Fiat Chrysler Special Edition Minivans Celebrates 35-Year Anniversary

This year is the year of the minivan for Fiat Chrysler. The Italian-American carmaker is celebrating 35 years of its minivans this year after introducing its first model in late 1983 – and it’s doing so in the best way possible with special edition models of the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan.

These Fiat Chrysler special edition minivans will look to appeal to families of all shapes and sizes. The Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition will come available as both a hybrid and a gasoline-powered model with several trim levels. No matter the trim, this model will have chrome badging, a special 35th anniversary badge, an all-black interior with red stiching, and a black grille. You could even get extra equipment like 20-inch wheels and choose from one of ten paint options.

Fiat Chrysler Special Edition Minivans - Limon, CO

The 35th Anniversary Dodge Caravan will also come with special badging to highlight its special-edition status, while also offering 17-inch wheels and a bright grille. Six paint options are available, along with plenty of additional features that you can choose from.

Fiat Chrysler will begin selling these special edition models this summer. Since it first introduced its minivans, the carmaker has sold more than 14.6 million models – and continues to excel at doing so with a 55% market share in this segment. For more information about how you can bring one of these vehicles home, contact us at Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Could We Get an AWD Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica, since entering the market as a minivan, has continued to impress critics and drivers alike. Arguably, it is the industry’s best minivan to date, with an available plug-in hybrid powertrain, luxurious materials, advanced technology, and a spacious interior. So what could make the Pacifica even better?

All-wheel drive, baby.

And according to rumors from the reputable Automotive News, that’s very likely happening. Right now, the market only has one 4×4 minivan available: the otherwise drab and dated Toyota Sienna. An AWD Chrysler Pacifica would push the minivan even further ahead of the competition and make it an even more enticing offer to families deciding between an SUV and a minivan. All-wheel drive is an especially appealing safety feature in northern states and in Canada, where snowy and icy conditions often lead to a decrease in traction. We know all about that out here in Colorado, of course.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not actually confirmed this news yet, so it is still considered a rumor and nothing more. That means we have very few details—and the ones we do have not been verified. But if Automotive News is to be believed, Chrysler is already hard at work on the AWD version, meaning we may see one here in just a couple years!

AWD Chrysler Pacifica - Limon, CO

If you need a minivan now, contact us at Transwest CDJR to see the current Pacifica in person.

Jeep® Gladiator Hercules Model Could Be in the Works

Late in 2018, Jeep® finally revealed the 2020 Gladiator, a ruggedly handsome pickup truck that offers best-in-class capabilities. We here at Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram didn’t think it could get much better than the Gladiator – until now. Recently, the rumor mill has been turning and it looks like there might be a high-performance version of the Gladiator in the works – and it will be called the Hercules.

Jeep® Gladiator Hercules Model - Limon, CO

Previously, during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mark Allen, Jeep®‘s head of design, mentioned that a high-speed off-road vehicle would be on the brand’s agenda for its future lineup. While the Jeep® Gladiator Hercules model hasn’t officially been signed off just yet, it looks like prototypes of the performance pickup truck are being built for testing.

If the Hercules does come to life, we can only speculate at its power. It will have to offer more power than the Gladiator’s standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which currently puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Gladiator Hercules will also probably utilize a variety of Mopar aftermarket parts to give it even more aggressive styling.

Should this vehicle come to market, it will compete with the Ford Ranger Raptor.

While the Hercules is just a rumor at this point, you’ll soon be able to check out the Jeep Gladiator at Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

What to Pack in Your Winter Car Emergency Kit

In Colorado, winter can be brutal. If you plan to drive in any snowy or hazardous weather, make sure to pack a winter car emergency kit, which you can store in your trunk or on your backseat. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • First-aid kit: In the event that you become stranded and injured, you should have a first-aid kit with bandages, scissors, Neosporin, gauze, and protective gloves.
  • Phone charger and power bank: Your cellphone will be crucial if you become stranded. Keep a phone charger and portable power bank in your car so you can charge your phone on the go. Even if you lose service, your phone can double as a flashlight.
  • Provisions: You don’t know how long you might be stranded if your car breaks down in the winter, so pack nonperishable snacks like granola and protein bars, mixed nuts, and crackers. You should also keep a case of bottled water in the car.
  • Coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets: Keeping warm may very well be the key to your survival. Pack some extra coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets in the trunk. Waterproof clothes and blankets are best because they won’t get soaked with melted snow or ice.
  • Tools: Collapsible shovels, Swiss Army knives, jumper cables, and flares are all important elements of a winter car emergency kit.

A winter car emergency kit will help you weather the cold weather, but we at Transwest CDJR hope you won’t need to use it this season. 

winter car emergency kit - Limon, CO

Get Winter Ready With Jeep

Colder temperatures can cause dangerous road conditions and freezes the cabin so you’re cold when you first jump in the car. To prepare for the oncoming cold, we’ve put together a few reasons why you should get winter ready with Jeep this year.

Utilize all-wheel drive. Jeep is known for its all-wheel-drive capabilities. It’s this rugged drive system that makes the Jeep brand ideal for the winter. All-wheel drive will help you accelerate better and maintain traction on snowy or icy roads, giving more confidence behind the wheel when it’s winter.

Stay warm. There’s no denying that winter weather can be on the cold side, but Jeep has you covered. No matter which model you choose, you will find a trim level that has heated seats, a heated steering wheel, or remote start. That way you won’t have to worry about feeling like you’re sitting on a block of ice and you can pay more attention to the road.

Don’t freeze your engine. Many Jeeps can be equipped with an engine block heater. This will allow your vehicle to start up and warm faster when the temperatures are frigid. It could also potentially help you reduce wear on your engine, reduce emissions, and warm you up faster when you’re waiting for the hot air to come through the vents.

Get a Jeep so you can pay attention to the beauties of winter without freezing in the car’s cabin. You can stay warm and browse our selection of Jeeps at Transwest CDJR.

Winter Ready with Jeep - Limon, CO

Check Out These Winter Road Trip Destinations in Colorado

There is no sight more beautiful than a Colorado winter. But don’t just stick around Limon this season. Head out to one of these winter road trip destinations in Colorado to truly take in the season.

  • Denver: Denver isn’t a far drive from Limon and has plenty to do year-round. If you like breathtaking views and tasty craft beer, Denver is the city for you.
  • Ouray Ice Park: Have you tried your hand at ice-climbing? Ouray Ice Park is world-famous for it. After the strenuous workout, relax in one of Ouray’s hot-spring spas.
  • Estes Park: Make Estes Park your destination to try out your snowshoes this winter. Snowshoeing is a cool way to explore the wintry outdoors, and if you don’t have some of your own, you can rent a pair in town. Make reservations in advanced to stay at the infamous Stanley Hotel, which was Steven King’s inspiration for “The Shining.”
  • Crested Butte: Are you a fan of skiing? The best place in Colorado to try your hand— or feet — at skiing is in Crested Butte. Afterward, enjoy delicious food from the nearby restaurants.
  • Telluride: Stay in the mountain resort in Telluride for a truly remote Colorado experience. Be prepared though: this former Victorian mining town is a seven-hour drive from Limon.

If you’d like prepare your vehicle for a winter road trip, bring it to Transwest CDJR for seasonal maintenance.

winter road trip destinations in Colorado

Everything You’ll Love About the New 2019 Ram 1500

Ram calls the new 2019 Ram 1500 the “most luxurious truck in its class”—a claim that is undoubtedly true. Here are just a few things you will love about the new Ram 1500:

  • So much power: You will choose from three efficient yet potent engines for your Ram 1500. The 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 lays out 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque and enables towing of up to 7,730 pounds. Even more powerful is the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8, which pumps out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque while offering towing of up to 11,610 pounds. At the top is the HEMI with eTorque, which takes the same power and boosts the max tow rating to 12,750 pounds.
  • Advanced entertainment tech: Entertainment tech includes the Uconnect® 4 system with 8.4-inch touchscreen (a 12-inch screen is available), an available Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System, and Apple CarPlay™ integration.
  • Innovative safety features: Available safety technologies include Smart Cruising, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path and Trailer Detection. The 2019 Ram 1500 also has the largest brakes in its class.
  • Ultimate comfort: Comfort features in the Ram 1500 interior include best-in-class rear legroom, an available dual-pane panoramic sunroof, available leather seating, and available reclining seats.2019 Ram 1500

All in all, it’s no wonder that Ram calls its newest-generation pickup “most luxurious.” Come and test drive the new 2019 Ram 1500 at Transwest CDJR.

Meet the 2018 Dodge Durango Engine Lineup

The 2018 Dodge Durango is a powerful force to be reckoned with—and it is available with three potent engines. Choose the engine that best fits your driving needs.

2018 Dodge Durango Engine Lineup

Every Dodge Durango engine is paired with a class-exclusive electronic eight-speed automatic transmission with available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The standard engine for the Dodge Durango is the classic 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine. This engine cranks out 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and is highly efficient, yielding up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway (RWD models only; AWD models reach 25 mpg).* This engine enables the Durango to tow up to 6,200 pounds.

For more power, go with the tried and true 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine, which produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This engine is still highly efficient thanks to Variable Valve Timing and Fuel Saver Technology, achieving up to 22 miles per gallon on the highway.*

Finally, the 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 engine delivers maximum power in the 2018 Dodge Durango. With this engine, the Durango can tow up to 8,700 lbs — a best-in-class distinction. The 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 pounds out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Dodge Durango engineWhether you want your Durango to deliver efficient performance or the best-in-class strength of a HEMI® V8, you can find what you are looking for at Transwest CDJR. Come and test drive the new Durango today.

*EPA estimated.

5 Tailgating Tips to Help Make Your Experience Even Better

There’s nothing like tailgating before a big sporting event, whether it’s your high school’s homecoming game or your favorite pro team. Here are some tailgating tips to make sure you have the best experience possible on the big day.

    1. Be prepared. Prepare as much as you possibly can before you leave for the game to make sure that you’re not forgetting everything. Make lists and check them twice, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself that much more when you arrive.
    2. Turn one of your coolers into a warming oven. If you’ve already cooked some items and don’t feel like re-heating them when you arrive at your destination, then use bricks, wet towels, aluminum foil, and a bit of heat from your oven beforehand to turn your cooler into a warming oven.
    3. Don’t forget the tunes. Creating an exciting atmosphere is difficult unless you have some top-notch music. Pump up the volume with portable speakers to prepare yourself for the big game.
    4. Bring a large plastic tub for dirty dishes. Even if you’re using disposable plates and utensils, it’s likely you will still have some dirty dishes to clean up after the game is over. Bring a large plastic tub specifically to put dirty dishes into so you don’t have to worry about getting everything else in your car messy.
    5. Remember to show your pride. You want to celebrate your home team, right? Make sure you’re loud and proud about who you’re supporting in the big game, whether you’re at your son’s high school match or a professional stadium. Streamers, banners, and more are great ways to do just that – and easy to clean up!

    Tailgating tips

    Of course, if you would like a new vehicle to tailgate with, then make sure to come to Transwest CDJR before you get too far into tailgating season. We will be happy to help you choose the perfect vehicle for you.

    Transwest in Limon: Stock the Chalk Event

    Stock the Chalk at Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

    The 2018 school year has started for Lincoln County public schools and Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram wants to help support the classrooms of Genoa-Hugo, Karval, and Limon by collecting and matching school supply donations. We take great pride in being involved in the surrounding community and look forward to giving back to the youth’s education this year and years to come. That’s why we’ve started the Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Stock the Chalk event.

    For the month of September, we are challenging the community to fill the bed of a Ram 1500 with school supplies for the Limon public schools. Not only will Transwest be matching all school supply donations that are made, we will also be donating $100 per vehicle purchased to the school district of YOUR choice!

    Not sure what to bring? Here are some ideas:

    Tissues Dry Erase Expo Markers Pencil Pouch/School Box
    Clorox Wipes Calculators Scissors
    #2 Pencils Erasers College Ruled Notebooks
    Crayola Markers 3 Subject Spiral Notebooks Book Covers
    Folders Glue Sticks Black/Blue/Red Pens
    Colored Pencils Hi-Lighters Index Cards
    Flash Drives 3 Ringed Binders Loose Leaf Paper

    Schools constantly need basic supplies for the students and with Transwest matching donations, you have the opportunity to have your contribution count as double. So if you aren’t in the market for a vehicle stop by during these hours and drop off your donation in the bed of the Ram 1500. If you or someone you know is in the market for a new or used vehicle we stock all brand new Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram models that the manufacturers are producing and we have an incredible selection of used vehicles available. Fleet and commercial purchases are also included in this event!

    We are excited for a good turn out and hope everyone has a safe school year!