Best Summer Activities

Best Summer Activities

You don’t need to spend a lot of money or take a fancy vacation to make the most of your summer! The hottest season of the year, summer is about enjoying yourself and relaxing. Fortunately there are many ways to do so without breaking the bank. We here at Cumberland Chrysler Center have some of the best summer activities to help make this season a memorable one!

  • Food – Set summer out with a bang with a potluck picnic with your friends and family. Simply have everyone bring a dish and kick off the festivities! Summer is a great time for trying new grilling recipes as well. If all else fails, throw a backyard bash for the neighborhood. At the end of the day, it’s all about having fun!
  • Relax – There aren’t many activities that are more relaxing than taking a nap beneath the summer sun. Lay in the grass under a tree or set up a hammock on the porch. String lights to stretch the relaxation into the evening!
  • Exercise – Going for a hike or bike ride is a great way to bond with family and friends. No matter where you are, biking is a viable option and, if you don’t own a bike, go for a walk or hike instead!

Jeep on the Rocks Concert

Jeep on the Rocks

Love Jeep? Love music? Lucky you, both of those things will be combined in the Jeep on the Rocks concert series.

The concerts, presented by iHeartRadio, will take place on October 7th. So, you’ll have a little time to prepare! Tickets are on sale now, though, so grab ‘em while they’re hot!

So, who’s headlining this year? Drumroll, please… Bastille!

This year’s concert series will take place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. It’ll be celebrating the 75th anniversary of not only Jeep, but the Red Rocks brand.

Not only will Bastille headline, but Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will perform, too. Plus, if you’re a Jeep owner, you have some perks! You’ll have special parking in the designated “Jeep Only” parking areas.

“This concert has always been a thrilling evening for the Jeep brand and we look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of both Red Rocks and the Jeep brand this October,” said Steve Yandura, Director of Denver Business Center, FCA US LLC.

You can reserve seats at www.AXS.com to prepare for all the fun!

Road Trip Hacks

Road trip hacks

When you’re embarking on a summer road trip, you want it to be fun, not painful. Here are some road trip hacks to make your trip even more fun.

Start Saving

You’ll want to start saving road trip cash up way before you go. That way, anything you’re spending is what you’ve already set aside for the trip.

Check Your Tires

You want to make sure your tire pressure is just right so that you don’t have to suffer through any flats our blow-outs. Check your owner’s manual for proper PSI so you can adjust your tires before a big trip.

Have a Travel Kit

Make sure you have all the essentials, like a jack, an emergency blanket, maps, a first aid kit, a wrench, and anything else you’ll need for common road emergencies.

Download Some Apps

Download convenience apps like gas apps which tell you where to find the cheapest gas. You can also download any other apps that might help you, like ones that show you where to find food or where police cars are hiding.

Book Hotels in Advance

You’ll get hotels for a much cheaper rate if you book them ahead of time. Look up hotels or motels along your route and call in advance.

New 2017 Ram Off-Road Models: Power Wagon and 2500 4×4

Ram off-road Models

First unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, the new 2017 Ram Power Wagon and Ram 2500 4×4 off-road models are set to hit the market soon. These models are part of the best-selling off-road truck segment in the industry. If you want adventure, check out the new Ram models.

According to FCA, these models also recently appeared at the Overland Expo at Mormon Lake in Arizona. Drawing crowds in the thousands, the Power Wagon and 2500 4×4 were also accompanied by the best-selling Rebel model as well. Under the hood of the Power Wagon is a best-in-class 410-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 and a positive crankcase ventilation system to cool the powertrain.

“The Ram Power Wagon is an off-road, all-access pass, removing the limitations, instilling confidence and allowing owners to reach areas of recreation and lifestyle not attainable with any other pickup,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep and Ram at FCA Global.

The 2500 4×4 Off-road package capitalizes on the already impressive features of the standard 2500. The Off-road package includes Bilstein shock absorbers, a five-link coil rear suspension, off-road tires, an anti-spin differential, and “4×4 OFF ROAD” decals, among other things. If you love the outdoors, you won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the Power Wagon or the 2500 4×4 Off-road.

The Basic Supplies for a Roadside Emergency Kit

roadside emergency kit

Staying prepared is essential for handling emergency situations. That why you should always carry a well-stocked roadside emergency kit. We’ve put together a list of some of the most important supplies to bring in case you get stranded on the side of the road.

According to Edmunds, the most basic roadside emergency kit should have the following items:

  • Jumper cables are essential. These should be portable and high-quality cables, capable of reaching at least 25 feet. You never know when your battery is going to die.
  • Flares or triangle reflectors are great for getting attention. You need to be able to alert drivers to your situation.
  • A first aid kit is great for any medical emergency. Look for one stocked with bandages disinfectant, stitching materials, and more.
  • Spare fluids will work in a pinch. This includes coolant (or a gallon of water that can double as drinking water), oil, and transmission fluid.
  • A basic tool kit with duct tape is also great for emergencies. You may need a screwdriver (both flat and Phillips), a pair of pliers, and an adjustable wrench. Duct tape is great for slowing leaks in an emergency.
  • Batteries and a flashlight are essentials for nighttime. Not only will a flashlight help you see, but it also keeps you calm in scary situations.
  • Finally, always carry Fix-a-Flat or another tire-patching kit. This will work if your spare is missing or flat, though such kits are not meant for long-term repairs.

These are just the basics. Keep your kit well stocked, and be sure to replenish supplies every few months. Make sure batteries work, and always add or remove items depending on your specific situation and driving habits.

Dodge Dart Price Gets Lowered, Loses Entry-Level Trim

Dodge Dart price

Following announcements in January that Fiat Chrysler will gradually phase out the Dodge Dart, a compact car launched in 2012, the brand has also revealed that the final iteration of the vehicle will get a price cut and fewer models, meaning more features will come standard per trim level. The Dodge Dart price cut applies to the Dart’s SXT Sport model, which will become the nameplate’s new entry-level trim after the SE trim is discontinued.

The trend in the auto industry over the past few years has been more in favor of larger vehicles such as SUVs and crossovers, while vehicles in the compact and mid-size car segments have seen a significant decrease in sales. Tim Kuniskis, the head of FCA’s passenger car brands, commented on this phenomenon in a press release, stating, “We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference.”

The 2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport will reportedly be about $1,400 less than the current Dart SXT, at a total base price of $17,995. The standard 160-hp 2.0-liter engine can be paired with either a manual or automatic transmission. There are also three available packages, the Chrome package, the Rallye package, and the Blacktop package, all of which add purely cosmetic changes to the Dodge Dart’s exterior.

The goal in lowering the Dodge Dart price, consolidating several trim levels, and offering distinct exterior packages is to help dealers better meet the expectations of their consumers and boost sales. The original Dart provided too many customization options, which made ordering certain models of the Dodge Dart difficult for dealers, because they weren’t sure which colors, exterior options, trim levels, and packages would appeal to customers.

Jim Gaffigan Stars in Chrysler Pacifica Ad Campaign

Pacifica ad campaign

Minivans, despite falling out of style in recent years, are just as much an emblem of soccer-mom suburbia nowadays as they were during their heydey in the 90s. Now that Chrysler is trying to take advantage of the lack of competitors in the segment with the new Pacifica, the brand is doing its best to broaden the appeal of the minivan to attract a more widespread variety of customers. Their first target? Dads. Jim Gaffigan is the face of the new Chrysler Pacifica ad campaign, which appeals to dads everywhere that minivans aren’t just a mom thing.

Historically, minivans have been stereotyped as being purely associated with women. Most people have a mental image of vans being stuffed full of groceries after a suburban housewife’s grocery shopping spree. However, Gaffigan, creator of TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” spearheads a series of online and TV ads that highlight all the features and functions of the new Chrysler Pacifica — and why “considerate, caring” fathers should put the Pacifica on their must-have list.

Chrysler conceptualized the ad campaign in order to draw attention to the fact that the Pacifica is a minivan for a new generation of parents, a generation in which both parents work and take care of the children equally. Olivier Francois, the chief marketing officer of FCA, says that Gaffigan was chosen because he represents the modern parent.

“He has five children — all five in a 3-12 age range typical of minivan buyers,” said Francois in a press release. “He is married to his business partner wife. They both work full-time. They have an active schedule with their children, and they are always on the go. We were not looking for just a famous face. We were looking for the epitome of the American minivan family, and Jim brings both.”

The Chrysler Pacifica ad campaign insists that minivans aren’t just for mom or for dad — they’re for the modern American family. The idea was to challenge conventions and make a father the proud driver of the Pacifica minivan.