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Jeep Boosts Overall Fiat Chrysler Stock

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The Rugged American Brand.

Jeep® is one of the many brands in the Fiat Chrysler portfolio, which includes high-end options like Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and the mass-market Fiat — but it looks like the rugged American brand is doing more than its fair share in helping Fiat Chrysler Stock remain popular.

The globally appealing SUV line up of Jeep® has helped the brand boost the overall Fiat Chrysler stock, which jumped more than 20% earlier this year.

This 20% increase was followed by yet another increase of 3%, helping Fiat Chrysler gain more momentum when Morgan Stanley analysts stated that Jeep® could become an even more global brand

“2018 will feature a number of operational and financial milestones that can accelerate investor appreciation of the commercial power of the Jeep® brand in a way that can potentially drive very positive share price movements,” said the Morgan Stanley investors in their report.

The report also estimates that, in 2018, the Jeep® brand could contribute to nearly 70% of Fiat Chrysler’s profit. The Italian-American carmaker plans to boost output of SUVs and trucks, ending the production of some sedans to make its North American market, which is its largest.

As the new Jeep® Wrangler gets closer to production, and the new Jeep® Cherokee enters showrooms like Sierra CDJR’s, the popularity of the Jeep® brand has caused the rumors to fly about the brand potentially spinning off from the group.

The Challenger SRT Demon: The World’s Fastest Production Car

Challenger Line up | Ottawa, IL

SRT Demon

Ever wonder what it’s like to drive the Dodge Demon, the world’s fastest production car? The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is built with pure performance in mind. This model has a single seat, fender flares, fat tires, and an 840-horsepower engine. There’s not one detail that doesn’t contribute to the raw power and performance of the new Demon, making this car ideal for anyone who loves drag racing.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Dodge Challenger Demon is one of a kind, offering a truly unique driving experience. While it carries over many aspects from the base Challenger model, the Demon has a few tricks up its sleeve. Thanks to the 840-horsepower engine (which also gets 770 lb-ft of torque), the Demon can do zero to 60 in just 2.3 seconds. Believe it or not, it has a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds.

Cool New Features

The new Demon has a few features that help it excel on the drag strip. Or those who prefer the old-fashioned two-foot method to launching, the Demon will let you do what you want. However, there are also some advanced technologies that optimize times on the track, including Launch Assist, Drag Mode, and a new software called transbrake.

“Pundits criticize the Challenger as an aging platform, but Dodge has kept things interesting with an array of variants,” writes Andy Mikonis at the Tribune. “[T]he Demon proves there’s some real engineering talent in the ranks of SRT.”

Want to learn more about the Dodge Challenger and its many variants? Visit Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. The Challenger is an American classic, and the new Demon is just one of many ways the brand is proving this muscle car is still relevant.

Check Out These Holiday Events Near Ottawa, IL

Enjoy these holiday events near Ottawa, IL.Looking for holiday events near Ottawa? There’s something for everyone among the following local activities.

Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree – Dec. 10

Enjoy the tunes of a live Jazz & Blues band as you dance through this evening of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. It’ll cost you a donation of $50, but all proceeds support the Warren-Sharpe Center’s youth programs.

Fiat Paint on Pine Christmas Party – Dec. 15

Part potluck, part arts & crafts party, this event, held at the St. Mary Immaculate Parish, is only $25 per person. For this fee, you will decorate your own custom piece of wood decor and enjoy free refreshments. To add to the spirit of the event, you’re encouraged to bring snacks to share.

Holiday Kids Fun at Eola – Dec. 16

Want to get some Christmas shopping done while the little ones are busy? This event lets the kids, ages two and up, decorate their own cards and ornaments while you’re free to explore nearby businesses. You can also win raffle prizes.

New Years Eve Pairing Dinner & Get Lit-Up Party – Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year in extravagant style at this event, which features a five-course dinner with beer and wine pairing, a party with a DJ, party favor, open bar, and, of course, champagne.

These holiday events near Ottawa are sure to be a blast this December! We at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram hope to see you out and about enjoying the season.

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Packs a Punch

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee TrackhawkJeep® is a brand revered for creating some of the best off-road SUVs in the industry, a reputation it has upheld since the mid-1900s. Now the brand is going the extra mile to bring high-end performance to its most luxurious model. The 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is designed to go faster than any SUV ever has before.

In order to pick up the pace, Jeep® looked to its sister brand, Dodge, for some help. Achieving immense power isn’t easy, but fortunately Dodge had already raised the bar in the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models.

While the exterior styling only sees a few minute changes, namely Trackhawk badging, the 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk boasts the same HEMI® V8 engine as the Dodge models. Mated to an all-wheel-drive system, the supercharged engine can produce 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. It even offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds when properly equipped.

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee TrackhawkAfter all, who doesn’t want an SUV that can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and tackle a quarter-mile run in 11.6 seconds?

In addition to the HEMI® V8 engine, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also features Brembo® brakes, a new exhaust system, and an air intake and oil cooler.

We here at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram are pumped to see the 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in action!

Throwback Thursday: Final Dodge Viper Made in August

Final Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper is a much-beloved sports car, but eventually, even good things must come to an end. The final Dodge Viper was made at the Detroit, Michigan plant, and it’s just as epic as ever, according to writer Mate Petrany.

The Dodge Viper first debuted in 1992, and has gone through five jaw-dropping generations. The modern Viper we know came into the market in 2013, impressing sports-car lovers and Dodge fans alike. Its style and power endured until 2017. Unfortunately, because it’s a mostly handmade car, Vipers eventually became too expensive to make, hence their swan song.

The Viper certainly went out with a bang, recently setting a record for the fastest manual transmission lap at the Nurburgring. Behind the wheel, Dominik Farnbacher whipped the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR around the track and broke the record at 7:03.45.

While they (probably) won’t be doing any track racing, the very last Vipers will still turn plenty of heads. Since the last batch of Vipers made were all custom orders, the final Viper sold boasted the spirit of individuality, with bright yellow exterior and bold black racing stripes.

The very last Viper made was a crimson-colored piece of history, heading over Dodge’s heritage collection where it will stay as a piece of history.

Goodbye, Viper. We at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will miss you!

Need for Speed: Challenge Your Limits with These Local Races Near Ottawa, Illinois

Races Near Ottawa

At Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, we’re all about speed. That’s why we can never get enough of our favorite American muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger. If you crave speed and power, these two cars will satiate your cravings.


But, sometimes we’re also in the mood for a different kind of speed, the kind that makes a physical demand on our bodies. Illinois is home to dozens and dozens of half marathons and marathons. We know the Dodge Charger can go fast, but how fast can you go? Challenge yourself by entering one of these upcoming races near Ottawa.


Quad Cities Marathon – Sept. 24

The next exciting race on our radar is the Quad Cities Marathon in Moline, Illinois. Just an hour and a half west from Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, this 20th annual marathon includes a half marathon, a 5K, and even a kids micro-marathon.


Chicago Marathon – Oct. 8

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Marathon, which has been called the “People’s race anyone can come and enjoy.” Make your own short trek up north this fall to challenge yourself to a long run in the Windy City.

If you have any questions about local attractions, just let us know at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram and we’d be happy to help!

An Overview of 2017 Ram 1500 Reviews

2017 Ram 1500 reviewsThe 2017 Ram 1500 is one of the many full-size pickups on the market, competing with trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and more. With all the information that’s now online, it can be difficult to know what to look for when it comes to researching car information. That’s why the team here at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has condensed information from the top industry sites to let you know more about the 2017 Ram 1500 reviews.

When reviewing cars, the first place to look is Car and Driver. The reviewers at this website give in-depth details about every car, performing their own tests to make fair assessments. When tested by Car and Driver, the Ram 1500 had a 0 to 60 mph of 7.0 seconds flat, a top speed of 107 mph, and up to 395 horsepower. The writers also note that “few vehicles have such broad appeal as a full-size pickup, and the Ram, with nearly three dozen configurations, is no exception.” Take it from the experts: the Ram 1500 is great for an incredible variety of drivers.

Product reviewer US News also ranks the 2017 Ram 1500 among the best in the business. With a score of 8.7 out of 10, the Ram 1500 is listed as the truck with the smoothest ride, the most comfortable cabins, and an incredibly fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine. What also stands out on the Ram 1500 is the Quad Cab® configuration with seating for up to six.

Finally, Motor Trend has helpful reviews for any car buyer looking for reliable information. Motor Trend gives the Ram 1500 4 out of 5 stars, noting that the Ram 1500 is simply well rounded—it’s a truck that appeals to a broad audience. For instance, the optional air suspension is perfect for ride comfort, yet the driving dynamics allow for improved safety and handling. You also get a turbodiesel option to save at the pump, and the reliable build is bound to last for years.

Still unsure about the 2017 Ram 1500? Plan a test drive. It’s one of the few ways to see for yourself if you really like a vehicle. You can gauge things that are difficult to measure, such as comfort, blind spots, handling, and more.

Easy Weekend Fun: the Best Theme Parks Out West

theme parks out west

The final days of summer are quickly approaching, but there is still plenty of time to load the family into your trusty Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram vehicle and head to one of the many delightful local spots out west in the Golden State. Our road-trip and long-weekend-getaway experts here at Sierra CDJR have deduced that the perfect final trip for your summer is to pay a visit to one of the many wonderful theme parks out west.

Here’s our top three:

  1. Gilroy Gardens

Located in the “Garlic Capital of the World,” we think Gilroy Gardens is a charming destination definitely worth checking out. With adorable, garden-themed rides and a beautiful botanical garden for a truly unique theme park experience, Gilroy Gardens is truly a sight to behold.

  1. Safari West

Inside the stunning Sonoma Valley sits the breathtaking Safari West, an African wildlife park that is guaranteed to enchant every member of your household. Free-roaming animals graze over rolling hills and in lovely woodlands — this one feels like a true adventure!

  1. Belmont Park

Of all out little theme parks, here’s one that will bring you that warm glow of nostalgia. With a ride that’s been around since 1925, a classic merry-go-round, and bumper cars, Belmont Park is a real blast-from-the-past right in the heart of San Diego.

When you get back from your trip, be sure to share pictures with us at Sierra CDJR in Ottawa, IL!

Meet the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT: Luxurious Power

2018 Dodge Durango SRTThe Dodge Durango stands as one of the most adventurous three-row SUVs in the industry. Capable of seating up to seven passengers, the popular model offers incredible capability and a powerful engine that dominates its segment. When revamping the 2018 model, Dodge listened to its customers. Their desire for more performance spawned the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is one of the fastest SUVs to come off the production line. The standard 6.4-liter V8 engine delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque with an intimidating roar. The three-row SUV runs from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds and achieves the fastest quarter-mile time in its class.

In addition, the 2018 Durango SRT offers a best-in-class towing capacity of 8,600 lbs when properly equipped. This upcoming model is America’s most powerful three-row SUV.

The new model boasts seven available drive modes: Track, Snow, Tow, Eco, and Sport. Refined styling and muscular fenders plus a signature hood make the 2017 Dodge Durango SRT one SUV that no competitor will want to mess with.

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will burn rubber later this summer.

We here at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are excited for the arrival of the Durango SRT!

Tips for a Great Day at the Beach

Few things sound as relaxing as a day at the beach. But when it comes down to it, taking the whole family to the beach can be a little stressful. As a family friendly dealership, Sierra CDJR can completely empathize with this. This is why we like to use these tips to make our beach days a little breezier.

Tips for A Great Day at the Beach - Sierrra CDJR - Ottawa, IL

Bring plastic bags

Having a stash of both ziplock bags and used shopping bags can save you in a pinch, in numerous situations. Use a ziplock to protect phones, keys, and other valuables from water, and shopping bags for things like trash or carrying home seashells.

Arrive early

Claiming a good spot early in the day takes away a lot of the hassle that comes from walking up and down looking for space on a full beach. Pack plenty of snacks and get there in the morning to make the most of the day.

Pack foods separately

When you’re packing your beach snacks, use individual plastic or glass containers for each item, if possible. Sometimes the name “sand”wich becomes too literal. With this tip, it’s possible to save the majority of items from an unwanted extra crunch.

Bring a soft-bristled dust broom

Having a small dust broom tucked away in your car gives you a convenient tool for gently brushing sand off of kids, feet, and shoes, so that you can leave most of the sand at the beach instead of in your car.

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