Spring Festival of LXs Kicks off at Beach Burgers in Huntington Beach, CA

2014 Dodge Charger Super Bee - Chicago Auto ShowOriginally organized nine years ago for owners and enthusiasts of the modern Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and SRT vehicles, the Spring Festival of LXs kicked off an impressive celebration of LX platform vehicles earlier this month in Huntington Beach, CA. This year, the event started with a cruise-in at Beach Burgers, a local restaurant that is a favorite among long-time members of the club.

At this even, all enthusiasts were welcomed, with a special focus on LX platform vehicles from Chrysler. These vehicles are all large, rear- or all-wheel drive models and include the Dodge Charger, Challenger, Chrysler 300, and SRT versions. A good portion of these vehicles have been extensively modified, showing the pride that owners take in their vehicles.

Check out the video below or get into your own LX platform vehicle here at Cumberland Chrysler in Cookeville, TN today!

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2014 Chrysler 300S Offers the Best Features in Its Class

Chrysler’s 2014 300S flagship sedan has so many new features; we don’t know where to begin as we try to describe them all. However, we’ll give it our best shot.

Let’s start with the color. In a style true to “Imported From Detroit,” the 300S is available with Ambassador Blue leather seating with silver stitching.

The sedan also alludes to its mysterious side. The Black Chrome grille and the Gloss Black painted roof and tail and headlamp bezels enhanced the vehicle’s “blacked-out” look.

Al Gardner, Chrysler Group’s president and CEO, said, “the new Chrysler 300S redefines ‘S’ for ‘Stance,’ with an even more imposing presence.”

Chrysler 300 Interior

Inside, the 300S sports the best sound system previously only heard through your headphones and in the limited Chrysler 300 Motown edition. The 2014 model incorporates the Beats by Dr. Dre audio system along with the award-wining Uconnect infotainment system.

The 2014 300S boasts additional features no other sedan in its segment can claim. The model yields best-in-class fuel economy earning up to 27 mg on the highway with its exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission and its unprecedented all-wheel-drive technology.

We were only able to name some of the new Chrysler 300S’s features, but you’ll definitely want to check back at Cumberland Chrysler to get a closer look for yourself. The 300S is en route to our showroom as we write!

2013 Chrysler 300 AWD

2013 Chrysler 300S AWDYou may be the sort of driver who enjoys a spacious, luxurious, and powerful sedan for cruising about the highway, but what are you supposed to do when the weather turns nasty? The 2013 Chrysler 300 sedan with adaptive AWD is the perfect answer to all your driving needs.

The 2013 Chrysler 300 is not only one of the most comfortable, spacious, and stylish full-size sedans on the road, it has plenty of power with a sport tuned 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and plenty of grip with the available AWD model. The advanced all-wheel drive system does all of the work automatically, putting anywhere up to 38% of the power to the front wheels for improved bad-weather handling. Unlike most AWD vehicles, the 300 features a “rear-biased” torque split meaning that the sporty and athletic nature of this large sedan is preserved. In good conditions, AWD is disengaged for a fully RWD experience. The system will automatically engage when slippage or low temperatures are detected or when the windshield wipers are in continuous usage.

The sedan is no slob either. Even with a powerful, 300 horsepower V6 and an AWD system, which normally drains MPGs, the AWD 300 models will return up to 27 MPG on the highway! Stop by Cumberland Chrysler in Cookeville, TN to check it out!

SRT Offers a 2013 Chrysler 300 Core

2013 Crysler 300 SRT8 CoreThe Chrysler 300 SRT8 is one of the most imposing-looking and powerful large sedans on the market right now. Its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 roars with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque while cylinder deactivation allow it to achieve up to 23 mpg during light-load driving. With sport-tuned suspension, launch control, and a Brembo braking system the 300 SRT8 is truly the definition of sports-luxury.

Now, SRT is offering a “Core” model for drivers who want all of the muscle, handling, and style without as many of the frills and features. The Core model offers all of the performance but with a de-contented interior and with less expensive, 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that are cast rather than forged. Some of the major cost cutting features include Halogen headlights in the place of HIDs, Fog Light Delete, traditional sports suspension in place of adaptive three-mode components, and cloth bucket seats instead of leather.

These modifications provide drivers with an excellent looking ride that has all the muscle and agility of a Chrysler 300 SRT8 without a lot of the “unnecessary” features. It brings the starting price down by a significant amount as well. The 300 SRT8 Core is offered at $44,990, around $5,000 less than a non-Core model. Stop by Cumberland Auto for more info.

Chrysler Plans to Introduce “EcoDiesel” to Americans

In an effort to keep up with the ever stringent guidelines set by C.A.F.E., Chrysler is planning on introducing diesel engines to American customers. The C.A.F.E. regulations state that the average fuel-economy of automakers needs to be at least 34.4 MPG by 2016. In the interest of marketing, Chrysler has chosen to give the name EcoDiesel to their new line of fuel-efficient powerplants.

Chrysler plans to introduce the EcoDiesel in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300. Both of these models will feature a 3.0 liter, turbocharged V6 engine that runs on diesel fuel. As a turbocharged diesel engine, it will have exceptional torque (estimated at 406 lb-ft) and around 241 horsepower.

A version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee from European and International markets has already proven highly successful and gets 23 city- and 33 highway-MPG. It is expected that these numbers will only increase with the introduction of Chrysler’s new 8-speed transmission.

11 2012 Chrysler Group Models Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

The Chrysler Group, which consists of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM and Fiat models, might be one of the largest car manufacturers in the world but its still impressive that 11 of their 2012 model year cars were named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 11 models. Out of the roughly 19 or so that fall under the Chrysler Group that’s quite impressive.

The 11 models that were named Top Safety Picks were – the Chrysler Town & Country, 300 and 200; Dodge Grand Caravan, Durango, Charger, Journey, and Avenger; Jeep Grand Cherokee and Patriot, and Fiat 500. To earn the Top Safety pick vehicles must earn the highest rating possible of “Good” in front, side, and rear crash tests as well as the roof strength test. Vehicles must also be equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control.

This marks the fourth consecutive year the Dodge Avenger and Journey have made the list.

“With 11 vehicles that have been named Top Safety Pick for 2012 by IIHS, this underscores our commitment to engineering safety and security across all vehicle segments,” said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President – Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. “As we continue our product transformation, we’ll continue to engineer new technology and more capabilities into all our vehicles.”

You can learn more about all the safety features and see why these models all earned Top Safety pick awards by going to our website at CumberlandChryslerCenter.com.

NADAguides Names Chrysler 300 Car of the Month

NADAguides has named the 2011 Chrysler 300 the car of the month for July. Among the long list of features that set the 300 apart are:

  • Chrome accents throughout the car
  • Ambient lighting
  • Heated and cooled cup holders
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • UConnect Touch system
  • Heated rear seats
The Chrysler 300 has been hurt by the recession just as any other car has but NADAguide says the Chrysler 300 has been one of the top 20 most researched vehicles of the first quarter of 2011.
Check out the video of the Chrysler 300 from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.