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2017 Dodge Challenger Earns "Five-Star" Overall Safety Rating

The 2017 Dodge Challenger received a five-star overall safety rating in the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle-evaluation program.

With more than 70 available safety and security features and a body structure made of high-strength steel, the 2017 Dodge Challenger earned the highest safety rating in NHTSA's vehicle-evaluation program after two simulated collisions. NHTSA has included the Dodge Challenger in its annual model-year ratings seven times, and this is the fifth time the Challenger has earned five-star overall safety score.

"This proves the 2017 Dodge Challenger is much more than a great-looking car," says Mike Dahl, Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance, FCA North America. "It reflects our commitment to delivering exceptional occupant safety in every vehicle segment."

The Dodge Challenger delivers performance, power, and comfort. With safety features including Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot monitoring, and Rear Cross Path, the Challenger will get you where you need to be safely and stylishly.

495 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram has a great selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs available on our lot, including the new Dodge Challenger. Browse our new vehicle inventory and stop by our Lowell, MA Dodge dealership today for an exciting test drive!

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Tell Your Jeep Story

Jeep delivers a simple message with their new year-long campaign: "We Don't Make Jeep, You Do".

The Jeep brand has turned to off-road enthusiasts around the world to tell their story as they celebrate the unique adventures, passions, and fun Jeep vehicles have brought to their drivers. The digital and social campaign aptly named "My Jeep Story" will highlight key moments in Jeep history from the last 75 years. The campaign will also look to what is in store for the Jeep brand in the coming years. Each month will feature specialized "Story Sessions" ranging from favorite canine moments to military appreciation. 

"As we mark the 75-year milestone of the Jeep brand, there is no other brand that is able to embrace its global community in a way that invites these individual and compelling stories that have also shaped their own, personal journeys," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA Global. 'My Jeep Story' will help bring to life and pay tribute to the true spirit and humanity that has come to embody the brand."

Jeep fans can directly share their story online at www.jeep.com/myjeepstory beginning April 7, or by using the hashtag #myjeepstory across various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

How will you plan to celebrate? Stop by our Lowell Jeep dealership this month and start your Jeep legacy with the Jeep WranglerJeep Cherokee, and more! 

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Mopar & Dodge Partner for Third Year of Safe Driving Program

The Mopar and Dodge brands have partnered for the third year to offer the "Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge" safe driving classes for teenagers and their parents. The program focuses on safe and defensive driving techniques with both classroom sessions and hands-on training.

The third year of the "Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge" teen driving course kicks off this October in Metro Detroit, MI. The course has already taught nearly 2,700 teens and their parents the importance of staying safe and responsible behind the wheel. Classroom topics include proper seat positioning, hand positioning and basic vehicle dynamics, while hands-on experience in accident avoidance, panic stop, and distraction is provided.

This safe driving course gives new drivers the experience and skills they need to feel comfortable in all driving situations. "The Mopar brand loves being fast at the track, but it's even more important to stay safe on the streets. This is why we continue to support this important initiative to educate and empower teens with tools and the hands-on experience that will help keep them safe on the road," said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA - Global.

At 495 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we have a vehicle inventory full of cars, trucks, and SUVs that have received excellent safety ratings and are sure to keep any driver safe. Stop by our Lowell, MA car dealership and our team of automotive professionals will help you find the safe and reliable vehicle for your lifestyle.

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Chrysler Pacifica Web Series Stars Comedian Jim Gaffigan

Chrysler continues to utilize the comedic skills of funny-man Jim Gaffigan to promote their all-new Chrysler Pacifica model, this time in a series of web videos highlighting the new and innovative features of the recently launched Chrysler minivan.

The new "Street Smarts" campaign features seven videos demonstrating the unique features of the Chrysler Pacifica, including the Stow 'n Vac, Rear Park Assist, and Panoramic Sunroof. The web series can be found on Chrysler's YouTube page and on other social channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. FCA's Head of Passenger Car Brands for North America, Tim Kuniskis says, "Our new 'Street Smarts' web series is a natural extension of our 'Dad Brand" marketing campaign, and patently demonstrates how the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica outsmarts the competition with its unprecedented total of 115 innovations and class-exclusive features."

At 495 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we have stocked our car inventory with a great selection of new Chrysler Pacifica minivan models. Available in a variety of sleek color and trim options, we encourage you to stop by our car dealership in Lowell, MA, also serving Nashua, NH and Chelmsford, MA. Our automotive sales staff can show you the ins and outs of the newest member of the Chrysler family, from the hands-free door to the Uconnect Theater and Stow 'n Go seating.

For a good laugh, be sure to check out the other Chrysler Pacifica commercials featuring Jim Gaffigan and learn more about the "Dad Brand." Come to 495 Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram with any questions and let us take you and your family on a test drive.

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Jeep® Moves Forward, While Staying True to its Roots

Adventure has not looked the same since 1941, when the first Jeep® vehicle was created. Based on the principals of freedom, authenticity, passion and adventure, Jeep looks to continue pushing the boundaries of modern innovation. Jeep gives you the ability to "go anywhere and do anything", even if that means taking the path less traveled. The abilities of Jeep vehicles were recognized early on, as they were brought in to assist our troops during World War II giving Jeep owners a heritage they can be proud of.

The passion demonstrated by Jeep owners exudes the unique lifestyle which is only capable by the versatility of Jeep innovation. Boasting the most versatile SUV lineup on the market today, Jeep now offers five 2016 SUVs achieving at least 30 MPG, while still maintaining best-in-class off-road capability.

There are an abundance of Jeep connoisseurs all around the world, as demonstrated by their ownership of multiple Jeep vehicles, right-hand drive builds and attendance of exclusive Jeep events. These pioneers of adventure know Jeep will continue to stay true to its roots by always building upon the four principals which sparked the Jeep movement over eight decades ago: freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion.

"It's a Jeep thing…you wouldn't understand."

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Ram Truck Launches 'Ram Nation' to Provide a Helping Hand

When a disastrous tornado struck Joplin, Missouri in 2012, Ram Truck owners came together to provide aid to those affected by the devastation. These ideals demonstrated in Joplin pushed Ram Trucks to establish Ram Nation - a volunteer organization composed of like-minded Ram owners and dealers willing to assist their communities in times of need.

Members of Ram Nation will generously transport supplies, deliver equipment and distribute food and water to those afflicted by future disasters.

"Ram truck owners have a strong sense of community and have the knowhow, skillset and willingness to give back," said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand, FCA US LLC. "They often are the go-to people that others can rely on when help is needed and, for them, the most satisfying reward or glory comes from feeling the pride of accomplishment through hard work.""

Any truck owner looking to be proactive in assisting their community for future relief can sign up to become a member of Ram Nation at ramtrucks.com/ramnation. Should an opportunity arise, Ram Nation will notify the volunteers in the area and let them know where help is needed.

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Ram Trucks Power the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®

All of the signs are there. The trees are barren, the temperature has dropped a few more degrees, and a jolly white-bearded man is garnering more attention than anyone in the world. It's officially the holiday season. Some would argue that the holiday season officially begins at the start of one of America's most beloved traditions: the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

Ram trucks demonstrated their capabilities to the world this holiday season by towing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® floats down the bustling New York City streets. As the Official Truck of Macy's Parade, Ram provided more than 25 trucks to tow the elaborate floats during the parade while also providing approximately 70 commercial vehicles to assist the participants with behind the scenes operations. 

"We are thrilled to begin our partnership with Ram as their iconic trucks help our larger-than-life floats make their way down the streets of Manhattan in our annual holiday spectacle," said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "We know that these trucks are fully capable and will take on the challenge of transporting these floating stages with ease on Thanksgiving Day."

Ram has also taken this opportunity to launch the #RamGivesThanks hashtag, along with a giveaway promotion where the grand prize is a $15,000 voucher towards a two-year lease on a new Ram Promaster City. Additional prizes will also be awarded. If you or someone you know is interested in this exciting giveaway, head to www.ramtrucks.com/ramgivesthanks for more details.

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Jeep Brand's "Free to Be" Video Launches Across Television

The Jeep brand released a new "Free to Be" advertising campaign this September to highlight the brand's newest models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee: the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit.

The Free to Be campaign launched across television and social media platforms on Monday, September 26. The campaign features a 60-second video of the Jeep Grand Cherokee trekking through trails and city streets alike, showcasing the capability and Trail Rated® features that make the Jeep Grand Cherokee the most awarded SUV in its class. This campaign coincides with the Jeep brand's celebration of 75 years of history and adventure in the automotive industry, where the brand is celebrating its community of owners, fans, and adventurers.

"We envisioned one singular, yet fully cohesive campaign instead of two for our new 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit and Trailhawk models. The Summit model represents the hallmark of 'beautiful luxury' while the Trailhawk's interpretation is rooted in 'beautiful capability'. This story speaks to the freedom of choice that we offer to consumers," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA - Global. "Our 'Free to Be' message embraces two important core tenants of the brand: freedom and adventure, which any Jeep brand marketing campaign is intended to deliver."

If you're looking for an SUV that combines power, capability, and efficiency, browse our selection of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. And, join in the 75th anniversary celebrations by sharing your own #MyJeepStory!

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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" is Partnering with Chrysler, Dodge and Ram 

FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC) is partnering with Lionsgate, the premier next-generation global content leader, for a joint advertising campaign focused on promoting the final installment of "The Hunger Games," along with the Chrysler, Dodge and Ram brands. This promotion will be spearheaded by four custom television commercials, each highlighting a different FCA brand in correlation with "Mockingjay - Part 2." This multimedia campaign will also include similar themed radio and social advertisements scheduled to begin running nationwide on November, 1.

"Our collaboration with 'The Hunger Games' and Lionsgate is a great example of what can be done that's unexpected. The association with such an anticipated and popular movie provides an exceptional relevance to our message," said Oliver Francois, Chief Marketing Officer of FCA Global. "And the values shared with our three brands - the 'rebellious' Dodge, the 'hard working' Ram and the resilience of Chrysler - bring the branding element."

The supernova of excited generated by "The Hunger Games" franchise has already grossed over $2.3 billion, and the anticipation for the final film could not be higher. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" launches in theatres on Friday, November 20. In the meantime, you can watch these inspiring commercial spots on Chrysler, Dodge, or Ram's YouTube channel. 

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Mopar Boosts Summer Fun

Mopar's ever growing portfolio of products continues to expand, as Mopar unveils 15 new accessories designed to maximize the time left in the sun this summer. These new items complement the already overflowing "beach bag" of summer products Mopar currently offers to fit any summer adventure you would like to take.

"Whether it's a family vacation, a weekend getaway to the trails or a day at the beach, Mopar has the products to help make the most of this summer season," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO - Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA. "Owners can customize their rides with Mopar parts and accessories while outfitting themselves in the personal gear they need to suit any definition of summer sizzle."

Grab your board along with all of your beach gear, and head to the coast to catch the best waves of the season using the all new Class IV Trailer Hitch, compatible with all Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep vehicles. Enjoy the beach with complete comfort in the stylish new Ladies Mopar Flip Flops, and then take a relaxing seat in the new Mopar Premium Stripe Chair with an attached bottle opener on the arm. How do you plan on using these great new Mopar products on your next summer adventure?

The entire inventory of available Mopar accessories is available at www.mopar.com.

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Dodge Brothers Spirit Lives On

The cinematic advertisements depicting the creation of Dodge are back, featuring four new ads directed by Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody. These ads will continue to focus on the Dodge Brother's passion for making new cars. John and Horace Dodge's vision for the future still drives the Dodge brand forward today, as evident by the innovation behind the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Challenger and Charger vehicles.

"Today's Dodge vehicles have the same passion for performance as John and Horace Dodge established in the first vehicles they crafted more than one hundred years ago," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA Global.

The initial 'Dodge Brothers' campaign ran last year was created to celebrate the culmination of 100 years of success. These ads were meant to be a standalone campaign, however the campaign was highly supported by the Dodge community and a 'season two' was created as the result.

"Our Dodge owners have embraced this campaign as they are extremely passionate about our cars and connect with the excitement these two brothers first brought to the auto industry decades ago and continue to bring to the ads in which they star today," Francois added.

View the ads at youtube.com/dodge or follow the campaign on any Dodge social site. 

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Why the 2015 Chrysler 200 is the Best New Car for College Graduates

May is college graduation season, and if you're donning a cap and gown this year (or know someone who is) it might be a good time to think about which kind of car will help drive you or your loved one to post-grad success.

The Chrysler 200 is our favorite sedan, with a host of features to get your or your new graduate to and from that first post-grad job with style, and without breaking the bank. It's filled with technology that you want, from the award-winning 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen system with audio, climate control and navigation connectivity, to the Park Assist and ParkView rear backup camera.

As an IIHS Top Safety Pick with a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, the 2015 Chrysler 200 stands among the year's safest sedans as well. Adaptive Cruise Control brings peace of mind to any commute by detecting slower forward traffic and safely adjusting to a lower speed (or even to a complete stop). Other safety features generally reserved for luxury vehicles, like blind-spot detection and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist functions, are available on the 200, but with a price tag that makes other sedans look overpriced for what they give you.

Visit 495 Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today in Lowell, Massachusetts, to find out more about the Chrysler 200 and how it can help you or your favorite college graduate take on the "real world" with a car that really stands out from the rest of the competition.

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2015 Models Recognized for Top-Tier Interiors

While the 2015 Chrysler 300 and Jeep Renegade are known for looking great on the outside, WardsAuto editors recently picked both for their 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

The Chrysler 300 stands out as a big sedan in a world of oversized SUVs and tiny commuter sedans--and that's a good thing. With quilted leather trim that was once reserved for German luxury sedans and Chrysler's frequently-praised Uconnect Touchscreen system, the Chrysler 300 presents a uniquely American take on luxury for a fraction of the cost of other high-end sedans.

The Jeep Renegade has been making waves since it first hit dealerships last month, and its interior lives up to the hype. With a roomier interior than other compact SUVs, the Jeep Renegade sports a unique blend of ruggedness, smoothness, and functionality. Inspired by performance equipment used by extreme athletes, the anodized accents that line the interior live up to Jeep's legacy as a no-nonsense SUV maker, while adding an extra dose of fun to the Jeep brand's "up for anything" attitude.

Visit 495 Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today in Lowell, Massachusetts to get a closer look at these two winning vehicles. If you're looking for a more comfortable commute or want to off-road in true Jeep style, we have the vehicles that can get you there.

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2015 Models Unveiled at New York Auto Show 2015

FIAT Chrysler is celebrating the spring season with a lineup of new 2015 models that are sure to turn car buyers' heads everywhere. Among the vehicles debuting the auto-show are the 2015 Chrysler 300, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Shaker Model and the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade. While the 300 and Challenger Shaker Model are both standouts, the Renegade has been causing quite a stir, since this event coincides with the arrival of 2015 models at many U.S. dealerships, including 495 Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM.

Boasting an undeniably cool exterior, Jeep-standard ruggedness and customization options ranging from an available nine speaker audio system to the My Sky? sunroof, it's not hard to see why entire internet forums have popped up for Jeep lovers to discuss the newest model of the Jeep family, while they anxiously wait for a test drive. Select Renegade models come with a Uconnect® touchscreen, and all of them boast an interior that is noticeably smoother than what you'd see in a standard off-road vehicle.

It'll be interesting to see how auto critics respond at the New York Auto Show, but we think it'd be even more interesting to give this one-of-a-kind a test drive!

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