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Jeep, Ram, Manley collect awards

Manley-Jeep-BandW-WebJeep CEO Mike Manley was named 2013 Executive of the Year last night by the New England Motor Press Association while the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 4×4 added more awards to their already impressive collections.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was named the “Official Winter Vehicle of New England” for an unprecedented third consecutive year. The Grand Cherokee was hailed for its unbeatable combination of all-weather on- and off-road capability, comfort, luxury, sophistication, build quality and value by the NEMPA jurors.

In addition, the 2011 Grand Cherokee earned the Wheels TV “Previously Owned Vehicle of the Year” award.

The 2013 Ram 1500 4×4 was named NEMPA’s “Best All-Weather Pickup Truck.” This is the second “Best All-Weather Pickup Truck” win for the Ram in the past four years.

In presenting the Executive Award to Manley, NEMPA President Keith Griffin cited Jeep’s outstanding product lineup and its commitment to New England.

“During Mike Manley’s tenure, Jeep has enjoyed a renaissance applauded by both consumers – with ever-increasing sales – and by automotive writers, who have heaped awards upon the Grand Cherokee,” Griffin said. “Regarding Chrysler Group’s vehicle awards, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 4×4 are perfect winter companions. Congratulations to Jeep Grand Cherokee, our first-ever three-peat winner, for one of the most successful remakes of a vehicle in American history. And Ram 1500 4×4 is the benchmark of the full-size pickup segment with its refinement, capability and efficiency.”

NEMPA’s media members represent all six New England states. Once a year, more than 50 NEMPA members gather for their Winter Vehicle voting day. Vehicles are chosen based on how they meet specific needs of New England drivers during the region’s punishing winters.

Chrysler Group also recently picked up seven awards, more than any other automaker, from the Texas Auto Writers Association. The Grand Cherokee SRT was a winner there, as well, named “Performance Utility of Texas.”

Fiat 500L recall

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Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada. Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....

2015 300 spotted

Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.” Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....

Hellcat ring-tones

If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone. The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from  www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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