014 Dodge Durango cannot be ignored.

To see the amazing new Durango visit Monroeville Dodge at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Pennsylvania or give us a call at 412-856-1700.  Our dedicated sales team looks forward to helping find you the perfect new or used vehicle!

Happy Birthday to Leanne Powers from Ronald Mcclelland and everyone at Monroeville Dodge! #BDay

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

2014 Ram 1500 Wins Motor Trend Truck of the Year

Impressive, stunning, a leap forward, the best truck in history, are all ways you could describe the 2014 Ram 1500.  Or you could simply sum it up the way the experts at Motor Trend did; the 2014 Ram 1500 is the 2014 Truck of the Year.

The announcement was made at the Chrysler Group LLC Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, the birthplace of Ram Trucks.  The Ram went in head to head with eight other Truck of the Year contenders.  All of the trucks were put through an extensive battery of testing designed to evaluate virtually every aspect of each vehicle.  

Other contenders included the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra and the GMC Sierra, all of whom came up embarrassingly short of the game-changing Ram.  Testing was held at the Continental Tire Automotive Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas where judges tested each truck’s performance in speed, handling, towing and payload capacity, and road looping.

The votes cast were overwhelmingly supportive of the Ram, crowning the 2014 Ram 1500 as the Motor Trend Truck of the Year, making Ram the first truck to ever win the coveted award in consecutive back-to-back years.

The 2014 Truck of the Year was chosen by how the Ram 1500 held up to the following criteria: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function.  The judges were impressed with the performance of the Ram 1500’s all-new EcoDiesel V-6 engine and its eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, a combination that boasts a towing capacity of up to 9,200 pounds.  Furthermore, Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing supported what the team learned in Uvalde: None of the gas-powered half-ton trucks in this year’s competition – be they V-6 or V-8, 4x2 or 4x4 – could match the EcoDiesel’s mileage.

"For 2014 we had a large and highly competitive field of contenders for Motor Trend's Truck of the Year," said Edward Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. "At the end of the day, though, the Ram 1500 quickly rose to the top. Not only did it withstand our rigorous testing, it thoroughly impressed our judges with its vast array of standard and optional equipment, and, most notable, its fuel-efficient, segment-exclusive EcoDiesel V-6. With 420 lb-ft of torque and up to 28 'Real MPG' highway, the EcoDiesel is a true game-changer. In fact it helped make Ram 1500 the Motor Trend 2014 Truck of the Year – and the only consecutive winner in the history of the award."

Ram Trucks continue to rack up award after award and are truly a sight to behold.  Come experience the 2014 Truck of the Year today at Monroeville Dodge.  Visit our showroom at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Pennsylvania or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2014 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel Gets Incredible Gas Mileage

The 2014 Ram 1500 pickup is not your typical diesel.  This powerful yet efficient truck has the Eco Diesel engine that gets 28-mpg-plus highway gas mileage.
Getting close to an EPA-rated 20 mpg combined for a light-duty truck is considered pretty good.  That is whyat is so impressive about this truck’s fuel economy.

 It is also much quieter than that of yesteryear.  Gone is the engine noise of your typical diesel.  It has huge torque reserves yet a lighter front end.  This makes the truck smooth while also being quiet and nimble.
The Eco Diesel is the key.  It has 420 pound-feet of torque, and with an eight speed automatic transmission, it gives you 9200 pounds of towing capacity.  

The Eco Diesel proved its worth in three days of hard testing, where its average fuel economy was more than double that of some of the other competitors.  The engines robust 420 lb-ft of torque proved well towing a trailer and hauling a payload without incident. This trucks abundant midrange torque made for relaxed high-speed cruising loaded and unloaded, and highway-speed passing was confident and done with ease.

With this edition of the Ram 1500 you get luxury and performance.  That’s a combination that is hard to beat.  Come test drive yours today at Monroeville Dodge at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dodge Scat Packages and Mopar Team Up To Impress at SEMA

SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association.  It is a show that is held every year in Las Vegas.  Dodge revealed its’ Scat Package Stage Kits at the show this year.  These kits enhance the performance of the Charger and Challenger that have the 5.7 liter V8 and the Dart with the turbocharged 2.4 liter inline four cylinder engine.  They use Mopar performance parts to increase engine output.

Stage one comes with a cold air intake and cat black exhaust.  Stage two is a high performance camshaft.  Stage three is ported polished cylinder heads and performance headers.  These are all focused on increasing the power ratings and each stage comes with a unique engine management calibration to optimize the output.

The Dart upgrade is a little different.  They focus on engine, transmission, chassis and brake upgrades.  Stage one is cold air intake, short-throw shifter and slotted rotors with performance brake pads.  Stage two is a cat back exhaust system and an engine management calibration.  Stage three adds 13 inch vented brake discs in the front with four piston calipers, suspension with adjustable springs and struts and performance front and rear antiroll bars.

The critics feel that a stage three dart is a nice round package and would be a lot of fun on an autocross course, race track or twisty back road.  

For more information on the Scat Pack upgrades, come by Monroeville Dodge 3633 William Penn Highway Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Monroeville Dodge Has the New 2014 Dodge RAM

Are you in the market for a great truck that is dependable and affordable? Look no further than the new 2014 Dodge Ram.

What does it look like?

Stylish and practical are understatements when it comes to this truck. The award winning 2014 Dodge Ram is at the top of its class and comes with amazing additions. With its overall appearance and performance, this truck will not disappoint. With a stylish interior, and comfortable seating, the new 2014 Dodge Ram is continuing the legacy left by the 2013 Dodge Ram, with it’s record setting awards winning Electric motor Style’s Truck of the Yr, North American Vehicle of the Yr, and Vehicle of Texas. This truck is truly at the top of it’s class. With leather seating available and a stylish dash, this is enough to make anyone fall in love with its overall appearance.
How does it perform?

Offered in a fuel-efficient 3.6L V6 model that has 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while achieving 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, this 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 V6 model is a real choice for the everyday city driver who likes to go adventuring on the weekends. 

Another choice is the V8 automatic HEMI 8-speed with fuel-saver technology. This model is one that gets 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, while having 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft torque.  With that type of power and fuel efficiency, this truck is at the top of its class. 

So, whether you are looking for a comfortable option for driving to work, or planning on putting your truck through all kinds of difficult challenges, the versatility of the Dodge Ram will meet any need you have. 

Currently the 2014 truck of Texas, more people are jumping on board with the Dodge Ram and loving it, and why not? This is a truck that can handle any job you throw at it, while not costing you an arm and a leg with current gas prices. With so many choices for trucks in Texas, the Dodge Ram stands alone at the top. So, no matter how difficult the job, the 2014 Dodge Ram is the truck for you. 
Where to find it?

There’s no better place to see this amazing vehicle than at Monroeville Dodge.  Visit our showroom at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Pennsylvania or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

100 Years of Dodge

Next year will mark the 100 year anniversary for Dodge.  That’s right, in 1914 John and Horace Dodge built the first Dodge automobile and they knew they were onto something special.  Dodge quickly became synonymous with hard work, passion and ingenious engineering.  But just because they have been around for a century doesn’t mean it is an “old” car company.  Dodge is one of the youngest and fastest growing car companies in the country. This year alone sales are up 38% through the month of October.

To commemorate this milestone, Dodge has unveiled the first of their Special-Edition vehicles.  They are the 2014 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger.  It is quite possible they chose these two models because they hold a prominent place in the automakers past.

They will come with 20 inch polished five spoke wheels with dark contrasting Granite Crystal-colored pockets and center caps with a “100” emblem.  They will have a special High Octane Red paint which is exclusive to the special editions, but will also be available in Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory, Phantom Black, and Header Orange.  The front fenders will have a badge emblazoned with “Dodge Est. 1914” and the grilles will share the same color scheme as the wheels.

The interior is more of the same.  It will be have either Molten Red pictured above or Foundry Black Nappa leather with custom cloud overprint.  Leather wrapped surfaces are stitched together with brass colored stitching.  It will also have a die-cast “Dodge Est. 1914” circular badge on the front seatbacks and the floor mats will have an embroidered anniversary Logo.  These vehicles will also come with customized owners’ kits including a commemorative book chronicling 100 years of Dodge History.

For more information on these cars and to find out the secret to the longevity of Dodge, come by Monroeville Dodge at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

You Stay Classy Dodge Durango

One look at the new Dodge commercials starring Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy and you won’t know what to do first, drive a new Durango or go see Anchorman 2.  Since the new Anchorman movie isn’t out until December however, that makes the choice a little easier.
So far Dodge has unveiled nine of the over 70 videos they shot with the help from the crew at Funny or Die.  Will Ferrell began the shoot with 30 scripts, but after many hours of adlibbing and two days of shooting the end result was around 70 different videos.
The new 2014 Dodge Durango is all-new with a completely redesigned sleek and sporty exterior.   The standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 packs an impressive 290-horsepower and provides an amazing drive experience.  It’s turning everyone’s heads and now is the perfect time to see what everyone is raving about.

Test drive the new Durango today at Monroeville Dodge located at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Pennsylvania or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Muscle Car is Alive and Well

The SEMA Show is in full swing in Las Vegas this week and the Chrysler group is set to revive a couple of favorites from the muscle car’s heyday.

A range of Dodge cars and trucks will feature Scat Pack performance upgrades or Shaker hoods.  The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show features hundreds of tuners who customize vehicles’ looks and performance and is the biggest event of the year for Chrysler’s Mopar parts division.
Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier stated that they’re putting more emphasis on customization.  That emphasis includes three different “Scat Pack” performance packages for the Dodge Charger sport sedan, Challenger coupe and Dart compact sedan.  Dodge last sold Scat Package performance kits for its cars from 1968-1971.

The three new kits offer specially programmed engine control units, new air intake and exhaust, even performance camshafts and cylinder heads.  Scat Pack performance kits go on sale in spring 2014 and each of the three packages will have its own badge.

Dodge will also be building 2,000 Challengers with Shaker hoods that allow the top of the engine to stick up out of the hood, so the engine can be seen shaking as it revs its Hemi awesomeness.  The Hemi Shaker package will include performance tires, modified stability control, upgrades to steering, brakes and suspension and can be combined with any of the Scat Packs.

Yes the Muscle Car is alive and well at Monroeville Dodge.  Visit us today at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Pennsylvania or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Need to Tow, Better have the 2014 Dodge Durango

It starts off with the eight speed automatic transmission which is a significant upgrade from the 5 speed.  Adding those extra gears completely transforms the way the vehicle tows according to Consumer Reports.

Also added was the use of the Uconnect touch-screen system.  

It still has a HEMI engine which now utilizes more of its power since the transmission can keep up.  Even when towing a trailer uphill it will seem completely effortless.  The changes in gears are very smooth and silky.

 If you don’t already have one, when you test drive this vehicle, you will want to go buy something to pull.  Check out this towing beast at Monroeville Dodge 3633 William Penn Highway Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ron Burgundy Loves the 2014 Dodge Durango

Is it a skit from Saturday Night Live, a commercial for “Anchorman 2” or an advertisement for the new 2014 Dodge Durango.  Well, I guess you could say it is a combination of all three.
Chrysler partnered with Paramount to have Will Ferrell do commercial ads for their 2014 Dodge Durango as the character Ron Burgundy to promote “Anchorman 2”.  They gave him the free hand to write and produce 3 – 6 commercial spots for the Durango.  He had so much fun with it, he did 70.  Of course most of them will not air and several were to risqué but it shows how much material a quick witted comedian with Ferrell’s ability was able to find with this impressive vehicle.
Here is a clip of an entire commercial he did on the glove compartment where at the end he states that it does come standard with the vehicle.

Come see what Ron Burgundy with his perfect hair loves about the Dodge Durango at Monroeville Dodge.  Visit our showroom at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Pennsylvania or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Check Out the New 2014 Dodge Durango

The appearances of the all-new 2014 Dodge Durango are nothing short of magnificent.  The front offers a menacing look with all new LED daytime running lights as well as a newly designed grille.  The exterior took the racetrack style taillights that are also shared with the Charger and Dart.  The rear taillights has 192 LED lights.
The inside was quite a change as well.  Behind the steering wheel there is a 7” full color vehicle display with instrument panel.  The stereo/navigation screen is an impressive 8.5” to easily maneuver the GPS and stereo system.  It also has a shifting knob on the center console which is usually reserved for high end luxury cars instead of the traditional lever.  In the rear it now features separate video screens on the seat backs instead of the flip down system of the past.
It has definitely raised the bar in several areas.  With increased performance and technology, yet not skimping on style, it is going to be hard to beat the 2014 Durango.

For an exhilarating experience come test drive the 2014 Dodge Durango at Monroeville Dodge at 3633 William Penn Highway, Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!