Defense contractor Hendrick Dynamics in North Carolina is working on a project that may bring the Jeep brand back to the battlefield. The U.S. Army is searching for inexpensive, lightweight, unarmored vehicles that can be shipped to remote locations to transport troops and cargo through challenging terrains. Hendrick Dynamics is in the midst of modifying a Jeep Wrangler to fulfill the needs of the U.S. Army. The inspiration behind the Wrangler’s design is the Willys MB that was used in World War II. Hendrick Dynamics’ general manager Marshall Carlson stated, “We’ve got a really good opportunity to deliver to the Army a highly capable platform at a significantly reduced cost.” Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep will keep you updated with the project. Experience the capabilities of a Jeep Wrangler at our dealership in Lakewood.
The 2016 Subaru Forester essentially watches the road for you as it is equipped with advanced features that have awarded the SUV with a ASV+ rating in the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) preventative safety performance assessment. The EyeSight safety system was first introduced by Subaru in 2008. By using stereo camera technology, the system watches the road and assists in preventing accidents. The advancement of the system has allowed for rear vehicle detection, including blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. The 2016 Subaru Forester received the highest possible score of 46 points in the JNCAP assessment. Be safe in a 2016 Subaru Forester from Pine Belt Subaru in Lakewood. Contact us to schedule a test drive.
A Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has been spotted in action, furthering the excitement of Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep in Lakewood. The Jeep will be fitted with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that generates an output of 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, giving the vehicle the ability to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds. All of the power is being sent to the wheels via a standard all-wheel drive system. The current Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 475 horsepower, so the Trackhawk will be in a whole new class. We are expecting for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to arrive in the market sometime this year. Check out the Trackhawk in action in a video titled, “2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Spy Video.”
Jeep CEO Michael Manley has indicated in an interview at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show that the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk will arrive next year. The Jeep Grand Cherokee will be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine that may deliver upwards of 700 horsepower, allowing for the SUV to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds. Furthermore, the Trackhawk will feature an all-wheel drive system. The Trackhawk trademark was registered by Fiat Chrysler in late 2014. Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep will inform you of any official word from Fiat Chrysler regarding the development of the Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk.
The design and engineering of the 2016 Subaru WRX STI and BRZ is inspired by the automaker’s experience in motorsports. Subaru Tecnica International utilizes its racecar technology to enhance the performance of production models. Subaru has announced its improvements of its racecars for the 2016 racing season. A 2016 WRX STI will competing in the Nurburgring 24 Hours and Global Rallycross Championship, while a 2016 BRZ will be racing in the SUPER GT Series. Subaru is looking to receive its consecutive win at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. The 2016 WRX STI racecar has received a lighter body, enhanced aerodynamics and front downforce, fresh tires, and new engine settings. The 2016 WRX STI that will compete in the Global Rallycross Championship will be lighter and more rigid, as well as have an optimized inertia moment. It is expected for Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen to be driving the rallycar. Lastly, the 2016 BRZ will feature an upgraded chassis, improved front tires, enhanced engine performance, and heightened aerodynamics. Pine Belt Subaru is excited for the 2016 racing season.
Chrysler is reinventing the minivan with SUV-like style and high-tech features. Additionally, it will be the first-ever hybrid minivan. Chrysler’s first-ever minivan drove off the assembly line in 1983. It quickly became the ideal vehicle to haul children as it offered sliding doors and a spacious cabin. By the early 1990s, over 500,000 Chrysler minivans were being sold each year. The 2000s marked the downfall of minivans in the U.S. market as crossovers became increasingly popular. In 2015, Fiat Chrysler sold less than 200,000 minivans in the United States as sales of the Chrysler Town & Country decreased by 28 percent. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been developed to change all of that around. The minivan was revealed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The Pacifica has a sleeker design, lower ground clearance, larger wheels, and more luxurious features. The traditional sliding doors will have no handles and be hands-free. The minivan will be powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that delivers 287 horsepower. The hybrid version will have an electric driving range of 30 miles. Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep is excited to offer our customers the all-new Pacifica.
Brand loyalty means a lot within a competitive automotive industry that has a plethora of products to offer consumers. It definitely gives an automaker a competitive advantage when its brand loyalty is higher than others. Information services company Experian has recently unveiled its rankings of the top automotive brands based on brand loyalty. The list was created using around 7 million household vehicle repurchases over a 12 month period (October 2014-September 2015). Based on the findings, Experian concluded that Subaru has the highest customer loyalty as 67.7 percent of buyers repurchase a Subaru vehicle. Director of Automotive Statistics and Consulting for Experian Brad Smith stated, “The strategies to achieve high levels of loyalty vary from brand to brand.” It seems that Subaru has developed a great strategy that exceeds other automakers. Experience a Subaru vehicle today at Pine Belt Subaru in Lakewood.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will have an initial price of $37,500. After a $7,500 tax credit from the U.S. government, the price will drop to around $30,000. That will help the Bolt EV become a mass-market vehicle. To make it even more appealing, the plug-in hybrid may be eligible for additional incentives depending on each individual states. California may be one of the most cost effective state to purchase the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. With federal and state incentives, the price of the EV will be well below $30,000. That is a great price for a vehicle that offers a 200-mile driving range on a single charge. Pine Belt Chevrolet customers will be able to get their hands on a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV by the end of 2016.
Subaru is having so much success that it is even baffling the automaker’s top executives. Projections are being surpassed and unbelievable sales numbers are being achieved. The 2016 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and WRX/STI are experiencing their best sales ever. In 2015, Subaru of America experienced a sales record of 582,675 vehicles sold, representing a 13.4 percent increase year-over-year. The 2015 sales record represents the seventh straight year the automaker has done so. The success comes from how the automaker has positioned itself within the U.S. market. Subaru offers a niche lineup of all-purpose vehicles that are attracting many active consumers. With the enhancements of the WRX/STI, the automaker is appealing to performance enthusiasts as well. Senior vice president of sales for Subaru America Jeff Walters stated, “We have the right product line-up, strong marketing and a superior retailer network providing us with a solid foundation for future growth.” Although the automaker’s past success is something to be proud of, Subaru is looking towards the future and wants to achieve higher sales numbers than ever before. With new Subaru vehicles arriving in the market within the next few years and no signs of slowing down, Pine Belt Subaru is optimistic regarding the future of the automaker.
If you are someone who loves outdoor adventures and owns a first-generation Chevrolet Volt, there is a way to turn the Volt into a make-shift car camper for $30-$50. It is an inexpensive alternative to large RVs or hauling a camper with a pickup truck. If you are shorter than 6’4’’, you will comfortably fit inside the Chevrolet Volt. There are six easy steps to creating the “Volt-ebago.” First, you need to push and tilt the front seats as far as they can go. The second step is to remove the bottom of the rear seat and fill the empty space. Once the bottom is removed, lay the rear seat down. Next, extend the platform and lay down a camping mat. The last step is the easiest as it entails lying back, relaxing, and sleep comfortably. You can even create custom window covers with silver bubble insulation to darken the windows. Pine Belt Chevrolet in Lakewood sees this as a clever idea to have convenient and inexpensive outdoor adventures.